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Electrical & Audiovisual Technician (GS-6)

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-30

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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 General Service
  • Grade

  • Net Salary
    EUR 47,459
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

The Support Services Section, among other duties, is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of facility management services, including building management, maintenance, hospitality, mail.

You will be responsible for the maintenance of all electrical-related systems and installations and assisting the Head General Support Services in the management and administration of the relevant maintenance contracts.

You will also provide technical and operational support to the Audio-Visual installations during the meetings of the Executive Conference and other bodies of the Organisation.

Main Responsibilities

The Electrical & Audiovisual Technician deals with the overall functioning of the electrical and no-break installations within the OPCW Headquarters and the Rijswijk facilities; you need to perform emergency repairs and ensure that all internal cabling, distribution boxes and electrical switches are maintained. You will also deal with the maintenance contracts ensuring that work is being carried out in line with the contracts in place.


One other important pillar of this role is ensuring the proper operation, functioning and maintenance of the conference/meeting audio-visual equipment, CCTV and other related systems.


Other work of this role includes review of the scope of requirement for maintenance contracts, provide procurement support for goods and services, and manage the electrical spare parts of the storage room.


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Qualifications and Experience



  • High school diploma or equivalent Diploma of higher Secondary Education in the relevant field.

  • Additional technical diploma obtained from technical college or trade school.


  • Awareness of industrial control system security   


Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible relevant experience with a minimum of 4 years  with an organisation or company working in installation, repair and servicing of electrical distribution systems and industrial electrical installations and 2 years of providing relevant services i.e facility maintenance and conference support services   for an International Organisation and or a large commercial entity.  

  • Conference Services System Support (Installation, Maintenance, Operations), AV and CCTV, Help Desk operation and response, maintenance of electrical installations, equipment and systems including emergency and uninterruptible power supply.


  • IT infrastructure installations (server rooms), elevator emergency rescue training.


Skills and Competencies

  • Communication

  • Accountability

  • Innovation

  • Planning and Organising

  • Client Orientation

  • Problem solving capacity

  • commitment to continuous learning

  • Tact, accuracy

  • Teamwork


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

Staff members in the General Services category are normally recruited and paid on a local basis.

This 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 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.

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’.

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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