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Director, International Cooperation and Assistance (D-2)

Director, International Cooperation and Assistance (D-2)






Reporting to the Deputy Director-General, and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the Director, International Cooperation and Assistance performs the following duties:


  1. Directs the work of the International Cooperation and Assistance Division within the established policy framework and provides the necessary guidance to ensure that the following are appropriately carried out:
  • Development of strategy and related implementation plans to increase the Organisation's state of readiness in providing support to any requesting State Party in the event of use or threat of use of chemical weapons, in accordance with the Article X of the Convention. This might include interalia an assessment of the internal capacity and capability, a resource mobilisation strategy for the Voluntary Fund for Assistance, and coordinating with relevant international organisations;
  • Development of relevant programmes and projects to provide expert advice and assist a State Party (upon request) in identifying how their programmes for the development and improvement of a protective capacity against chemical weapons could be implemented, within the framework of Article X of the Convention;
  • Development and implementation of Programmes and projects to promote the peaceful use of chemistry for economic and technological development, within the framework of Article XI of the Convention.
  • Development and implementation of programmes and projects to assist States Parties and their National Authorities in their effort toward the full and effective implementation of the Convention, in accordance with the provision of Article VII of the Convention. This might include the assessment of problems associated with national implementation and assisting States Parties with the implementation of the various provisions of the Convention.
  1. Manages the staff of the International Cooperation and Assistance Division to ensure that the Division is able to complete the planned Programme of Work in an effective, efficient and cohesive manner.
  2. Manages the Programme and Budget for the International Cooperation and Assistance Division in line with Results-Based Management and Results-Based Budgeting principle.
  3. Provides strategic planning, policy advice and support to Management (Director-General, Deputy Director-General and Division Directors) and staff at large regarding the International Cooperation and Assistance programmes. Participates in meetings of the Management Board and relevant technical committees and contributes to discussion and formulation of recommendations to the Director-General on organisation-wide policy issues.
  4. Engages with States Parties on issues of mutual concern and contributes to the work of the Executive Council and informal consultations.
  5. Participates in official visits to States Parties and other relevant Organisations.




Education (Qualifications):


Essential: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in Science or Social Sciences, International security or Relations, International Law, Business/Public Administration, Management or a related field is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.




Essential: A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in providing leadership, direction and advice in the field of international cooperation and assistance, public administration, international relations, or socio-economic development, a substantial part of which should be at the senior level in the private or public sector or in international organisations.

Skills and Abilities:


  • Extensive knowledge of the Chemical Weapons Convention;
  • Profound knowledge of international relations, international security/disarmament, international cooperation and assistance issues;
  • Effective leadership skills and be able to take responsibility of key organizational issues, including ability to think strategically and achieve results which are aligned with the larger picture of the organisation and its strategic goals;
  • Demonstrated understanding and exhibited behaviour of Knowledge Management leadership principles;
  • Well-developed diplomatic and policy skills, good judgement, and ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally;
  • Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment with people of different cultural and national backgrounds, including ability to effectively supervise, mentor, train, develop and evaluate staff;
  • Excellent and proven planning, organisation, coordination, negotiation and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills in analysing and interpreting operational issues, formulating options, and proposing and implementing solutions;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to apply tact and accuracy and to present information clearly and logically both in writing and verbally;
  • Proven ability to coordinate the work of others, meet tight deadlines and handle multi-tasks;
  • Proven ability to ensure an effective work structure to maximise productivity and achieve objectives;
  • The ability to learn quickly and thoroughly while continually recognizing and adapting to changing conditions is critical;
  • Ability to coordinate the work of others, work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent conflicting activities assuring required results are achieved;
  • Proven ability to generate a strategic plan that integrates numerous organisational issues, functions and resources for effective action;
  • Creates partnerships and collaborative endeavours within the division or between divisions.



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.