Head Human Resources

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The Hague, Netherlands

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The Head, Human Resources leads the Human Resources Branch (HRB) in the provision of high-quality human resources and workforce management services and support to ensure the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat can fulfil its strategic and operational objectives.
We are looking for a dedicated and committed leader who will bring a strategic HR vision with solid experience in a comparable public international organisation. They will lead the HR Branch in delivering high-quality HR support and services to OPCW Leadership, Managers and the OPCW workforce to enable the overall success of the Organisation.
This Human Resources Branch works cohesively across the functional areas of talent acquisition, talent development, staff administration, HR policy, staff relations & well-being and employee engagement. This work is underpinned by modern, cross-cutting approaches to HR analytics and diversity, equity & inclusion.

Main Responsibilities:
In this position as the Head, Human Resources, you will be accountable for leading the HR team and developing a collaborative partnership with managers and other stakeholders by ensuring implementation of HR strategies, policies, procedures, providing advice, direction and guidance on human resources and organisational development matters. You will monitor, evaluate, and support the HR branch’s performance according to the objectives of the Organisation. In this role, you will promote a dynamic high-performance culture based on OPCW values. In addition, you will create and implement initiatives to enhance staff engagement and promote an open and transparent staff-management consultative process.

Qualifications and Experience:

Education Essential: 
  • You should have an advanced university degree in human resources management, public or business administration, law, social sciences, or a related field. A first-level university degree in a related field in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 12 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Knowledge and Experience:

You should have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in HR management including experience at a senior level in the United Nations common system or a comparable public international organisation. Demonstrated professional competence in organisational development, change management and the ability to lead and manage effectively in a fast-changing environment. Experience in developing, communicating and implementing best-fit HR policies and procedures, in a comparable public international setting is required. Proven experience in the management of staff relations matters, both informal and formal is required. Proven experience in the delivery of cohesive talent management programmes is required.

  • Knowledge of the conditions of service of the UN Common System / recommendations of the International Civil Service Commission is highly desirable. Experience in working with legislative and oversight bodies of a public international organisation is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including ability to provide significant success in the provision of an operational service targeted at achieving tangible results;
  • Excellent planning, organisational, coordination, negotiation and problem-solving skills including the ability to handle a multitude of activities whilst ensuring high quality output;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills in analysing and interpreting strategic and operational issues, formulating options, and developing and implementing results focused solutions;
  • Focus on generating ideas and innovation in the context of an international organisation;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to apply tact and accuracy and to present information clearly and logically both in writing and verbally;
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills, engaging the commitment of others;
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence and ability to work effectively across diverse teams;
  • Solid understanding of the modern HR approaches and the ability to apply these in your work;
  • Proven ability to embed an approach of continuous improvement in HR work, including business process review, digitalisation and data-driven solutions that enable the organisation to perform optimally.
  • 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.