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Vacancy for Support Officer at Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in Netherlands

Vacancy for Support Officer at Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in Netherlands

Country: Netherlands
City: The Hague
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Apply for Vacancy for Support Officer at Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in Netherlands. The deadline for this job is 24th June 2021.


The OPCW’s Verification Division works towards achieving chemical disarmament and preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons through participation in the planning and oversight of inspections at both military and chemical industry facilities. Also, the division also manages declarations while maintaining and strengthening the scientific capabilities of the Organization, especially its laboratory component. Likewise, the division also conducts Technical Assistance Visits at the request of States Parties.

Job Summary

The OPCW Laboratory (part of Verification Division) provides support, as well as scientific and technical advice to the Organization on verification-related analytical issues and ensures the continued accuracy of the verification regime by maintaining state-of-the-art methods and technologies for sampling and analysis.

Also, the Laboratory provides support to routine inspections and non-routine in-the-field missions. It assists in training and certifying inspectors on analytical equipment and procedures; and maintains the OPCW Central Analytical Database (OCAD).

Main Responsibilities

This role will involve coordination of the procurement of inspection, laboratory and facility equipment. The successful candidate will carry out evaluation of the performance of equipment and examine the requirements for new types of equipment changes to current equipment. Also, together with Head of the Laboratory, you will be responsible for relations with external bodies related to the operation of the Rijswijk facility.

Likewise, you may also procure and ensure maintenance of safety equipment, perform internal safety audits as well as provide guidance on budget matters to the branch secretary.


  • You should have an advanced university degree in science (Chemistry, Physics), Engineering or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Also, a first level university in combination with qualifying experience (minimum of 7 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Make sure you have at least 5 years of technical experience (research, handling or maintenance) in analytical instrumentation (GC/MS, LC/MS, FTIR).
  • Likewise, recent and practical experience as the key person for evaluation of technical specifications and procurement of goods and services.

Skills and Competencies

To succeed in this role you will need the following skills and competencies:

  • Technical knowledge of chemistry with an emphasis on analytical chemistry;
  • Also, technical knowledge of chemical analysis instrumentation
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow all applicable regulations is required;
  • Knowledge of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the OPCW inspection activities would be an asset;
  • Similarly, strong computer literacy in office software;
  • Furthermore, fact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.


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.

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Type of Opportunity General Job
Deadline24 June,2021
Company Name Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
CityThe Hague



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