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Science Policy Officer (P-3)

Principal Functions

Under the general direction of the Director, Strategy and Policy and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the Science Policy Officer performs the following duties;


The work involves keeping abreast of developments both in science and technology and in arms-control policy, as well as analysing and communicating to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders the implications for Chemical Weapons Convention implementation that might arise. In particular, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  1. Supports the Science Policy Advisor in developing science policy advice for the Director-General of the OPCW, and for his reports to and interactions with the OPCW Policy-Making Organs;
  2. Assists the Science Policy Advisor in his role of Secretary to the Scientific Advisory Board on the activities of the Board and its temporary working groups.
  3. Coordinates science communication with technical and non-technical stakeholders of the Chemical Weapons Convention, especially delegations from Member States;
  4. Develops outreach materials that help communicate the science and technology relevant to the Convention to non-scientists. This involves not just the production of written materials but also the organising and convening of appropriate events to relate aforementioned outreach materials to Member State delegations and other stakeholders;
  5. Liaises with the OPCW’s Advisory Board on Education and Outreach and collaborates on activities as appropriate;
  6. Monitors longer-term scientific and technological developments (e.g. converging sciences and trends and driving forces for technological change), and evaluates the implications for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention;
  7. Supports the OPCW’s dialogue with scientists both in academia, industry and other relevant sectors on aspects of science and technology that impact on implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (including the multiple uses of chemistry);
  8. Engages with other international scientific advisory mechanisms, and also security related forums to share experiences and continue to develop effective science-decision maker interaction;
  9. Helps the Science Policy Advisor to formulate technical questions for the Scientific Advisory Board and its temporary working groups;
  10. Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Experience


    Advanced degree (masters, doctorate or equivalent) in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field, preferably in the physical or life sciences.



      A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.


      1. Experience in implementing or analysing the implementation of science based international instruments;
      2. Experience in communicating science to a range of audiences, cultures and education levels;
      3. Active participant in networks of scientific societies and organisations;
      4. A track record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific and/or patent literature. Interdisciplinary technical publications are an asset;
      5. Doctoral degree.

      Skills and Abilities (key competencies):

      Substantive knowledge and understanding:

      1. A strong understanding of scientific and technological principles and approaches across STEM disciplines and application sectors;
      2. Advocate of scientific literacy to aid decision making processes.

      Working with others:

      1. Excellent stakeholder management skillsand ability to deliver high-quality results under pressure;
      2. Thorough understanding of the complexities of working in an international environment (including the different points of view of a diverse membership);
      3. Exquisite communication skills – both oral and written – and ability to engage in effective dialogue with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

      Personal impact:

      1. Excellent analytical skills (e.g. quickly identifying the essence of a complex issue);
      2. Innovative, resourceful and creative, but also having the ability to generate ideas that can be grounded in reality and implemented in practice;
      3. Strong sense of initiative;
      4. Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and on-the-job development. Comfortable working on open-ended trans-disciplinary issues in a complex and dynamic international environment.

      Language Requirements

      Fluency in English is essential. A good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.