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Senior Mission Planning Coordinator (P-4)

About Us


The Inspectorate Division is responsible for the efficient and effective deployment of inspection teams to both military and commercial facilities around the world, as required by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The Division maintains readiness to conduct Challenge Inspections and Investigations of Alleged Use, and to deploy the Rapid Response and Assistance Mission (RRAM) to Member States, as needed, in the event of a chemical incident.


General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Salary (including post adjustment)
    USD 108,730
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

This post is situated in the Operations and Planning Branch (OPB). The OBP plans, coordinates and monitors all OPCW missions. It acts as the focal point within the Technical Secretariat for the conduct of inspections and, in this regard, establishes its communication link with National Authorities and the inspection teams in the field. The Branch's Situation Centre provides 24 hour support, ensures secure reliable communications and provides information analysis to help senior management decision making and crisis management operations.

Main Responsibilities

The post holder will undertake the following duties:

  • Conduct long and Short Term Chemical Weapons and Industry Inspection Planning.
  • Plan for the implementation of the world-wide OPCW verification regime for Chemical Weapons.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Short Term Chemical Weapons and Chemical Industry Inspection Plans.
  • Plan and organise inspectors’ assignments and activities.
  • Provide information and coordinate SMPC-specific IT requirements.
  • Serve as the point of contact with National Authorities.


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Qualifications and Experience



You should have an advanced university degree or equivalent from a recognised institution in a job related field. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Equivalent or specialized training in combination with at least 13 years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a university degree.

Desirable: Management of IT projects.

Knowledge and Experience


Make sure you have at least 7 years of relevant experience in activities that relate to the planning for and movement, by a variety of transportation alternatives, or sizeable numbers of personnel and sensitive equipment is required and 9 years with first level degree

  • Experience working in an environment that handles classified information


  • Experience in logistics and administrative management
  • Experience in crisis management or dealing with emergency situations is highly desirable
  • Experience in transport and handling of dangerous goods is desirable
  • Experience in using resource scheduling application, or project management software

Skills and Competencies

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

  • A thorough understanding of the overall planning and operational/logistical support requirements associated with the movement of personnel and equipment by air, rail and road;
  • IT knowledge, in general, and of relational databases, in particular, is highly desirable.


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’.