OPCW eRecruitment
Head, Office of Confidentiality and Security, (P-5)
Post Level :    P-5  Closing Date :  20 December 2015 (-667 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-ODG/OCS/HOCS/F0178/P-5/68/10-15
Branch :     Office of Confidentiality and Security
Division :    Office of the Director-General
Date :    6 November 2015
This fixed-term appointment is for a duration of three years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules and other internal legislation 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, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.
 Principal Functions  Requirements
Under the supervision of the Director-General through Chief of Cabinet and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the Head of Confidentiality and Security performs the following duties:

1. Acts as the Organisation’s Principal Security Advisor (PSyA) with direct access and accountability to the Director-General. Acts as the Organisation’s Principal Investigative Officer (PIO) for security and disciplinary matters and is the Organisation’s Chief Fire Officer (CFO). Acts as the Organisation’s security advisor.

2. Develops and manages the implementation of the confidentiality and security framework within which the organisation operates in accordance with the Confidentiality Annex to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the OPCW Policy on Confidentiality (OPOC), the OPCW’s Manual of Confidentiality Procedure (MCP), Standard Operating Instructions (SOPs), Working Instructions (WIs) and appropriate applicable international security standards.

3. Manages the Operations Security Section (OSS) and the Confidentiality and Information Security Section (CISS) of the OCS.

4. Prepares and implements management plans for the OCS. Ensures that priorities within each section are reflected in the plans and that work is carried out accordingly.
• Evaluates and supervises the performance of the OCS Sections and Section Heads.
• Oversees the preparation of job descriptions and Vacancy Notices for new posts within the OCS, ensuring competent OCS staff members are provided for interviews of candidates for jobs within the OCS.

5. Co-ordinates preparation of, adopts and supervises implementation of plans to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the data/information held by the OPCW, both classified and unclassified, in electronic and hard-copy format.
• Prepares and oversees the implementation of Security Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Working Instructions (WIs) to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, reliability and availability of confidential and unclassified OPCW data.
• Devises working mechanisms to maintain/improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the OPCW confidentiality regime whenever new technologies allow/require or new working methods/procedures are devised by the Secretariat. Drafts related amendments to the Confidentiality Policy and MCP to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of confidential OPCW data.
• Directs development of technical and procedural methods to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of confidential OPCW data.

6. Supervises and implements the operational protective security regime of the OPCW Headquarters and OPCW Laboratory at Rijswijk.

7. Ensures that the OCS provides the Organisation with robust investigative, confidentiality and information security capabilities for contingency operations and special missions in both the support and deployed roles as necessary. This may include deployment on missions and contingency operations as required.

8. Ensures that the OCS provides the Organisation with geo-spatial and geo-information capabilities to support contingency operations and special missions.

9. Acts as the OPCW Security Focal Point (SFP) for contingency operations and special missions.

10. Supervises the implementation of security training and awareness programmes in Confidentiality and Security for the Secretariat’s staff, travel security and fire safety.

11. Represents the OPCW Secretariat in all external, security-related forums and acts as liaison with all United Nations (UN) and host-nation security agencies in order to better provide for the security and safety of OPCW staff in The Hague, whilst on missions and whilst travelling on official business on behalf of the Organisation. Serves as the UN Security Focal Point (SFP) for the OPCW and as a member of the UN Security Management Team (SMT) for The Netherlands within the United Nations Security Management System.
• Management Network (IASMN) and the Netherlands Represents the OPCW on the UN Inter-Agency Security International Security Forum (NISF).
• Liaises regularly with relevant host-nation security/intelligence agencies as well as national/local police on all matters affecting the security of the OPCW and its staff/operations.
• Liaises regularly with security directors of other International Organisations based in The Hague and the Netherlands and liaises regularly with the Central Security Coordinator (CSC) of the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA).

12. Prepares data and recommendations for the budget of the OCS.
• Ensures that OCS has the resources necessary to complete its mission.
• Assesses from Budget Status Reports the current underspend/overspend of the Office and takes corrective action as necessary.
• Requests and justifies budget obligations for new posts and all security-related projects/initiatives.
• Oversees the preparation of event-specific plans and related budget requirements for the execution of special tasks:
• VIP Visits
• Executive Council Meetings
• Conference of the States Parties.

13. Acts as the Head of secretarial support to the Confidentiality Commission (CC) acting as the Secretariat’s primary point of contact for the Confidentiality Commission.
• Ensures proper administrative and secretarial support for the Commission as required.

 Knowledge and Skills

Education (Qualifications)

Essential: Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in Corporate Security Management, Security Risk Management, Policing and Security Management, Information Security or Business Administration with specialisation in security matters. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 12 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. An equivalent or specialised training in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 20 years) may be accepted in lieu of a university degree.

Desirable: Completion of a military senior service command and staff college or police academy or equivalent is highly desirable.

Desired Certification(s) (if applicable): ASIS certification (or equivalent) and/or membership of a national security institute is desirable.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies): Extensive knowledge of all aspects of operational, protective, electronic and information security management in the private or public sector. Excellent communication and presentation skills, and the ability to draft, edit, and present documents and concepts in the English language. Good conceptualisation, managerial and negotiation skills, coupled with tact, diplomacy and good judgement when dealing with a diverse group of staff members in a sensitive working environment and international/diplomatic community are essential.


Essential: Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible and recent related managerial experience in the security profession, routinely dealing with security/confidentiality/CIS Security issues, preferably in an international or governmental organisation. Significant experience supervising all aspects of security operations. Substantial experience in the implementation and supervision of confidentiality/security policies. Personal experience with the conduct of security surveys/audits and risk management programmes. Experience in the design, implementation and supervision of secure environments and information processing systems.

• Extensive experience in a senior security management position of a UN agency/International Organisation may be considered in lieu.
• Desirable: Personal experience in supervising the conduct of security, confidentiality, fraud and forensics investigations.


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 November 2015 rate of 32.7%.  
 With Dependants   No Dependants 
Annual Salary $87,948 $81,704
Post Adjustment $28,759 $26,717
Total Salary $116,707 $108,421
Currency USD
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.