Talent Development Officer (P-3)

About Us


The Administration Division (ADM) is responsible for assuring the effective management of the financial and human resources, information technology, procurement, support services and training functions within the Technical Secretariat (TS).


The Human Resources Branch (HRB) is a strategic partner to managers, staff and the Organisation as a whole.


The HRB, through implementation of the OPCW People Strategy, focuses on the "Employee Experience", an ecosystem integrating three core dimensions: engagement, culture and performance management. Mutually reinforcing factors, cultivating an environment where recognising performance matters, and setting the tone for optimising the organisational culture and enhancing staff engagement.



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)
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

This position is part of the Human Resources Branch (HRB) that provides and maintains a quality human resource and workforce management framework to ensure the Secretariat can fulfil its strategic and operational objectives efficiently and effectively. Amongst others, the Branch is responsible for recruiting, performance management, policy advice, employee development programmes and overall strategic resource planning.

Our dynamic HR team is looking for a dedicated professional with expertise in the field of performance management and employee development.

Your main objectives as the Talent Development Officer are to lead the broad areas of Learning & Development, Performance Management, Employee Engagement and Leadership Development. In this role, you will deliver learning and development solutions by bringing in innovative training and learning knowledge and practices to support the needs and efficiency of the OPCW. What is more, you will develop and implement leadership and employee development programmes to boost an effective leadership development framework at all organisational levels.


To view the complete Job Description, please click here

Main Responsibilities

In this position as the Talent Development Officer, you will develop and design innovative learning activities, and implement learning approaches that meet OPCW operational needs. You will lead the implementation and continuous improvement of the OPCW performance management framework and culture. Also, you will provide advice to managers and staff on the performance management process, and you will foreshadow current best trends in performance and talent management and will integrate current industry practices. In addition, you will develop and introduce relevant leadership programmes and learning opportunities across the organisation at all levels.

Qualifications and Experience



Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent), preferably in learning, training and development, management, public or business administration, or a related area such as education or social science.  A first level university degree in a related field in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 7 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.  A relevant combination of technical qualifications and extensive professional experience (minimum 11 years) in talent management may also be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.



Coaching and/or Training certification; Project management certificate;

Knowledge and Experience


A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible working experience in human resources management, several of which must be in the areas of performance management, staff development, leadership development, and/or employee engagement, is required with an advanced degree.  7 years of similar experience is required if only a first level degree is held. Experience working in a multicultural or international work environment is required.



Experience in the design and practical delivery of formal training programmes is desirable.

Skills and Competencies

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

  • Understanding of adult learning, training concepts, and practical application of training approaches;
  • Solid understanding and practical experience of modern performance management techniques;
  • Experience with leadership assessment tools, coaching programs & techniques, leader-led development, action learning, and experiential activities;
  • Proficiency in using MS software;
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating projects and programmes;
  • Excellent organisational and coordination skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to listen to others and take the ideas of others into consideration;
  • First-line supervision of staff including performance management responsibilities;
  • Extensive network within the talent management community.


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 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’.