Communications Officer (P-3)

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Communications Officer (P-3)

About Us

The Inspectorate Division is responsible for the efficient and effective deployment of inspection teams to both military and commercial facilities around the world, as required by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The Division maintains readiness to conduct Challenge Inspections and Investigations of Alleged Use, and to deploy the Rapid Response and Assistance Mission (RRAM) to Member States, as needed, in the event of a chemical incident.


General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Estimated monthly remuneration depending on post adjustment and family status: USD
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

The Operations and Planning Branch (OPB) plans, coordinates and monitors all OPCW missions.

The Branch’s Situation Centre provides 24 hour support, ensures secure reliable communications and provides information analysis to help senior management decision making and crisis management operations.

Main Responsibilities


Responsible to the Senior Communications and Information Officer (SCIO), the incumbent:

  • Assists the SCIO in managing the SituationCentre (SitCen)
  • Provides technical courses to staff in the use of OPCW telecommunications equipment
  • Provides advice regarding telecommunications and information technology issues
  • Advises the SCIO in managing telecommunication systems to be deployed worldwide
  • Undertake research, planning, and technical analysis, for the acquisition of new OPCW communications systems


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Qualifications and Experience



You should have an advanced university degree in Electrical Engineering, Information Systems, Telecommunications or a comparable discipline is required.  A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 7 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. The lack of a degree may be off-set with relevant specialised training in combination with a minimum of 10 years of qualifying experience.


Required Certification (if applicable):  NA

Knowledge and Experience


Make sure you have at least 5 years of related experience in the field of telecommunications, with operations or command centre management., and experience working in a confidentiality environment. Knowledge of TCP/IP networking and the management of VoIP systems.


Experience in the operation of SATCOM and the handling of encryption equipment and keys. Experience in crisis management and dealing with emergency situations. Sound knowledge and work experience in the use and administration of Command and Control systems and Geographic Information Systems.

Skills and Competencies

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

  • Excellent analytical and conceptualisation skills and an ability to plan and organise complicated processes
  • Excellent inter-personal, interview, negotiation and communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to present information clearly and logically both verbally and in writing
  • Strong computer skills and a demonstrated ability to draft, edit and present documents/papers in the English language
  • Ability to act with discretion and tact in sensitive situations
  • Ability to work well in a team and with people of different national/cultural backgrounds.


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.

Additional Information

This fixed-term appointment is for the duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.


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 mandatory age of separation at the OPCW is 65 years.


Fixed-term staff members participate in the OPCW provident fund. A monthly staff contribution is met with a doubled amount by the OPCW to ensure separating staff have the capital necessary to move on to new challenges.


The Director-General retains the discretion to not 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.


Only fully completed applications submitted before the closing date and through OPCW CandidateSpace will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.


Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.



OPCW General Terms and Conditions


Important notice for applicants who are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system

Although headquartered in the Netherlands, the OPCW is not a regular Dutch employer but a public international organisation with its own special status. Please be advised that if you are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system, you will be excluded from this system as a staff member of the OPCW. You will consequently be insured under the organisation’s system. The above also applies to your dependents unless they are employed by a regular Dutch employer, they are self-employed in the Netherlands, or are receiving Dutch social security payments.

Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for more information about the possible consequences for you and your dependents, such as exclusion from ‘AWBZ’ and ‘Zorgverzekeringswet’ coverage: ‘Werken bij een internationale organisatie’.

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