Special Assistant to the Prosecutor, The Hague

Organization: ICC - International Criminal Court

Country: Netherlands

City: The Hague

Office: ICC The Hague

Closing date: Thursday, 26 August 2021

20800 | OTP

Deadline for Applications:

26/08/2021 (midnight The Hague time)

Organizational Unit:

Immediate Office of the Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor (OTP)

Duty Station:

The Hague - NL

Type of Appointment:

Fixed-Term Appointment

Post Number:


Minimum Net Annual Salary :


Contract Duration:

Until 31 December 2021, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process for fixed-term appointments against both established posts and positions funded by general temporary assistance (GTA).

Organisational Context

The Immediate Office of the Prosecutor (IOP) provides assistance and advice to the Prosecutor in the day-to-day fulfilment of his functions in toto and in the overall management and quality control of the Office’s work. IOP processes, prepares and reviews for the Prosecutor’s final approval all correspondence, speeches, reports, specific category of Office filings and other documents; facilitates senior management meetings and related records and archiving; manages inter-organ matters and Court-wide initiatives on behalf of the Prosecutor; facilitates the Office’s participation in inter-organ activities; and liaises with all components of the Office to ensure a consistency of standards and approach in line with the Prosecutor’s vision.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will serve in the Immediate Office of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), reporting directly to the Prosecutor, and is responsible for the following:

Provide legal and policy advice on diverse and complex questions as requested; assist in the implementation of legal, policy and strategic matters in the OTP;
Assist the Prosecutor in the preparation, review and oversight of a large category of documents vetted by the Immediate Office including draft correspondence, speeches, reports, policies, press statements, press releases, inter alia;
Conduct independent legal research and analysis on a wide range of issues, and draft correspondence, speeches and presentations for the Prosecutor, as well as other documents, as requested;
Participate in meetings at the Court and at external events with government officials, representatives of international organisations or diplomats; take detailed minutes during meetings;
Assist in identifying and developing new proposals for policies, projects and processes for implementation within the OTP, in particular in the area of strategic planning and managerial oversight. Coordinate and ensure implementation of such initiatives across the Office;
Assist in the organisation of the Office’s senior management meetings, taking of detailed minutes and processing and timely notification of its decisions; and

Perform any other duties required.

Essential Qualifications


An advanced university degree in law with specialisation in public international law or criminal law. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of progressively relevant experience is accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.


Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience (seven years with a first-level university degree) in a legal/judicial environment, preferably at international organisations directly advising senior officials.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Good knowledge of the substantive and procedural provisions of the Rome Statute and the ICC Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Elements of Crimes, the Regulations of the Court, and other legal instruments of the Court, including Staff Rules and Regulations;
Good conceptual and analytical skills; ability to conduct independent analysis, carry out negotiations and formulate recommendations;
Ability to integrate legal knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; excellent communication, diplomatic and drafting skills;
Ability to work in a challenging, and multi-cultural environment; Strong organisational skills;
Highest professional ethics & integrity;
Excellent interpersonal skills and penchant for team work; Handling uncertain situations, and realizing objectives of the IOP.

Knowledge of languages:

Proficiency in both of the working languages of the Court, English and French, is required. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be considered an 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 the 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 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. All candidates should be in a position to submit an 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; - 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.

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1627586132363