19 September 2016

International Criminal Court, The Hague
Internship - Victims Participation and Reparations Section

Deadline for applications: 1 October 2016

Organisational context
The Victims Participation and Reparations Section (VPRS) is a section of the Registry which specialises in dealing with victims’ participation and reparations. The VPRS mandate is to facilitate victims’ participation and reparations by informing victims of their rights before the ICC, assisting them in filling in an application form for participation in the proceedings and/or for reparations, and by assisting the Judges with the preliminary processing and analysis of victims’ applications whenever required. The VPRS is also responsible for organising the common legal representation of victims whenever needed. The VPRS establishes systems both in the field and in the Hague to manage and process information received from victims, to file it in the relevant judicial proceedings together with reports for Chambers and to respond to any instructions that may be issued by Chambers relating to participating victims or their applications throughout the proceedings.  To this end, its activities include, inter alia: selection and training of intermediaries and elaboration and dissemination of key messages in the field; processing of victims’ applications (which involves registration, data entry, legal assessment and redactions ); preparing filings for the transmission of victims’ applications to the parties and to Chambers; legally analysing information received from or concerning victims; preparing reports on participation and/or on reparations issues before Chambers, upon request or on a proprio motu basis; organising common legal representation for victims and preparing reports thereon; and facilitating victims’ interaction with their legal representatives. In addition, the VPRS responds to orders from Chambers, requests from the legal representatives of victims, requests for input from other Sections of the Registry and assistance to the Trust Fund for Victims whenever necessary.

Duties and responsibilities
Tasks typically assigned to interns working with the Victims Participation and Reparations Section are:
• Conducting legal research and analysis.
• Assisting the VPRS HQ staff with data entry and preliminary legal assessment of victim’s applications for participation and or reparations under close supervision.
• Preparing summaries of important decisions.
• Attending meetings, lectures etc when requested and preparing minutes.
• Conducting other tasks as needed, including administrative tasks.

Required qualifications
All Candidates must have a relevant degree from or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognized university. Preference will be given to law background or demonstrated interest or background in relation to victims. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.

Work experience
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
• 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.

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.

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.

Please note that the ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship Programme with remuneration, nor is it possible to provide any 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. 
  • Vacancy on the International Criminal Court website.

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