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23551 | OTP 
Deadline for Applications:   18/07/2024 (midnight The Hague time)
Organizational Unit:  

Unified Teams , Office of The Prosecutor

Duty Station:  

The Hague

Type of Appointment:   Short Term Appointment
Minimum Net Annual Salary:  

€ 95,592.00

Contract Duration:   until 31/12/2024

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 two Deputy Prosecutors, under the delegated authority of the Prosecutor, manage two established Prosecution Pillars. The two Deputy Prosecutors manage an equal division of situations and cases based on a Unified Team concept.

The Unified Teams are multidisciplinary teams comprising investigators, analysts, lawyers, an international cooperation adviser, an information management assistant, a case manager, trial support assistants, and other specialists as required. Under the overall leadership of the Head of Unified Team, these professionals work cohesively towards the common purpose of conducting high quality, effective and efficient investigations leading to successful prosecutions. Unified Teams and the Office of the Prosecutor more generally are supported by, amongst others, the Appeals and Legal Coordination Section (“APLCS”),  and the Gender and Children Unit (“GCU”). The APLCS litigates before the Appeals Chamber and provides legal and strategic support. GCU provides legal, investigative and strategic advice during all phases, on sexual and gender based crimes and crimes against or affecting children. Unified Teams also work alongside the Preliminary Examination Section (“PES”), which oversees the legal and factual assessment of all referred situations and article 15 communications in order to determine whether an investigation into a situation should be initiated. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of a Unified Team (HUT), the incumbent performs the following functions:

  • Draft legal submissions on behalf of the Prosecution;
  • Examine witnesses in court;
  • Make oral submissions in court;
  • Conduct substantive analysis and review of the Prosecution’s collection of evidence;
  • Ensure the proper implementation of the Prosecutor’s disclosure obligations and perform such tasks as assigned in respect of the evidence database as necessary for such purposes;
  • Provide legal advice to investigation teams on legal, evidentiary and factual issues and liaise accordingly on the status of the investigations;
  • Carry out legal research in international humanitarian law, comparative criminal law and procedure, evidence and policy issues;
  • Support Team implementation of Office Policies, including the 2022 Policy on the Crime of Gender Persecution, 2023 Policy on Gender-based Crimes, and the 2023 Policy on Children;
  • Perform such other tasks as may be required by the HUT, including in court litigation tasks.

Essential Qualifications


Advanced university degree in law preferably with specialisation in criminal, international, humanitarian or international criminal law, is required.  A first level university degree in law, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience (seven years with a first-level university degree) as a prosecutor, investigating magistrate, criminal defence lawyer, or the equivalent, is required;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing or conducting complex legal cases;
  • Excellent oral advocacy and drafting skills;
  • Planning and organisational skills including managing conflicting priorities and working with tight deadlines;
  • Sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues;
  • Substantial experience prosecuting gender-based crimes or crimes against and affecting children is required
  • Demonstrated competence in conducting intersectional analysis, with particular awareness to consideration of gender issues and the specific vulnerabilities and experiences of children;
  • Familiarity with trauma-informed approaches to investigation and prosecution;
  • Strong analytical and IT skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a litigation team, preferably with members from different criminal justice systems;
  • Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect for diversity;
  • Personal and professional integrity.

Knowledge of Languages:

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

ICC Leadership Competencies

ICC Core Competencies
Dedication to the mission and values
Learning and developing
Handling uncertain situations
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 the 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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