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Talent Acquisition Assistant (GS-4)

About Us

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 Member States, oversees the global endeavor to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons.

The ultimate aim of the OPCW is to achieve our vision of a world free of chemical weapons in which chemistry is used for peace, progress, and prosperity, and to contribute to international security and stability, general and complete disarmament, and global economic development. Under the OPCW's oversight 96% of the chemical weapons stockpiles declared by possessor States have been verifably destroyed.

The OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

Our mission for a world free of chemical weapons makes people's lives better. Apply to be a part of our team to make the world a better place for all. 

General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term General Service
  • Grade
  • Estimated monthly remuneration: Euro
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

The OPCW’s Talent Acquisition Team is looking for a new colleague!

As one of the three Talent Acquisition Assistants in the team, you are the fist point of contact for those interested to contribute to the work of the Organisation.  As such, delivering pristine customer service is something that you really enjoy doing. 

In the Talent Acquisition Assistant role, you will facilitate the full recruitment and selection cycle of vacancies in a broad range of roles, from CW experts to finance assistants. Your responsibilities include writing job ads, screening candidates, setting up various assessment of the process, and conduct interviews.  You have a constant focus on providing the best possible candidate experience along the way!

Main Responsibilities

The core of your role is to liaise with hiring managers and support them in the filling of their vacancies by advising them on best practice, as well as the relevant rules and regulations. As the HR lead, you make sure that the vacancy notice is drafted and published and provide administratively support at all the steps of the selection process. This typically consists of a pre-recorded video interview, a written test, assessment, and an interview. In addition, your role is to advice the interview panels.


To view the complete job outline, please click here.

Qualifications and Experience


You will need to have a High School diploma or equivalent diploma of a higher secondary education.

Diplomas or other relevant education in the field of HR and/or Talent Acquisition is desirable. 

Knowledge and Experience

We are looking for someone with at least three years of related experience of which at least one is in a Recruitment/Talent Acquisition role.  In addition, you have experience in a customer-servicing role. If you have related work experience in an International Organisation, that is considered a plus.


Skills and Competencies

To succeed in this role, you will need to have a helpful ‘service’ orientation; be flexibility and able to work steadily with several ongoing assignments. You need to work independently, be detail orientated and be able to quickly think on your feet. As we are a team that work together a lot, a team focus is essential. Dealing with clients, be it hiring managers or candidates requires good interpersonal skills, solid relationship building skills and good listening skills. As you work constantly with IT systems, solid experience with an ERP or related relevant HR system is needed.  Besides that, you possess good working knowledge of Windows based word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases.



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

Staff members in the General Services category are normally recruited and paid on a local basis.

This 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 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.

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’.