August 12, 2015

Career Opportunities: Visiting Professional - Legal Professionals Programme (The Hague)

Required Documents for this Application
A completed “Duties and Responsibilities Form” (refer to step 1 on your eRecruitment Profile page).
  • Motivation letter including the indication as to which organisational unit(s) (Judiciary, Office of the Prosecutor or Registry) the applicant wishes to be located within, with clearly indicated first and second choice. Applicants are welcome to also express their preference as to a desired type of work within the preferred organisational unit(s), although it may not be possible to meet the latter preference.
  • Recommendation letter
Duration of Contract
Visiting Professionals are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement).

The Legal Professionals Programme is funded through a grant made available by the European Commission. In addition to covering the costs of travel to and from The Hague, the Court will provide a monthly remuneration of approximately € 2,300 to the selected candidates.

The Legal Professionals Programme is a new initiative aimed at bringing up to ten court representatives and professionals from situation countries (currently: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan, Kenya, Libya, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali) and countries under preliminary examination (currently: Afghanistan, Colombia, Nigeria, Georgia, Guinea, Honduras, Iraq, Ukraine and Palestine) who may not have the financial means to otherwise participate in the Visiting Professionals Programme. Participants in this programme will gain first-hand experience from and knowledge of the ICC and its procedures. This will allow participants to develop their legal skills and knowledge of the Rome Statute system, and to subsequently impart lessons learned and best practices to their home organisations. Witnessing the functioning of the only permanent international criminal court will enable participants to contribute to the development of national capacities in their home countries to investigate and prosecute crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC.

Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities will greatly vary and will depend largely on the organisational unit of the Court that the incumbent will be placed within, and the operational needs in that unit. You may find more information on the work of each of the organs of the Court by clicking on this link. The duties and responsibilities will also depend on the profiles and, to the extent possible, expressed interests of the applicants themselves. As such, the precise duties and responsibilities of each incumbent will be determined by the relevant receiving organisational unit and communicated to the selected candidates at the moment of making an offer of the placement on the programme. 

Required Qualifications
The Court aims to attract Legal Professionals with a sound academic background.

Examples of well-placed applicants include candidates employed with governmental, non-governmental or inter-governmental organisations, national jurisdictions, and broader civil societies; or individuals who have practised as judges, investigating magistrates, prosecutors or lawyers in a field relevant to the work of the Court; or who have engaged in extensive academic research, writing or teaching in any of the disciplines relevant to the work of the Court.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Adaptability to a multicultural and multilingual working environment encompassing the principal legal traditions of the world.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team as well as independently.
  • A good standard of computer literacy (especially Microsoft Office applications).
  • Other important qualities are discretion, reliability, intellectual rigor, precision, perseverance, honesty, creativity, co-operative spirit and integrity.

Knowledge of languages:
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is considered an asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is 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.
- Applies professional and technical expertise;
- Keeps abreast of organisational issues;
- Produces workable solutions to a range of problems;
- 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.
- 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

Deadline for applications: 16/08/2015 


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