|Deadline for Applications:
||Public Information and Outreach Section, Registry
||The Hague - NL
|Type of Appointment:
||Short Term Appointment
|Minimum Net Annual Salary:
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.
Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Division of External Operations, the Public Information and Outreach Section (PIOS) ensures that the proceedings are accessible to the public, raises awareness and promotes an understanding about the Court’s mandate and activities with the ultimate goal of getting support. It does so in relation to a number of target audiences across the globe, mainly encompassing international press and media, victims and communities affected by crimes within the jurisdiction before the Court; and key stakeholders such as legal communities, academics and non-governmental organisations. PIOS achieves its objectives through the use of a variety of communication means including granting interviews to media, press releases and production of other publications and audio visual materials as well as through the website and new social media platforms. PIOS is also responsible for the organisation of campaigns, events, and visits ranging from general groups to high profile visitors. It consists of four units: Public Affairs Unit; Protocol, Events and Visits Unit; Outreach Unit and Audio-Visual Production Unit.
The Public Affairs Unit (PAU) aims at promoting the understanding of the ICC mandate and activities by providing accurate, meaningful and timely information to the general public and other target groups such as medias, civil society, academic and legal communities. In addition to providing messages and answers the journalists and the general public directly and through its publications, the Unit makes use of new communication channels in order to strengthen the ICC digital online presence, reflecting the visual identity of a modern, just, strong and independent judicial institution. It aims also to engage with the different target groups in an inspiring way, to call them to action in support of the Court and to build specific joint awareness projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within this framework and under direct supervision of the Head of the Public Affairs Unit, the objectives of the Public Affairs Officer include:
- Devises and implements communications strategies, projects and campaigns which ensure a greater understanding of the International Criminal Court (ICC) work and support amongst specific key ICC target audiences, mainly academia and legal community; evaluate and provide advice on appropriate social media, other tools and platforms to strengthen engagement with target audiences.
- Manages ICC presence on specific social media platforms such as the ICC website, twitter feeds and facebook pages. This involves coordinating and creating content; managing community interactions to promote engagement and ensure reputational risk mitigation; monitoring the conversation about ICC amongst target groups; compiling and analysing metrics and preparing related reports.
- Takes the lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of communication campaigns, coordinating with other organs as appropriate to implement campaigns and to incorporate the campaign message or theme into all relevant events and products; Develop strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize the impact of promotional objectives. Prepare or oversee the preparation of a diverse range of information communication products in support of major campaign initiatives, including multimedia products, print and online publications.
- Produces, oversees or coordinates production of a specific type or types of feature for use across a range of integrated online platforms (e.g. web stories, multi-media products, blogs, microsites) or other information communication products (e.g. leaflets, posters, brochures) in support of major targeted projects or campaigns by undertaking research, preparing production plans, writing drafts, obtaining clearances, finalising texts, editing copy, coordinating the design approval, printing procedures and distribution.
- Actively identifies and maintains relations with key stakeholders that contribute to the development and implementation of ICC´s initiatives.
- Monitors and report on progress of strategies of campaigns, taking appropriate follow-up action and analysing the outcome. Evaluate results and impact.
- Assists in the day-to-day operation of the Public Affairs Unit to include participating in coordination of substantive and administrative activities of the Unit, interpreting and disseminating policy, providing procedural advice, improving reporting systems, handling operational and administrative queries, preparing budget submissions, establishing and/or coordinating training programmes, monitoring and evaluating results.
Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, law, communications or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience (seven years with a first level degree) in outreach, public affairs, international relations or related area.
Experience at an international level is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to tackle problems systematically, for the purpose of working towards their solution and learning from this process;
- Ability to detect and prevent potential communication problems based on analysis to arrive at conclusions;
- Ability to design responses to potential problems and contingency problems that typically involve resource planning and gaining the cooperation of others, e.g. when organizing an event; Excellent drafting skills;
- Knowledge of new technologies and medias;
- Capacity to strategize and build a community of stakeholders for each project with tact and diplomacy; Awareness of cross cultural environment and knowledge of regions relevant to the Court activities.
Knowledge of Languages
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English is required. Working knowledge of the other is an asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) would be considered an asset.
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.
- Applies professional and technical expertise;
- Keeps abreast of organisational issues;
- Produces workable solutions to a range of problems.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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;
- Position 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;
- Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged;
- Consideration is given to achieving diverse geographical representation at the ICC, to the extent possible;
- 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.