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Career Opportunities: Associate Legal Officer (P-2) (2901)

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for this post as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts in Chambers (Appeals, Trial or Pre-Trial Division).

Duties and Responsibilities Under the overall supervision of the President of Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assist the Division, Chamber or Single Judge (as appropriate) in the drafting process of legal memoranda, decisions and orders;

  • Provide support to the Division, Chamber or Single Judge in preparation of and during court sessions, and assist the Chambers in their case management;

  • Assist in and provide specific analyses of fact and law as presented in filings or court sessions by the participants to the proceedings;

  • Where required, assist in and provide in-depth analysis of large volumes of evidence and documents presented by the participants;

  • Attend meetings and discussions within the Division or Chamber and formulate minutes and draft materials as required;

  • Conduct and provide legal research on questions of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, public international law, international human rights law, principles of national laws, and other areas of law, using multiple research sources to support the Chambers in their judicial activities;

  • Draft/prepare preliminary interpretation of legal instruments, such as constitutions, statutes, treaties, agreements, and resolutions; and advise on the application and interpretation of relevant rules of criminal procedure;

  • Perform other duties or provide other assistance as requested by the Judges or the President of the Division.

Essential Qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree in law; a specialization in international criminal law, public international law, international humanitarian or human rights law would be considered an asset. A first-level university degree in law in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in a national judicial system, an international court/ tribunal or in academia active in the fields of law mentioned above.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent knowledge of law and proven analytical skills;

  • Ability to conduct comprehensive research and provide analyses on complex legal questions not always enlightened by precedent;

  • Ability to conduct in-depth analysis where required of large volumes of evidence/documents;

  • Proven excellent drafting skills in at least one of the working languages of the Court (English or French);

  • Effective organizational skills and ability to handle a large volume of work in an efficient and competent manner, even under time pressure;

  • Ability to rapidly prioritize tasks;

  • Ability to work as part of a team and/or independently;

  • Proficiency in computer skills (MS Office package, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook);

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

  • Sound judgment, attention to detail, utmost discretion, reliability, motivation, and willingness to learn new skills.

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

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

– The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with ICC policy. The PSC process will include but will not be limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. – Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site. – Post 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, representation of the principal legal systems of the world for legal positions, and equitable geographical representation for positions in the professional category. – Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged. – The Court reserves the right not to make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. – The International Criminal Court is a member organization of the Inter-Organization Mobility Accord and is interested in secondment of staff from organizations of the United Nations Common System. Click the link below to apply.


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