Investigator, Various Duty Stations

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

International Criminal Court (ICC)

21798 | OTP

Deadline for applications:


Position title and level

Investigator (P-3)

Organisational unit

Unified Teams, Prosecution Pillars, Office of the Prosecutor

Duty station

Various Duty Stations

Type of appointment


Post number

Established post (S-2231 | S-7104)

Minimum net annual salary


Contract duration

For initial appointments, the Court offers a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension (six months probationary period).

A roster of suitable candidates will be established for this post as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts.

Organisational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor (“OTP”) is an independent organ of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”). It is responsible for examining situations under the jurisdiction of the Court where genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes appear to have been committed, and carrying out investigations and prosecutions against the individuals who are allegedly most responsible for those crimes.

Investigators will be integrated in an Unified Team, comprised of investigators, analysts and lawyers. Such teams are led by a representative of the Prosecutor and have the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting the crimes committed in the context of a situation under investigation. Within the Unified Teams, investigators are responsible for objectively and independently collecting evidence and performing other investigative activities to further the investigation and establish the truth, while ensuring proper witness and information management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall management of the Deputy Prosecutor and the Head of the Unified Team, and the direct supervision of the investigation Team Leader, the incumbent is expected to:

  • Collect, screen and handle information and evidence in accordance with standard operating procedures;
  • Lead sensitive and complex interviews which require specialist skills and considerable experience such as the interview of particularly vulnerable witnesses, high level suspects and important overview witnesses.
  • Undertake the review and analysis of gathered materials and actively contribute to evidence review and the disclosure process;
  • Advise the Investigation Team Leader on investigation procedures and techniques to be used;
  • Participate in the preparation and timely review of investigation plans;
  • Manage contacts with external persons including victims, witnesses and intermediaries;
  • Plan, participate and lead field missions;
  • Take responsibility for the development of leads and avenues of investigation.
  • Support the Team Leader in ensuring quality control, timely execution of tasks and full compliance with established practices in one or more core functions of the team;
  • Provide expert advice on how to use existing international and other networks to further the investigations;
  • Support the Division in the development and implementation of strategic objectives and operational standards;
  • Give, pursuant to the instructions of the Team Leader, operational lead to other members of the Investigation team, mentor junior staff and support the induction of new staff members;
  • Testify before the Chambers, if and when required;

  • Perform other duties as required.

Essential Qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree preferably in Law or Criminology. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A diploma in criminal investigation from a law enforcement academy and/or relevant training in crime investigation techniques, combined with 11 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a university degree.

Experience: A minimum of 5 years (7 years with a first level university degree) of professional experience in criminal investigations within a law enforcement or judicial context, with a special focus on complex, large-scale cases.

Or same level of professional experience working with NGO/IGO or International Commission of Inquiry, with a special focus on complex, large-scale cases.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Expert knowledge of investigation techniques and procedures;
  • Significant experience conducting investigative interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects;
  • Experience in conducting or participating in complex investigations, with a particular emphasis on investigations of criminal networks, organised and/or transnational crimes, crimes committed in the context of armed conflicts and/or financial investigations;
  • Experience in operating in risk or high-risk environments following strong security protocols;
  • Experience in conducting open-source research and online investigations;
  • Knowledge of the requirements of international criminal law concerning the elements of crimes and modes of liability;
  • Excellent ability to organize complex and voluminous amounts of information and evidence;
  • Excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including familiarity with analysis techniques.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively with police, NGOs, journalists or other relevant partners and networks;
  • Ability to comply with high level confidentiality requirements;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility and adaptability;
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect for diversity;
  • High professional and personal integrity standards.

Knowledge of languages: Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English or French, is required. Working knowledge of the other is considered a strong asset. Proficiency in Arabic and/or Russian is considered a valuable asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Chinese and Spanish) is considered an asset.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability. ICC investigators will be required to undertake repeated and sometimes lengthy deployments to conflict or post-conflict environments, while they can also expect to spend extensive time periods working at the Duty Station, all dependent on the nature and phase of the investigation.

Individuals with professional experience in any of the situations under investigation are highly encouraged to apply.

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 – 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. – Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site. – Post to 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. – In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions, representation of the principal legal systems of the world for legal positions, and equitable geographical representation for positions in the professional category. – Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged. – 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.