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Senior Coordination and Planning Officer (P-4)

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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.


General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Salary (including post adjustment)
    USD 112,369
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

This position is part of the Implementation Support Branch (IPB) that is responsible to ensure that all Member States are able to deliver obligations regarding the national implementation including legislation, notifications, the submission of declarations and receiving of inspections. IPB is responsible to coordinate supporting activities to the State Parties in the implementations of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), through capacity building, trainings, identifying and analysing challenges in all key areas.

The focus of the Senior Coordination and Planning Officer role is to plan, lead and evaluate the delivery of programmes and activities in support of the national implementation of the CWC. You will liaise with the State Parties and national authorities to identify and evaluate requirements in the national implementation as well as coordinate the building process of national capacities of outreach and engagement support.

Main Responsibilities

You will evaluate the effectiveness of programmatic concepts and approaches, and review trends and developments in the operational environment of the CWC, identifying strategic issues. The successful candidate needs to ensure a smooth engagement in planning and delivery of activities with all relevant stakeholders. In addition, you will act as focal point for a specific geographical region and will help to maintain a detailed overview of CWC related activities, including specific needs and cooperation opportunities, as well as the coordination of regional events and activities.


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Qualifications and Experience


Essential: Advanced university degree in a relevant discipline for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, such as Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Law or Public Administration. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Knowledge and Experience


  • A minimum of 7 years experience in a field related to the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, other treaty or verification regimes or similar experience in other international organisations with an advanced degree, and 9 years with a first level degree;
  • At least 3 years of experience in conceptualising and delivering capacity strengthening support in a multilateral/international context;
  • At least 3 years of experience in providing technical cooperation/development support to developing countries or economies in transition;
  • Experience in implementing programme/project management cycles in an international context, and with exposure to collaboration with or in developing countries or countries in transition;
  • Experience in identifying and analysing capacity gaps at national and regional level, and in programme/project evaluation and related impact analysis in a multilateral/international context.



  • Experience working in an international organisation;
  • Experience in developing capacity building approaches, including remote/virtual means, and in implementing them in a multilateral/international context;
  • Practical knowledge and experience in results-based management approach.

Skills and Competencies

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

  • Demonstrated ability to proactively develop strategies to effectively deliver on an organisation’s mandate;
  • Demonstrated ability to assess the impact of cooperation and/or capacity building support; ability to apply a system-thinking approach to capacity building;
  • Excellent planning, organisation and coordination skills;
  • Excellent diplomatic skills;
  • Strong analytical, conceptual and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills with demonstrated ability to generate and present reliable information clearly and logically both in writing and orally;
  • Excellent drafting skills in English is essential;
  • Flexibility and ability to work and deliver under pressure;
  • Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural and diverse environment;
  • Computer literacy (MS Office package).


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 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’.