Office of Confidentiality and Security (OCS)

The Office of Confidentiality and Security (OCS) implements the confidentiality regime within the Secretariat and ensures the physical security of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) information, computer systems and facilities.  

OCS is integrated as part of the Office of the Director-General (ODG) and is comprised of two (2) main Sections:

  • Operations Security;
  • Confidentiality and Information Security.

The two (2) Sections work both independently and collaboratively to provide protective security, training, guidance and advice to the staff of the Technical Secretariat (TS), as well as to develop, establish and review Security Policies and Standards on behalf of the OPCW Director-General.

Core functions of OCS:

  • Maintaining and Implementing the Confidentiality Regime;
  • Ensuring appropriate protection of information entrusted to OPCW both in the Headquarters, environment and during missions;
  • Ensuring security of OPCW personnel, both in the Headquarter and during missions.

Internship assignments:

Assigned to the Information Security Section, interns will be involved in the:

  • Collection of security incident information from the host-based anti-malware products, Security Incident and Event Management System and the anti-malware kiosks;
  • Assimilation and categorisation of the incident information;
  • Analysis of incident information using proven statistical techniques to establish patterns, modelling and prediction where possible (e.g. exploratory/confirmatory factor analysis, regression techniques, structural equation modelling).

Internship requirements:


Applicants should have a completed or in progress, an academic background preferably in at least one of the following fields:

  • Information Systems Research;
  • Cyber Security;
  • Applied Mathematics.


  • Statistical techniques using R, SPSS or similar packages;
  • Production of concise technical reports.
  • Skills and knowledge
  • Service minded attitude;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Communicate effectively in a multi-cultural working environment; 
  • Good understanding of current and developing cyber-security threats.

Language proficiency 

  • Fluency in English is essential;
  • A good working knowledge of one or more of the OPCW official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.

Internship period:


The internship is offered on a full time basis, for a period six (6) months.

Working hours

The internship working hours shall not exceed forty (40) hours per week.