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  • Organization: OPCW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Non-Proliferation of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear weapons
  • Closing Date: 2019-05-03

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Inspector (P-3)

The Hague (Netherlands)

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 P Staff
  • Grade

  • Total Salary (including post adjustment)
    USD 81,314
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

Are you a chemist and munition expert with a background in supporting criminal investigations?

Are you eager to go on inspections that will take place at the industrial facilities or the Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities (CWDFs) of the 193 states parties to the CWC?

Are you ready for a mission that can vary in length from 48 hours to 48 days, with a possibility to work in high-risk areas?

Would you like to support the INS programmes and activities, especially focussing on improving the INS capability regarding forensic capabilities?

Then this job is for you, Apply now!

(Anticipated Reporting Date: Third quarter of 2019)

Main Responsibilities

In your role you will be responsible for:

  • 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

  • Assistance and protection against CW, capability to conduct a Challenge Inspection (CI) and capability to conduct an Investigation of Alleged Use (IAU);

  • Maintaining readiness for a CI/IAU inspection, by participation in any training and exercises, as and when scheduled.

Supporting in missions where evidence of possible CW-related incidents needs to be gathered, with a focus on forensic sound exploitability.

Supporting internal capacity building efforts of the organisation to improve knowledge and skills of deployed personnel in evidence gathering, crime scene investigations as well as report writing.

To see the complete job outline, please click here.

Qualifications and Experience


You should have a relevant advanced degree in combination with a minimum of 5 years qualifying experience or a first level degree in combination with a minimum of 7 years qualifying experience or certified relevant training together with extensive relevant technical background and a minimum of 13 years’ experience may also be considered.

AC: relevant degrees would be in the fields of analytical chemistry.

CWMS: relevant degrees would be EOD-expertise additional qualifications in Chem-EOD is highly desirable.

Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have;

Previous work experience in a forensics or criminal investigation as well as sensitive site exploitation.

Experience in chemical forensic sampling, analysis and evidence evaluation typically be gained in criminal investigation units or supporting agencies

AC: Technical and practical expertise in GC-MS analysis, including chemical identification and chemical profiling.

CWMS: Working experience in the field of EOD operations, and weapons intelligence.

AC: Experience of working with high-hazard materials;   knowledge and understanding of chemical production plants or knowledge of analytical techniques such as NMR, IR, LC-MS and ICP are desirable.

CWMS: Proven Track record in EOD & IEDD operations would be a strong asset.

Skills and Competencies

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

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


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 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 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.

OPCW General Terms and Conditions

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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