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Security Coordination Officer (P3)

Principal Functions

Reporting to the Head of Operations Security and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the Security Coordination Officer performs the following duties:

  1. Advises the Head of Operations Security with respect to all safety and security related matters and develops procedures in accordance with the provisions of the OPCW and/or UN Security Management System for the safe conduct of operations globally;
  2. Maintains ongoing coordination with the Security and Safety Services of other International Organisations in The Netherlands and elsewhere, Dutch authorities and other relevant stakeholders to keep abreast of relevant security matters in the host state;
  3. Prepares and/or reviews security related Administrative Directives, Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions and Security Management Documents for approval;
  4. Evaluates potential risks, determines the requirements and recommends suitable countermeasures to manage the risks, in areas relating to the security of personnel, tangible assets and facilities owned, used by or related to the OPCW, and evaluates effectiveness of implemented security measures to counter identified vulnerabilities of, and threats to, security and information systems;
  5. Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents;
  6. Conducts regular Security Risk Assessments of headquarters or field activity, analysis the security situation in locations where OPCW is or intends to operate in order to enable appropriate security procedures in coordination with the United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) or other stakeholders;
  7. Maintains a persistent and ongoing real time monitoring of all staff travel with associated risks;
  8. Oversees security aspects of OPCW activities in field operations and provides technical oversights, including liaison with field security officers/coordinators as required;
  9. Prepares security guidelines and conducts briefings on country situations and security preparedness for OPCW staff on missions.
    Accompanies staff members on deployment to the field as part of special activities such as monitoring missions and investigation missions, as required;
  10. Ensures all staff are aware of their responsibilities and preparations in the case of evacuation and/or relocation;
  11. Liaises with the UNDSS and field security coordinators of other agencies for the purpose of exchanging information and facilitating greater staff security and safety for OPCW staff;
  12. Monitors compliance with all relevant OPCW Directives, UNSMS Policies and Guidelines and other applicable procedures and reports non-compliance to the Head, Operations Security;
  13. Performs any other duties as may be assigned by the Head, Operations Security.

Knowledge and Experience



Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree may be substituted with specialised training from a police or military education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period in combination with 4 years additional relevant experience.


Relevant UNDSS training in Security Certification Program, as well as other security training including Security Analysis Practices and Procedures, and other relevant certified courses. Formal training in crisis management is considered as an asset.



  1. A minimum of five (5) years with advanced university degree (seven (7) years with a first-level university degree or 11 years with specialised training) of progressively responsible experience in security, risk, disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required;
  2. Of these, at least 2 years of international experience in security operations and exposure at the field level is required.


  1. Experience working within the UN Security Management System is desirable;
  2. Experience in security operations planning and/or security analysis and information management is considered as an asset;
  3. Experience in crisis management is desirable.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies)

  1. Professionalism: Knowledge of all aspects of security management, preferably in a multi-national environment, combined with solid background in security or emergency or disaster operations. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. Ability to produce policies, accurate assessments, reports, and other papers on security issues leading to sound, reasoned decisions and act upon those decisions; Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply relevant rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations;
  2. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others; correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  3. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  4. Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Uses critical thinking when analysing risks. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Language Requirements

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.