Internship – Victims & Witnesses Section, Registry (14861)

Organisational Unit: Victims & Witnesses Section, Registry
Duty Station: The Hague – NL
Deadline for Applications: 1 December

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).
Two reference letters (one academic).
Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, subjects’ results and completion date.
One short essay on a subject relevant to the political, or security situation in the areas of operation of the International Criminal Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).

Contract Duration
Interns are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements shall not be extended beyond six months.

Organisational Context
In accordance with article 43, paragraph 6, of the Rome Statute, the Victims and Witnesses Section (VWS) shall provide protective measures and security arrangements, counseling and other appropriate assistance for witnesses and victims who appear before the Court and to others who are at risk on account of testimony given by such witnesses. The Section, placed within the Registry, may advise the Prosecutor and the Court on appropriate protective measures, security arrangements, counseling and assistance as referred to in article 43, paragraph 6.

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

Duties and Responsibilities
Assist the VWS Teams in the planning, administration and monitoring of its trial related operations and programmes in HQ and field offices;
Support the day-to-day operational case management conducted by the VWS Teams;
Assist with open source research on situation countries and on topics of relevance to the VWS;
Assist in drafting minutes, reports and planning documents, cross checking data and preparing presentations on assigned topics;
Conduct general administration tasks in support of operations;
Any other task as entrusted by the Team Leader.
NB: Due to confidentiality and security reasons, during the internship, the intern will not travel to the field to conduct operations. The internship will take place entirely in the HQ and aims at supporting the Teams in its tasks.

Required Qualifications

All Candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university – preferably in political science, international relations, administration or security management. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.

Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers therefore; practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.

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).
Strong drafting skills are required.
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 desirable. Knowledge of Arabic or Russian is considered an asset.

Please note that the ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship Programme with remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for any expenses incurred during the internship. Accordingly, applicants must have the necessary resources or other financial support for the duration of the internship for which they have been selected.

If a States Party to the Rome Statute decides to provide a donation to the Internship Programmes, it may be possible to offer a limited number of interns a stipend and travel, as applicable. If funding is available and when an intern is selected, the Human Resources Section will conduct an assessment determining eligibility for funding in accordance with the Court’s Policy on Internships and Visiting Professionals and relevant funding conditions. Interns eligible for funding shall receive detailed information and further instructions after the selection process assuming they meet the conditions of the VA and are considered for the vacancy. Stipends will always be agreed at the time of offering the internship: No funding will be provided at a later stage.