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Senior Verification Coordination Officer (P-4)
 
Post Level :    P-4  Closing Date :  19 January 2019 (-62 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-VER/SVCO/F0204/ P-4/82/12-18
Branch :     Office of the Director (VER)
Division :    Verification Division
Date :    20 December 2018
 
This fixed-term appointment is for duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules, as applicable. 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 not to 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.
 
 Principal Functions  Requirements
Working under the supervision of the Director, Verification, and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity and Gender Equality, the post holder is responsible for the following activities:

1. Support the Director of Verification in developing and implementing the mission of the division and ensuring that major program objectives are met:
a) Coordinate the workflow and oversee the activities of the branches, ensuring that the division’s objectives are met within required timelines.
b) Ensure that the effective direction and integrated management of the division’s and branches’ activities are in line with the strategic vision and guidance of the Director.
c) Provide support to the heads of branches on the implementation of the Director’s strategy.
d) Draft presentations, speeches, correspondence and concept papers for the Director on both management-related and substantive issues.
2. Manage the division’s budget:
a) In close consultation with the Budget and Planning Control Branch, act as the divisional focal point for all budgetary questions.
b) Coordinate and contribute to the elaboration of the KPIs and RBM for the division.
c) Assume the lead role in drafting and preparing the division’s annual budget and programme of work through consulting with the heads of branches in the division.
d) Monitor overall budget compliance of the division and prepare reports, as required, to various executive bodies.

3. Coordinate reporting on verification activities:
a) Manage the preparation of the annual Verification Implementation Report (VIR) of the Secretariat including proposals on the themes, focus, structure and content and for the coordination and harmonization of the contributions to the VIR from other units.
b) Check factual content of the VIR and its consistency with established policies and positions of the Secretariat with all the branches of the Verification Division and the Inspectorate Division as well as with the Legal Office and the Office of the Deputy Director-General.
c) Produce a monthly summary of verification activities through the Verification at a Glance (VAG).
d) Organise the preparation of the verification part of the Annual Report of the Organization.
e) Manage the preparation of the annual unclassified verification summary.
f) Coordinate the preparation of briefings on verification activities for the use by Management.

4. Coordinate transverse activities within verification:
a) Coordinate and align the input from the Heads of Branches.
b) Analyse issues and risks that may affect overall implementation of division objectives and identify possible remedies.
c) Prepare sensitive correspondence on behalf of the Director of Verification.
d) Coordinate the division’s answers to other TS stakeholders (OIO, Quality management RBM).
e) Coordinate divisional knowledge management strategies.
f) Act as the division’s RBM focal point.

5. Assess and provide advice, as required, on the implementation of the verification regime, including any topic related to Articles III, IV, V and VI of the CWC:
a) Participate in briefings and de-briefings of inspection teams to provide advice for the review of final inspection reports
b) Prepare / propose quality assurances and control procedures changes based on assessment of inspections
c) Propose measures for the optimization of the utilization of resources for verification and participate in their implementation and assessment
d) Draft papers to the Policy Making Organs on behalf of the Secretariat on issues related to the implementation of the verification regime of the Convention.
e) Prepare documents for use during consultations amongst Member States on specific issues.
f) Draft correspondence to Member States related to the implementation of the verification regime of the Convention in general terms and as related to specific cases
g) Provide assistance and support the Director of Verification in implementing the recommendations of the 4th Review Conference

6. Performs other duties, as required.

 Knowledge and Skills

Education (Qualifications):
Essential:
· Advanced university degree in a relevant field, e.g.: international relations/studies, disarmament/military, law, natural science or engineering (ideally chemistry), management, business administration. Other subjects may be accepted provided the majority of work experience is highly relevant to the post.
· A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
· Equivalent or specialized training in combination with at least thirteen years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a university degree.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies):
· Excellent strategic thinking skills.
· Excellent analytical skills (e.g. quickly identifying the essence of a complex issue) and ability to initiate and implement necessary action that is proportionate to the issue at hand.
· Innovative and creative, but with the ability to generate ideas that can be grounded in reality and implemented in practice.
· Excellent communication skills - both oral and written - and excellent stakeholder management skills, including strong ability to deliver results through others.
· High-level political acumen.
· Strong sense of initiative, including ability to plan, conduct and report on projects independently.
· Flexibility (working simultaneously on two or more topics and supporting colleagues in a matrix-style team) and ability to work under pressure.
· Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to work in teams and in multi-cultural environments.
· Computer literate (MS Office applications).

 Experience

Essential:
· At least 7 years of professional experience in a relevant field (or at least 9 years with only a first level degree, or at least 13 years with equivalent or specialized training).
· Expert knowledge of analysis/review - primarily related to international treaty obligations or technical (ideally chemical) industry.
· Experience in developing guidelines and effectively communicating such guidelines to those who will implement them.
· Experience in managing a budget.
· Experience in coordinating with others (sometimes more senior staff members) and effectively coaching/supporting such ‘implementers’.

Desirable:
· Experience in disarmament, arms control and/or non-proliferation.
· Knowledge of chemical disarmament and/or the chemical industry.
· Experience in international organisations, government, or not-for-profit sector.

 Languages

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.
 
Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and provident fund deductions) in US$ and a post adjustment. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. The figure quoted on the right, is based on the December 2018 rate of 34.4%.  
Annual Salary $71,332
Post Adjustment $24,538
Total Salary $95,870
Currency USD USD
 
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Interested applicants who are unable to submit an application online at www.opcw.org , due to technical problems, are requested to send an e- mail to Recruitment@opcw.org explaining the problem.
Only applications received before the closing date will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.
Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.