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Senior Language Assistant (English) (GS-5) Language Services Branch

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Translations and Languages
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-08

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About Us

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 Member States, oversees the global endeavor to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons.

The ultimate aim of the OPCW is to achieve our vision of a world free of chemical weapons in which chemistry is used for peace, progress, and prosperity, and to contribute to international security and stability, general and complete disarmament, and global economic development. Under the OPCW's oversight 96% of the chemical weapons stockpiles declared by possessor States have been verifably destroyed.

The OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

Our mission for a world free of chemical weapons makes people's lives better. Apply to be a part of our team to make the world a better place for all. 

General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term General Service
  • Grade

  • Net Salary
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

Are you experienced in proofreading edited documents in English? Do you have good organisational and coordination skills? Are you motivated to facilitate the communication between OPCW and Member States by providing effective and efficient linguistic support?

If yes, we would like to meet you!

Main Responsibilities

The Senior Language Assistant will be responsible for proofreading edited documents in English, following OPCW editorial style and checking for grammatical accuracy and correctness in terminology, references, dates, etc. (e.g. final inspection reports, declarations of States Parties, scientific texts and politically sensitive content (notifications, notes verbales). To ensure the quality required, the role will also involve the preparation of official-series documents for publication, observing prescribed deadlines.

Another important task will include the participation in the selection of short-term staff as well as to distribute workload during the sessions of the Executive Council, Conference of the States Parties and other peak work periods.

To view the complete Job Outline, click here.

Qualifications and Experience


You should have a high school diploma or equivalent diploma of higher secondary education, preferably with emphasis on languages.

Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have at least four years of progressively responsible and related experience, preferably in an international organisation.

  • Experience in conference services, language services, or related area in an international organisation is an asset.

Skills and Competencies

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

  • Advanced skills in using modern personal computer equipment are essential, including in-depth knowledge of Windows-based word processing, database and spreadsheet applications;

  • Knowledge of standard proofreading practices and procedures, as well as familiarity with grammatical standards;

  • Attention to detail: ability to identify and correct errors in grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, formatting and consistency, in order to produce error-free final documents;

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;

  • Ability to plan, organise and manage conflicting priorities;

  • Tact, accuracy and discretion;

  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure: working within set, tight deadlines efficiently and independently;

  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural environment;

  • A thorough knowledge of English, which must be a first language.


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

Staff members in the General Services category are normally recruited and paid on a local basis.

This 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 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 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.

General Terms and Conditions

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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