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Communications Manager and Administrator

Pursuant to a Cooperation Agreement between the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Peace Palace, The Hague, the PCA provides publication and related services to ICCA. The PCA is currently seeking a suitable candidate to fill the position of ICCA Communications Manager and Administrator (“Communications Manager”).

Description of Responsibilities
The Communication Manager plays a key role in managing the ICCA Bureau in The Hague, and acting as principal liaison between the ICCA Bureau and ICCA’s members, interest groups, project groups and Congress organisers.
Responsibilities include:
• managing the ICCA Bureau at the PCA in The Hague and providing administrative support to ICCA’s publication and project activities;
• maintaining and updating the ICCA website ( and liaising with ICCA’s web designer about website updates, new media activities and social media;
• maintaining a database of ICCA members (approximately 1000), processing membership payments and answering queries from members;
• promoting ICCA membership through communication with current members via regular e-newsletters, tri-annual hard copy newsletters and an annual membership directory, and through regular promotional campaigns within the arbitration community;
• acting as principal liaison between the ICCA Bureau and the host committees of biennial ICCA Congresses, and organising and overseeing membership activities at Congresses (see;
• acting as principal liaison between the ICCA Bureau and Young ICCA (an ICCA interest group of some 2000 members), and assisting Young ICCA on logistical, web-based and promotional activities (see;
• organising the annual ICCA Governing Board meeting and coordinating the preparation of meeting materials, in consultation with the Executive Director and the local host committee;
• supporting and assisting the ICCA Executive Director.

Qualifications and Skills
Applicants must be fluent speakers of English and must have excellent knowledge of word processing programmes (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint), as well as familiarity with desktop publishing tools (such as InDesign), database management, website maintenance and tools used in social media.
Candidates should thrive in a multi-cultural environment, enjoy serving the needs of an extended and varied membership, and take satisfaction from performing varied tasks. Candidates will be expected to work independently and proactively, to show creativity in conception of campaigns and in the design of promotional materials and related publications, to communicate clearly and professionally, and to show willingness to learn new skills.

- Full-time (40 hours per week, with the possibility of a 38-hour per week contract), with daily presence at the office essential.
- Salary in the B category of the OECD salary scales for the Netherlands and depending on experience.
- Start date: early to mid-July 2015.
- Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV by e-mail to: 
ICCA Executive Director, Ms. Lise Bosman ( and
- Application deadline: 21 May 2015 (interviews during the week of 26 May).
About ICCA

The International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) is a worldwide organization devoted to promoting the use and improving the processes of arbitration, conciliation and other forms of resolving international commercial disputes. Its activities include convening international arbitration congresses and conferences, publishing authoritative dispute resolution publications (including the Yearbook Commercial Arbitration, the International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, and the ICCA Congress Series), and promoting the harmonization of arbitration and conciliation rules, laws, procedures and standards.

ICCA was established in 1961 and has official status as a nongovernmental organization accredited by the United Nations. Through a Cooperation Agreement with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands, the PCA provides publication and related services to ICCA.






Positions for Legal Counsel at the International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration may become available from time to time. Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit applications for the job description below that may be considered when a position becomes available.


The PCA is an international organization specialized in the resolution of legal disputes founded in
1899 and based in The Hague. PCA staff work in the Peace Palace, which was constructed to house the PCA and completed in 1913. The staff of the PCA is comprised of approximately 28 legal, editorial, and administrative staff members of various nationalities, dedicated to facilitating the resolution of disputes involving states, state entities, and international organizations. 

Description of Duties

The duties of the Legal Counsel include the provision of legal advice to the Secretary-General and staff of the International Bureau; direct support to arbitral tribunals and parties in PCA proceedings; assistance with PCA services in matters submitted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules; responding to queries from law firms, governments, and international organizations regarding PCA services; giving presentations about the PCA to groups of visitors at the Peace Palace including judges, lawyers, and students; performing any research, drafting, or representation assignments, and any other tasks as directed by the Secretary-General or Deputy Secretary General/Principal Legal Counsel. International travel on short notice may be required in the fulfillment of the Employee’s duties.


Applicants should be admitted to practice law in their home jurisdiction with several years of work experience, preferably in arbitration or public international law at a law firm or an arbitral institution. Fluency in French or English is essential; knowledge of other languages is desirable. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV by e-mail to:
Legal Counsel Recruitment
Permanent Court of Arbitration
Carnegieplein 2
Peace Palace
2517 KJ The Hague
The Netherlands

Note: Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.


Recruitment Policy


The PCA is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to serving the international community in the field of dispute resolution. It recruits and employs staff based on the highest standards of competence, integrity, and efficiency.

Vacant positions are filled by nationals of member states based on the needs and available resources of the organization, particularly in relation to the nature and size of the PCA's caseload, which can vary from year to year. Due regard is given to maintaining an appropriate mix of men and women, and the need to seek geographical diversity in order to maintain the international character of the institution.