Communications Assistant

International Criminal Court , The Hague, Netherlands

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th June, 2021

Job Description

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.The terms and conditions of service for staff members appointed under a short-term appointment are governed by ICC/AI/2016/001.

Organisational Context

  • The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) is the first of its kind in the global movement to end impunity and promote justice. With the adoption of the Rome Statute in 2002 and the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as an independent international organisation, the international community has provided a new platform to achieve justice for the victims of the most serious crimes, namely genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression.
  • Acknowledging the importance of victims’ assistance as part of the global justice system, the Assembly of States Parties, under Article 79 of the Rome Statute, set up the TFV. The TFV responds to the harm resulting from the crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC by ensuring the rights of victims and their families through the provision of reparations and assistance.

The TFV is mandated by the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding treaty, to support and implement programmes that address harms resulting from ICC crimes. It does so in two ways:


  • implementing Court-ordered reparations awards against a convicted person when directed by the Court to do so.

General Assistance:

  • using voluntary contributions and private donations, to provide victims and their families in situations under Court jurisdiction with physical rehabilitation, material support, and/or psychological rehabilitation.


  • To implement its two-fold mandate, The TFV works closely with NGOs, community groups, women’s grassroots organisations, governments, and UN agencies at local, national, and international levels. The TFV empowers victims of crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and crimes of aggression and their families as main stakeholders in the process of rebuilding their lives.
  • With the unique roles of implementing both Court-ordered reparations and general assistance activities to victims of crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction, the TFV works towards promoting lasting peace, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in war-torn societies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Associate Executive Officer, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Assist in the development, planning and implementation of the TFV’s social media content;
  • Manage the day-to-day posting of content on all (social) media platforms, tailoring the content accordingly; provide substantive support to the production of content, edit photographs, video and graphics to support the text, and post the information;
  • Manage publications on the TFV website;
  • Identify and prepare new material for inclusion in appropriate web pages, including drafting and editing text;
  • Analyse weekly statistics on usage of the TFV social media platforms, TFV website in order to assess usefulness and relevance of material posted;
  • Prepare charts and graphs; monitor social media platforms and trends relevant to the mandates and activities of the TFV; summarise and present trends and feedback; suggest ideas on how to present new content and advise on viral potential of topics;
  • Draft and edit material for various digital and print publications including TFV Newsletter, Questions and Answers, press releases, formal reporting, background information materials, fact sheets and other documents for publication purposes;
  • Assist in responding to information requests and inquiries from the media and other stakeholders;
  • Monitor press coverage of the TFV activities, draft and distribute press releases and other relevant information to media houses and stakeholders of the TFV;
  • Make logistical and administrative arrangements for the TFV Board and Secretariat interview requests with media, support press briefings in the field when needed, ensuring that arrangements are in order and materials are available;
  • Ensure the good management of the photograph archives; add metadata to photographs; research and curate external photographs, obtain requisite clearances and copyrights;
  • Assist in coordinating with various organs and sections of the ICC on communications and outreach activities;
  • Provide administrative support, manage, update and further develop internal media databases; generate a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports to keep records of performance indicators of the TFV; draft and finalise correspondence and other communications.
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Essential Qualifications


  • Diploma of Secondary Education.


  • A minimum of six years of experience in communications, public information, journalism, external relations, media, marketing or other related field. An advanced or a first-level university degree may be considered as a substitute for two years' working experience only to determine eligibility.
  • Experience in the management or maintenance of social media, website and digital communication platforms is required;
  • Experience in basic design to develop images or short clips for social media is required.
  • Familiarity with design software (e.g. Photoshop, Publisher, InDesign) is desirable.
  • Experience in drafting and editing public information materials is highly desirable.
  • Experience in use of software for publications, presentations would be considered an asset.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal, communication and administrative skills. Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to support research and reporting, requiring strong analytical and excellent drafting skills.
  • Good organisational, administrative and planning skills in intercultural and multi-disciplinary environment across various geographical locations.
  • Versatile team player able to productively engage and achieve results, also outside of context of direct reporting line.
  • Ability to perform under pressure, working independently and contributing to finding creative solutions to achieve established goals, within the prevailing regulatory and policy environments of the TFV/ICC.

Knowledge of Languages:

  • Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) would be considered an asset.


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