Security Officer (GS-3)

About Us

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on 29 April 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 Member States, oversees the global endeavor to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons.

The ultimate aim of the OPCW is to achieve our vision of a world free of chemical weapons in which chemistry is used for peace, progress, and prosperity, and to contribute to international security and stability, general and complete disarmament, and global economic development. Under the OPCW's oversight 96% of the chemical weapons stockpiles declared by possessor States have been verifably destroyed.

The OPCW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

Our mission for a world free of chemical weapons makes people's lives better. Apply to be a part of our team to make the world a better place for all. 

General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term General Service
  • Grade
  • Estimated monthly remuneration: Euro
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

OPCW Operations Security team is in search of a new colleague! The Operation Security Section is looking for a highly competent colleague to join the team. The Operations Security Section is located within the Office of Confidentiality and Security, which is responsible for the provision of safe workplaces for staff members, visitors, delegates, and the protection of OPCW assets.


Main Responsibilities

The main responsibility of the position includes the preservation of order and protection of persons and property on OPCW premises, carrying out 24-hour access control at the OPCW facilities; responsible for screening of visitors, contractors, OPCW staff members, delegates, personnel and generally, the provision of emergency response capability within the OPCW premises.

To view the complete Job Description, please click the link


Qualifications and Experience



High School Diploma or equivalent Diploma of Secondary education



Completion of a formal military or civilian police programme.



Candidates must meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration for a job as Security Officer:

  • Between the ages of 22 and 35 years at the time of applications. Exceptions may be considered in case of previous extensive security related experience at international organisations or national police service;
  • Excellent physical condition to allow completion of training programmes and performance of required functions.


Knowledge and Experience


1 year of relevant security experience.



  • At least 2 years’ experience with a civilian police force or three years in a military police force.
  • First Aid diploma, or ability to obtain a First Aid qualification.


  • Previous experience in the security field with an International Organisation.

Skills and Competencies

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Planning & Organising
  • Accountability
  • Creativity

(Please refer to the Job Description link for more details)


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

Staff members in the General Services category are normally recruited and paid on a local basis.

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

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 have the capital necessary to move on to new challenges.

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.

Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.

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’.