Forensic Assistant, (two positions), Ukraine Project, Kyiv, Ukraine

ICMP - International Commission on Missing Persons

ICMP in Kyiv

Organization profile Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Ukraine Project

The authorities of Ukraine have requested immediate assistance by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to account for missing and disappeared persons. ICMP will assist in finding missing persons, regardless of nationality, religion, role of the missing person in armed conflict, and will seek the cooperation of governments in such efforts as part of securing the rights of families of the missing and contributing to reinstating peace and stability.

ICMP will support Ukraine in accounting for missing and disappeared persons through measures including the following:

  • Establish a secure database on missing persons for the collection, management and analysis of data relevant to missing persons investigations, including biometric data, such as genetic data;
  • Locate and excavate suspected illicit burial sites and other locations of forensic interest in accordance with domestic legislation based on the rule of law and international standards;
  • Support human identification processes and family reunifications through DNA testing and building domestic capacities for such processes, including large-scale data collection and data processing capacities; and
  • Increase the capacity of competent authorities by transferring knowledge and expertise in case management and outreach to families of the missing and supporting them in such efforts.

Position Background

Under the overall guidance and supervision of ICMP AAD Focal Point , the Forensic Archaeologist main duties and responsibilities are the following:

  • Assist supervisors in developing archaeological best practice
  • Undertake desktop assessment and analysis and assist in the provision of ICMP archaeological field support
  • Coordinate with ICMP support staff and national authorities and agencies regarding desktop analysis, site assessment, and excavations
  • Provide ICMP technical assistance to national authorities involved at excavations through implementation of standards for archaeological assessment and excavation
  • If required, provide ICMP technical assistance to national authorities involved at examinations through implementation of standards for anthropological assessment
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Formal education in one of the following: forensic archaeology, forensic anthropology, physical anthropology, osteology, forensic science, medicine, or related discipline
  • Minimum three years of relevant professional experience, with previous experience in international organizations preferred
  • Hands on experience in employing forensic archeological skills at excavations of human remains
  • Experience in forensic examination of human remains or proven high capability in identification of human remains

  • Demonstrable ability to analyze artefacts and information, and experience in drafting excavation and or anthropological examination reports
  • Proven photography and draughtsman skills
  • Team player with a demonstrated ability to interact positively with people of different cultural backgrounds or scientific specialties
  • Able to effectively follow strategies planned and implemented by supervising staff, and report upon them
  • Abilities in problem solving, negotiation, and communication
  • Determination to complete objectives and reach targets when working in challenging conditions
  • Capable of performing well under pressure and meeting tight deadlines
  • Self-organized, self-controlled, and self-reliant, with a high level of personal and team responsibility
  • Threat awareness and ability to recognize, respond to, and manage risks
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and to travel as necessary
  • Capability to work for extended periods and long hours in difficult and changing environments
  • Capacity and willingness to work with limited facilities and under ‘hardship’ living conditions.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English, Ukranian and Russian
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender
  • Ability to travel at short notice and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings


This is a full-time fixed term position with a competitive base salary at the LES 5 level on the ICMP Ukranian salary scale, generous paid leave and extensive health insurance benefits for the incumbent and any eligible dependent. For more details, please see the ICMP website.

This position is not eligible for expatriate allowances.

Expected start date: 1 January 2023

Review of applications is in process ; however, the position will remain open until filled.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

ICMP may cancel this recruitment without notice, or may decide to offer a position with different duties and/or contract length.

ICMP does not request payment during any stage of the selection process.

Tags: data collection, data processing, family reunification, field support, human rights, organized crime, rule of law