Associate Case Officer (P-2), The Hague - NL

Organization: International Criminal Court (ICC)

Country: Netherlands

City: The Hague

Office: ICC The Hague

Closing date: Thursday, 4 May 2023

21809 | Registry

Deadline for Applications:


Organizational Unit:

Victims and Witnesses Section, Registry

Duty Station:

The Hague - NL

Minimum Net Annual Salary:


Contract Duration:

To be determined

A roster of suitable candidates will 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 Victims and Witnesses Section (VWS) organisationally belongs to the Division of External Operations in the Registry. It provides protective measures, security arrangements, counselling and other appropriate assistance to witnesses and victims who appear before the Court and to others who are also at risk on account of testimony given by such witnesses. The Section may advise the Prosecutor and the Court on appropriate protective measures, security arrangements, counselling and assistance.

The Section is responsible for ensuring that the witnesses appear in the Court appropriately protected, supported and as scheduled by the Chambers. Furthermore, it is responsible for the management of the ICC Protection Programme (ICCPP) and may cooperate with States, intergovernmental and non- governmental organisations in providing any of the protection and support measures stipulated by the Statute.

Duties & Responsibilities

Within this framework and under the direct supervision of the Team Leader, the incumbent performs the following duties:

Provides proactive day-to-day management of ICCPP participants, including protection and psychosocial support in assigned situations with the view of supporting them in establishing a self-sustainable existence as expeditiously as possible;
Implements, monitors and reports on management plans created for each participant, takes coordinated measures to prepare participants for permanent relocation to third countries and ensures the completeness of case records;
Implements the transfer of ICCPP participants to the place of permanent relocation, liaises with the relevant operational authorities in the receiving countries and maintains regular contact on matters relating to the safety, physical, psychosocial protection and the testimony of such ICCPP participants;
Conducts threat and risk assessments for the purposes of the ICCPP, coordinates with the psychologist as required, compiles documentation and completes the assessment with appropriate recommendations/proposals for a management plan for the assessed persons;
Conducts situation and case-specific threat and risk assessments, as well as risk assessments to establish whether it is safe for a witness, who has completed the testimony, to return the place of residence;
Conducts witness protection operations in various locations including in the field for the purposes of the ICCPP;
Provides support to victims and witnesses with regard to travel to the Court and establishes initial response system to address any imminent witness security concerns;
Assists with and coordinates VWS work-related processes, and provides assistance to any other VWS sub-entity as required;
Contributes to the VWS submissions to the Court, to the Parties and to reports prepared by the VWS to Senior Management;
Protects the safety, physical and psychological wellbeing, dignity and privacy of all victims and witnesses with regard to all relevant factors including age, health, and nature of the crime, in particular, but not limited to, where the crime involves sexual or gender violence or violence against children;
Maintains confidentiality at all times, respects the interests of the witness and acts impartially when cooperating with all parties.

The incumbent, prior to commencing his/her duties, is required to sign a confidentiality agreement with the VWS.

The Chief VWS may redeploy the incumbent and/or the post either temporarily or permanently to another duty station pending the operational requirements of the VWS.

Essential Qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree in political sciences, international relations, risk management, security studies or other related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Or police, military or comparable law enforcement training and/or qualifications combined with 8 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a university degree.


A minimum of two years of progressively responsible work experience (four years with a first-level university degree) in conducting threat/risk assessments, conducting protection operations, managing witnesses and recommending appropriate protection measures;
Demonstrated operational experience in a national or international witness protection programme, understanding of and exposure to witness protection and support operations and the ability to manage risk in a highly dynamic environment;
Demonstrated experience in rapidly-assimilating conflicting information, taking decisions and arriving at workable operational solutions;
Work experience in a conflict or post conflict context is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to work and operate remotely without the possibility of seeking advice from a supervisor and taking reasoned decisions within the Court’s regulatory framework;
Ability to maintain both internal and external relationships at operational level in matters relevant to the victims/witnesses protection, support and other assistance;
Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and organisational skills;
Cultural and gender sensitivity and ability to work and operate in a multicultural environment;
Ability to deal effectively with victims and witnesses in stressful situations, particularly with those who have suffered trauma;
Absolute integrity, tact, sensitivity, discretion and good judgment, including particular sensitivity to

the needs of victims of sexual violence, children, the elderly and the disabled; Knowledge of the legal framework of the Court;
Well-developed written and verbal communication skills with a keen attention to detail.

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 Russian language is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese and Spanish) is an asset.

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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. 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; - Personnel recruited at the General Service level are not entitled to all of the benefits granted to internationally-recruited staff; - 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.

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