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Post title Reference Grade Date Deadline

Deadline for applications : 30 September 2013
Post title : Secretary to Judge
Grade : GS-5
Reference : 2013/4
Duty Station : International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
Organizational Unit : Secretaries of Judges
Indicative minimum net annual remuneration : €37,850


The incumbent is required to provide high level administrative and secretarial assistance and will have overall responsibility for the office administration of the judge(s) to whom he or she will be specifically assigned. He/she will be expected to co ordinate the exchange of information between the judge(s) and their law clerks and university trainees. The incumbent will perform a variety of administrative tasks ensuring high quality and accuracy of work. More general duties will include: preparation of general correspondence with proven ability to draft in English and French; screening incoming correspondence and logging/routing as appropriate; typing judicial documents, some highly confidential from handwritten drafts and audio-typing from tapes and electronic files; maintaining good contact with the diplomatic corps, international organizations, the judiciary and other academic institutions; receiving high ranking officials.


Completion of secondary school education. A diploma from a secretarial college in high level office administration would be an asset.


At least five years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience in an international organization or an international company is required;  previous experience working for a judge in an international court or tribunal would be an asset.

A good knowledge of diplomatic protocol is highly desirable, together with utmost discretion.

Qualifications and requirements:

Mastery of MS Word and Microsoft Office Outlook is essential;   literacy in other IT tools is desirable.

Drafting ability in English and French is essential.

Ability to work accurately at speed, and remain calm under pressure, using time effectively and efficiently.

Experience in the finalization of complex legal documents, ability to prepare and proofread documents for the production of typed and printed texts.

Proven accurate typing and audio typing abilities in English and French at minimum 50 w.p.m. is required; shorthand would be an advantage.

Ability to work in a team in a multicultural environment.


Perfect command of English and excellent command of French; knowledge of Dutch is desirable;  knowledge of other official languages of the UN would be an asset.


Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

How to apply:

Applicants are requested to complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), and submit a cover letter.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to send their application by e mail, addressed to the Registrar of the Court, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number.

Fax: +31 70 364 99 28

Only applications from candidates under serious consideration will be acknowledged.

The Registrar reserves the right not to appoint any candidate to the post, or to appoint one at a lower level or on the basis of a modified description. Applications that are found by the Court to meet the above criteria may be added to a reserve list in case a similar vacancy arises in the future.

United Nations Personal History Form (P.11)
United Nations Salaries, Allowances, Benefits and Job Classification website