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Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Job title Inspectors
Location The Hague
Date posted 20-Nov-18
Apply by 18-Dec-18

This fixed-term appointment is for a duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules, as applicable. 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 Director-General retains the discretion not to 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.
Anticipated Reporting Date: Second quarter of 2019

Principal Functions / Requirements

Under the supervision of the Heads of Cell (HoC) and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity & Gender Equality, the post holder’s principal function will be to support the operational planning and on-site execution of OPCW inspections under Articles VI, V and VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Inspections will take place at the industrial facilities or the Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities (CWDFs) of the 193 states parties to the CWC. Inspections can vary in length from 48 hours to 48 days.

The post holder will also support additional INS programmes and activities as directed by the Head of Cell.

The post holder may, from time to time, be required to support International Cooperation and Assistance programmes.

General responsibilities include:

· Assisting in the preparation of inspections, by reviewing and analysing relevant technical information of the inspection sites including declarations provided by the States Parties; 
· Participation in and contributing to technical briefings, prior to deployment to the inspection site and mission debriefings upon completion of inspection;
· Contribution to the preparation of inspection reports produced on-site and in the headquarters and assist the inspection team leader in finalising the reports; 
· Assisting the inspection team leader in meeting the objectives of the inspection mandate and operational instructions, in accordance with the CWC and Quality System Documentation, as well as contingency operations relevant and mission instructions.
· Monitoring and verifying the destruction of chemical weapons in a designated CWDF in accordance with relevant technical and verification procedures.
· Conducting engineering evaluations that declared Chemical Weapons Production Facilities can no longer be used for production of chemical warfare


All candidates will be required to demonstrate throughout the selection process competence in the following areas:

· Dealing with complex issues, interpretation and adaptation of procedures and guidelines to cover unfamiliar situations;
· Working harmoniously in a multicultural environment. Excellent negotiating skills, conflict management skills and ability to enhance the effectiveness of a team.
· Working in diverse environment and with demanding travel schedules.
· Excellent computer skills.

In addition to the above, the following competencies will be tested at interview:

· Integrity
· Professionalism
· Respect for diversity
· Communication
· Team Work
· Planning & Organising
· Accountability
· Judgement and Decision Making

A range of relevant technical competencies will be tested during the selection process.

Desirable Experience:

CPT: Experience of regulatory regimes with an audit or inspection component. 

AC: Experience of working with high-hazard materials or experience in synthetic chemistry is desirable. Applicants with a knowledge and understanding of chemical production plants or knowledge of analytical techniques such as NMR, IR, LC-MS and ICP are particularly welcome.

CWMS: Proven Track record in CBRN-Reconnaissance and/or EOD & IEDD operations would be a strong asset.

HSS: Experience of managing complex risks in a high hazard environment or formal qualifications in Health & Safety.


CPT: Relevant work experience in the chemical industry including chemical process operations, plant design, chemical process development, process safety engineering and evaluation, research and development, or related technical functions.

AC: Technical and practical expertise in GC-MS analysis, including instrument troubleshooting, chemical identification and chemical profiling. Such experience will typically be gained in industry or a government research institute. 

CWMS: Working experience in the field of (single or combined): Chemical Demilitarisation, Old or Abandoned Chemical Weapons identification/handling, CBRN response, EOD operations, and CW detection/monitoring.

HSS: Significant experience of emergency medical care gained in either a civilian or military context

Previous work experience in a forensics role or investigation is an asset, as well as sensitive site exploitation.


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.


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