General Information on Conditions of Service Applicable to Fixed-Term Appointments in the Locally Recruited General Service Category

As a non-career organisation, the OPCW does not grant permanent contracts. Contracts carry no expectation of extension or re-employment. Contract extensions become progressively more difficult and are dependent on: the staff member's performance measured against a rigorous performance appraisal system; the Organisation's need for the specific skills and knowledge of the staff member, and availability of funds.


Net salary and emoluments paid by the OPCW are exempt from wage and income taxes in the Netherlands.

Working hours

Normal working hours are 09:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour lunch break (forty hours). The OPCW encourages staff members to participate in the fitness promotion programme promulgated by the Health and Safety Branch by allowing them to take two of the normal forty working hours to follow a fitness programme. Staff members who work hours in excess of the normal working hours may be granted compensatory time off, or payment, as determined by the Director-General.

Dependency allowance

You may be eligible for dependent spouse allowance and dependent child allowance for a child under 18 years, or under 21 years if the child is in full-time attendance at an educational institution. If the OPCW determines that a child is disabled, the dependency allowance payable is twice the amount of the established dependency allowance for a child.

Provident Fund

Participation in the OPCW's Provident Fund scheme is in principle compulsory. Exemption from participation may be exceptionally approved by the Director-General. A deduction of 7.9% of your gross monthly salary will be made as your contribution to the Fund. Currently, the OPCW contributes 15.8% of this scale as its contribution to the Fund. If you have a minimum of three months' service with the OPCW, you will be paid back the full amount held by the Fund in your name, less administrative expenses, when you leave the OPCW. If you have less than three months' service and leave for reasons other than ill health, you will be paid back your full contribution, plus interest, but minus administrative expenses.

Agreement on the transfer of pension rights OPCW-UNJSPF

The agreement on the transfer of pension rights of participants in the United Nations Joint Pension Fund (UNSPF) and of officials in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has entered into force as per 1 January 2013. The agreement is applicable for (1) those who join the UNJSPF member organisations within one year after separation from the OPCW and have not received payouts from the Provident Fund and (2) those who join the OPCW from the UNJSPF member organisations within one year after separation from service and have not received payouts from the UNJSPF. 

Agreement between OPCW and UNJSPF signed 2013

Annual leave

Annual leave accrues at the rate of 2.5 days per completed month.

Sick leave

A staff member who holds a fixed-term appointment of three years or longer or who has completed three years of continuous service shall be granted sick leave up to nine months on full salary and nine months on half salary in any period of four consecutive years.

Medical examination

Your appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a medical examination. Arrangements will be made for you to take this examination prior to your appointment.

Medical and Dental Insurance

OPCW has concluded a group medical and dental insurance contract with Vanbreda International in Antwerp which provides coverage to its staff members, their dependants and eligible family/household members, on certain conditions. Participation in the insurance scheme is, in principle, compulsory. Fifty percent of the cost of the insurance is borne by the OPCW.

Death and Disability Insurance

OPCW has concluded a group insurance contract for its staff members with Vanbreda International, to provide benefits in case of service incurred death or disability of an insured staff member. The full premium is paid for by the Organisation. Staff members can opt for a non-service incurred death and disability insurance at their own expense.


The information provided is solely for the general guidance and information of prospective staff members and can be changed without prior notice.