OPCW Senior Programme Officer

Website Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 Member States, oversees the global endeavor to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons.

The ultimate aim of the OPCW is to achieve our vision of a world free of chemical weapons in which chemistry is used for peace, progress, and prosperity, and to contribute to international security and stability, general and complete disarmament, and global economic development. Under the OPCW’s oversight 96% of the chemical weapons stockpiles declared by possessor States have been verifably destroyed.

The OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

Job Summary

We are looking for a dedicated professional with a background in capacity building, emergency response and project management. The individual will need strong networking skills, organisational ability and sense of initiative. The ideal candidate can flourish within a multi-cultural environment, able to be a strong team player in support of colleagues as well as function independently to achieve successful results.

Main Responsibilities

  • Design, prepare, implement and report on capacity building projects at the national and regional level in the field of chemical emergency response
  • Employ strong project management skills
  • Engage stakeholders and build strong networks to support implementation of Article X
  • Prepare draft documents for executive and senior managers, the Policy Making Organs, Permanent Representatives and National Authorities

Education Requirements

An advanced university degree in management, social sciences, science and technology, international relations, or a related discipline. A first level university degree in combination with additional qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Knowledge and Experience

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience directly relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention, preferably in capacity building related to emergency response ( 9 years with a first level degree); A minimum of 5 years of in the conduct of needs assessments, planning, conduct, monitoring and evaluation of capacity building programmes; Knowledge of multilateral disarmament issues and experience in dealing with national and international authorities in this field; Experience in formal programme management approaches, stakeholder engagement, results-based monitoring and evaluation is desirable; Experience in analysing issues, developing courses of action and implementing them in an international context is desirable; Experience in the assessment of needs and coordination of assistance delivery in emergency situations is desirable. Skills and Competencies Experience building capacity at the national and regional level, preferably in fields related to emergency response; Possess strong project management skills; Refined understanding and ability to manage politically sensitive issues;

Experience in positive stakeholder engagement and building of strong networks; Possess excellent document drafting and preparation skills. Languages Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.

Additional Information This fixed-term appointment is for the duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.

The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The total length of service for Professional staff shall not exceed 7 years.

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