Chemical research
Temporary employment
Den Haag
Bachelor (EQF 6), Doctorate/PhD (EQF 8), Master (EQF 7)
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The OPCW’s Verification Division works towards achieving chemical disarmament and preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons through participation in the planning and oversight of inspections at both military and chemical industry facilities. The division also manages declarations while maintaining and strengthening the scientific capabilities of the Organisation, especially its laboratory component. The division also conducts Technical Assistance Visits at the request of States Parties.


The Division is responsible for the day-to-day operation of OPCW’s verification regime. It is a key element of the Secretariat, using trustworthy and science-based information to implement all aspects of the Convention including decisions from the Policy Making Organs.


Job Summary

This role is centred around organising, planning and conducting information retrieval, dissemination and overall management of information relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The nature of this job requires knowledge of the CWC including related decisions by the Policy Making Organs, information technology, regulations and application of confidentiality procedures as well as ability to judge and interpret complex issues where precedents are scarce.


Main Responsibilities

By applying the OPCW Manual on Confidentiality on a daily basis, the Knowledge Management Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • To coordinate and support the Knowledge Management (KM) programme within the Verification Division (VER), including developing relevant policies and procedures and advocating knowledge management-related practices and activities;
  • To provide expert advice to the organisation’s Knowledge Management Adviser on the development and implementation of an organisation-wide strategy on KM;
  • To promote a knowledge sharing culture as part of VER's operational business processes;
  • To provide strategic coordination on information projects, practices and activities in VER in order to support the work of the business units;
  • To provide support to the VER Senior Coordinating Officer, to VER risk management and VER implementation of any recommendations which may be made by the Office of Internal Oversight concerning audit findings.


Qualifications and Experience


You should have an advanced university degree in knowledge management, business administration and/or similar subjects. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 7 years) in areas of direct relevance to business analysis, process engineering, risk management and/or knowledge and information management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.



  • Experience in project management, particularly IT project or programme management; 
  • Recognised KM certifications such as Certified Knowledge Manager (CKI) by KM Institute would be an asset.


Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have at least five years of related experience in knowledge and/or information management, including project management, ideally in the field of applied chemistry. Experience in establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.


Skills and Competencies

To succeed in this role you will need the following skills and competencies:

  • Project and/or Knowledge management experience, including designing, planning and implementing KM-related initiatives;
  • Knowledge of modern knowledge and information management, experience in use and evaluation of relevant supporting IT tools;
  • Knowledge of techniques and methods for mapping/measuring/analysing business processes;
  • Experience in implementing change in an organisational environment;
  • Practical experience in applying information technology to the implementation of business processes including knowledge sharing strategies;
  • Communication: Ability to promote collaboration across many business units; ability to explain complex concepts in a simplified manner;
  • Client Orientation: ability to understands clients' needs and concerns, and to respond effectively to client needs;
  • Drive for Results: ability to be proactive and innovative in seeking solutions;
  • Teamwork: ability to collaborate with others in cross-unit teams and to work effectively in diverse and multicultural teams. Influencing and resolving differences across organisational boundaries: promoting collaboration and facilitating teamwork;
  • Learning and knowledge sharing: open to new ideas; shares own knowledge builds partnerships for learning and knowledge sharing;
  • Analytical Thinking and Decisive Judgement: analysing issues and problems systematically, gathering balanced input and drawing sound conclusions.



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.


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.


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’.