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Occupational Health Nurse (GS-5)

The Hague

  • Organization: OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Administrative support - GS-5/GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Human Resources
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: Closed

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

Health and Safety Branch (HSB) is responsible for maintaining the required standards of Health for staff; physically and mentally and their capacity to perform their daily duties. HSB also ensures a working environment in which risks are actively managed, and in which there is prompt and effective response to incidents, accidents, or illness. Overall, HSB is responsible for ensuring efficient and effective operation of the Health and Safety Branch.

Health and Safety Branch (HSB) is in search of a qualified and experienced Occupational Health Nurse to join a team of health and safety professionals within the organisation's Head Quarters.

Main Responsibilities

Principal Functions

Under the supervision of the Senior Medical Officer, and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the post holder will be responsible for the following duties:

General Medical:

  • Perform the preliminary phase of pre-employment and periodic examinations of staff members attending such aspects as fitness testing, spirometry, venepuncture and vaccinations;

  • Review laboratory and other tests results and identify those that differ from the norm;

  • Provide first line consultation with Headquarters, and if required Inspectorate staff members experiencing health problems (both physical and psychological), or who are in need of medical advice;

  • Perform medical intervention such as blood pressure monitoring, ECGs, lung function tests, urinalysis, vaccinations, drug clarification, and fitness reviews;

  • Liaise with external medical services as required, including arranging staff appointments as directed;

  • Administer vaccinations to staff members and their families as appropriate;

  • Administer first aid. Assist with the functions of the Senior Occupational Health Nurse as necessary and during periods of leave or absence of that staff member;

  • Follow agreed clinical protocols and guidelines;

  • Maintain the knowledge and skills for professional registration;

  • Carry out other ad hoc medical tasks which may arise as directed by the Head HSB;


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Qualifications and Experience



Accredited nursing qualification



University level occupational nursing qualification


Required Certification: 

Essential:  Registration as a nurse in country of origin

Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum of 4 years of active nursing experience.



  • Recent experience of work in an occupational health care setting would be highly desirable.

  • Knowledge of/experience with the Dutch healthcare system will be an advantage.


Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to plan and organise with strong problem solving skills;

  • Initiative and self-directed learning;

  • Demonstrate a commitment to keeping abreast of new medical developments;

  • Solid computer skills with a good knowledge of relevant medical databases;

  • Personal qualities should include tact, discretion, accuracy and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

  • Communicate effectively with other team members across a range of media and methods;

  • Communicate effectively with clients and line managers across a range of media and methods;

  • Recognise the need for alternative methods of communication with clients and respond accordingly. 


  • Knowledge of Dutch language will be an added advantage.



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 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 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.

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’.

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