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Head, Office of Confidentiality and Security (P-5)

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Principal Functions

Under the supervision of the Director-General through the Chief of Cabinet and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the Head, Office of Confidentiality and Security is responsible for the following duties:

  1. Acts as the Organisation's Principal Security Advisor (PSA) with direct access and accountability to the Director-General. Acts as the Organisation's Principal Investigative Officer (PIO) for security and disciplinary matters and is the Organisation's Chief Fire Officer (CFO). Acts as the Organisation's security advisor.
  2. Develops and manages the implementation of the confidentiality and security framework within which the organisation operates in accordance with the Confidentiality Annex to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the OPCW Policy on Confidentiality (OPOC), the OPCW's Manual of Confidentiality Procedure (MCP), Standard Operating Instructions (SOPs), Working Instructions (WIs) and appropriate applicable international security standards.
  3. Manages the Operations Security Section (OSS) and the Confidentiality and Information Security Section (CISS) of the OCS.
  4. Prepares and implements management plans for the OCS. Ensures that priorities within each section are reflected in the plans and that work is carried out accordingly.
  5. Evaluates and supervises the performance of the OCS Sections and Section Heads.
  6. Oversees the preparation of job descriptions and Vacancy Notices for new posts within the OCS, ensuring competent OCS staff members are provided for interviews of candidates for jobs within the OCS.
  7. Co-ordinates preparation of, adopts and supervises implementation of plans to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the data/information held by the OPCW, both classified and unclassified, in electronic and hard-copy format.
  8. Prepares and oversees the implementation of Security Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Working Instructions (WIs) to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, reliability and availability of confidential and unclassified OPCW data.
  9. Devises working mechanisms to maintain/improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the OPCW confidentiality regime whenever new technologies allow/require or new working methods/procedures are devised by the Secretariat. Drafts related amendments to the Confidentiality Policy and MCP to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of confidential OPCW data.
  10. Directs development of technical and procedural methods to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of confidential OPCW data.
  11. Supervises and implements the operational protective security regime of the OPCW Headquarters and OPCW Laboratory at Rijswijk.
  12. Advises the Office of the Director-General on all security related issues with regard to the ongoing ChemTech Centre project and its implementation, seats on relevant internal bodies and liaises with relevant internal and external stakeholders as appropriate.
  13. Ensures that the OCS provides the Organisation with robust investigative, confidentiality and information security capabilities for contingency operations and special missions in both the support and deployed roles as necessary. This may include deployment on missions and contingency operations as required.
  14. Ensures that the OCS provides the Organisation with geo-spatial and geo-information capabilities to support contingency operations and special missions.
  15. Acts as the OPCW Security Focal Point (SFP) for contingency operations and special missions.
  16. Supervises the implementation of security training and awareness programmes in Confidentiality and Security for the Secretariat's staff, travel security and fire safety.
  17. Represents the OPCW Secretariat in all external, security-related forums and acts as liaison with all United Nations (UN) and host-nation security agencies in order to better provide for the security and safety of OPCW staff in The Hague, whilst on missions and whilst travelling on official business on behalf of the Organisation. Serves as the UN Security Focal Point (SFP) for the OPCW and as a member of the UN Security Management Team (SMT) for The Netherlands within the United Nations Security Management System.
  18. Represents the OPCW on the UN Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) and the Netherlands International Security Forum (NISF).
  19. Liaises regularly with relevant host-nation security/intelligence agencies as well as national/local police on all matters affecting the security of the OPCW and its staff/operations.
  20. Liaises regularly with security directors of other International Organisations based in The Hague and the Netherlands and liaises regularly with the Central Security Coordinator (CSC) of the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA).
  21. Prepares data and recommendations for the budget of the OCS.
  22. Ensures that OCS has the resources necessary to complete its mission.
  23. Assesses from Budget Status Reports the current underspend/overspend of the Office and takes corrective action as necessary.
  24. Requests and justifies budget obligations for new posts and all security-related projects/initiatives.
  25. Oversees the preparation of event-specific plans and related budget requirements for the execution of special tasks: VIP Visits, Executive Council Meetings and the Conference of the States Parties.
  26. Acts as the Head of secretarial support to the Confidentiality Commission (CC) acting as the Secretariat's primary point of contact for the Confidentiality Commission.
  27. Ensures proper administrative and secretarial support for the Commission as required.

Knowledge and Experience



Advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in Corporate Security Management, Security Risk Management, Policing and Security Management, Information Security or Business Administration with specialisation in security matters. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 12 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. An equivalent or specialised training in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 16 years) may be accepted in lieu of a university degree.


  • Completion of a military senior service command and staff college or police academy or equivalent
  • ASIS certification (or equivalent) and/or membership of a national security institute



  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible and recent related managerial experience in the security profession, routinely dealing with security/confidentiality/CIS Security issues, preferably in an international or governmental organisation.
  • Significant experience supervising all aspects of security operations.
  • Substantial experience in the implementation and supervision of confidentiality/security policies.
  • Personal experience with the conduct of security surveys/audits and risk management programmes.
  • Experience in the design, implementation and supervision of secure environments and information processing systems.
  • Extensive experience in a senior security management position of a UN agency/International Organisation may be considered in lieu.


  • Personal experience in supervising the conduct of security, confidentiality, fraud and forensics investigations.
  • Personal experience of contingency operations and/or deployed security activities. Personal experience in supervising or implementing fire safety programmes.
  • Personal experience of managing financial budgets.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies)

  • Extensive knowledge of all aspects of operational, protective, electronic and information security management in the private or public sector.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, and the ability to draft, edit, and present documents and concepts in the English language.
  • Good conceptualisation, managerial and negotiation skills, coupled with tact, diplomacy and good judgement when dealing with a diverse group of staff members in a sensitive working environment and international/diplomatic community are essential.


Fluency in English is essential and knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) would be an asset.