Special Assistant (Prosecutions), The Hague

Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court

Country: Netherlands

City: The Hague, Netherlands

Office: ICC The Hague

Closing date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021

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Posting Date:


Deadline for Applications:

16/06/2021 (midnight The Hague time)

Organizational Unit:

Prosecution Division, Office Of The Prosecutor

Duty Station:

The Hague - NL

Type of Appointment:

Short Term Appointment

Minimum Net Annual Salary:


Contract Duration:

Until 31 December 2021

Special Notice:

A Short-Term Appointment is used to recruit staff to meet short-term needs. The duration of this assignment is provided above. The maximum duration of a short-term appointment including extensions shall not exceed 12 months.

A Short-Term Appointment does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal and shall not be converted to any other type of appointment.

Due to the short-term nature of the assignment, the ICC reserves the right to make an appointment at one grade lower than that stated in the vacancy with a modified job description.

A current ICC staff member who is holding a fixed-term appointment may apply for any short-term position. Where a current ICC staff member is selected to a short-term position, he or she will be temporarily assigned to the position in line with section 4.10 of ICC/AI/2016/001. GS-level posts are subject to local recruitment only.

The terms and conditions of service for staff members appointed under a short-term appointment are governed by ICC/AI/2016/001.

Organizational Context

The Prosecution Division (PD) comprises the Prosecution and Appeals Sections. The Division is central to the core mandate of the Court; namely, the conduct of fair, effective and expeditious prosecutions in accordance with the Rome Statute. It is responsible for giving legal guidance to investigators and litigating cases before the Chambers of all three judicial divisions, preparing all written submissions in briefs and other filings to the Chambers and participating in investigative and case- preparation activities in the Integrated Teams. Senior Trial Lawyers from the Prosecution Section are also entrusted with the task of leading the integrated teams and providing overall guidance on the investigation of cases, as well as leading trial teams before Chambers of the Court. The Appeals Section litigates all interlocutory and final appeals before the Appeals Chamber, prepares all applications for leave to appeal and responses to such applications filed by the defence and other parties before the Trial Chambers, drafts key trial filings, in particular those involving significant and novel international criminal law and procedural law issues, and also provides legal advice to teams in the Prosecution Section as well as to other sections of the Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Prosecutions, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

Provide support and advice to the Director on matters of staffing and distribution of resources;
Develop and manage a management information system for the Prosecution Division (PD) covering;
(1) resource and service planning,

(2) performance indicators, as developed by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP),

(3) risk management;
Assist and support the Director in developing strategies and indicators to manage efficiency and run efficiency improvement projects;
Assist and support the Director in the implementation of office and divisional strategies and the measurement of performance indicators;
Prepare the PD budget proposal and advice on its proper implementation;
Participate in inter-division and inter-organ projects in the concept of strategic planning of the Court (e.g. risk management, integration between strategy-budget-performance indicators, efficiency of the

Assist in the definition and implementation of actions to maintain a proper working climate (e.g. measuring working climate, organizing process to identify concerns to be addressed, improve communication in the division);
Manage and supervise the implementation of the Prosecution Division annual training plan and in-house training programs for PD;
Any other tasks as instructed by the Director of Prosecutions.

Essential Qualifications


Advanced University degree, preferably in law, public or business administration or related field;

At least five years of work experience (seven years with a first level university degree) in management in general in an international organisation, and more specifically in the fields of strategic planning, performance indicators, performance improvement, and change management. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
Experience in policy related work would be considered a strong asset;
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Demonstrated conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills and ability to conduct independent

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research and analysis, identifying issues, formulating judgments and making conclusions and recommendations;
Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own and others work plan;
Ability to identify internal clients‘ needs and appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with other Sections / Units of the Court;
Willingness to stay informed on new developments in the field of management and strategic planning;
Proficiency in computer applications relevant to a management environment, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, MS Project and MS Visio;
Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally;
Flexibility and ability to work under stress conditions;
Ability to work effectively and constructively with colleagues from different professional, national and cultural backgrounds;
Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect for diversity;
Professional integrity;
Knowledge of languages:

Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other language is strongly desired. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be considered as an additional asset.

ICC Core Competencies

Dedication to the mission and values - Acts consistently in accordance with the mission and values of the Organisation; - Maintains confidentiality, acts with integrity and shows respect for diversity; - Shows commitment to the organisation; - Presents a positive image of the organisation during external discussions.

Professionalism - Applies professional and technical expertise; - Keeps abreast of organisational issues; - Produces workable solutions to a range of problems.

Teamwork - Listens, consults and communicates proactively; - Handles disagreements with tact and diplomacy; - Recognises and rewards the contribution of others.

Learning and developing - Identifies development strategies needed to achieve work and career goals and makes use of developmental or training opportunities; - Learns from successes and failures; - Seeks feedback and gives feedback to others to increase organisational effectiveness; - Seeks opportunities for improvement of work; - Has an open mind and contributes to innovation.

Handling uncertain situations - Adapts to changing circumstances; - Deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents; - Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; - Manages time effectively.

Interaction - Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; - Handles contacts with diplomacy and tact; - Communicates in a transparent and open way with internal and external contacts while complying with confidentiality requirements.

Realising objectives - Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm; - Keeps to agreements with others; - Focuses on client needs; - Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; - Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.

General Information

In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC is committed to achieving geographical representation and gender equality within its staff as well as representation of the principal legal systems of the world (legal positions). Nationals from t he list of non-represented and under-represented States are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from women are strongly encouraged for senior positions at the Professional (P) and Director (D) levels. Posts shall 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, as appropriate.

The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with the ICC policy. The PSC process will include but is not limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a positon to submit electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested;
Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site;
Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff;
The ICC reserves the right to not make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1622655809350