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OPCW eRecruitment
Internship Notice Summer 2018
Post Level  I Closing Date :     1 April 2018 (-473 days left)
Vacancy Ref  E-INT/I0011/14/03-18
Division  Administration Division
Date  2 March 2018
Acceptance for the programme shall not carry with it any expectation of employment with the OPCW. Interns may not apply for, or be appointed to, any posts or positions at the OPCW within twelve months of the internship agreement end date. The internship programme is run in accordance with the applicable internal rules and where applicable the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.
 Principal Functions  Requirements

The OPCW offers internship opportunities to highly motivated applicants with an interest in gaining work experience in an international organisation. The programme provides internship placements at the Technical Secretariat for a period of normally three to six months. Being an intern with the OPCW provides valuable experience in a multi-cultural working environment and enables familiarisation with the operational procedures at an international level.

Additional Information
1. A monthly stipend of €450 (four hundred fifty euro) will normally be paid to participants of the Internship Programme. Payment is subject to monthly certification of service by the Participant’s supervisor.

2. Participants in the Internship Programme receive no financial remuneration from the OPCW for expenses that they incur in relation to the programme. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, living expenses and repatriation, etc. are the responsibility of the participant. The participant has to enter and exit the country in accordance with the applicable immigration procedures in The Netherlands.

3. Participants must have sufficient medical insurance (including coverage of costs of hospitalisation for at least the duration of the internship plus one month) and third party liability insurance valid for the Netherlands for the period of their internship (both at their own cost). Participants are required to provide HRB with proof of both insurance provisions, should they be selected for an internship.

4. All interns must provide a medical certificate of good health from their doctor to the Health and Safety Branch prior to being offered an internship.

5. Internship is offered on a full-time basis. Interns will work according to the normal OPCW work pattern of no more than 40 hours a week.

6. Under normal circumstances interns who are citizens of non-EU countries should agree not to undertake other work in the Netherlands during their internship other than as an intern at the OPCW, notwithstanding whether such other work is compatible with the discharge of their functions with the OPCW. Interns will also be asked to provide proof that they have sufficient financial means for living expenses and repatriation.

7. A comprehensive overview of eligibility requirements and branch information are available at

8. Applications must be submitted electronically by completing the Personal History Form before the deadline. Upon request short-listed applicants will be required to submit additional information or documents.

9. Should the applicant be successful and accept an offer on the Internship Programme, there will be no possibility of transferring between Divisions/Branches during the contractual period of your assigned internship.

 Knowledge and Skills

Eligibility Requirements
A citizen of an OPCW Member State and fluent in both written and spoken English.

Enrolled in a degree programme in a university (or equivalent tertiary institution) or in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application, or have graduated from a university or a graduate school at the time of application to the Programme.

 Internship Opportunities

Internships for the Summer Term are generally available as of May 2018 and may be offered in:
· External Relations Division - Political Affairs and Protocol Branch; Public Affairs Branch.
· International Cooperation and Assistance Division - Assistance and Protection Branch; International Cooperation Branch; Implementation Support Branch.
· Administration Division - Human Resources Branch; OPCW Library; General Services and Procurement Branch; Budget and Finance Branch; Information Services Branch.
· Verification Division - Chemical Demilitarisation Branch; Declarations Branch; Industry Verification Branch; OPCW Laboratory.
· Inspectorate Division - Capacity Building and Contingency Planning Cell; Industry Inspections Cell; Safety and Analytical Chemistry Cell; Demilitarisations Inspections Cell.
· Office of the Legal Adviser.
· Office of Strategy and Policy.
· Secretariat for the Policy-Making Organs.
· Office of Internal Oversight
· Office of Confidentiality and Security


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.

A monthly stipend of €450 (four hundred fifty euro) will normally be paid to participants of the Internship Programme.
Payment is subject to monthly certification of service by the Participant’s supervisor.
Net Salary   EUR 450
CANDIDATES ARE ADVISED THAT ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE AND THROUGH OUR WEB-BASED E-RECRUITMENT SYSTEM WILL BE CONSIDERED. Interested applicants who are unable to submit an application online at , due to technical problems, are requested to send an e- mail to explaining the problem. Only applications received before the closing date will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted. Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.