Senior Programme Officer (P-4)

About Us


The International Cooperation and Assistance Division serves as international provider and platform for providing specialised and technical assistance in support of States Parties efforts to meet their obligations under the Convention through a portfolio of wide range of programmes and projects. These capacity building programmes are aimed at contributing to build and enhance States Parties capacity to fostering the use of chemistry for peaceful purposes for the economic and technological development of the States Parties; facilitating the national implementation and responding and dealing with threats involving toxic chemicals.


General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Salary (including post adjustment)
    USD 101,452
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

Would you like to be one of the OPCW professional team members, who works toward a world free of chemical weapons? Then you should apply for the post of Senior Programme Officer.


OPCW is looking for a dedicated professional who will be responsible for identification and development of approaches in order to facilitate international cooperation under the CWC in areas relating to the application of chemistry in peaceful and scientific manners.


The incumbent of this post will coordinate and manage programmes based on the context of the development and usage of chemistry for purposes not prohibited under the CWC. What is more, the incumbent will liaise with scientific communities, will provide technical support and assistance, will develop procedures for implementation and evaluation, and will prepare and contribute to regular reposts within programmes and projects under the Convention.


We are recruiting for two posts for the function of Senior Programme Officer.

Main Responsibilities

The incumbent is responsible for the following:

  • Analyse programmes and projects regarding the objectives of the CWC;
  • Maintain contacts with scientific communities in the Member States and at the international level particularly in the area of chemistry;
  • Plan, coordinate, manage and report on assigned programmes for capacity-building in cooperation with National Authorities, essential institutions, laboratories and industries;
  • Develop modalities and alternative methods of evaluation of projects and programmes as required;
  • Liaise with internal as well as external institutions in order to work on projects and programmes;
  • Make recommendations on the effectiveness of the programmes and projects and participates in relevant meetings;
  • Develop procedures for implementation and follow-up including standard operating procedures as required.

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Qualifications and Experience


The educational qualifications required for this position:

An advanced degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, preferably with a PhD, is highly desirable. Alternatively, an advanced university degree in a relevant scientific discipline, or public administration, political science or international relations. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Knowledge and Experience

At least 7 years of related experience in the field of chemistry, in public administration, industry and/or chemical defence/ disarmament, or in an academic/research institution in the field of chemistry or chemical engineering;

A minimum of 5 years of in the conduct of needs assessments, planning, conduct, monitoring and evaluation of capacity building programmes and budget control;

Knowledge of multilateral disarmament issues and experience in dealing with national and international authorities in this field.



  • Experience in developing strategies, analysing issues and implementing them in an international context;
  • Experience in international work on chemical safety and security issues, preferably in the area of process safety, safety and security risk assessment and developing mitigation plan etc. Experience in developing e-learning tools to promote safety and security practices could be an added advantage;
  • Experience in formal programme management approaches, stakeholder engagement, results-based monitoring and evaluation;
  • Knowledge of the methods and experience in use of analytical instruments in the field of chemistry in the international context;
  • Work experience in the UN Common System.

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills in analysing operational issues in a complex environment, formulate options, and propose and implement solutions;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations;
  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive in developing strategies to accomplish the organisation’s objectives; problem-solving skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients;
  • Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Computer literacy (MS Office packages).


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.

Additional Information

This fixed-term appointment is for the duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.

The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The total length of service for Professional staff shall not exceed 7 years.

The Director-General retains the discretion to not make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.

Only applications submitted before the closing date and through OPCW CandidateSpace will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.

Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.

OPCW General Terms and Conditions


Important notice for applicants who are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system

Although headquartered in the Netherlands, the OPCW is not a regular Dutch employer but a public international organisation with its own special status. Please be advised that if you are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system, you will be excluded from this system as a staff member of the OPCW. You will consequently be insured under the organisation’s system. The above also applies to your dependents unless they are employed by a regular Dutch employer, they are self-employed in the Netherlands, or are receiving Dutch social security payments.

Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for more information about the possible consequences for you and your dependents, such as exclusion from ‘AWBZ’ and ‘Zorgverzekeringswet’ coverage: ‘Werken bij een internationale organisatie’.