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Post title Reference Grade Date Deadline
Administrative Assistant  2017/6 GS-6 3 May 2017 14 June 2017
at midnight Central European Time (CET)

Deadline for applications : 2 May 2014
Post title : Staff Assistant
Grade : GS-5
Reference : 2014/2
Duty Station : International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
Organizational Unit : Office of the Registrar
Indicative minimum net annual remuneration : € 37,850


The incumbent will provide secretarial assistance to the Personal Assistant of the Registrar in the overall administration of the Office of the Registrar. S/he will provide direct assistance to the Registrar when his Administrative Assistant is absent, as well as in the evenings whenever the Office’s workload so requires. In particular, s/he will type and audio type notes and official and personal correspondence of the Registrar in the two official languages of the Court (French and English); draft responses to a wide range of correspondence and other communications and ensure follow up; edit, upon instructions, documents, reports and letters; place and screen telephone calls on the three telephone lines in the Office of the Registrar; handle, with all necessary discretion, information requests and complex enquiries.

S/he will autonomously manage and keep up to date the records of the Office of the Registrar, and ensure efficient record keeping. S/he will receive and sort all incoming correspondence, communications and documents, using her/his initiative to assess their nature and relevance. S/he will make efficient use of the internal database and file searching system, generate statistics, prepare reports and answer requests requiring file searches.

S/he will maintain the calendar of the Registrar’s Office and prepare and manage his schedule, assessing the priority of incoming requests, monitoring changes and keeping the appropriate staff members informed. S/he will manage and update extensive distribution lists and distribute urgent mail, in close co operation with the relevant Departments and Divisions. S/he will meet and accompany high ranking visitors attending meetings with the Registrar.

S/he will provide administrative and logistical support for meetings and other events, take care of reservations, travel requests and expense claims, and be responsible for supplies and equipment orders for the Office of the Registrar.

S/he will perform other assigned duties as required by the Office of the Registrar.

Qualifications and requirements:


  • Completion of secondary education. Diploma in secretarial skills and office management would be an asset.


  • a minimum of five years of experience in progressively responsible work in office administration or secretarial duties;
  • a good knowledge of protocol and diplomatic usage is highly desirable, together with the utmost discretion;
  • mastery of MS Word and Microsoft Office Outlook is essential; literacy in other IT tools is desirable;
  • ability to work accurately at speed, and to remain calm under pressure, using time effectively and efficiently;
  • ability to maintain harmonious relations within a multicultural team.


  • French and English are the working languages of the International Court of Justice. Perfect command of French and excellent command of English are required; proven drafting ability in French and English is essential; knowledge of other official languages of the United Nations, as well as of Dutch, would be an asset.


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

How to apply:

Applicants are requested to submit an up-to-date CV (using a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) if they so wish), together with a cover letter.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by post, addressed to the Registrar of the International Court of Justice and clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number.

Postal address: Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ, The Hague, Netherlands.
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 post 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