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Principal Investigator (P-5)
Post Level :    P-5  Closing Date :  13 December 2018 (-68 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-AT/PI/F0805/P-5/58/10-18
Branch :     Office of the Director (ATT)
Division :    Attribution Team
Date :    7 November 2018
This fixed-term appointment is for a duration of up to one year and is subject to, as applicable, (a) a six-month probationary period, (b) the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules, (c) the continuing need for the post, and (d) the availability of funding. The incumbent will have no expectation of renewal; and, in any case, 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.
 Principal Functions  Requirements
At the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of States Parties (CSP) the CSP decided (C-SS-4/DEC.3) that the OPCW Secretariat shall put into place arrangements to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. In furtherance of this decision an Attribution Team is being established which will undertake its activities in an impartial and objective manner.

Under the supervision of the Director of the Attribution Team, and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the incumbent performs the following duties:

· Leads and manages the planning, organising, conducting, and monitoring of assigned investigative activities for the collection of information. Plans deployments and deploys as part of the team as required.
· Provides reports of information collected to the AT Director (ATD) and the Principal Analyst.
· Provides policy advice in relation to investigation strategy and plays a leading role in the development of investigation policies, guidelines, practices, and procedures for the conduct of investigations.
· Assists the ATD in case management and priority-setting.
· Assists the ATD in coordinating the activities of investigators and analysts, and delegating where appropriate.
· Contributes to the preparation of reports regarding the findings of investigations.
· Coordinates information collection activities.
· Liaises as required with divisions and offices in the Technical Secretariat to support the work of the Team and ensures that the activities of the Team are conducted in a manner compliant with organisational policies and procedures.
· As required, provides technical briefings to the staff of the AT and to senior management on information collection activities.
· Supports the ATD in the recruitment and training of staff and manages the performance of staff in line with organisational policies and procedures.
· Supports the continuous improvement of information collection policies and processes, including through contributions to training and knowledge transfer activities.
· Proposes to the ATD and manages the non-staff costs of the Team related to investigative requirements.
· Liaises with States Parties and other relevant external stakeholders as required.
· Leads in sourcing capabilities from the Secretariat and external capabilities that are required to implement investigative activities.
Performs other duties as required by the ATD.

 Knowledge and Skills

· Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international law, criminal investigation, military science, forensic science, crime analysis, social/political science, or other related fields.
· A combination of a first-level university degree or diploma in advanced criminal investigation from a national police academy or law enforcement agency together with significant experience and/or certifications in investigations (military, police, judicial/prosecutorial, federal/national intelligence agencies) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies):
· Proven ability in gathering information, data, and evidence, and to interview suspects and witnesses.
· Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly.
· Demonstrated ability to think strategically. Ability to challenge established thinking and consider alternative thinking.
· Ability to postulate and identify a range of possible hypotheses as investigations progress.
· Gathers relevant information before making decisions.
· Ability to organise and draw sound conclusions and be able to re-evaluate initial conclusions on the basis of new information.
· Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information.
· Innovative and creative problem-solving skills. Demonstrates persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
· Strong relationship management skills involving internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including senior management and governance, while maintaining operational independence.
· Proven interpersonal and diplomatic skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations at all levels with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
· Demonstrates understanding and exhibited behaviour of Knowledge Management leadership principles.
· Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including ability to effectively supervise, mentor, coach, train, develop, evaluate, and delegate to staff.
· Proven ability to draft, develop, and present concise reports on operational matters.
· Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent conflicting activities assuring required results are achieved.
Ability to communicate to a variety of audiences in both oral and written form.


· A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience at a senior level in complex investigations in areas such as international or national criminal investigations.
· Experience in investigation management and administration.
· Experience leading and managing investigative teams.

· Formal training and/or certification in law enforcement methodologies.
· Experience in a leading role in a forensic institute or law enforcement/security/intelligence organisation.
· Experience in international investigation activities.
· Experience with or knowledge of military operations in conflict zones.
· Experience leading teams and deployments in high-risk areas.
Knowledge and understanding of multilateral disarmament issues.


Fluency in English is essential. 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 November 2018 rate of 34.3%.  
Annual Salary $85,543
Post Adjustment $29,341
Total Salary $114,884
Currency USD USD
Interested applicants who are unable to submit an application online at , due to technical problems, are requested to send an e- mail to 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.