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Senior Equipment Technician (GS-5) (Pharmaceutical and medical)

The Hague

  • Organization: OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Pharmacy
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Medical Doctor
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-16

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

  • Estimated monthly remuneration: Euro
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

The Operations and Planning Branch (OPB) plans, coordinates and monitors all OPCW missions.

The OPB logistics section provides the OPCW Inspection Team and other staff of the Technical Secretariat with the equipment and material support required for their inspections and missions.
It ensures the compliance of the Inspection Equipment (IE) with relevant provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Main Responsibilities

Senior Equipment Technician will have the following duties:

  • Assuming responsibility for all pharmaceutical requirements and medical equipment in supporting OPCW activities, under the supervision of the ES Team Leader.

  • Performing Mask Fit Tests, maintaining a comprehensive stock of Individual Protective Equipment (IPE) for all OPCW Inspectors and prepare Team Decontamination Line equipment for Inspection Teams, in the absence of the primary-assigned staff.

  • Assuming responsibility for the specifically assigned equipment requested for OPCW mission activities.

  • Mission support process (preparation, issue and receipt of all inspection equipment and its documentation prior to and upon completion of the mission)

  • Perform other duties relevant to the post (as assigned by the supervisor)

To view the complete job outline, please click here.

Qualifications and Experience



High School Diploma with related experience or equivalent diploma of higher secondary education.


Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have: 


  • A minimum of 4 years of experience with knowledge of pharmaceutical items, local regulations, and experience in operating various medical equipment

  • Experience in stock management, inventorying of assets and procurement processes

  • Experience in working with medical information systems.

  • Possess ability to analyse data


  • First Aid Competency

  • Relevant technical profile

  • Basic knowledge of Dangerous Goods regulations

  • Certificate for operating forklifts by a Dutch Occupational Health and Safety recognised institution

Skills and Competencies

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

  • Asset management and inventory management systems

  • Life cycle management and maintenance planning systems

  • Workplace health and safety management

  • Material handling (including operating licence for forklifts and palette loaders)

  • Transportation, packaging and handling of dangerous goods – especially medical and pharmaceutical products

  • SharePoint

  • Office 365

  • Good interpersonal skills

Other Skills:

  • Tact, discretion and accuracy

  • Effective organisational skills and ability to handle a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner

  • Initiative and willingness to learn new skills.

  • Flexibility to be able and willing to perform different activities to support operations, often at short notice


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 mandatory age of separation at the OPCW is 65 years.

Fixed-term staff members participate in the OPCW provident fund. A monthly staff contribution is met with a doubled amount by the OPCW to ensure separating staff have the capital necessary to move on to new challenges.

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 fully completed 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.