Why I Want To Be ICC Registrar — Ibrahim James Pam

A Nigerian, Ibrahim James Pam, currently who serves as the Director and Head of the Independent Integrity Unit at the Green Climate Fund, Songdo, Korea, has stated why he wants to be Registrar, International Criminal Court.

In his statement of motivation, Pam who currently chairs the Ad Hoc External Advisory Panel on Work Culture for the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of  the ICC, says “having worked in the area of international criminal justice, investigations and prosecutions of Rome Statute crimes, internal oversight, administrative and criminal investigations, fraud risk management and fraud prevention at national and international level over the last twenty-two years, and given the diversity of my experience over this period, in addition to twelve years of banking and litigation experience as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria prior to that, I offer myself for consideration for the position of Registrar of the International Criminal Court. The following is a statement of my motivation in addition to a description of related professional experience, and how these align with the requirement and job description for the position of Registrar, ICC.”

He adds that It will be his priority to adequately resource and motivate the staff of the ICC to execute their tasks, and to “ensure that the work environment is both physically and psychologically conducive to the fulfilment of the mission of ICC personnel.”

He further says: “In my experience leading accountability functions in UN field missions, at the African Development Bank, and at the Green Climate Fund, I have helped to create value-based work cultures that respond to the aspirations of working personnel, and meet the basic standards set for the international civil service and by the administrative tribunals. By executing my primary function in providing integrity oversight at the Green Climate Fund, I enabled the formation of administrative responses to address workplace issues. Some of the features of the reforms that were instituted by the Executive Director of the Fund include open and transparent consultation processes that defined the values of the institution and created an improved Employee Value Proposition; strengthened internal redress mechanisms of the Fund to create effective alternative, non-conflictual redress options for staff conflicts (including a strengthened Ombudsman function and an office mediator); and enhanced capacity for managers and supervisors to improve their management practices in addressing staff conflicts. I would be looking to implement a similar approach at the ICC.

“As Registrar, I would as a matter of priority familiarize myself with the status of implementation of the recommendations of the IER Panel report, starting with the creation of a coordination mechanism to define implementation modalities common to the three Organs of the Court. I will engage in discussions with the Presidency and the OTP to work towards the modalities for implementation of the report, and to identify areas of immediate concern to achieve resolution of any impediments to reform.

“I currently Chair the Ad Hoc External Advisory Panel on Work Culture for the Office of the Prosecutor, with responsibility for advising the Prosecutor on the reform of the working environment of the OTP in line with the recommendations in the IER report. The Panel has conducted a detailed examination of the issues raised in the IER report and has made extensive recommendations to guide the implementation of the recommendations of the IER in relation to the OTP. This has given me a deep insight into the issues relating to workplace conflict and dysfunction in the ICC, and the process by which the recommendations ought to be implemented. This experience would be invaluable for me in formulating an appropriate mechanism for implementing the IER recommendations related to the Office of the Registrar and which have Court-wide application, with due regard to the independence of the judicial functions of the Presidency and the OTP.

“Also, with due regard to the independence of the Presidency and the OTP in the exercise of their judicial functions, I will lead the application of the “One-Court” principle in the administration of the non-judicial aspects of the work of the ICC. I will seek to undertake this under the strategic guidance of the Coordination Council established by Regulation 3 of the Regulations of the Court. Broad consultations will be undertaken to properly identify the scope and parameters of this principle in line with the provisions of Article 43 of the Rome Statute. I would lead a proactive, consultative approach to implementing common human resources and administrative standards across the Court, as well as in undertaking a coordinated initiative with the Presidency and the OTP in streamlining common services and functions which may currently be duplicated and therefore either weakened, or potentially risky to the operations of the Court. To enable me to do this, I would undertake an operational audit to identify such existing duplications of functions and processes, and then in coordination with the other Organs of the Court drive the resolution of such duplications.
The financial administration of the ICC is a matter of the utmost importance and it impacts the effective administration of the Court. It is absolutely essential to show the highest standards of fiscal discipline, adherence to the terms of approved budgets and high levels of budget execution. This builds trust with States Parties and enhances the reputation of the institution amongst all stakeholders. I will ensure a highly efficient process for determining needs and resource requirements, and then conducting needs-based budget planning, giving due consideration to the efficient use of budgeted resources and the need to ensure value-for-money. Budgeting and financial planning will be conducted in a fully consultative and transparent manner. While it is understood that the Court’s budgets are constrained by the ability of States Parties to fulfil their financial contribution obligations, I will actively engage the ASP (within the limits of my authority) to encourage the full realization of financial contributions.

“I will also ensure strict adherence to financial rules and regulations, with a zero-tolerance for breaches. Strict observance of procurement rules is critical for avoiding waste and fraud. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that corporations lose 5% of their revenues annually to fraud. I will therefore enforce 100% compliance with all financial regulations, including procurement processes. As a means of preventing the breach of financial, procurement and other regulations, I will employ a two-pronged approach of both training and awareness-raising (to overcome lack of awareness and excuses), and also design a preventative mechanism using a data-driven approach to identify risks of fraud and breaches.
At the Green Climate Fund, we have built a statistical model based on machine-learning that uses historical data to predict the occurrence of fraud in projects and corporate procurements. This is a highly reliable tool for predictive analysis, and it provides an opportunity to implement effective preventative means to avoid integrity breaches and financial loss. I will replicate this method at the ICC, and I will also ensure that any breach of procurement rules will be subject to applicable disciplinary processes.
I will take seriously the reporting obligations of the Registrar as clearly defined in the Rome Statute and in the Regulations of the Court. To this end, I understand that the Registrar acts under the authority of the President of the Court, and reports to the Assembly of States Parties. I will ensure that that the Registry provides comprehensive and timely reports on an agreed periodic basis in line with the statutory requirements.”

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