Human Resources Policy Officer (P-3)

About Us


The Administration Division manages the OPCW’s day-to-day human resources, finances, and logistical support.


The Human Resources Branch provides human resources advice and services to the OPCW in relation to human resources planning, sourcing, recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of service, training and staff development programmes, transition support, and individual staff and manager support and separation processes. 


We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity.



General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Salary (including post adjustment)
    USD 91,564
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

Our Human Resources Branch team is looking for a dedicated and a hardworking professional with long term experience in the field of HR policy and strategy.

The HR Policy Officer will be in charge of developing and maintaining of human resources policy framework that supports the achievement of the organisational priorities. You will coordinate HR planning and the OPCW people strategy development. In this position you will prepare responses to meet HRB's commitments regarding audit, management reporting, and policy-making organs. In addition, you will be responsible for providing high-quality advice on HR policy direction and interpretation, as well as staff appeal, disciplinary cases and staff relations. Also, you will supervise the Staff Administration team to ensure the implementation of privileges and benefits.

Main Responsibilities

In this position as the Human Resources Policy Officer you will be responsible to review and to formulate new and revised HR policies in close collaboration with the HRB teams and the Office of the Legal Advisor. You will support Head HRB during consultations on HR subjects, coordinate and lead on HR reporting to senior management, internal and external auditors, liaise with other organisations and agencies to ensure that OPCW has efficient HR policy and strategy development in comparable systems. In addition, you will coach and mentor staff to build a strong team.


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Qualifications and Experience


Essential: An Advanced University degree in human resources management, law, public or business administration, industrial relations, psychology or other social sciences; a first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 7 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Desirable knowledge: International Civil Law and its application.

Knowledge and Experience

Essential: A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, several of which must be in HR policy with advanced degree or 7 years with first level degree. Work experience in a multilateral/international organisation, preferably a UN common system organisation.

Desirable: Experience in handling staff appeal and disciplinary cases preferably in an international and/or multilateral context.

Skills and Competencies

You have strong knowledge of HR theory, including HR disciplines as well as HR best practices in public and private sector. You will be able to analyse and to research HR policy, effectively apply guidelines and develop implementation plans for policies, standards, procedures and guidelines. This role requires oral and written communications skills, you will draft and submit legal opinions and responses within the administrative guidelines and staff rules and regulations. What is more, good interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, tact and discretion, ability to establish and to maintain collaborative and effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural environment are required.


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’.