Chief of Weapons of mass destruction - a real vacant UN job

At first glance, it looks like some kind of scam or Internet joke, but it is not.

The advertisement to fill the position of Chief of Weapons of Mass Destruction was recently announced in official United Nations recruitment system INSPIRA.

This important position has the director grade D-1, and requires a minimum of fifteen years of experience in arms control, with a minimum of five years of experience with weapons of mass destruction.

By the academic side, the candidate that will fill the vacancy needs an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international affairs, law, political science or related area.

Such an important position has a tempting annual gross salary close to $200,000, which is the payment of United Nations directors based in New York***, where the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is located.

According to United Nations, "nuclear weapons are the most dangerous weapons on earth. One can destroy a whole city, potentially killing millions, and jeopardizing the natural environment and lives of future generations through its long-term catastrophic effects. The dangers from such weapons arise from their very existence. Although nuclear weapons have only been used twice in warfare—in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945—about 22,000 reportedly remain in our world today and there have been over 2,000 nuclear tests conducted to date. Disarmament is the best protection against such dangers, but achieving this goal has been a tremendously difficult challenge." *

Check out the full work requirements of the advertised position:

The deadline of this job position is 17 November 2015. A long posting period is common in such important positions in United Nations System.

Interested? External applicants should apply in the United Nations recruitment portal INSPIRA** (link in the end of this page)

Or if you are like me (and almost every body else) and you don't feel you can fill this vacancy, you may check all other U.N. vacancies here:

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*UNODA website:
*** Gross salary of D-1 grade: Base salary of $130,745 + New York Post adjustment (66.7% of base salary).Source:
** INSPIRA, Chief of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vacancy 47606, available at