Internship - Eternal Relations and State Cooperation Unit, The Hague
Organization: International Criminal Court (ICC)
City: The Hague, Netherlands
Office: ICC The Hague
Closing date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
20265 | Registry
External Operations Support Section, Registry
The Hague - NL
Deadline for Applications:
28 February 2021
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).
To participate in containing the COVID-19 spread and in line with the measures adopted by the Host State, the ICC staff members, interns and visiting professional based in The Hague are currently working remotely. Accordingly, the candidates selected for this position are expected to work remotely from within the duty station (The Hague) until the re-opening of the ICC’s premises. They are also expected to work with their own computer and internet connection.
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 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
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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.
In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of the countries listed below are strongly encouraged to apply.
Non-represented or under-represented countries at the ICC as of 30 September 2020: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Kiribati, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.
Please note that the ICC is not able to provide all participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred during the internship or visiting professional placement.
Applicants should therefore be able to support themselves for the duration of their internship or 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 to fund nationals of States Parties from developing regions. These donations are equally divided between the four Organs of the Court.
If funding is available, the Human Resources Section shall assess a candidate’s eligibility in accordance with the terms of reference of the Trust Fund as agreed by the donors.
In order to be eligible, 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.
Candidates eligible for funding shall receive detailed information and further instructions after the selection process is finalized. Stipends will always be agreed at the time of offering the internship. No funding will be provided at a later stage.