Head, Business Applications Team P-4

About Us


The Information Services Branch provides functional oversight of all OPCW information technology (IT) and telecommunication systems.

The Branch provides cross-divisional platforms and services such as IT infrastructure and business applications; provides reliable and secure technical infrastructure within a context of strict adherence to approved confidentiality and security guidelines and procedures; and identifies opportunities where the use of information technology can improve OPCW business in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.


General Information

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


Job Summary

This position is part of the Information Services Branch (ISB) that is responsible for managing and supervising the business application team and their deliverables. You will also be responsible for the ongoing management and development of OPCW’s UNIT4-Based ERP solutions and business application vendors and their support of products in operation at OPCW. This will include activities ranging from initial market research through to budgeting, enhancing, supporting and retiring externally provided applications.

Main Responsibilities

Providing leadership in the conceptualization, management and coordination of the design, implementation and maintenance of application systems, software packages, systems integration and business intelligence projects as well as ensuring effective engagement with business stakeholders on all aspects of IT projects in the areas of software development; providing technical guidance to the Head of the Branch and colleagues involved in the automation activities not directly related to application systems;

Delivering business insights through data and defining an effective data strategy

Leads IT projects pertaining to areas of responsibilities with users and external consultants and contractors hired on a temporary basis to assist with technical matters.

Supervises the work of the staff in the section as well as other IT professionals involved in any of the development projects.

Using a risk-based approach, and in coordination with colleagues from the OPCW information security team, ensure that software development is based on secure development practices.

Provides expert advice on automation activities that are not directly related to the responsibilities of the section.

Technical advice to Head of the Branch on new emerging technologies and their potential use in the Technical Secretariat.

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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 of progressively responsible and combined experience related to either software development and system integration technologies or functional design and support of administrative business applications. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Professional experience supervising a software application team.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with ERP development/ integration.
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft technology stack (M365/.Net/Azure).


  • Experience at international level.
  • Technical support, project management, IT security, database design, business intelligence, risk management.
  • Demonstrable experience with agile development.
  • Experience in the implementation and maintenance of ITIL (version 2 or 3) governance processes.


Skills and Competencies

Professionalism:  Ability to provide seasoned advice on information systems and technology in a diverse universe of information needs and functions.

Planning and organising: Ability to plan and organize work, requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and ability to integrate the work of the section into the OPCW work programme.

Communication:  Excellent drafting ability, strong negotiating and presentation skills to make for a trustworthy record keeping and information systems and to bring others to reach agreement on difficult issues.

Teamwork: Ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Client Orientation: Ability to identify clients' needs and propose appropriate solutions as well as establish and maintain effective work relationships with outside collaborators and other contacts, including member states and the public. 

Technological awareness: Excellent conceptual knowledge of Information Architecture.

Managing performance: Proven managerial and analytical capabilities in planning and directing a team.

Leadership: Strong managerial/leadership skills; demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and//or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial and administrative management policy and programme issues.


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’.