ICC - International Criminal Court
ICC The Hague
22792 | Registry
Public Information and Outreach Section, Registry
The Hague – NL
Deadline for Applications:
31 December 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);
- One reference letter;
- Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas (to be added at the essay upload box).
Visiting professionals are required to work on a full time basis for a period between three and six 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 visiting professional opportunity provides work placements in the ICC for a minimum period of three months and maximum period of six months for visiting professionals.
Working within the ICC as a visiting professional provides valuable experience of a multi-cultural working environment and enables familiarisation with the operational procedures of decision-making at an international level.
The visiting professional programme is mutually beneficial, with the organisation profiting from the insight and industry of interested professionals and the visiting professional furthering their education or experience in a practical and relevant context.
Those organs, sections and units of the ICC seeking visiting professionals have designated a number of projects for visiting professionals to pursue during their time with the organisation. The ICC will ensure that supervision and assistance is readily available.
The conditions and procedures for the selection of candidates are subject to the provisions of administrative instructions regulating the visiting professional programme, ICC/AI/2017/005.
Organisational Context :
Within the Registry and under the direct supervision of the Director of External Operations, the Public Information and Outreach Section (PIOS) ensures that the proceedings are accessible to the public, raises awareness, and promotes an understanding about the Court’s mandate and activities with the ultimate goal of getting support. It does so in relation to a number of target audiences, including global audiences, mainly encompassing international press and media, victims and communities affected by crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court; and key stakeholders such as legal communities, academics and non-governmental organisations. PIOS achieves its objectives through the use of a variety of communication means including granting interviews to media, production of press releases and other publications and audio visual materials as well as through the website and new social media platforms. PIOS also organises campaigns and is responsible for the organisation of events and visits ranging from general groups to high profile visitors.
Duties and Responsibilities :
Project support :
- Support for major projects in the communications team such as developing the ICC’s Youth and Academic programs, virtual visits, exhibits and multimedia story series on a range of topics including the legal process, e-Court system, working at the Court and stories from the field, and social media campaigns on various themes such as SDG16: Peace and Justice.
- Monitoring media and formatting the ICC Daily Press Review, featuring news articles relevant to developments in the ICC’s situation countries, as well as media coverage of the Court’s activities and proceedings (in English and French)
Website and social media:
- Monitoring social media and support with compiling reports
- Support new website/social media projects, assisting in designing infographics and visuals and/or or drafting content
- Assist with photography projects including researching, identifying and proposing use of external photography, compiling selected photos for specific themes and projects, assist in securing permission to use external photographs
- Assist with video projects including drafting scripts and storyboards, capturing relevant clips for social media, uploading archive of videos onto our server and ad hoc support for social media and campaign videos
General assistance :
- Help maintain the Public Affairs Unit mailing list and contacts database/networking system
- Assisting journalists at the Court’s Information Desk during key public hearings, providing them with badges to access the media centre and other practical information
- Escorting visitors and arranging meetings when necessary
- Take notes at specific meetings
- Provide other assistance as requested
Required Qualifications :
Education : All Candidates must have a degree from a recognized university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.
Experience : Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work. Practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset. Candidates for a Visiting Professional placement must have at least 3 (three) years of relevant professional experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :
- Adaptability to a multicultural and multilingual working environment encompassing the principal legal traditions of the world.
- Ability to work effectively in a team as well as independently.
- A good standard of computer literacy (especially Microsoft Office applications)
- Other important qualities are discretion, reliability, intellectual rigor, precision, perseverance, honesty, creativity, co-operative spirit and integrity.
Knowledge of Languages : Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is considered an asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
It is the Court’s objective to have diversity and gender balance. And 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.