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Technical Support Officer (P-3) (Re-advertised) Inspectorate Division

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2019-06-07

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About Us

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 Member States, oversees the global endeavor to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons.

The ultimate aim of the OPCW is to achieve our vision of a world free of chemical weapons in which chemistry is used for peace, progress, and prosperity, and to contribute to international security and stability, general and complete disarmament, and global economic development. Under the OPCW's oversight 96% of the chemical weapons stockpiles declared by possessor States have been verifably destroyed.

The OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

Our mission for a world free of chemical weapons makes people's lives better. Apply to be a part of our team to make the world a better place for all. 

General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed term P Staff
  • Grade

  • Total Salary (including post adjustment)
    USD 81,314
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

Do you have technical expertise on the Inspection Equipment? Are you willing to provide the Inspection Division and other OPCW staff with advice on technical and procedural aspects of the Inspection Equipment?

In this role, as Technical Support Officer, you will ensure timely and efficient procurement, maintenance and repair of Inspection Equipment and you will supervise the management of planned preventative maintenance of a wide range of equipment.

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Main Responsibilities

In your role you will;

  • be in charge of the provision of technical expertise on the Inspection Equipment

  • handle the process of the OPCW Member States’ familiarization with the Inspection Equipment

  • handle the Procurement Cell of the Logistics Section of the Operations and Administration Branch

  • assist the Head of the Logistics Section in leading the section

Qualifications and Experience


You should have an advanced university level degree or equivalent in technical science or engineering. The possession of higher education might be off-set against other certified training (e.g. military or civilian) together with an extensive technical expertise on chemical protection equipment, the procurement and related training experience for the use of it.

Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have a minimum of five years experience in the management and maintenance of complex specialised technical equipment with advanced level degree and seven years with first level degree. Experience with CW detection and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technology and ABC protection equipment would be a very strong asset.


  • Demonstrated experience of various technical equipment and services, including for maintenance, repair and upgrading the equipment

  • Experience in determining and writing the technical and functional specifications for technical equipment to be procured or maintained

  • Experience in training and advising end-users on the use of complex specialised equipment

  • Experience in maintaining or overseeing electronic inventory systems

  •  Knowledge of or experience in planning, project management and budgeting processes

Skills and Competencies

To succeed in this role you must have;

  • Computer literacy in the use of MS Office applications, particularly MS Word and MS Excel and experience in  browsing the Internet for e-procurement

  • Customer service orientation

  •  Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Good problem solving skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

  • Tact, discretion, accuracy and ability to work harmoniously in a multinational and multicultural environment

  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills


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

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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