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Senior Information Systems & Confidentiality Auditor (P-4)

About Us


The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) assists the Director-General in the management of the OPCW’s resources through Audits, Evaluations, Quality audits, Inspections, Investigations and Monitoring.

OIO’s mission is to enhance and protect organisational value and improve OPCW’s operations by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight. OIO helps OPCW achieve its objectives by applying a systematic approach to evaluating and enhancing the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management, internal control and governance processes, so as to add value by improving the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of operations.


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 Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) which responsibility and key objectives are to ensure that transactions are in compliance with policies, regulations, rules and directives.

The primary responsibilities of the Senior Information Systems & Confidentiality Auditor are to ensure that OPCW's financial, physical and human resources are utilised efficiently and economically and that programmes and activities are consistent with the commitment set forth in the approved budget.

This position is also responsible for monitoring and assessing the implementation of the Confidentiality Regime and assisting in establishing, developing, and maintaining a Quality Assurance System in the Secretariat.

Main Responsibilities

As the Senior Information Systems & Confidentiality Auditor (P-4), you will be responsible for the following duties: 

To audit, inspect and evaluate information systems, the implementation, the reliability, and integrity of the OPCW Confidentiality Regime and of its internal systems of security.

This will include the following:
Systems and process reviews – (audit and evaluation assignments which look at specific aspects of the working of Divisions/Branches primarily the Information Services Branch, Office of Confidentiality and Security, Verification Division, and the Inspectorate Division).
(ii) Compliance reviews.
(iii) Consultancy – (provision of advice on risk management and controls, with focus on confidentiality and systems)
(iv) Investigations – (where confidentiality breaches or violation of the confidentiality procedures are suspected, supporting the Senior Internal Investigations Officer).

Undertake the IT Audits of the computerised systems of OPCW both on Security Critical Network as well as Security Non-Critical Network.
·       Undertake audits pertaining to implementation of IT Governance and Business Continuity Planning.
·       Undertake evaluations of OPCW exercises on Challenge Inspection and Investigations of Alleged Use.
·       Develop audit plans and work programmes indicating the general objectives and the scope for the different assignments.
·       Audit the implementation of the confidentiality regime for handling, storing, processing, and disseminating classified information (according to policies) in both hard copy and electronic form.
·       Review the implementation of procedures related to the handling and storage of confidential information in the Security Non-Critical Area.
·       Inspect, verify, and assess the reliability and integrity of the monitoring and control functions in the field of confidentiality.
·       Assess the current working instructions and flow of work used by operational Divisions and Branches for confidentiality policy compliance and make recommendations to improve and streamline these procedures.
·       Develop the annual audit plan, which is subject to review by the Director of the Office of Internal Oversight.

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Qualifications and Experience



Advanced University Degree or equivalent in Auditing, Management, or Information Systems. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or equivalent certification.

Knowledge and Experience


Seven years of progressive experience in relevant areas like IT Auditing, process reviews, performance auditing and handling of classified data. In case of a First University Degree, candidate should have nine years of relevant experience.
IT Audit experience.


Experience of auditing automated systems and ERP systems. Knowledge of Unit4 and IDEA.

Skills and Competencies

·       Displays knowledge and understanding of principles and methodologies governing audit and evaluation exercises within an international environment.
·       Displays strong organisational and time management skills and understands the importance of adhering to strict deadlines.
·       Shows excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with colleagues in other departments at all levels of the Organisation.
·       Proven negotiation skills, and an ability to defend observations made and recommendations given, even when they differ with others.
·       Displays flexibility, adaptability, and the capacity to work under pressure of high volume and under tight deadlines.
·       Communicates clearly and convincingly; demonstrates strong oral and written communications skills. Is particularly able to draft clear and thorough reports within the parameters provided and to communicate complex matters in an understandable and succinct manner.
·       Is detail oriented and shows commitment to correctness, accuracy, and quality in preparing internal audit reports, having regard to the applicable OPCW legal framework and standard operating procedures.
·       Leads development of clear office strategy; anticipates and understands client needs, formulates clear strategic plans, prioritises workload, and allocates resources according to priorities.
·       Shows tact, discretion, and ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.


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’.