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Technical Support Officer (P-3)

Principal Functions

Under the direct supervision of one of the Senior Analytical Chemists, and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the Technical Support Officer performs the following duties: 


  1. Coordinates the procurement of Inspection, Laboratory and Facility Equipment:

    1. Evaluating user requirements, recommend possible solutions, develop and write technical specifications, find potential suppliers.
    2. Organising requests for procurement, discuss OPCW requirements with suppliers.
    3. Technical evaluation of equipment/services, organising experts for technical evaluation panels, organize and develop equipment demonstrations and evaluation tests.
    4. Assessing stock levels, equipment and consumable usage against forward planning to determine purchasing requirements.


  1. Facilitates the life cycle of Inspection, Laboratory and Facility Equipment:

    1. Develop test methods for calibration and testing of inspection equipment in-house and for evaluation purposes. Manage calibration/maintenance plan for equipment.
    2. Evaluation of the performance of equipment and examine the requirements for new types of equipment changes to current equipment. Assess the capability of suppliers to deliver appropriate services.
    3. Recommend procedural changes for the operation of equipment.
    4. Maintain inventory of all accountable assets.
    5. Evaluate viability of equipment for repair, write off or disposal. Make recommendations to Property Survey Board.


  1. Management functions of the Laboratory and Facility:

    1. Support the functions of the OPCW laboratory.
    2. Together with Head of the Laboratory manage the Rijswijk Facility. Responsible for relations with external bodies related to the operation of the Rijswijk facility.
    3. Assist the Head of the Laboratory with budgetary matters.


  1. Collaborate in developing a safe working environment and improving the Rijswijk Facility:

    1. Procuring and ensuring maintenance of safety equipment.
    2. Perform internal safety audits.
    3. Coordinate with the Health and Safety Committee in HQ with LAB issues.
    4. Develop, plan and action proposals for improving the working conditions and functionality of the Facility to the Senior Analytical Chemist.


  1. Provide technical advice to internal/external customers in relation to equipment matters:

      Discuss technical requirements, investigate alternatives. Evaluate and decide on alternative courses of action. Assist with training of staff members in the use and maintenance of inspection equipment.


      1. Perform laboratory work or other assignments as assigned by the Senior Analytical Chemists:

          Laboratory work, which may include assistance to others, independent research projects, training of others, operator of instrumentation, etc, shall be a part of this assignment.


          Knowledge and Experience



          Advanced university degree in Science (Chemistry, Physics), Engineering or equivalent from a recognised institution. A first level university in combination with qualifying experience (minimum of 7 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


          Masters or Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, specializing in mass spectrometry.



          A minimum of 5 years of technical experience (research, handling or maintenance) in analytical instrumentation (GC/MS, LC/MS, FTIR). Recent and practical experience as the key person for evaluation of technical specifications and procurement of goods and services is required.


          Practical experience in equipment and instrumentation related to chemical weapons would be an asset. Experience in writing working instructions and operating procedures regarding equipment and instrumentation would be an asset. Experience in the administration and management of a functional area would be an asset (facility management, budgeting, management of personnel, etc.)

          Skills and Abilities (key competencies):

          1. Technical knowledge of chemistry with an emphasis on analytical chemistry;
          2. Technical knowledge of chemical analysis instrumentation is required;
          3. Attention to detail and ability to follow all applicable regulations is required;
          4. Knowledge of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the OPCW inspection activities would be an asset;
          5. Strong computer literacy in office software;
          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.