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Senior Programme Officer (P-4)

Principal Functions

Under the supervision of the Head, Assistance and Protection Branch, the incumbent is responsible for the following:

  1. Plan, coordinate, manage and report on assigned programmes for capacity-building, including training in chemical emergency response and national/regional exercises under Article X, paragraph 5, regarding the provision of expert advice on development or improvement of national protection programmes;
  2. Assess and interpret the political, social and economic environment of assigned regions and provide inputs to Branch programming. In collaboration with State Party institutions, divisions and other partners, design programmes/projects integrating best practice and innovative policies and strategies and applying quality management standards and a results-based approach;
  3. Develop and maintain networks and partnerships with national institutions, regional bodies and other stakeholders in order to contribute to increasing awareness of Assistance and Protection. Contribute to resource mobilization activities, proposing projects requiring additional funding and identifying funding options. Develop proposals and provide detailed information for donors;
  4. Coordinate and ensure successful project implementation, establishing collaborative relationships with State Party institutions and recommending innovative approaches to project execution and capacity building;
  5. Monitor programme/project budgets, ensure effective employment of resources, certify and approve project disbursements to ensure delivery in line with the Branch programme;
  6. Develop and strengthen of strategic partnerships with Member States, as well as relevant regional/international organisations;
  7. Receive, collate and analyse submissions by States Parties on national protection programmes under paragraph 4 and assistance offers under paragraph 7 of Article X. Liaise with delegations, National Authorities and other stakeholders to promote full implementation of Article X and to encourage broad support for Secretariat efforts in this regard;
  8. Develop draft policies for the OPCW activities in the area of providing assistance in the event of the use or threat of use of chemical weapons (Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention);
  9. Coordination of activities related to preparedness of SPs and of the Technical Secretariat to mobilize international assistance under Article X of the CWC;
  10. Contribute to regular reports and inputs for the sessions of the Executive Council and the Conference of States Parties;
  11. Represent the Branch in inter-divisional task force groups and international meetings and conferences; and
  12. Perform other duties as required.

Knowledge and Experience



An advanced university degree in management, social sciences, science and technology, international relations, or a related discipline. A first level university degree in combination with additional qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.



  1. A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience directly relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention, preferably in capacity building related to emergency response ( 9 years with a first level degree);
  2. A minimum of 5 years of in the conduct of needs assessments, planning, conduct, monitoring and evaluation of capacity building programmes;
  3. Knowledge of multilateral disarmament issues and experience in dealing with national and international authorities in this field;
  4. Experience in formal programme management approaches, stakeholder engagement, results-based monitoring and evaluation is desirable;
  5. Experience in analysing issues, developing courses of action and implementing them in an international context is desirable;
  6. Experience in the assessment of needs and coordination of assistance delivery in emergency situations is desirable;
  7. Previous experience in an international organisation would be an asset.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies):

  1. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations;
  2. Demonstrated ability to be proactive in developing strategies to accomplish organisation’s objectives; problem solving skills;
  3. Flexibility and ability to work under pressure;
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills - ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients;
  5. Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment;
  6. Computer literacy (MS Office packages).

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.