Visiting Professional – Human Resources Section – Legal & Policy (Funded), The Hague At International Criminal Court (ICC)

Closing date: Tuesday, 7 May 2024

22900 | Registry

Organisational Unit:

Human Resources Section, Registry

Duty Station:

The Hague – NL

Contract Duration:

6 months

Deadline for Applications:

14 May 2023

Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be contacted by the Court.

This position is funded by the Trust Fund for the Development of Interns and Visiting Professionals.

In order to be eligible for this funded position, all applicants must be nationals from countries that appear on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list of developing regions that are a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, namely : Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, State of Palestine, Suriname, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.

Some ICC States Parties are currently (as at 28 February 2023) not represented, or under-represented, and we therefore strongly encourage nationals from the following States Parties to apply: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kiribati, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nauru, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Suriname, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia.

Required Documents for This Application

Please note that you will need to have the following information ready in order to complete your application:

  •  A completed “Duties and Responsibilities Form” (refer to step 1 on your eRecruitment Profile page).
  •  Motivation letter (maximum of 400 words).
  •  One reference letter.
  •  One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court.


This position is funded through the Trust Fund for the development of interns and visiting professionals, whereby the Court will provide the selected candidate a monthly remuneration of €1,500 (with a mandatory deduction for emergency health insurance) as well as some financial help for travel purposes for candidates who are not based in the Netherlands at the time of the recruitment. Please note that (i) costs associated with Visas are the responsibility of the selected candidate, (ii) due to the nature of the assignment, participants cannot bring their families with them.

Contract Duration

Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period of six months (dates to be agreed to prior to commencement).

The Opportunity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individual charged with the gravest crimes of concerns to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression. The Court is participating in the global fight to end impunity, and through international criminal justice, the Court aims to hold those responsible accountable for their crimes and to help prevent the crimes from happening again. You can contribute to this cause by joining the ICC.

Organisational Context

The HR Section provides a unified and coordinated approach to HR matters across the Court and carries out all human resources activities in an efficient and timely manner whilst serving as an HR advisor to management within the Court. The Visiting Professional will work as part of the Legal and Policy Team within the HR Section under the supervision of the HR Officer (Legal and Policy).

Duties and Responsibilities

In this setting, the Visiting Professional will contribute to:

  •  Assist in the identification, legal research, analysis and drafting of legal policies and opinions on the interpretation and application of the Court’s framework documents, and any other relevant document relating to administrative and personnel matters as well as contractual procedures;
  •  Conduct legal research on issues related to international administrative law, international civil service law and international labour law;
  •  Provide support with drafting of standard operating procedures, administrative issuances and other legal texts;
  •  Provide legal advice on issues related to staff benefits and entitlements and employment conditions in conformity with the ICC Staff Rules and Staff Regulations and the case law of International Administrative Tribunals;
  •  Analyse and provide legal opinions with respect to Human Resources related matters;
  •  Assist in the preparation of memoranda and other documents on any subject assigned that pertains to the Section’s mandate.

Required Qualifications

Education: All Candidates must have a Law degree or a relevant legal qualification from a recognised university demonstrating very good knowledge in international (administrative/public/labour) law.

Experience: A minimum of three years of professional experience in the legal field is required for Visiting Professionals. Visiting Professional placements focus on candidates who have extensive experience in their professional careers in relevant fields of work.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  •  Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments;
  •  Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively);
  •  Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications);

Knowledge of Languages: Proficiency in English, one of the working languages of the Court, is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) is considered an asset.


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