Associate Legal Officer (P-2) – Short Term, The Hague – NL At International Criminal Court (ICC)

Closing date: Friday, 17 May 2024

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Posting Date:


Deadline for Applications:

31/05/2023 (midnight The Hague time)

Organizational Unit:

Office of Public Counsel for Victims, Registry

Duty Station:

The Hague – NL

Type of Appointment:

Short Term Appointment

Minimum Net Annual Salary:


Contract Duration:

Short Term Appointment: from 15 June until 15 September 2023 initially, with the possibility of extension until 31 December 2023 subject to available funds.

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.


The Statute of the International Criminal Court establishes an internationally new and unique system for the participation of victims in the proceedings before the Court. In addition, the Statute also provides victims with the right to apply for reparation for the harm suffered as a result of crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court. Due to the complexity of procedures governing the functioning of the Court, victims are legally represented and assisted. For the purpose of assisting victims with regard to their participation in proceedings and obtaining reparations, the Regulations of the Court has established the Office of Public Counsel for Victims that falls within the Registry solely for administrative purposes and otherwise shall function as a wholly independent office. In performing their tasks of assisting external legal representatives, as well as representing victims, the members of the Office act independently.


Within this framework, and under the supervision of the Principal Counsel or Counsel within the Office, the incumbent will:

  •  Assist in drafting legal memoranda and produce researches on a wide range of complex legal issues;
  •  Prepare factual background documents on the situations and cases before the Court;
  •  Prepare legal opinions;
  •  Assist the Principal Counsel or Counsel within the Office when he or she appears before a Chamber on specific issues;
  •  Assist the Principal Counsel or Counsel within the Office during the proceedings where he or she will be required to act on behalf of victims or legal representatives of victims;
  •  Perform other tasks as instructed by the Principal Counsel or Counsel within the Office.



Advanced university degree in law from a recognized university, preferably with a specialization in international criminal law. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of two years (four years with a first-level university degree) of relevant professional work experience. Professional experience in international or domestic criminal law is strongly desired. Experience in drafting complex documents pertaining to legal issues is required. Experience in victims’ rights would be an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  •  Knowledge of the substantive and procedural provisions of the Rome Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Regulations of the Court and the Regulations of the Registry;
  •  Strong analytical skills and ability to prepare legal submissions, opinions and motions;
  •  Excellent drafting, argumentative and communication skills in English;
  •  Availability to travel in the field;
  •  Able to work effectively and constructively with colleagues from different professional, national and cultural backgrounds, with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  •  Ability to work effectively under strict deadlines;
  •  Tact, discretion and accuracy in handling confidential information;
  •  Computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications, in particular information database, internet services, library sources, etc.

Knowledge of Languages:

Proficiency in English or French is required. A working level of the other working language of the Court (English or French) is desirable. Knowledge of other official languages of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) would be considered an asset. Knowledge of languages of situation countries before the Court (e.g. Swahili, Lingala, Sango) would be considered an additional asset.

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ICC Core Competencies Dedication to the mission and values Professionalism Teamwork Learning and developing Handling uncertain situations Interaction Realising objectives Learn more about ICC leadership and core competencies. 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.


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