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Talent Development Officer P-3



Under the supervision of the Head Talent Management, the incumbent performs the following duties:

Learning And Development

1)       Develop and design innovative learning interventions incorporating multiple formats and relevant adult learning activities. Implement learning approaches that are effective and engaging to learners, applying adult learning principles.

2)       Lead the Learning & Development function within the Talent Management Section ensuring that all training needs are identified, and appropriate interventions are developed and implemented.

3)       Delivers cross-organisation training in HR competence areas, such as Performance Management.

4)       To coordinate and handle all contracts with external providers to ensure that the necessary procurement rules are met and that the organisation receives good value for money.

Performance Management

5)       Lead the implementation and continuous improvement of the OPCW performance management framework and culture, including systems and tools.

6)       Lead internal communication and capacity-building efforts, including developing training materials and delivering training on performance management.

7)       Provide advice and guidance to managers and staff on the operation of the performance management process and advise managers on underperformance cases.

8)       Stay ahead of recent trends in both performance and talent management practices and incorporate current industry practices.

Employee Engagement

9)       Lead the development, roll-out and analysis of the Employee Engagement Survey and of Pulse Surveys.

10)     Conceptualize and drive employee engagement and feedback programmes, empowering leaders to have ownership around action plans.

Leadership Development

11)     Develop and implement leadership and employee development programmes to enhance leadership capacity to actively promote and develop the OPCW’s approach to effective leadership development at all levels. Introduce relevant leadership programmes and learning opportunities across the organisation at all relevant levels.  Where necessary plan and deliver elements or identify and contract external sources to provide a robust leadership development framework.

General management

12)     Supervise staff within the Talent Development team.

13)     To work with the HRB Analytics officer to provide an accurate assessment of the performance of the function using data-driven reporting.

14)     To undertake any other duties deemed appropriate to the post.


Education (Qualifications):

Essential:  Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent), preferably in learning, training and development, management, public or business administration, or a related area such as education or social science. A first level university degree in a related field in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 7 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A relevant combination of technical qualifications and extensive professional experience (minimum 11 years) in talent management may also be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Coaching and/or Training certification; Project management certificate.


Essential:  A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible working experience in human resources management, several of which must be in the areas of performance management, staff development, leadership development, and/or employee engagement, is required with an advanced degree. 7 years of similar experience is required if only a first level degree is held. Experience working in a multicultural or international work environment is required.

Desirable:  Experience in the design and practical delivery of formal training programmes is desirable.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies):

  1. Understanding of adult learning, training concepts, and practical application of training approaches;
  2. Solid understanding and practical experience of modern performance management techniques;
  3. Experience with leadership assessment tools, coaching programs & techniques, leader-led development, action learning, and experiential activities;
  4. Proficiency in using MS software;
  5. Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating projects and programmes;
  6. Excellent organisational and coordination skills;
  7. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to listen to others and take the ideas of others into consideration;
  8. First-line supervision of staff including performance management responsibilities;
  9. Extensive network within the talent management community.

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.