ICC - International Criminal Court
ICC The Hague
22699 | Registry
External Operations Support Section, Registry
The Hague – NL
Deadline for Applications:
02 December 2022, starting January 2023
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 or a writing sample on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).
Interns are required to work full time for a period between (minimum) three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements shall 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 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.
The External Relations and State Cooperation Unit coordinates and supports the Registry’s external relation and cooperation activities. To this end, it advises on strategies, recommends policies and adopts procedures. In close coordination with the Country Analysis Unit and the Chief of Field Offices, it assists the Chief of Section in leading external relations and cooperation mandate of the Registry. The Unit is in charge of state cooperation matters, including (field) host state affairs and the execution of request for assistance and cooperation and judicial cooperation with States and international organizations. The Unit supports the negotiation of agreements and memoranda of understanding. It also conducts fundraising activities and organizes and implements high-level seminars, technical events and trainings.
Duties and Responsibilities
Typical duties and responsibilities of interns are:
- Conducting research and subsequently drafting summary reports on a variety of external relations and judicial cooperation issues such as those relating to the Court’s situation countries, cases and external relations activities
- Attending meetings and conferences, preparing supporting documentation, preparing of summaries or minutes of meetings and subsequent reports
- Liaising with representatives of States, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations and other external actors
- Drafting note verbales, diplomatic correspondence, reports and requests for assistance to States and IO’s.
- Preparing the filings to the relevant Chambers on cooperation issues
- Maintaining and updating the external relations and judicial cooperation databases
- Supporting logistical and other related preparations for events.
- Perform any other duties as required.
Education: The candidate should have an academic background in political science, law, international relations, management, journalism/public information, or a related field, OR a degree in law or a relevant legal qualification or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognized university, demonstrating very good knowledge in international /national criminal law, comparative law and criminology, public international law, international humanitarian law or human rights. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.
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.
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).
Knowledge 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.