Internship - Counsel Support Section, The Hague
Organization: International Criminal Court (ICC)
City: The Hague, Netherlands
Office: ICC The Hague
Closing date: Friday, 31 December 2021
20180 | Registry
Counsel Support Section, Registry
The Hague - NL
3 to 6 months
Deadline for Applications:
31 December 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 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 three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements shall not be extended beyond six months.
The Counsel Support Section (CSS) is in charge of centralizing and coordinating all assistance provided to counsel by the Court. It serves as the Registry’s focal point for the Offices of Public Counsel, which depend on the Registry solely for administrative purposes, and also provides logistical and administrative assistance. The Section also manages the Court’s programme of legal aid for indigent defendants and victims and handles all provisions relating to the activities of the Court’s disciplinary organs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Section Chief, interns will perform one or several of the following tasks:
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Research and preparation of background reports;
Drafting memoranda, reports, letters, briefing notes, speeches and other correspondence;
Support for the preparation of internal and external meetings and ensure an accurate recording of meetings;
Assisting in the preparation of presentations for internal and external audiences;
Other tasks as may be required by the Section Chief.
All candidates must have a relevant degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.
Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers. Practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. Should there be a practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court, it may be considered an asset. However, such working experience 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).
Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications).
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 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.