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Head of Industry Inspection Cell (P-5)

Principal Functions

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Inspectorate (DOI), the Head of the Industry Inspections Cell (HIIC) leads INS’ technical activities related to the conduct of industry inspections under Article VI of the CWC and manages the IIC subprogramme. The HIIC shall support additional projects and programmes at Headquarters (HQ) assigned by the DOI or the Director-General (DG), in accordance with the needs of the Technical Secretariat (TS).


  1. Demonstrate the core values of the OPCW in the execution of your duties;
  2. Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Manual of Confidentiality Procedure (MCP);
  3. Act with due regard to health and safety (H&S) by taking all reasonable steps to prevent, reduce and eliminate harm, injury or illness in the work environment.

Implementing Industry Inspection (Article VI)

  1. Ensure the successful execution of Article VI inspections;
  2. Provide support, advice and implement actions for the improvement of inspection’s procedures and practices;
  3. Discuss and promptly address issues raised during missions;
  4. Act as Inspection Team Leader (ITL), when required.

Leading and Managing

  1. Lead and manage inspectors within IIC and from other cells on Article VI inspection procedures;
  2. Ensure that H&S instructions are followed;
  3. Carry out performance management of IIC staff;
  4. Establish continuous meetings and communications to inform IIC and Article VI inspectors of relevant issues affecting their work and to address their concerns.


  1. Identify best practices on industry inspection’s processes and technologies to improve Article VI inspector’s training;
  2. Identify advances in science / technology in the chemical industry relevant to Article VI verification regime;
  3. Define, together with other relevant Heads of Cells, training needs for  Article VI inspectors.

Knowledge Management (KM) in INS

  1. Be a role-model and lead by example;
  2. Contribute to overall expertise development of INS;
  3. Implement and support KM projects and activities such as mentoring;
  4. Identify core knowledge relevant to efficient planning and execution of inspections;
  5. Promote a positive knowledge sharing culture within IIC;
  6. Implement a robust process for capturing lessons learned from all missions and ensure that these lessons are addressed and proved to be effective;
  7. Maintain updated relevant Quality System Documents related to core activities of IIC/Article VI inspections.


  1. Collect, classify and analyze data related to expenditure of Article VI inspections, identify proactively potential root causes of over-expenditure to prevent such deviations;
  2. Lead the preparation and implementation of the annual Article VI inspection budget, addressing recommendations for the decision-making process;
  3. Ensure that all disbursements are in compliance with the Organisation’s regulations, directives and guidance documents;
  4. Control, implement and manage the IIC biannual subrogramme;
  5. Address issues which can potentially affect the use of financial resources related to Article VI inspections with State Parties (SPs), together with or through relevant
  6. Divisions/Branches. Find opportunities to optimize the use of such resources.

Knowledge and Experience



An advanced university degree in a STEM subject (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), in international relations, in public administration or in any other close related area from a recognised institution in addition to proven relevant working experience (minimum 10 years). A First level University degree in combination with relevant qualifying working experience (minimum 12 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


  1. Training in Sustainable Chemistry, Responsible Care, Chemical Safety and/or Security and /or other close related field relevant to the CWC;
  2. Training in Leadership, Quality Management, Business or Finance.



  1. A proven track record of successfully leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams;
  2. Leadership experience gained in a managerial, government, scientific or technical area;
  3. Ability to communicate effectively to a diverse professional audience (both verbal and written);
  4. A proven experience in Resource Management.


  1. International and diverse experience, especially in the context of chemical industry or military chemical facilities, or experience with disarmament issues in the field of chemistry;
  2. Demonstrable experience of high-level negotiation in technical, public administration, military or diplomatic environments;
  3. Implementation of KM projects and awareness and contribution to KM activities. Experience with knowledge transfer and mentoring of staff;
  4. Experience in development of national or international policy related to the chemical industry or chemical security;
  5. Health and Safety: strong background, culture and commitment;
  6. Experience in fields related to the Verification regime under Article VI of the CWC.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies)

  1. Vision and leadership: serve as a role model, empower others to translate vision into results, proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives, establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support, guide and motivate a team to deliver the expected objectives and goals, enhance the effectiveness of a team;
  2. Empowerment and trust building: inspire others toward a common vision and foster trust and ethical behaviour, manages in a deliberate and predictable way, place confidence in colleagues by delegating task and responsibilities to staff members and encourage participation and leadership, encourages others to set challenging goals, follow through on agreed upon actions, build a trustful environment within one’s team and operate through transparent processes while at the same time ensuring information security;
  3. Effective communication: communicate with impact (clear and direct where appropriate), speak and write clearly and effectively, listen to others, demonstrate openness in sharing information and in keeping people informed in respect of the sensitivity/confidentiality of the work, demonstrate ability to interact effectively at all levels within and outside the Organisation;
  4. Proactive and goal-oriented: manage projects, develop clear and realistic goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and the vision of the Organization, stay focused on results, monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary and take quick decisions despite of rapidly changing environmental conditions. Plan and organise complex activities to achieve established goals. Familiar with Results Based Management methodology;
  5. Adaptability and good situational awareness: manage diverse and multi-cultural teams encouraging an inclusive work environment; travel frequently; able to learn quickly and thoroughly while continually recognizing and adapting to changing conditions; capture and interpret information from the environment and integrate it with previous knowledge to assess, adapt and cope with a situation as required;
  6. Judgement and decision making: identify key issues quickly, able to adapt / interpret and follow established procedures and guidelines to deal with complex issues or situations; understand and adhere strictly to procedures for dealing with sensitive and confidential / classified information, make changes with comprehensive understanding of consequences/impacts on various stakeholders, find innovative and creative approach to solve problems, propose a course of action or make a recommendation based on all available information, checks assumptions against facts, determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary;
  7. Conflict management: handle conflicts sensitively and effectively. Anticipate conflicts, facilitate their resolution by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions;
  8. Negotiation: able to reach win-win situations, finding and accepting mutual concessions when appropriate, prepare thoroughly, question, listen and trade concessions effectively, show flexibility and patience, think creatively, remain open minded;
  9. Demonstrate solid computer skills.

Language Requirements

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