Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons vacancy search engine

Senior Mission Planning Coordinator (P-4)

Principal Functions

Under the supervision of the Head, Operations and Planning, the Senior Mission Planning Coordinator performs the following functions:

  1. Conduct long and Short Term Chemical Weapons and Industry Inspection Planning:
    Review the annual verification plan. Conduct a detailed resource-based analysis. Identify resource limitations and develop an implementable Inspection Plan.
    Select Inspection Team Leaders. Direct the composition of the Inspection Teams based upon an evaluation of the specific mission requirements, detailed facility information and past inspection experience. Direct employment priorities in the event of conflicts.
  2. Plan for the implementation of the world-wide OPCW verification regime for Chemical Weapons:
    Monitor States Parties' Annual Destruction Plans and develop long-term options for the on-site verification of compliance with the CWC. Compare these options with the mid-term budget in order to identify resource constraints. Develop planning options to ensure an effective verification regime.
    Review the budget-based OPCW Annual Inspection Plan and conduct a resource-based analysis. Identify conflicts and make planning proposals.
    Plan for the effective use of all inspection resources in the implementation of the OPCW verification regime.
  3. Oversee the implementation of the Short Term Chemical Weapons and Chemical Industry Inspection Plans:
    Co-ordinate an average of 83 Chemical weapons and 241 industry inspections annually in cooperation with the other MPC.
    Oversee the mission preparation activities of the Inspection Team. Instruct the Inspection Team on country specific issues and past inspection experience. Co-ordinate mission preparations with other divisions/branches and other OPB staff sections. Assess the Inspection Team preparedness for its mission.
    Review the progress of each inspection, anticipate problems and refer issues to the applicable agency within the Secretariat. Direct action by the Inspection Team.
    Collect and collate operational lessons learned. Develop remedial measures to avoid re-occurrence of problems. Write Working Procedures for Inspection Teams at Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities and mission planning related processes.
  4. Plan and organise inspectors assignments and activities:
    Manage the mission assignments, training and leave.
  5. Provide information and coordinate SMPC-specific IT requirements:
    Provide statistical data to Senior Management and to States Parties regarding Inspection Activities and Operational Information.
    Coordinate projects for OPB involving the Inspector Rostering Solution (Quintiq) and the EMWO.
  6. Serve as the point of contact with National Authorities:
    Maintain a regular contact with the States Parties' local delegations and National Authorities. Participate in bilateral discussions, acting as the authority for operational policy issues.

    Knowledge and Experience



    1. An advanced university degree or equivalent from a recognised institution in a job related field;
    2. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;
    3. Equivalent or specialized training in combination with at least 13 years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a university degree.


    Management of IT projects.



    1. At least 7 years of relevant experience in activities that relate to the planning for and movement, by a variety of transportation alternatives, or sizeable numbers of personnel and sensitive equipment is required and 9 years with first level degree;
    2. Experience working in an environment that handles classified information.


    1. Experience in logistics and administrative management;
    2. Experience in crisis management or dealing with emergency situations is highly desirable;
    3. Experience in transport and handling of dangerous goods is desirable;
    4. Experience in using resource scheduling application, or project management software.

    Skills and Abilities (key competencies)

    1. A thorough understanding of the overall planning and operational/logistical support requirements associated with the movement of personnel and equipment by air, rail and road;
    2. IT knowledge, in general, and of relational databases, in particular, is highly desirable;
    3. A well-developed sense of judgment, an ability to work well with others under time-sensitive conditions where innovative and imaginative planning/problem solving skills are necessary;
    4. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
    5. Flexibility and ability to work under pressure;
    6. Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.

    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.