Internship – Coordination and Planning Unit, The Hague

ICC - International Criminal Court

ICC The Hague

22680 | Registry

Organisational Unit:

Coordination and Planning Unit, EOSS, Registry

Duty Station:

The Hague – NL

Contract Duration:

3 to 6 Months

Deadline for Applications:

27 November 2022

Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be contacted by the Court.

Required Documents for This Application

Please note that you will need to have the following information ready in order to complete your application:

  • A completed “Duties and Responsibilities Form” (refer to step 1 on your eRecruitment Profile page).
  • Motivation letter (maximum of 400 words).
  • Two reference letters (one academic).
  • Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
  • Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, results and completion date.
  • One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).

Contract Duration

Interns are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements shall usually not be extended beyond six months.

The starting date of the internship may vary, upon agreement. Candidates can be recruited for a time period shorter than 6 months. Applications of candidates indicating availability beyond the present selection cycle may be considered in the context of the next selection cycle.

The Opportunity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individual charges with the gravest crimes of concerns to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression. The Court is participating in the global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent the crimes from happening again. You can contribute to this cause by joining the ICC.

Organisational Context

Within the confines of the Division of External Operations’ (DEO) External Operations Support Section (EOSS), the Coordination and Planning Unit (CPU) is the Registry’s central coordinating body/operating centre for all mission planning, strategic planning, support and facilitation of all Country Offices. As an operating centre it is a one-stop-shop for all travellers and, as the central point, also oversees the logistical support of missions away from Headquarters (i.e. ensures prioritization of resources). The Unit is involved in strategic planning and provides administrative support to Country Offices. It includes structural elements that influence the decision-making process (including situation desk assistance, security and travel coordination). The CPU also supports the implementation of Crisis Management Protocols.

Duties and Responsibilities

During their placement with The Coordination and Planning Unit the candidate will be expected to assist the Team in performing, inter alia, the following tasks:

  • Support the Unit to register missions according to Court’s mission planning procedures;

  • Assist the Unit collecting and analyzing data pertaining to mission planning and situation countries;
  • Assist the Unit with the development of a software on mission planning;
  • Draft memoranda, reports and minutes as appropriate;
  • Assist the Unit with the organization of meetings, provision of support to Country Offices and coordination of trainings for field staff.
  • Assist the Country Desk Assistants in the performance of their duties and responsibilities;
  • Any other tasks/projects as assigned by the Unit.

Required Qualifications

Education: All candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies preferably in social science, political science, business, administration and/or related field or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognized university. Studies in International Relations are considered an asset.

Experience: Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers. Practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset, but should not exceed 3 (three) years.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments.
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively).
  • Very good oral communication and drafting skills.
  • Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications) and research skills (including the use of electronic databases).

K nowledge of Languages : Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

Other criteria: It is the Court’s objective to have diversity and gender balance. In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of non-represented and under-represented countries at the ICC are encouraged to apply. The list can be found here.


Please note that internship and visiting professional placements at the ICC are unfunded. The ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with any remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred prior, during or after the internship or visiting professional placement.

Applicants must therefore be able to support themselves for the entire duration of their internship or visiting professional placement.

Limited funding may, however, be available through the ICC’s Trust Fund for the Development of Interns and Visiting Professionals, which receives donations from States Parties and other donors.

If funding is available, the Human Resources Section will advertise a funded vacancy announcement in accordance with the terms of reference of the Trust Fund as agreed by the donors.

In order to be eligible for a funded placement, if advertised, the applicant must, among other criteria, be a national from a country that is a State Party to the Rome Statue and appears on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list of developing regions.