The International Cooperation and Assistance Division serves as international provider and platform for providing specialised and technical assistance in support of States Parties efforts to meet their obligations under the Convention through a portfolio of wide range of programmes and projects. These capacity building programmes are aimed at contributing to build and enhance States Parties capacity to fostering the use of chemistry for peaceful purposes for the economic and technological development of the States Parties; facilitating the national implementation and responding and dealing with threats involving toxic chemicals.
The Assistance and Protection Branch team is a diverse team who thrive on providing States Parties with expert advice and programmes to develop and improve their emergency response capabilities against the use, or threat of use, of chemical weapons.
As the Head, Assistance and Protection Branch, you will plan, manage, and control the work programme and priorities of the Branch. Also, you will be responsible for supporting the States Parties in meeting their obligations under Article X (Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons) well as maintaining and promoting the International Support Network for Victims of Chemical Weapons.
The ideal candidate will lead the work of the Branch in such a way that it contributes to promoting and ensuring coordinated and synergised work planning and delivery across the division nurturing a joined up working culture and practices.
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Qualifications and Experience
Essential: An advanced university degree in either a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject or international relations, law or related discipline. A first level university degree in combination with additional qualifying experience (minimum 12 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Knowledge and Experience
Essential: At least 10 years’ experience in a programme management role, where at least 3 years are spent with management and leadership responsibility. Ideally, the experience would have been gained in an international organisation, multi-stakeholder environment or multilateral institution involving:
Preparing strategies, formulating policies and negotiating agreements.
Managing the programmes in line with results-based principles.
Previous working experience within an international organisation would be an asset.
Desirable: Experience of bilateral technical assistance and capacity building programmes or capacity-building in the area of emergency response and preparedness.
Skills and Competencies
To succeed in this role you will need the following skills and competencies:
• Excellent and proven planning, organisational, coordination, negotiation and problem-solving skills.
• Strong analytical and conceptual skills in analysing and interpreting operational issues, assessing assistance needs and determining priorities, formulating options, and proposing and implementing solutions.
• Demonstrated experience developing and managing capacity-building and other assistance programs, including training, and in mobilising resources from donor states for such capacity-building programs.
• Political awareness and developed strategic thinking skills are critical for this post.
• Demonstrated leadership and management skills, achieve results, and learn lessons and manage knowledge; a capacity for people management, team building and staff development would be an asset.
• Excellent inter-personal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to apply tact and accuracy and to present information clearly and logically both in writing and verbally.
• Solid information technology skills including proficiency in Microsoft desktop packages.
• Knowledge of Results-Based Budgeting (RBB) or similar budgeting processes.
• Ability to ensure an effective work structure to maximise productivity and achieve Section goals; Ability to coordinate the work of others, forge collaboration with other work units, work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities.
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.
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.
The mandatory age of separation at the OPCW is 65 years.
Fixed-term staff members participate in the OPCW provident fund. A monthly staff contribution is met with a doubled amount by the OPCW to ensure separating staff have the capital necessary to move on to new challenges.
The Director-General retains the discretion to not make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.
Only fully completed applications submitted before the closing date and through OPCW CandidateSpace will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.
Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.
OPCW General Terms and Conditions
Important notice for applicants who are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system
Although headquartered in the Netherlands, the OPCW is not a regular Dutch employer but a public international organisation with its own special status. Please be advised that if you are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system, you will be excluded from this system as a staff member of the OPCW. You will consequently be insured under the organisation’s system. The above also applies to your dependents unless they are employed by a regular Dutch employer, they are self-employed in the Netherlands, or are receiving Dutch social security payments.
Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for more information about the possible consequences for you and your dependents, such as exclusion from ‘AWBZ’ and ‘Zorgverzekeringswet’ coverage: ‘Werken bij een internationale organisatie’.