Internship - Office of Internal Oversight

About Us


The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) assists the Director-General in the management of the OPCW’s resources through Audits, Evaluations, Quality audits, Inspections, Investigations and Monitoring.

OIO’s mission is to enhance and protect organisational value and improve OPCW’s operations by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight. OIO helps OPCW achieve its objectives by applying a systematic approach to evaluating and enhancing the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management, internal control and governance processes, so as to add value by improving the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of operations.


General Information

  • Contract Type
  • Grade
  • Total Estimated monthly remuneration depending on post adjustment and family status: USD
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

The Office of Internal Oversight assists the Director-General in the management of the OPCW's resources, through Internal Audits (including Confidentiality Audits) and Evaluations in order to add value to the efficiency and effectiveness of the operations of the OPCW.  In addition, the OIO conducts investigations and provides assistance to the Secretariat for its Quality Management System.


The purpose of this internship is to provide assistance and support the following Office of Internal Oversight activities such as: 

  • Internal audits and evaluations;
  • OIO trainings and campaigns organised by OIO for the OPCW staff members;
  • UN workgroups.


Tentative starting date: 9 September 2024.

Main Responsibilities

During this internship, the intern will:

  • Assist the planning and execution of internal audit assignments (i.e. data analysis and assisting in the preparation and review of audit reports);
  • Assist in the planning of OIO trainings and campaigns for the OPCW staff;
  • Support the participation in UN; workgroups focusing on cybersecurity, digitalization, and data governance.
  • Provide assistance to maintain the OIO SharePoint up to date;
  • Drafting announcements for review of the supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience



  • Enrolled in and have completed at least one year of a degree programme in a university (or equivalent tertiary institution) or; in a graduate school programme (second university degree or higher) or;
  • Have graduated from a university or a graduate school within a year prior to the commencement of the internship and;
  • Be a citizen of an OPCW Member State and fluent in both written and spoken English.


  • Bachelor/Master degree in Law; Auditing, Accounting, Economics, Administration.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Candidates are not required to have professional working experience prior to joining OPCW.
  • Experience in taking minutes, drafting documents and power points presentations would be an asset;
    • Experience organising trainings and events would be an asset.

Skills and Competencies

  • Good knowledge of Outlook, MS Teams and SharePoint


Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.

Additional Information

This fixed-term appointment is for the duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.

The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The total length of service for Professional staff shall not exceed 7 years.

The mandatory age of separation at the OPCW is 65 years.

The Director-General retains the discretion to not make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.

Only fully completed applications submitted before the closing date and through OPCW CandidateSpace will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.

Fixed-term staff members participate in the OPCW Provident Fund. A monthly staff contribution is met with a doubled amount by the OPCW under the provisions for social security. As the OPCW is exploring membership of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), staff participation in the Provident Fund may be replaced by participation in the UNJSPF effective 1 January 2025.

Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.

OPCW General Terms and Conditions


Important notice for applicants who are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system

Although headquartered in the Netherlands, the OPCW is not a regular Dutch employer but a public international organisation with its own special status. Please be advised that if you are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system, you will be excluded from this system as a staff member of the OPCW. You will consequently be insured under the organisation’s system. The above also applies to your dependents unless they are employed by a regular Dutch employer, they are self-employed in the Netherlands, or are receiving Dutch social security payments.

Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for more information about the possible consequences for you and your dependents, such as exclusion from ‘AWBZ’ and ‘Zorgverzekeringswet’ coverage: ‘Werken bij een internationale organisatie’.