OPCW eRecruitment
Head, Chemical Demilitarisation Branch (P-5)
 
Post Level :    P-5  Closing Date :  13 December 2015 (-651 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-VER/DEB/HCDB/F0218/P-5/63/10-15
Branch :     Chemical Demilitarisation Branch
Division :    Verification Division
Date :    14 October 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 direct supervision and guidance of the Director of Verification, and when appropriate in consultations with the Director-General/Deputy Director-General; in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the post holder has the following responsibilities:

1. Management and supervision:

· Delegate individual tasking and organise the different responsibilities within the Branch.
· Develop and implement the short term, medium term and long term goals/objectives of the Chemical Demilitarisation Branch.
· Allocate adequate human and financial resources to carry out planned objectives within the Branch.
· Review and update the inspection plans for CW related facilities.
· Recommend to the management an annual program and budgetary assumptions for CW related verification activities as well as a medium term programme with budgetary projections.
· Consult with States Parties on planning and issues (e.g. SP’s obligations, inspection planning, budgetary) in relation to CW verification activities.
· Review and approve documents created by Substantive Officers.
· Manage the electronic workflow of approved documents within and outside the Branch.
· Manage the expertise and KT (knowledge transfer) within the Branch.

2. Manage, develop and implement a consistent verification regime and strategy at chemical weapons storage facilities (CWSF), chemical weapons destruction facilities (CWDF), chemical weapons production facilities (CWPF) and destruction/disposal of old and abandoned chemical weapons (OACW) with due consideration to the protection of sensitive/confidential information within and outside the Organisation:

· Contribute to the inspection plans/cycles based on risk assessment for all CW inspectable facilities.
· Participate in the review of verification activities and implement corrective measures when appropriate.
· Coordinate the execution of inspections with the Inspectorate Division.
· Coordinate CDB input for the preparation of draft facility agreements for chemical weapons related facilities.
· Negotiate and agree with the States Parties on draft Facility Agreements.
· Contribute to the draft Agreed Detailed Plan for the Verification of CW Destruction and combined plans for Destruction/Conversion and Verification of CW Production facilities.
· Oversee the timely submission of CW’s verification related documents for which CDB is responsible to the Executive Council for consideration and adoption.
· Participate in the technical assessment of inspection activities and approve inspection related documents.
· Based on information gathered during on-site inspections, manage a flexible approach for the verification regime of old/abandoned chemical weapons produced between 1925 and 1946.
· Participate in drafting of standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to CWs issues.

3. Provide to the management, technical support on CW’s related issues:

· Report to the Director-General, Policy Making Organs (Executive Council, Conference of State Parties) and the Director VER on the results of verification activities related to CWs.
· Coordinate input of the Branch to the CW database (VIS) in order to support management requirements.
· Coordinate information to support the creation of the VIR, annual reports or other documents requested by EC's, CSPs and management.
· Contribute to the training of VER/INS personnel or inspectors on Verification/IAU/CI related activities.
· Represent the division on CW related technical issues to ODG and SPs.
· Provide expert advice and technical guidance to other branches and divisions within the Technical Secretariat in relation of any issues pertaining to CWSF, CWDF, CWPF and OACW.
· Contribute to the recruitment or promotion of personnel.
· Function as Acting Director, VER when requested.

4. Manage activities within the Verification Division for Investigations of Alleged Use (IAU) and Challenge Inspections (CI) related to chemical weapons:

· Organise and manage the Division planning during an IAU or CI.
· Coordinate CDB activities during the establishment of the Mission Support Group.
· Manage the contribution of CDB staff during the conduct of IAU and CI training activities and exercises.

· Perform other duties, as required.

 Knowledge and Skills

Education:
· An advanced university degree in science (preferably in chemistry or chemical engineering) from an accredited college or university.
· A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum ten years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
· Equivalent or specialised training in combination with at least 20 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a university degree.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies):
· Computer skills in MS Word, spreadsheet and database;
· Analytical and conceptual skills;
· Problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems;
· Ability to plan and organise, and to work under pressure and subject to urgent deadlines;
· Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations, strong negotiating skills and ability to bring others to reach agreement on difficult issues.
· Tact, discretion and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.
· Extensive knowledge in the area of CW destruction and CW munitions design.
· Knowledge of EOD techniques as well as live agent training are desirable.

Leadership and management:
· Strong managerial/leadership skills;
· Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial and administrative management policy and programme issues;
· Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills;
· Good judgement and decision making skills.

 Experience

Essential:
· Experience in the field of chemical demilitarisation and/or chemical weapons technology - minimum of 10 years relevant experience in combination with a Master Degree. 12 years relevant experience with a first level degree, or 20 years without a degree may be taken into consideration.

Desirable:
· Experience working at an international level would be an asset.

 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 October rate of 35.5%.  
 With Dependants   No Dependants 
Annual Salary $87,948 $81,704
Post Adjustment $31,221 $29,004
Total Salary $119,169 $110,708
Currency USD
 
CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO USE ONLY THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM.
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.