Head, Operations and Planning (P-5)

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 Estimated monthly remuneration depending on post adjustment and family status: USD
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

The Operations and Planning Branch, which is part of the Inspectorate Division of the OPCW, is responsible for planning, coordinating, and monitoring all OPCW missions. It acts as the focal point within the Technical Secretariat for the conduct of inspections and, in this regard, establishes a communication link with National Authorities and the inspection teams in the field.


We are looking for an experienced Head of Operations and Planning to organise and oversee the day-to-day activities of the branch. The successful candidate will be responsible for the OPCW’s worldwide inspection activities by overseeing and managing all aspects relating to mission planning, logistics, financial, administrative and procurement arrangements and the 24/7 centre of operations. The successful candidate will also be responsible for liaising with internal stakeholders to provide expert advice and guidance relating to missions, and with external stakeholders (e.g. Member States National Authorities, Permanent Representatives, UN disarmament organisations, etc.) to address all maters relating to operational policy and development.


The main objective for the post is to ensure the successful operational implementation of the world-wide Verification Regime of the OPCW.

Main Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Inspectorate, the main responsibilities of the Head of the Operations and Planning Branch are:

  • Demonstrate the core values of the OPCW in the execution of your duties;

  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Manual of Confidentiality Procedure (MCP);

  • Act with due regard to health and safety (H&S) by taking all reasonable steps to prevent, reduce and eliminate harm, injury or illness in the work environment;

  • Plan, organise and manage the worldwide inspection activities and non-routine missions (NRMs), consistent with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Decision of Policy Making Organs and the Verification Regime;

  • Initiate discussions, in coordination with Senior Management, National Authorities, delegations, outside bodies on operational policies and programs,, to pre-empt or solve operational concerns;
  • Recommend and implement policies on the effective and efficient use of Inspector Resources in Office of the Director of the Inspectorate Division (DOI) and the Inspectorate Management Team (IMT).


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Qualifications and Experience


You should have an advanced university degree in a STEM subject (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), international relations, military science, public administration or in any other close related area from a recognised institution with a proven relevant working experience of minimum 10 years. A First level University degree in combination with relevant qualifying working experience (minimum 12 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have at least 10 years of cumulative related experience in operations management under field conditions.  This includes communications, complex logistical issues, and project management.

In addition, we will be looking for the following knowledge and experience considered as essential:

  • A thorough knowledge of Operation/Command Control management and practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues in a diplomatic and effective manner at the highest standards;
  • A proven track record of successfully leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Leadership experience gained in a managerial, government, scientific or technical area;
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a diverse professional audience (both verbal and written);
  • A proven experience in Resource Management.

Skills and Competencies

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

  • Planning and organisational skills: the ability to establish priorities, delegate as required, and ensure timely delivery of results;
  • Vision and leadership: serve as a role model, empower others to translate vision into results, proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives;
  • Empowerment and trust building: inspire others toward a common vision and foster trust and ethical behavior, manages in a deliberate and predictable way;
  • Effective communication: speak and write clearly and effectively, demonstrate openness in sharing information and in keeping people informed in respect of the sensitivity/confidentiality of the work;
  • Proactive and goal-oriented: manage projects, develop clear and realistic goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and the vision of the Organisation;
  • Adaptability and good situational awareness: manage diverse and multi-cultural teams encouraging an inclusive work environment; recognizing and adapting to changing conditions;
  • Judgement and decision making: able to adapt/interpret and follow established procedures and guidelines to deal with complex situations and confidential/classified information;
  • Conflict management: handle conflicts sensitively; anticipate problems, facilitate their resolution by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions;
  • Negotiation: able to reach win-win situations, finding and accepting mutual concessions when appropriate.


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’.