Job Opening

Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 31 August 2015 - 14 September 2016
Job Opening Number: 15-Legal Affairs-ICTFY-47398-R-The Hague (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

A complete online application including ALL of the documents listed below is required. Please note that documents may only be in English or French, and that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants must attach ALL of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via
1. completed ICTY Intern Acceptance and Undertaking
2. completed Internship preference and availability form
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation
4. Copies of university/law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received)
5. A photocopy of your valid medical insurance OR a signed statement confirming your intent to obtain medical insurance while you are in the Netherlands
6. A sample of the applicant’s written work preferably in a field relevant to the work of the Tribunal and not longer than ten pages.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991, more commonly referred to as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or ICTY, is a body of the United Nations established to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and to try their perpetrators. The tribunal is an ad hoc UN court which is located in The Hague, The Netherlands.

General information on the ICTY internship program may be found on the ICTY web site’s internship pages, including:
• Information about the ICTY offices which offer internships:
• Additional information about the ICTY Internship programme:
• Forms relevant to the ICTY Internship programme:
• ICTY Internship FAQs:
• Information about the Registry’s Court Support Services Section:

An ICTY internship is UNPAID and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional hours may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The duration of an ICTY internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern’s assigned office. Applications will be reviewed and internship offers extended on a rolling basis.

Organizational setting and Reporting:
This position is located in the Court Support Services Section (CSSS) within the Registry and under the direct supervision and direction of an Internship Coordinator who is generally a Court Officer within the Court Operations Unit (COU). COU ensures the smooth and efficient operation of court proceedings and its primary purpose is to facilitate all court proceedings, including not only trials but also hearings, conferences, depositions and Rule 92bis missions. COU has responsibility for making all necessary organizational and judicial arrangements for court proceedings and is responsible for the receipt, filing, reproduction and public dissemination of court documents, including transcripts, exhibits, arrest warrants, indictments, motions, briefs and court orders issued by the Chambers. COU is also the official custodian and maintains the archives of all official court case records which include audio visual records. In addition, COU is host of a large amount of administrative legal projects and also provides administrative support to Accused at the ICTY that have elected to represent themselves. Interns are incorporated in all CSSS and COU tasks and are provided with projects to be completed before the end of their internship. Finally, CSSS also provides legal support to the Witness Support and Operation and the Witness Protection Unit.


Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with CSSS and COU management, Court Officers, Pro Se Legal Liaison Officer and Judicial Archives Unit. Interns assist with a broad range of projects, including: support on administrative legal issues for the daily tasks of the Court Officers; updating the database of the Victim and Witness Section, researching and drafting submissions, reports, and correspondence with internal and external authorities; research on judicial activities and elaboration of judicial advice related to issues concerning procedure and judicial practices of hearings; involvement with the arrival or departure of detained persons from/to The Hague. Interns may also perform routine tasks such as compiling and collating materials, and other duties as assigned by CSSS.


Core Values
• Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

• Respect for Diversity – Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
Core Competencies:
• Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Candidates for internships in CSSS are required to ”(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above), and if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.” Applicants must demonstrate technological awareness and be able to use computers.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have previous professional work experience for participation in the programme but at the time of the application must be at least 18 years old. Prior experience in a legal work environment will be considered as an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the Tribunal. Fluency in oral and written English is required and knowledge of French and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian will be considered an asset.


Short-listed candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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