Employment and Internships


The Tribunal employs about 760 staff members and offers a broad range of work opportunities and internships in the field of criminal law, international and humanitarian law, social sciences and administration. The working languages of the Tribunal are English and French, but in some cases, knowledge of languages from the region, such as Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Albanian or Macedonian, or Dutch, the language of the host country, is beneficial.

Appointments at the ICTY are for one year, subject to extensions, and are limited to the Tribunal only. The conditions of service are governed by the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. In accordance with the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations, staff must undergo a medical exam, which must be cleared by the United Nations Medical Service in New York within the first six months of service, prior to extension. Any position advertised will fall under one of the three organs of the Tribunal, namely the Registry, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) or the Chambers.

Staff are offered a highly competitive salary (which is not subject to Dutch income taxes) with a yearly increment, and if entitled, a dependency allowance. Furthermore, the Tribunal offers an extensive medical and pension plan, 30 days of annual leave and 10 official holidays a year. Staff members are international civil servants and are expected to be discrete and loyal with regard to the interests of the ICTY.

Professional Service Positions (P-Level)


Appointments for professional positions are normally for one year, with the possibility of renewal. Those offered an appointment at the professional level for one year will be considered as internationally recruited. When they serve outside their home country, they are provided with certain expatriate entitlements such as travel expenses upon initial appointment, removal of household effects, home leave, rental subsidy, education grant and repatriation grant.

General Service Positions (G-Level)

Appointments for general service positions are mostly issued for an initial period of three months. This trial period provides both the staff member and the organisation an opportunity to determine whether the appointment was mutually satisfactory. Thereafter, a renewal will be considered. However, in view of the temporary nature of the Tribunal, contracts are issued for a maximum period of one year, with the possibility of renewal.

All General Service staff are considered as local recruits and are not entitled to any expatriate benefits. The conditions of service of ICTY staff are governed by the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

There are different levels in the General Service category, recognising increasing levels of complexity. Staff are generally hired at a level that relates to their qualifications and experience.

Upon review of applications, a selection will be made to invite suitable candidates to participate in the required United Nations Entrance Examination.


Note : Required residency status

Employment with the ICTY is subject to relevant local laws - in the Netherlands these are the laws on labour and foreigners. The main points to be aware of are the following:

1. Dutch nationals and subjects of the European Union may work with the Tribunal without any prior documents, provided that their stay in the Netherlands prior to employment with the Tribunal was in compliance with local law.

2. Non-E.U. nationals in possession of a Vreemdelingendocument must confirm the validity of this document and must verify the status of their working privileges. In order to work for the Tribunal they must be in possession of a valid work permit for full-time employment and the work permit must not be limited to any specific category of job or employer.

3. Non-E.U. nationals who are not in possession of aforementioned documents must return to their home country and wait for the Tribunal to apply for a visa on their behalf.

4. Candidates selected for positions, who reside outside the E.U. and who require a visa for the Netherlands, will be asked to provide details to the Tribunal, which will apply for a visa on their behalf.

Please note that some positions are advertised so as to obtain a roster of candidates for posts that may arise in the future.