Vacancies

Current vacancies:

  • Diplomat Lawyer ("Secretary")

who will be in charge of specific work in relation to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children and other work in the field of international family law and child protection. [more]
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2015
Starting date: as soon as possible

  • Accountant (full-time)

Part of a three-person Finance Office within the administrative team of the Permanent Bureau, the successful candidate will report to the Secretary General and work in close co-operation with the Senior Financial Officer in the areas of accounting (incl. preparation of financial statements), budgetary monitoring, and financial management. [more]
Deadline for applications: 5 December 2014
Starting date: January 2015

 


The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking a:

Diplomat Lawyer ("Secretary")

who will be in charge of specific work in relation to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children and other work in the field of international family law and child protection.

The ideal candidate will answer to the following description:

- Excellent knowledge of private international law (conflict of laws) in general, and in particular of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Conventions.

- Excellent law school education, preferably in the common law tradition; familiarity with comparative law (substantive and procedural law); good knowledge of public international law (in particular, the law of treaties and human rights law).

- Excellent drafting capabilities (e.g., dissertation, law review or other publication experience will be taken into account).

- A minimum of 10 years of experience in practice of law, academia, or an international organisation is desirable; experience with international negotiations an advantage.

- Excellent command, preferably as native language and both spoken and written, of English; good command of French and knowledge of other languages desirable.

- Personal qualities to:

lead a small team of colleagues working in the area of international family law and child protection;

contribute to a good, pleasant and co-operative working atmosphere both within the Permanent Bureau and with representatives of Members, non-Member States and other Organisations;

contribute to the effective administration of the Permanent Bureau;

represent the Hague Conference at a diplomatic level.  

The finalists will be required to undergo a professional assessment administered by an external consultant.

Further position-related information:

- While the position is located in The Hague, it requires regular travel to both near and distant countries.

- Medical clearance is required.

- For more information on the process of appointment for a Diplomat Lawyer (Secretary) see Article 5(1) of the Statute of the Organisation (available at www.hcch.net). Concerning the geographic representation mentioned in Article 5(2) of the Statute, it is recalled that the current Diplomat Lawyers possess the following nationalities: Swiss, Canadian, and Spanish.

Duration of the appointment: initially two years (with a six-month probationary period).

Salary: Relevant A-grade of the Co-ordinated Organisations scale for the Netherlands, depending on qualifications and experience (the grade corresponding to the envisaged profile would most likely be A3 or A4).

Entry on duty: as soon as possible, taking into account the availability of the successful candidate.

Applications: Written applications with a curriculum vitae, including a full description of the candidate's experience with the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention, a list of publications and contact information for three references, should be addressed to the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, before 15 January 2015, at <[email protected]>.

 


The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking an:

ACCOUNTANT (full-time). 

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A degree in accounting;
  • At least five years of relevant experience, preferably within an international working environment;
  • Familiarity with Dutch and IPSAS accounting standards;
  • Fluency in English with working knowledge of Dutch. Working knowledge of French is an asset.

He or she should work well in a team and respond well to time-critical requests. He or she will have good organisational skills and will be experienced in handling confidential issues. He or she will be able to work independently in a high-pressure environment.

The successful candidate will report to the Secretary General and work in close co-operation with the Senior Financial Officer in the areas of accounting (incl. preparation of financial statements), budgetary monitoring, and financial management. The successful candidate will be part of a three-person Finance Office within the administrative team of the Permanent Bureau.

Duties will include:

  • Preparing the Organisation's draft Budget;
  • Bookkeeping;
  • Designing an internal control framework;
  • Preparing financial statements for the audit;
  • Monitoring and analysis of expenses, summarisation and forecast of the organisation's financial position, monitoring of all budget lines;
  • Providing substantive support in developing and implementing new accounting system;
  • Preparing monthly financial reports and statements, including monthly income (P&L) and pension statements, and bank reconciliation statements;
  • Liaising with the auditors and responding to external audit observations with respect to the audit of the financial statements;
  • Assisting with the implementation and monitoring of the system of financing the Pension Scheme; and
  • Other projects as assigned.
Type of appointment and duration: two-year contract with a six-month probationary period.

Starting date: January 2015.

Salary: The Permanent Bureau follows the remuneration scale of the Co-ordinated Organisations (this is a B-grade position).

Deadline for applications: 5 December 2014.

Applications: written applications should be made by e-mail, with Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation and the contact details for at least two references, to be addressed to the Secretary General, at <[email protected]>.