Senior Verification Coordination Officer P-4

About Us



The OPCW’s Verification Division works towards achieving chemical disarmament and preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons through participation in the planning and oversight of inspections at both military and chemical industry facilities. The division also manages declarations while maintaining and strengthening the scientific capabilities of the Organisation, especially its laboratory component. The division also conducts Technical Assistance Visits at the request of States Parties.


The Division is responsible for the day-to-day operation of OPCW’s verification regime. It is a key element of the Secretariat, using trustworthy and science-based information to implement all aspects of the Convention including decisions from the Policy Making Organs.


General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Estimated monthly remuneration depending on post adjustment and family status: USD
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

Our Verification Division (VD) team is seeking a new team member! Are you a dedicated professional with a background in international treaty obligations or the technical (ideally chemical) industry? Are you equipped with experience in effective communication and negotiating? If your answers are yes, then you should apply.

In the Senior Verification Coordination Officer role, you will provide support to the Director of Verification through the implementation and development of verification activities and ensuring that the main objectives are met. Your responsibilities include coordination of the VD workflows to ensure that the deadlines are met; leading and supervising the planning of the Division budget and programmes of work. What is more, you will coordinate and lead the preparation of the reports on verification activities. You will be responsible for divisional knowledge management strategies.

Main Responsibilities

The main objective of your role is the overall coordination and coherence of the work of the Verification Division. You lead all aspects of composing consolidated verification input to other Divisions’ requests. You will assist the Division in the budget management and the formulation of the classified and unclassified versions of the annual Verification Information Report in line with the Policy-Making Organs’ requirements.

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Qualifications and Experience


Essential: You will need to have an advanced university degree in a relevant field, e.g.: international relations/studies, disarmament/military, law, natural science or engineering (ideally chemistry), management, business administration. Other subjects may be accepted provided the majority of work experience is highly relevant to the post.

A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Equivalent or specialized training in combination with at least thirteen years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a university degree.

Desirable: PRINCE2 or similar project management certification.

Knowledge and Experience


  • You will need to have at least 7 years of professional experience in a relevant field (or at least 9 years with only a first-level degree, or at least 13 years with equivalent or specialized training).
  • Expert knowledge of analysis/review – primarily related to international treaty obligations or technical (ideally chemical) industry.
  • Experience in effectively communicating and negotiating win-win outcomes to issues and influencing others including those more senior.
  • Experience in managing budgets, including forecasting, monitoring spend and applying basic budget principles.
  • Experience in managing structured projects.
  • Experience in coordinating with others (often more senior staff members), in communicating effectively, and in coordinating /supporting colleagues who lead on implementation.



  • Experience in disarmament, arms control and/or non-proliferation.
  • Knowledge of chemical disarmament and/or the chemical industry.
  • Experience in international organizations, government, or not-for-profit sector.
  • Experience in managing IT projects and in applying structured project management principles such as PRINCE2 or similar methodology.
  • Experience in line management.

Skills and Competencies

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

  • Excellent strategic awareness and political acumen.
  • Excellent analytical skills (e.g. quickly identifying the essence of a complex issue) and ability to initiate and implement necessary action that is proportionate to the issue at hand.
  • Innovative and creative; ability to identify solutions and to deliver results including by working around obstacles and ensuring outputs are achieved on time Self-starting, ability to show initiative.
  • Excellent communication skills – both oral and written – and excellent stakeholder management skills, including a strong ability to deliver results through others and to persuade those more senior. Ability to persuade, and communicate key issues clearly.
  • Line management capability/willingness to develop the capability (direct experience is desirable but not essential).
  • Ability to plan and identify risks and how to mitigate them.
  • Flexibility (working simultaneously on two or more topics and supporting colleagues in a matrix-style team) and ability to work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: the ability to work in teams and in multi-cultural environments.
  • Computer literate (MS Office applications).


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’.