Political Affairs and Protocol Branch (PPB)

The Political Affairs and Protocol Branch (PPB) work to coordinate efforts and build relations between Member States and various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s). Its mandate also includes achieving universality of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which has for the most part been successful, with 192 signatory states. PPB also ensures that the correct diplomatic protocol is always observed, regarding the official functions and ceremonies of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). It ensures the implementation of the Headquarters Agreement with the Dutch government, manages travel documents and visa clearances for staff.

Core functions of PPB:

  • Providing policy and operational support to the Executive Management of the Technical Secretariat (TS);
  • Promoting universal adherence to the CWC and implementation of the universality action plan;
  • Strengthening the cooperation between the OPCW and its stakeholders through active engagement with Member States, regional, international organisations, the media, civil society organisations, academic and research institutions;
  • Promoting cooperation with the United Nations (UN) and its relevant agencies;
  • Raising the international profile of the OPCW through carrying out public diplomacy activities;
  • Analysing trends and developments in the field of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation;
  • Producing briefs and policy papers on the relevant issues.

Internship assignments:

  • Drafting - talking points, letters, reports;
  • Research - UN, disarmament, Syria, non- state actors;
  • Assisting in preparation of country backgrounders (country files);
  • Following meetings and note-taking - Executive Council, working group meetings and other as required;
  • Working with delegations, receiving official visitors;
  • Assisting in organising visits and events;
  • Performing general administrative support.

Internship requirements:


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

  • International Relations;
  • Arms Control;
  • Disarmament/Non-Proliferation;
  • Political Science;
  • Public Administration.


  • Advanced drafting skills; 
  • Strong communication skills; 
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work in an international setting.

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 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.