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Associate Network and Systems Officer (P-2)

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The Administration Division manages the OPCW’s day-to-day human resources, finances, and logistical support, and coordinates knowledge management.

The Division also represents the Technical Secretariat during sessions of the Advisory Body on Administrative and Financial Matters (ABAF), and serves as the point of contact for the OPCW’s External Auditor. 



General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Estimated monthly remuneration depending on post adjustment and family status: USD
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

This position is part of the Information Services Branch (ISB) that is responsible for providing reliable and secure ICT services in support of all OPCW programmes and activities. You will also be responsible for full lifecycle (Sourcing, Planning, design, development, test, implementation, administration, maintenance and support, decommissioning) of Information and Communication Technologies systems and services, including but not limited to: Local and Wide Area Networks, Unified Communications, Internet, Intranet, World Wide Web, Data Centre services, Business Systems, Infrastructure Systems, Mobility (remote access), and underpinning services, systems and contracts to deliver such services to the OPCW.

Main Responsibilities

As Associate Network and Systems Officer you will be providing 2nd and 3rd level support on network related requests through system troubleshooting of identified problems.

In addition, this roll also includes the following responsibilities:

Provides operational support to system developers, actively monitors network and systems; provides technical advice on hardware, software solutions and ICT technologies.

Assists in the coordination of the work of the Operations Team, by monitoring and updating work queues and planning work requiring team effort, as delegated by the ICT Operations Officer.

Performs technical activities linked to the upkeep of production environment, as per target SLAs.

Evaluates, analyses and recommends technology deemed suitable to the OPCW’s networks and requirements to be implemented to the ICT Operations Officer.

Implements and/or controls the life cycle of information Technology infrastructure and systems.

Coordinates the work of consultants when required.

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Qualifications and Experience


Essential:  Advanced University degree in Information and Communications Technology, Engineering, Computer Science or related. A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Information and Communications Technology, Engineering, Computer Science or other relevant subject with 4 years` experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced degree.
Specialised or Technical training with relevant professional certifications at expert level (e.g. CCNP/CCIE) with additional qualifying experience (minimum 8 years) may be accepted in lieu of the university degree.
In-depth technical knowledge of Cisco Catalyst switching hardware and software gained over some years of providing support in an IT enterprise environment, including using change management, incident management processes, and ownership of support cases opened/closed via hardware vendors.
In-depth technical knowledge of Cisco wireless networking technology, including Cisco Access Points, Wireless LAN controllers, CISCO ISE, gained over some years of providing support in an IT enterprise environment.
Familiarity with networks performance monitoring tools.
Solid technical knowledge of software upgrade procedures for Cisco routers, switches and wireless devices.
Solid knowledge of Local Area and Data Centre networking and protocols, in particular, VLAN's, 802. lx (Cisco ISE), VRF's, vPC's, QOS, VPN's, TCP/IP and Ethernet.
Experience leading projects in the field of ICT Networking and Infrastructure.

Knowledge and Experience


At least 2 years of combined experience related to information and communication technologies, with an emphasis on networks and telecommunications is required with an Advanced degree.  A minimum of 4 years' experience in the same areas is required if only a first degree has been obtained. A minimum of 8 years' experience is required with specialised or technical training.
Knowledge and experience in ICT Infrastructure, in particular networks and telecommunications.


A mix of work experience in private sector and international organisation(s) would be an asset.

Skills and Competencies

• Outstanding analytical skills.
• Ability to learn autonomously from network, forums, self-study and reflection.
• Demonstrated ability to have a system understanding of enterprise infrastructure and technical architecture, and if needed, work autonomously.
• Ability to explain technical concepts to a heterogeneous audience with various degrees of technical expertise and affinity, including peers, 1st level support, and end users.
• Ability to plan and organise work, for him/herself and peers.
• Ability and predisposition to document own work, and systems.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
• Ability to identify clients' needs and propose appropriate solutions as well as establish and maintain effective work relationships with outside collaborators.
• Proven record of being a positive part of a team including the ability to, when necessary, lead, coordinate, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and propose training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills.
• Knowledge and/or experience in IT Governance and/or IT Architecture, is an asset.


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.

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’.