There are nearly 500 reasons to work at OPCW. You could be one of them.

Our mission for a world free of chemical weapons makes people’s lives better. Our team takes pride in helping the world become a better place for all. 

Who we recruit today defines our culture tomorrow

“Our motto, working together for a world free of chemical weapons, can only be realised when we engage all of the world’s citizens in this challenging endeavour.

The toughest problems require the best people and making use of 100% of the talent pool. We celebrate diversity in all of its forms.”

– Fernando Arias, OPCW Director-General

We do our best for your personal and professional growth

Relocation Package

Coming-On-Board Package

We offer an attractive relocation package to international recruits to cover costs of travel and removal of household effects, and additional costs as a result of relocation of staff members and their eligible dependents


Tax-Free Salary

The OPCW pays salaries according to UN salary scales. Staff members salaries and related benefits are normally exempt from national income tax. Salaries are subject to the OPCW staff assessment.


Child Care and Education Grants

We provide fixed-term staff members with financial assistance for childcare (including after-school care) for children until the age of 12. Eligible staff members also receive an education grant, paid in line with the UN common system, to ensure children will be able to receive a high quality education.


Global Insurance Coverage

We offer a comprehensive medical insurance package to staff members and their eligible dependents, which covers medical and dental expenditures globally.


6 Weeks of Holidays

Having time to recharge is important. Fixed-term staff members benefit from 30 days of annual leave per year.

Piggy Bank

Provident Fund

Fixed-term staff members participate in the OPCW provident fund. A monthly staff contribution is met with a doubled amount by the OPCW to ensure separating staff members have the capital necessary to move on to new challenges.

Everyone knows the Netherlands is a great place to visit. It’s an even better place to live.

Education, health care, and social services set the bar for many other countries. And the Dutch take great pride in the beauty of their clean, safe, progressive country.

The International City of Peace and Justice

The seaside city of Den Haag is home to embassies, museums, green boulevards, a lively city centre, a large international community, and the headquarters of the OPCW.

Festive weekends 

From culinary festivals and outdoor concerts to fireworks shows and antique markets, The Hague is home to year-round festivals. There’s something here for everyone!


While Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, English is the working language at the OPCW. In fact English is also spoken by the majority of the population at a high level. But learning a few Dutch phrases is always a “goed idee” and will go a long way in showing the locals that you respect their culture.

From city to coast

The historic city centre has kept its character with cobblestone streets. Shops in the city centre are open seven days a week. And just 15 minutes from the city centre, the seaside suburb of Scheveningen offers long sandy beaches and a wide prominade for a unique combination of city life and beach life.

Current Opportunities

Evaluation Officer (Industry) (P-3)

Division: Verification

Deadline: 30 March 2019

Head, Laboratory (P-5)

Division: Verification Division

Deadline: 26 March 2019

Information Security Officer (P-3)

Division: Office of Confidentiality and Security

Deadline: 26 March 2019

Special Advisor to the Deputy Director-General (P-5)

Division: Office of the Deputy Director-General

Deadline: 04 April 2019

Head, Health and Safety (P-5)

Division: Office of the Deputy Director-General

Deadline: 04 April 2019

Linguist (Spanish) (P-3)

Division:  Secretariat for the Policy-Making Organs

Deadline: 05 April 2019

Procurement Officer (Short Term) (P-3)

Division: Administration

Deadline: 1 April 2019

Software Developer (P-2)

Division: Verification

Deadline: 18 April 2019

Senior Programme Officer (P-4)

Division: ICA

Deadline: 19 April 2019

General Service Vacancies

There are currently no general service vacancies. 

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