Training FAQs

Thank you for your interest in Justice Rapid Response (JRR) and in our training program carried out in partnership with the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI).

Most of the information relevant to JRR training courses and application procedure are outlined in the Call for Nominations document for each course. However, should you still have a query, below you will find a list of frequently asked questions related to the JRR training program.

Should you still find yourself without an answer, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at training@justicerapidresponse.org.

 

I would like to join the JRR roster, what should I do?

In order to join the JRR Roster, an expert has to successfully complete a JRR training course.

To participate in a JRR training course, an expert must have the relevant skills, expertise and languages outlined in the Call for Nominations and be nominated by their employer.

There is an extremely competitive process in which JRR selects 25 highly qualified experts to participate in each course. The courses include a series of theoretical and practical modules aimed at preparing experts to be a part of an investigative team during which they are also evaluated. Those experts who successfully complete a JRR training course are then invited to be certified onto the JRR Roster.

There is also the possibility of applying for certification onto the JRR Roster after successful completion of the 10-day “International Investigator Course” held by the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) in The Hague (Netherlands), which includes a module on JRR. Applicants who opt for this route, will be considered on the basis of their files and further interviews. To find out more about their courses please visit: www.iici.info.

Nota Bene: Other IICI courses, such as the Interviewing Skills or the IICI SGBV course unfortunately do not make participants eligible for applying to the Roster as they do not involve a module on JRR.

What is the JRR training schedule for the upcoming year?

The JRR training course schedule is posted on the JRR website and regularly updated it to provide you with the latest information. A Call for Nominations is circulated for each course approximately 5 months prior to the course start date. The best way to be informed of upcoming training opportunities as they are published is to send an e-mail to: training@justicerapidresponse.org requesting to be added to our distribution list.

What is a Call for Nominations (CfN)?

The Call for Nominations (CfN) is an invitation to be nominated to apply for a JRR training course. It is a document which JRR circulates to its network approximately 4-6 months prior to each course in view of recruiting the relevant course participants. The CfN outlines the eligibility criteria as well as the criteria on which selection will be based for each course. It also includes the documentation package and webform link needed to apply.

It is not an invitation to attend the training course itself.

Is the Call for Nominations an invitation to a training course? Or are we subject to further evaluation?

The Call for Nominations is an invitation to be nominated to apply for a JRR training course. It is not an invitation to attend the training course itself. All applicants must go through a competitive selection process. JRR, together with its training partners, will select participants amongst the nominees on the basis of the expertise identified for the course, their qualifications, languages and experience. All applicants will be notified of whether they have been selected or not.

Who can apply?

The Call for Nominations for a given course outlines the list of expertise, languages and experience sought for the course. The expertise that is recruited depends on the focus of the training and also on the current and anticipated needs of our roster.

As JRR can provide a large pallet of surge capacity ranging from 60 different professional categories, the expertise sought for JRR courses also ranges a wide variety of professions such as criminal investigators (both national and international); Human Rights investigators; SGBV investigators; cyber investigators; ballistics experts; military experts; Human rights monitors and analysts; security specialists; witness protection specialists; mental health specialists providing counselling and psycho-social support in the context of international investigations; prosecutors; forensic pathologists; clinical forensic doctors; forensic document examiners; crime scene analysts and managers; child protection specialists; Criminal law and procedural law reform experts – including experience with justice sector capacity building programs, and experience with relevant legislative drafting; Transitional justice experts; IHL and IHRL specialists; and interpreters.

Course participants will be selected among the nominees on the basis of the expertise identified for this course as well as their qualifications and experience. The need to have a roster reflecting as broad a geographic and linguistic representation as possible and gender balance will also be taken into consideration.

As the nomination process is very competitive, please be advised that priority will be given to applicants whose profiles correspond to the selection criteria outlined in the Call for Nominations and current enquiry requests. As JRR holds different training courses every year, to increase your chance of being selected, we recommend you apply for the training course for which your profile is the most appropriate.

How do I apply?

In order to be considered for a JRR training course, experts must apply through the Personal History Webform link provided in the Call for Nominations.

In order to submit their application, experts will be required to scan and upload the following documents duly signed and completed:

  • Nomination Form: completed and hand-signed by the employer. As rapid deployability of JRR experts in practice requires the agreement of the expert’s employer, the Nomination Form has to be completed by the employer of the expert, and more specifically by the person who has the authority to release of the expert for potential short-term international deployments (generally for up to 3 months).
  • Supervisor Recommendation Form: completed and signed by the supervisor of the expert.
  • Aggreement Form: completed and signed by the expert.

Incomplete applications cannot be submitted and applications not submitted through the webform link will not be accepted!

What is the JRR Personal History Webform (PHwF)?

In order to be considered for a JRR training course experts must fill out a JRR Personal History Webform, outlining their contact information, their educational background, their employment history, their languages, their expertise and their motivations for attending a JRR training course.

This document is the most important form in the application package as this is the information which will be used to populate the experts profile and skillset summary within the JRR database. Experts are advised to provide as much detailed information as possible as it is on the basis of the information provided in the PHwF that experts are also shortlisted for deployment missions.

The PHwF will only be considered completed once submitted via the webform.

By signing the Agreement Form, experts confirm that the information that they have provided is complete and accurate and that any failure to disclose relevant information at the submission stage may result in reversal of acceptance decisions and removal from the JRR roster.

What is the Nomination Form (NF)?

In order to be considered for a JRR training course experts must provide a signed Nomination Form from their employer.

This document outlines the employers understanding that by nominating their expert to a JRR training course, they agree in principle to consider releasing that expert for short-term international deployments if requests should arise.

Therefore, the Nomination Form has to be completed by the person responsible and with the appropriate authority for the rapid release of the expert for potential deployments (generally for up to 3 months).

This measure is required to maintain an effective roster and ensure a high rate of availability among its members.

What is the Recommendation Form (RF)?

In order to be considered for a JRR training course experts must provide a Recommendation Form.

The purpose of the Supervisor Recommendation Form is to get an informed recommendation from a person who is in a position to evaluate the experts work and skills in a professional setting. Please kindly note that this form is different from the JRR Nomination Form and is an additional requirement to the application package requested for each candidate.

What is the Agreement Form (AF)?

The Agreement Form is required as part of the application process for a JRR training course. By signing the Agreement Form, experts confirm that the information that they have provided is complete and accurate and that any failure to disclose relevant information at the submission stage may result in reversal of acceptance decisions and removal from the JRR roster.

What do I do if I am self-employed / an independent consultant?

Self-employed experts or independent consultants who, at the time of their application, do not have an employer should still fill out a Nomination Form and follow the Self-nomination instructions on the form. This is a requirement to ensure that there is an understanding that by nominating themselves to a JRR training course, they are agreeing in principle to make themselves available for international short-term deployment missions should a request arise.

Experts on long-term consultancy projects with more limited availabilities are advised to request in principle agreement from their current clients.

This measure is taken to maintain an effective roster and ensure a high rate of availability among its members.

Self-employed experts or independent consultants are also required to provide a Recommendation Form. Should you not have a supervisor, this form may be completed by the most recent client you have provided services to.

Should this not be possible, we will also accept a Supervisor Recommendation Form completed by your most recent previous supervisor.

The purpose of the Supervisor Recommendation Form is to get an informed recommendation from a person who is in a position to evaluate your work and your skills in a work setting.

Please kindly note that this form is different from the JRR Nomination Form and is an additional requirement to the application package requested for each candidate.

What do I do if I am currently unemployed or on a sabbatical? How do I complete the Nomination Form?

Experts who are unemployed or on sabbaticals at the time of their application are required to fill out a Nomination Form indicating their status on the form and following the Self-nomination instructions. This is a requirement to ensure that there is an understanding that by nominating themselves to a JRR training course they are agreeing in principle to make themselves available for international short-term deployment missions should a request arise.

When their employment situation changes, they will be asked to provide a new Nomination Form from their new employer. This measure is taken to maintain an effective roster and ensure a high rate of availability among its members.

Unemployed experts are also required to provide a Recommendation Form completed by their most recent previous supervisor.

The purpose of the Supervisor Recommendation Form is to get an informed recommendation from a person who is in a position to evaluate the experts work and skills in a professional setting.

Please kindly note that this form is different from the Nomination Form and is an additional requirement to the application package requested for each candidate.

What are the course costs and is there available sponsorship?

The training course fees are covered by JRR. In return for having their employees benefit from this course given by some of the best practitioners in the field free of charge, employers agree in principle, that they will positively consider releasing their experts for deployment missions should a request arise. Those nominating experts for a JRR training course are asked to cover only for the travel, accommodation and meal expenses of their candidates.

If a Nominating Entity would like to nominate an expert for a course, but requires financial assistance to cover for travel, accommodation and meal expenses, they may indicate so in the Nomination Form. Additional sponsorships are subject to funding availability and cannot be guaranteed.

JRR will only be able to provide additional sponsorship for selected candidates who are nationals of countries and territories eligible to receive official development assistance (ODA). The OECD DAC list of ODA recipient may be found here:

http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/documentupload/DAC%20List%20of%20ODA%20Recipients%202014%20final.pdf

Can I apply if I am working for OHCHR/UN Women/ICC?

As the primary purpose of JRR training courses is to be able to certify successful participants to the JRR roster, JRR will not be in a position to accept nominations of regular staff members from OHCHR.

Nominations from regular staff members of UN Women or the ICC, will be treated on a case by case basis, however staff members of these organizations will have to ensure that they get the necessary approval from their supervisor for their nomination in view of potential deployments.

As a facility that provides surge capacity to the international community, JRR has always aimed to avoid placing on its roster staff from organizations that are current or potential end-users of the roster. This is to ensure that JRR does not negatively impact the ability of these organizations to carry out their mandates on account of losing vital human resources. Thus it is important that these end-user organizations fully endorse the nomination of a given expert. Additionally, in order to be able to respond rapidly to requests from the international community, JRR relies on the availability of the experts on its roster and we can therefore only consider nominations from professionals who would, in principle, be available upon short notice for short-term missions (up to three months).

Professionals working as consultants to such organizations remain eligible for nomination. These experts should be available for short-term deployments, upon release by their employers.

I missed the deadline, can I still apply?

The deadline for applications to a training course is fixed. As the review process begins directly after the deadline, and due to the very large number of nominations we receive, we are rarely able to extend the Call for Nominations deadlines.

The JRR roster being “evergreen”, there are usually multiple training opportunities per year. If you miss an application deadline, we invite you to regularly check our website for the publication of Call for Nominations. If you wish to receive information on upcoming training opportunities as they are published please contact us at training@justicerapidresponse.org for us to add your e-mail to our distribution list.

How is the selection for the training course being made?

Once all the nominees’ applications are received, JRR carries out an extensive review of the application packages and carries out reference checks and interviews as necessary.

In consultation with its training partners, JRR selects 25 course candidates to be invited to each training course. The selection is made on the basis of the expertise, languages and skills identified for the course and the qualifications and experience of the nominees. The need to have a roster reflecting as broad a geographic representation as possible and gender balance is also taken into consideration.

How long after the deadline of the Call for Nominations can I expect to receive an answer on whether I am selected or not?

The selection process can sometimes be quite lengthy as it is done in consultation with our training partners. In addition the duration may vary depending on the amount of applications received. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard. All applicants will be informed whether they have been selected or not or placed on the reserve list.

Is it possible to participate in a training course and miss a day of training or some modules for professional or personal reasons?

Participation in every session of the course is mandatory for successful completion of the training. JRR will not certify participants who have not attended and completed the totality of the training course.

I applied before and was not selected, can I reapply?

Experts may apply as many times as they want to JRR training courses. Given the highly competitive nature of the selection process and the limited number of available seats in each course, non-selection does not imply that your profile is not of interest to us.

Experts are nonetheless advised to specifically tailor their applications for each training course. The more information that is provided the better, and experts should target the courses for which their skills are most relevant. Each Call for Nominations outlines the list of expertise and languages that are specifically sought for a given course and this list is revised regularly according to the evolving needs of the roster.

If I am reapplying do I need to submit a new application?

Yes, experts are required to provide a new application each time they apply for a JRR training course ensuring that the information therein is up-to-date.

Experts are advised to provide as much relevant information as possible and tailor their application specifically for each training course in order to increase their chances of being selected. Information included in the webform is used as a basis for selection not only onto the training course, but also for potential deployment missions.

Can an expert who is already on the roster apply for another training course?

Experts already on the JRR Roster are kindly requested to contact the JRR secretariat at training@justicerapidresponse.org if they wish to reapply. Please do not resubmit a webform.

The Call for Nominations is sent to JRR Roster experts for them to be able to circulate it amongst their professional networks to colleagues with relevant profiles that may be interested.

The main purpose of the JRR training courses is to be able to train experts in view of their certification onto the JRR Roster for them to become available for international deployments. Given that our training courses are not only purely for the purpose of capacity building, priority will be given to experts not yet on the roster.

In addition, the content of the course might be quite similar to the one you have already attended.

Should experts wish to have further training in the area of international criminal investigations, interviewing skills, SGBV investigations, etc. we recommend consulting the IICI website for their capacity building training courses.

I would like to participate in a JRR training course, but do not want to be deployed or do not think my employer is likely to release me for deployment, can I still apply?

The main purpose of JRR training courses is to be able to train experts in view of their certification onto the JRR Roster for them to become available for international deployments.

Experts who are not likely to be deployed are advised to consult the IICI website for their capacity building training courses instead.

Will JRR make logistical arrangements for flights, hotels, and transfers for the training course?

JRR will provide selected participants with all of the logistical information necessary for their attendance in the course, however, experts are responsible for booking their own flights and confirming their accommodation.

In addition, experts are also held responsible for ensuring that they have all of the necessary visas, international insurance and vaccinations required for their travel.