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  • Organization: OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2019-05-22

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Finance Officer (P-3) ChemTech Centre

The Hague (Netherlands)

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 80,652
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

What are we looking for?

You possess strong analytical, organisational, and communication skills and are detail-oriented. Whilst being a strong team player, you have the ability to work independently as well. You enjoy working with multiple stakeholders and like to use your interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and persuade to get the best results. You have good communication skills, both oral as well as in writing.

Analysing is one of your strong features: you will be looking for developments and trends; studying cases from various angles, and coming up with original ideas and solutions to things that have to be done!

A solid understanding of business operations and processes is important for success in this work.

Main Responsibilities

As the Finance Officer of the Project Team you:

  • Manage and maintain oversight of the Trust Fund for the Centre (hereinafter the “Trust Fund”) and provide holistic, cross-cutting advice to the Head of Project Management Team, staff of the Project Management Group and senior management on the Trust Fund issues.

  • Advise and assist staff of the Project Management Group Managers in the formulation of funding proposals by States Parties.

  • Conduct funding negotiations with States Parties and prepare agreements with the donor, working closely with the Project Management Group, the Office of the Legal Adviser and the Budget and Finance Branch.

  • Assure the timely and sufficient release of budgetary allotments related to the Trust Fund.

  • Prepare project income and expenditure forecasts.

To see the complete job outline, please click here.

Qualifications and Experience


You will need an advanced university degree preferably in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Economics or another relevant technical field. A first level university degree in combination with additional qualifying experience (minimum 7 years) in these areas may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Knowledge and Experience

You will need at least 5 years of related experience at the national or international level in financial management, whilst experience working in a multilateral environment and a professional certification in finance and accounting (e.g. CA, CPA, ACCA) is desirable.

Besides, you will need demonstrable experience with formulation of extra-budgetary agreements, financial implementation monitoring, and reporting; and experience with multi donor funding projects and budgetary and accounting matters pertaining to large capital build (constructed asset type) projects.

Knowledge of international organizations and their operational and financial practices is needed, as well as knowledge of project budget preparation, forecasting, cost allocation, implementation monitoring and reporting and of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

Skills and Competencies

  • Proven excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to draft and edit presentational documents and reports (including financial reports)

  • Proven analytical skills with regard to analysing developments and trends and the ability to conceive and apply original ideas. Flexibility, tact and discretion

  • Ability to work harmoniously with people in an international environment as well as maintain confidentiality

  • Familiarity with financial modules of modern ERP systems

  • Good computer skills (proficiency with MS Office Excel in particular).


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 total length of service for this appointment is limited to the finalisation of the project. The incumbent will have no expectation of renewal. 

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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