The United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (“Mechanism” and “MICT”) is a court of the United Nations established in 2010 to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”), after the completion of their respective mandates. As these two Tribunals complete their work and progressively downsize their operations, the Mechanism is relying less on the support services of the two Tribunals and continues the process of establishing its own small self-standing administration. The Mechanism has established its own structure to govern its activities and developed rules, procedures, and policies that harmonize and build upon the best practices of both Tribunals. The Mechanism operates simultaneously on two continents, with a small team of dedicated professionals based in the respective branches in Arusha, Tanzania, and in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The Mechanism has a variety of ad hoc and continuous functions. The ad hoc functions include the tracking and prosecution of remaining fugitives, conducting and completing all appeals in proceedings for which the notice of appeal against the judgement is filed after the start of the relevant Mechanism branch, retrials, trials for contempt of court and false testimony, and proceedings for review of final judgements. The Mechanism’s continuous functions include providing protection to victims and witnesses for ongoing cases before the Mechanism and for completed cases from the ICTR, the ICTY, and the Mechanism, the supervision of enforcement of sentences, providing assistance to national jurisdictions, and the preservation and management of Mechanism, ICTR and ICTY archives. The Mechanism also monitors proceedings in certain cases referred to national jurisdictions.
This position is located in the Office of the President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. It is under the supervision and direction of the Chef de Cabinet. The Office of the President is seeking legal interns on an ongoing basis at The Hague branch.
A Mechanism 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. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The duration of a MICT 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.
General information on the MICT internship programme may be found on the MICT website’s internship page, http://www.unmict.org/en/recruitment/internship-programme, which includes:
•Terms and Conditions of the MICT Internship Programme; and
•Internships in Context.
The President is the institutional head of the Mechanism and fulfils functions both in Arusha and The Hague. The President is responsible for the overall execution of the institution’s mandate, for representing the Mechanism before the Security Council and the UN General Assembly, presides over the Chambers and is responsible for appointing judges to hear cases as required. The President of the Mechanism is a member of the Appeals Chamber and presides over its proceedings.
In the President’s Office, interns provide legal support with respect to a wide range of mandated residual functions, including by conducting independent legal research, analyzing laws and policies, drafting and editing orders and decisions, and advising on press and policy matters. Interns may also observe hearings and deliberations, attend meetings of the President with interlocutors inside and outside the Mechanism, assist in the preparation of reports to the Security Council and UN General Assembly, and prepare drafts of speeches.
•Professionalism – Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and master 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.
•Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets message 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 legal internships in the Office of the President are required to be, at a minimum, in their final year of law school/university. If the candidate has already completed a four-year undergraduate university degree before commencing graduate legal studies, he or she must have completed at least one year of graduate legal studies by the time the internship commences. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, and must be at last 18 years old. Prior experience in a legal work environment is an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the MICT. Fluency in oral and written English and/or French is required. Knowledge of other languages – particularly Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian – is 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.
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.
Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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