OPCW eRecruitment
Senior Safety Officer (P-4)
Post Level :    P-4  Closing Date :  4 January 2016 (-624 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-ODDG/HSB/SSO/P-4/F0018/71/11-15
Branch :     Health and Safety Branch
Division :    Office of the Deputy Director-General
Date :    13 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, 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
Under the supervision of the Head, Health and Safety, and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, you will be responsible for the following core areas.

As the Senior Safety Officer (SSO) you will provide consultation and advice regarding organizational health and safety issues related to work as well as assess and respond to concerns raised by staff in relation to the health and safety aspects of their workplaces.

The SSO ensures the incorporation of the principles of risk management into all OPCW activities. The SSO contributes to training for all OPCW staff, ensuring the achievement of health and safety proficiency standards relevant to work. The SSO conducts specialised training for staff with dedicated health and safety functions and provides health and safety support for organisational training and for outreach activities and training courses for Member States.
The Senior Safety Officer reviews and monitors health and safety training provided by external sources for OPCW staff. In addition, the SSO provides advice and assistance to the Inspectorate Division, Equipment Store and the Procurement and Support Services Branch regarding health and safety aspects of equipment.

The SSO conducts regular inspections of OPCW premises, health and safety equipment and procedures, reporting results to management through the Health and Safety Committee. The SSO implements a health and safety program guided by the results of health and safety inspections aimed at control of identified hazards to acceptable levels of risk (including fire, radiation, and biosafety issues). The SSO investigates all accidents and incidents, and implements accident prevention initiatives and recommendations to prevent recurrence.

In cooperation with Medical staff in the Inspectorate Division, The SSO implements a risk assessment and management program for OPCW inspections. The SSO also provides direct support to inspection teams in special circumstances (e.g. engineering reviews, technical visits, investigations of alleged use, or unusually hazardous inspections).

The SSO ensures that staff members with Safety related responsibilities maintain their skills through continuous, professional development. In line with this, the SSO adopts / develops and maintains policy and procedural documentation to guide implementation of the OPCW’s health and safety program.

 Knowledge and Skills

• A University level degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. chemistry, occupational hygiene, health and safety, NBC Defence, etc);
• An extensive technical background in chemical weapons / industrial safety is desirable;
• Familiarity with regulations, guidelines, standards, and norms concerning occupational health and safety;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
• Ability to plan and organise; problem solving skills;
• Personal qualities should include tact, discretion, accuracy and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment;
• Computer literacy.


• A minimum of 7 years of recent practical experience as a safety officer, including practical experience of health and safety considerations in chemical weapons (CW) environments and industrial chemical environments (detection, protection, decontamination);
• Experience in applying the methodology of risk assessment and risk management.

• Previous experience within an international organisation would be an asset;
• Experience with CW verification regimes and inspection regimes would be an advantage.


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 rate of 32.7%.  
 With Dependants   No Dependants 
Annual Salary $73,338 $68,294
Post Adjustment $23,982 $22,332
Total Salary $97,320 $90,626
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.