Principal Analyst (P-5)

About Us


The IIT is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of staff, which includes experienced investigators, analysts and a legal adviser who are led by a Coordinator. The team conducts its activities in an impartial and objective manner. The IIT is part of the OPCW Technical Secretariat and functions under the authority of the OPCW Director-General. The Technical Secretariat provides regular reports on its investigations to the OPCW's Executive Council and to the United Nations Secretary-General for their consideration.



General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Salary (including post adjustment)
    USD 132, 419
  • Closing Date



Job Summary

At the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of States Parties (CSP) the CSP decided (C-SS-4/DEC.3) that the OPCW Secretariat shall put into place arrangements to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical agents in the Syrian Arab Republic. In furtherance of this decision, we established the Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) which will undertake its activities in an impartial and objective manner.


Do you have an in-depth practical experience in analytical activities for criminal investigations or criminal intelligence analysis?


If yes, we would like to meet you!

Main Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the IIT Coordinator, and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the Principal Analyst will be accountable for:

  • Leads in the review, processing, and analysis of information collected by the IIT, regarding incidents involving the use of chemical weapons.
  • Supervises the process, and review of multi-source information (including open source material) through the operation of programming and software tools and identifies information gaps and/or inconsistencies, to counsel decisions relating to further investigative activities.
  • Provides policy advice in relation to investigation strategy and plays a leading role in the development of investigation policies, guidelines, practices, and procedures for the conduct of the analytical work for further investigations.
  • Liaises and coordinates with the Principal Investigator and the Senior Legal Officer to identify and analyse documents and other material for determination of relevance in investigation activities, including interviews.
  • Contributes to the preparation of reports, priority setting and case management including detailed reports documenting analytical findings of investigations.
  • As the need arises, provides technical briefings to the team and to senior management on analytical activities.
  • Provides support in the recruitment and training of staff and runs the performance of staff in line with organisational policies and procedures.
  • Supports the continuous improvement of policies and processes, including through contributions to training and knowledge transfer activities.
  • Responsible for the non-staff costs of the team related to analytical requirements.
  • Leads in sourcing capabilities from the Secretariat and external capabilities that are required to implement analytical activities, including liaison with States parties and other relevant external partners.


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Qualifications and Experience


You should have an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law, criminal investigation, military science, forensic science, crime analysis, social/political science, or other related fields.

  • A combination of a first-level university degree or diploma in advanced criminal investigation from a national police academy or law enforcement agency together with significant experience and/or certifications in investigations (military, police, judicial/prosecutorial, federal/national intelligence agencies) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have at least 10 years’ experience in investigations, including five years of specialist analysis work, data compilation and interpretation is required, in areas such as international or national criminal investigations or intelligence.

  • Experience in analytical activities at the international level.
  • Experience as a chief investigative analyst or similar senior role.
  • Knowledge of and experience with structured analysis methodologies.



  • Formal training and/or certification in law enforcement methodologies.
  • Experience in a leading role in a forensic institutes or law enforcement/security/intelligence organisation.
  • Experience with or knowledge of in forensic analysis.
  • Experience with or knowledge of military operations in conflict zones.
  • Experience leading teams and deployments in high-risk areas.
  • Knowledge and understanding of multilateral disarmament issues.

Skills and Competencies

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

  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills in analysing and interpreting information and operational issues, formulating hypotheses, and proposing and implementing solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically. Ability to challenge established thinking and consider alternative thinking.
  • Experience in the use of software programs in research, data analysis and statistics.
  • Ability to organise and draw sound conclusions and be able to re-evaluate initial conclusions on the basis of new information.
  • Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information.
  • Innovative and creative problem-solving skills. 
  • Strong relationship management skills involving internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including senior management and governance.
  • Proven interpersonal and diplomatic skills; Ability to communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated understanding and exhibited behaviour of Knowledge Management leadership principles.
  • Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including ability to effectively supervise, mentor, coach, train, develop, evaluate, and delegate to staff.
  • Proven ability to draft, develop and present concise reports on operational matters.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent conflicting activities assuring required results are achieved.


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’.