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Head, Human Resources (P-5)

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The Administration Division (ADM) is responsible for assuring the effective management of the financial and human resources, information technology, procurement, support services and training functions within the Technical Secretariat (TS).

The Budget and Finance Branch (BFB) applies best practice budgetary and financial support services to the OPCW.

The Branch is responsible for developing and managing the OPCW Programme and Budget, supporting the management and reporting of extra-budgetary funding, preparation of the OPCW Financial Statements, collecting assessed State Party contributions and other income, and administering all payments for the organisation. The Branch carries out its functions in accordance with the financial regulations and rules and decisions of the OPCW policy-making organs and serves as a key interlocutor with the Organisation’s External Auditor.


We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity.



General Information

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


Job Summary

The Head, Human Resources is the lead function of the Human Resources Branch (HRB) that provides and maintains a quality human resources and workforce management framework to ensure the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat can fulfil its strategic and operational objectives efficiently and optimally.

Our HR team is looking for a dedicated leader who will bring a strategic HR vision with solid experience in the United Nations common system or a comparable public international organisation. They will lead the HR Branch and guarantees the delivery of high-quality HR support services to all OPCW staff to support the overall success of the Organisation.

This includes delivering vital HR services encompassing talent management, recruitment, staff administration, HR policy, training and development with a focus on employee engagement and diversity and inclusion.


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Main Responsibilities

In this position as the Head, Human Resources, you will be accountable for leading the HR team and developing a collaborative partnership with managers and other stakeholders by ensuring implementation of HR strategies, policies, procedures, providing advice, direction and guidance on human resources and organisational development matters. You will monitor, evaluate, and support the HR branch’s performance according to the objectives of the organisation. In this role, you will promote a dynamic high-performance culture based on OPCW values. In addition, you will create and implement initiatives to enhance staff engagement and promote an open and transparent staff-management consultative process.

Qualifications and Experience



You should have an advanced university degree in human resources management, public or business administration, law, social sciences, or a related field. A first level university degree in a related field in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 12 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Knowledge and Experience


You should have an advanced university degree with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in HR management including experience at a senior level in the United Nations common system or a comparable public international organisation. Demonstrated professional competence in organisational development, change management and the ability to lead effectively in a fast-changing environment. Experience in developing and implementing HR policies, manuals or guidelines for the United Nations or a comparable public international organisation is required. Experience in drafting reports and responses to the legislative and oversight bodies of a public international organisation is essential.



Experience in the implementation of a talent management framework in the area of staffing through an enterprise resource planning system as the operations business owner is desirable. Knowledge of the conditions of service of the UN Common System / recommendations of the International Civil Service Commission is highly desirable.


Skills and Competencies

1. Leadership and management skills, including ability to provide significant success in the provision of an operational service targeted at achieving tangible results;
2. Proven planning, organisational, coordination, negotiation and problem-solving skills including the ability to handle a multitude of activities whilst ensuring high quality output;
3. Analytical and conceptual skills in analysing and interpreting operational issues, formulating options, and proposing and implementing solutions;
4. Focus on generating ideas and innovation in the context of an international organisation;
5. Interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to apply tact and accuracy and to present information clearly and logically both in writing and verbally;
6. Presentation and facilitation skills, engaging the commitment of others;
7. Demonstrated deep empathy and ability to lead across diversity equity and inclusion strategies;
8. Good understanding of the latest HR trends and the intersections between HR and workplace culture;
9. Proven ability to lead and provide creative solutions to strengthen the HRB team and enable the organisation to perform effectively together;
10. Aptitude to effectively delegate whilst ensuring timely results;
11. Ability to recognise and adapt to changing conditions were needed;
12. Proven ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.


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 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’.