Office of Strategy and Policy (OSP)

The Office of Strategy and Policy (OSP) develops the Technical Secretariat’s strategic planning; providing policy advice to the Director-General and OPCW Senior Management; supporting the Secretariat’s Management Board in coordinating policy implementation; and coordinating activities of a number of working groups and subsidiary bodies of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), most notably the open ended working groups on future priorities and terrorism, the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), and the Advisory Board on Education and Outreach (E&O).  

OSP engages and collaborates with units across the Technical Secretariat.

Core functions of OSP:

  • Coordination of strategic planning documents, including associated analysis; drafting; and provision of advice to the Director-General regarding implementation of core objectives, medium-term goals and cross-cutting issues;
  • Provision of policy advice to the Director-General on preparations for, and coordination of the Secretariat’s follow-up to Chemical Weapons Convention Review Conferences;
  • Development of science-policy advice for the Director-General, and for his reports to and interaction with the OPCW Policy-Making Organs, drawing on technical advice from the Scientific Advisory Board and the Secretariat’s analysis of scientific developments;
  • Provision of strategic and policy advice, as well as conceptual support on enhancing engagement with relevant external stakeholders. This includes facilitation of augmented engagement with relevant international and regional organisations, chemical industry, and scientific communities, drawing on advice from the Advisory Board on Education and Outreach (ABEO);
  • Provision of policy advice to the Director-General on the contribution of the OPCW to global counter-terrorist efforts;
  • Review of and provision of policy advice on aspects of the verification regime (including both chemical weapons and the industry dimensions) and providing recommendations to support full and effective implementation;
  • Review of and provision of policy advice on aspects of capacity-building activities across the Secretariat;
  • Provision of strategic and policy advice on chemical safety and security for the Director-General and across the Secretariat;
  • Provision of Secretariat services and providing support to subsidiary bodies of the OPCW, working groups and coordination groups. This includes the SAB and its temporary working groups, the ABEO; the open-ended working group on future priorities (OEWG-FP), the Open-Ended Working Group on Terrorism and its Sub-working group on Non-State Actors, and the Chemical Industry Coordination Group;
  • Provision of strategy and policy support for Results Based Management, Knowledge Management, Risk Management, Science and Technology (S&T), and Engagement activities to relevant Secretariat units.

Internship assignments:

Interns in the OSP will provide support to activities of and perform research for OSP Senior Policy Officers and/or the Science Policy Adviser. Projects may include one or more of the following assignments:

For interns working with the Senior Policy Officers -

  • Supporting workshops and meetings organised by the OSP, including those of any subsidiary bodies of the OPCW (especially the SAB and the Advisory Board on E&O ), working groups, and coordination groups supported by the OSP;
  • Supporting E&O and/or related activities within the OSP;
  • Supporting chemical safety and security and/or related activities within the OSP;
  • Producing informational materials that can be used to engage with a variety of stakeholders on the thematic areas considered by the OSP.

For interns working with the Science Policy Adviser -

  • Monitoring and evaluating developments in S&T and their adoption;
  • Supporting S&T activities within the OSP, including the SAB and science communication/engagement with non-technical stakeholders (in-particular, “Science for Diplomats”);
  • Science writing and reporting.

Internship requirements:

Academic

The work of the OSP is transdisciplinary with projects exposing interns to issues and concepts that span and combine chemical disarmament, organisational governance, Science and Technology, Education and Outreach, chemical safety and security, international relations and political science. Interns in OSP are expected to work on projects that cross disciplinary boundaries that may include any of these thematic areas.

Applicants should have a completed or in progress university degree. Educational backgrounds of interest include one (1) or more, but are not limited to:

  • International Relations;
  • Security Studies;
  • Political Science;
  • Natural and Physical Sciences;
  • Engineering;
  • Environmental Sciences;
  • Forensic Science;
  • Mathematics, Statistics;
  • Computer Science;
  • Informatics;
  • Communication;
  • Law.

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:

Duration

The internship is offered on a full time basis, for a minimum of three (3) months and normally up to a maximum of six (6) months.

Working hours

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