Lead Investigator and Manager of OTP Ukraine Field presence, Kiev At International Criminal Court (ICC)

Closing date: Monday, 8 July 2024

23110 | OTP

Posting Date:


Deadline for Applications:


Organizational Unit:

Unified Team (Ukraine), Office of the Prosecutor

Duty Station:

Kyiv, Ukraine

Type of Appointment:

Short Term Appointment

Minimum Net Annual Salary:


Contract Duration:

Until 31/12/2023

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.

Organisational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor (“OTP”) is an independent organ of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”). It is responsible for examining situations under the jurisdiction of the Court where genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes appear to have been committed, and carrying out investigations and prosecutions against the individuals who are allegedly most responsible for those crimes.

The advertised position is situated in the Office of the Prosecutor. It forms part of the Unified Team that is working on alleged crimes committed in Ukraine that fall within the jurisdiction of the Court. The Lead Investigator and Manager of OTP Field presence will report directly to the Principal Trial Lawyer.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Principal Trial Lawyer, the incumbent performs the following functions: Manager of OTP Field presence

  •  Serves as the OTP Manager of Field presence in the ICC Country Office (Ukraine), responsible for the operational control, implementation and coordination of OTP country operations in consultation with OTP-HQ; coordinates with the Forensic Coordinator and the Investigation Team Leader as required;
  •  Oversees and implements program of work for OTP operations in Ukraine, as directed by the Principal Trial Lawyer or her or his designee considering budget compliance and promoting coherence and integration across OTP field staff, including seconded personnel, and those deployed on mission. Monitors and reports to designated supervisors at OTP-HQ regarding performance against objectives,;
  •  Oversees, implements and supervises investigative activities into allegations of crimes committed in Ukraine which fall under the mandate of the ICC, including cases involving sexual and gender-based violence, and oversees, implements and supervises field missions when required and in coordination with the Principal Trial Lawyer or her/his designee;
  •  Ensures that OTP staff based in Ukraine adhere to the ICC, and, as applicable United Nations, administrative frameworks, including Standard Operating Procedures, especially in relation to Staff Safety and Security, Field mission planning and execution, Financial and Crisis management ;

Investigative activities:

  •  Implements and directs the operational plans of investigators, analysts, lawyers and other designated field staff, including seconded personnel and those on mission to the Country Office under the direction of the Principal Trial Lawyer, coordinates investigative activities of team members in the field; implements, monitors assigned investigations, and provides evaluations of operational plans and advice to the Principal Trial Lawyer, including regarding the development of risk mitigation strategies;
  •  Implements strategies for the identification, collection, screening and processing of information, intelligence and evidence, in accordance the Principal Trial Lawyer’s direction and in coordination with the Forensic Coordinator and guides the work of other team members in the field with respect to obtaining such information;
  •  Leads, in coordination with staff of the Integrated Services Division, the analysis of evidence collected by the team and provides that analysis to the Principal Trial Lawyer or her or his designee and advises on possible adjustments required in terms of priorities and resources.
  •  Provides policy advice in relation to investigation strategy and processes.

Cooperation, Coordination and Facilitation

  •  In collaboration and coordination with the Registry Chief of Country Office, develops and maintains productive relationships with local stakeholders, political leaders, civil society and other stakeholders including UN or other institutions on coordination and policy matters;
  •  In further collaboration and coordination with the Registry Chief of Country Office, ensures the proper implementation and adherence to Security and Safety provisions in line with the relevant security management framework in order to ensure the protection of all OTP staff and assets;
  •  Manages contacts with external persons including victims, witnesses and intermediaries;
  •  Participates, in collaboration with other stakeholders of the Office, including the International Cooperation Advisers for the Unified Team (Ukraine), in the development of standard operating procedures, draft MoUs and other modalities based on international best practices to ensure that the work of the team is conducted in a way that supports witnesses and victims.
  •  Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications

  •  Advanced University degree; in Law, Criminology or other related fields;
  •  At least 7 years (9 years with first-level university degree) of progressively responsible professional experience in a national law enforcement organisation or international judicial body, NGO/IGO or international commission of enquiry as an investigating judge, prosecutor, defence lawyer, investigator or analyst with considerable professional experience in criminal investigations;
  •  At least 7 years of experience with complex large-scale cases;
  •  Demonstrated strategic and managerial experience in leading investigative teams and defining investigative strategies;
  •  International experience highly desirable;
  •  Experience with witness protection desirable;

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  •  Advanced knowledge of law enforcement procedures, investigative techniques and methods and the application of a legal framework to the investigative and prosecutorial requirements;
  •  Knowledge of the requirements of international criminal law concerning the elements of crimes and modes of liability;
  •  Experience and ability in investigating large or complex organisational structures or networks and analysing large volumes of complex and conflicting information or evidence;
  •  Ability to prepare and present reports in a comprehensive and user-friendly format;
  •  Excellent negotiations and communication skills and ability to network and build effective work relationships with internal and external partners;
  •  Experience and ability to effectively manage people and work effectively and constructively as part of a team from different professional backgrounds, in a non-discriminatory manner and with respect for diversity;
  •  Ability to deal with uncertain situations and apply sound judgment in decision making;
  •  Ability to work with dedication, professional integrity and respect for others.

Knowledge of Languages

Fluency in either of the working languages of the Court, English or French, is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court would be considered an asset (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) .


  •  Particular attention will be given to female applicants and nationals of underrepresented regions, such as those from Asian, Latin America and Caribbean, African and Eastern European States.
  •  Successful applicant(s) will be required to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.

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

  •  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;
  •  Position to 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;
  •  In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions;
  •  Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged;
  •  Consideration is given to achieving diverse geographical representation at the ICC, to the extent possible;
  •  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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