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Head, Implementation Support (P-5) Implementation Support Branch

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-05

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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 120,818
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

The Head of Implementation Support will be accountable for the delivery of both targeted and ad hoc support to the National Authorities of Member States throughout each phase of a project cycle. In addition, Head of Implementation Support will contribute to strategy development and knowledge sharing among relevant stakeholders to ensure effective engagement, cooperation and implementation of Article VII from the CWC.

Main Responsibilities

Do you have an in-depth theoretical knowledge in programme management? Do you have an in-depth practical experience in implementation of capacity-building programs with national governments?


If yes, we would like to meet you!


OPCW is seeking to employ a Head of Implementation Support to increase and sustain partnerships by leading regional and international events (meetings, workshop, seminars, trainings) with participation of different stakeholders. This is a senior role and takes responsibility for managing the branch's budget as well as leading a multicultural team by coordinating tasks, providing guidance and holding staff accountable for overall performance.


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Qualifications and Experience


You should have an advanced or first level university degree in law, public administration, political science, business management, or other relevant social science disciplines.

Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have at least 10 years of experience (or a minimum of 12 years with a first level degree) in programme management, research, and public administration; Experience in capacity-building programs with national governments within an international context.  Experience in managing and leading a multi-cultural team at an international level. Experience in disarmament and/or international security fields a strong asset. 

Skills and Competencies

To succeed in this role you will need the following skills and competencies:

  • Excellent and proven planning, organisational, coordination, negotiation and problem-solving skills;

  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills in analysing and interpreting operational issues, formulating options, and proposing and implementing solutions;

  • Demonstrated experience developing capacity-building and other training programs, and in mobilising resources and collaboration from donor states for such development programs;

  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills;

  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;

  • Solid information technology skills;

  • Knowledge of Results-Based Budgeting (RBB) and strong budgetary management experience;

  • Ability to ensure an effective work structure and environments to maximise productivity and achieve Section goals;

  • Ability to coordinate the work of others, work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities;

  • Proven ability in managing people and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with and among people of different national and cultural backgrounds.


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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