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Safety Officer (P-3)
Post Level :    P-3  Closing Date :  4 September 2016 (-929 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-ODDG/HSB/SO/F0020/P-3/35/07-16
Branch :     Health and Safety Branch
Division :    Office of the Deputy Director-General
Date :    22 July 2016
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.

(a) Healthy staff, physically and mentally capable of performing their duties:
• Provide consultation and advice for staff regarding health and safety issues related to their work;
• Provide advice and support to staff from other functional units who deal with administration of health and safety.

(b) Staff who have the knowledge, skills, and equipment needed to work with minimised risk to themselves or their colleagues:
• Contribute to induction and refresher training for all OPCW staff, ensuring the achievement of minimum health and safety proficiency standards relevant to their work;
• Develop and conduct specialised training and practical exercises for staff with dedicated health and safety functions - use of protective clothing and equipment, detection and monitoring, decontamination and specific topics.
• Provide safety support for Organisational training activities and training provided by external sources for OPCW staff;
• Incorporate the principles of risk management into all applicable OPCW activities.

(c) A working environment in which risks are actively managed, and in which there is prompt and effective response to incidents, accidents, or illness:
• Assist in conducting regular inspections of OPCW premises, health and safety equipment / procedures and report results to Head HSB through the Senior Safety Officer (SSO);
• Assist with the implementation of the health and safety program guided by the results of health and safety inspections, aimed at control of identified hazards to acceptable levels of risk;
• Assess and respond to concerns raised by staff concerning health and safety aspects of their workplaces;
• Assist with implementation of accident prevention initiatives;
• Contribute to the investigation of all accidents / incidents and make recommendations to prevent recurrence.

(d) Inspection activities accomplished with minimal risk, in accordance with the OPCW’s health, safety and medical requirements:
• Contribute to the risk assessment and management program for OPCW inspections, review and conduct pre-deployment health and safety planning and briefings/debriefings, conduct consultations during inspections. Provide teams with relevant information on hazardous chemicals (MSDS etc).
• Travel with and provide direct support to inspection teams in special circumstances (e.g. engineering reviews, technical visits, investigations of alleged use, or other hazardous inspections);
• Attend operational briefings / planning sessions to ensure that health and safety aspects of inspection activities are addressed.

(e) Availability of a defined health, safety, and medical component in the OPCW’s International Co-operation and Assistance and other outreach programs:
• Maintain a library and database of information relevant to the needs of OPCW Member States, regarding the health, safety, and medical aspects of chemical defence and disarmament;
• Collate and provide health and safety information on request in response to external requests;
• Contribute to the health and safety elements of training courses coordinated by the International Cooperation and Assistance Division;
• Support the External Relations Division, Office of Special Projects, or other functional units in health and safety aspects of their outreach activities.

(f) Efficient and effective operation of the health and safety branch:
• Advise the SSO regarding requirements for skills maintenance, professional development, and continuing education of Safety section staff members;
• Contribute to the policy and procedural documentation to guide implementation of the OPCW’s health and safety program, ensuring ready availability of current documentation for all staff;
• Advise on the acquisition and maintenance of suitable equipment and administrative resources to support the Safety section’s functions;
• Develop and maintain the Radiation Safety Programme and act if necessary as the responsible Radiation Protection Supervisor.

NOTE: This position is included on the list of Headquarters staff designated as Augmentee Inspector.

 Knowledge and Skills

Education (Qualifications):
An advanced level University degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. NBC Defence, chemistry, occupational hygiene, occupational health and safety, etc). A first level university degree in combination with relevant qualifying experience (minimum 7 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university or Certified relevant training together with extensive relevant technical background and a minimum of 11 years’ experience may also be considered.
• Extensive technical background in chemical weapons / industrial safety/Occupational Health.
• Professional Qualification in Health and Safety is an advantage.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies):
Familiarity with regulations, guidelines, standards, and norms concerning occupational health and safety.

Other Skills:
• 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 5 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), or 7 years with a first level degree or 11 years with certified relevant training.
• 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;
• Strong knowledge of EU Occupational Health and Safety laws and regulations (NEBOSH Diploma level) would be highly desirable.


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 July 2016 rate of 32.7%.  
Annual Salary $61,470
Post Adjustment $20,100
Total Salary $81,570
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.