Forensic Officer, The Hague

ICC - International Criminal Court

ICC The Hague

22768 | OTP

Deadline for Applications:

20/02/2023 (midnight The Hague time)

Organizational Unit:

Forensic Science Section, Integrated Services Division, Office of the Prosecutor

Duty Station:

The Hague – NL

Type of Appointment:

Fixed-Term Appointment

Post Number:


Minimum Net Annual Salary :


Contract Duration:

Until 31/12/2023

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process for fixed-term appointments against both established posts and positions funded by general temporary assistance (GTA).

Organisational Context

The Integrated Services Division (ISD) within the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) centralises the specialised support functions that provide cross-cutting support to the Office. The Division is headed by a Director who is responsible for managing the reliable and cost-effective delivery of integrated services and ensuring that the OTP is adequately supported through all relevant service functions, technologies and equipment, and that appropriate services are available to allow the implementation of the Office’s mandate. The services include planning and operations, witness protection and management, information knowledge and evidence management, forensic science, language and administrative support. The Division works to develop new approaches and strategies that promote the use of modern tools and advanced technology as mechanisms to strengthen the effectiveness of the Office.

The Forensic Science Section is in charge of the following functions:

  • The Forensic Unit provides expertise for all matters related to crime scene examinations, exhumations, autopsies, clinical examination of witnesses, as well examination of physical evidence collected during investigation or trial.
  • The Imagery Unit provides expertise for all matters related to photo and video analysis and enhancement, 3D mapping and reconstruction, satellite imagery and geographic information systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Forensic Science Section will perform the following tasks:

  • Conducts forensic medicine related duties and activities as well as drafting of forensic reports;
  • Develops strategies and operational plans for scientific support to investigations, notably in regards to clinical forensic medical examinations;
  • Advises and assists the Head of Forensic Science Section on forensic medical and scientific procedures and techniques to be used, as well as any other relevant tasks;
  • Manages, updates, prepares and resupplies forensic equipment, including consumables;
  • Gives, pursuant to the instructions of the Head of Forensic Science Section, operational lead to the other members of the scientific team that she/he is part of;
  • Works effectively in close cooperation with the other team members;

  • Participates as required in field activities;
  • Provides advice on how to use existing international and national networks in his/her field of expertise for supporting investigations of the Office of the Prosecutor;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Essential Qualifications

Education: An advanced university degree in forensic medicine or a related field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of five years of relevant work experience (seven years with a first level university degree), in forensic medicine, with a special focus on complex, large scale cases and operations, including in relation to sexual and gender-based violence is required;

Professional experience in a forensic medicine institute, in a forensic governmental or intergovernmental agency, scientific police institute, ad hoc international tribunal, international fact finding commission, international organization, (clinical forensic medical examiner, forensic nurse, forensic medical officer, etc.) is required;

Professional experience in documentation of torture is desirable.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of forensic medicine or forensic science techniques and procedures;
  • Excellent ability to organize complex and voluminous sets of records and facts;
  • Excellent ability to execute various forensic tasks;
  • Familiarity with analysis techniques in forensic medicine and forensic sciences;
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively with a variety of interlocutors;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions and volatile environment;
  • Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect for diversity;
  • Professional and personal integrity.

Knowledge of languages: Fluency in either of the working languages of the Court, English or French, is essential. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be considered an asset.

ICC Leadership Competencies Purpose

Collaboration People Results ICC Core Competencies Dedication to the mission and values Professionalism Teamwork Learning and developing Handling uncertain situations Interaction Realising objectives Learn more about ICC leadership and core competencies. General Information – In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC is committed to achieving geographical representation and gender equality within its staff as well as representation of the principal legal systems of the world (legal positions). Nationals from the list of non-represented and under-represented States are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from women are strongly encouraged for senior positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) levels. Posts shall be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered, as appropriate.

– The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with ICC policy. The PSC process will include but will not be limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a position to submit an electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested; – Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site; – The Court reserves the right not to make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

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