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Inspector (P-3) Chemical Production Technologist

COMPLETE OUTLINE – Inspector P-3 (Chemical Production Technologist)



Under the Supervision of the Head of Industry Inspections Cell or a designated Inspection Team Leader, the post holder supports the operational planning and on-site execution of Articles IV, V and/or VI inspections at a wide variety of declared facilities world-wide as specified below:


  •   To act in a professional manner and maintain the code of conduct at all times.
  •   To maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Manual of Confidentiality Procedure (MCP).
  •   To carry out all activities such that neither the health and safety of the job holder nor the health and safety of any other person is compromised by action or lack of action of the job holder.  
  • To ensure the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of the inspection team; intervening appropriately and immediately if unsafe behaviour or unsafe conditions are observed.
  • To assist in the preparation for inspections, by reviewing and analysing declarations, Facility Agreements (FA), relevant technical information relating to the designated inspection sites and by conducting additional relevant research. 
  • To assist in preparation of NRMs, in accordance with the mission instruction issued by the Director General.
  • To function in roles assigned by a designated Inspection Team Leader and complete the tasks associated with these roles to ensure an efficient and orderly inspection.
  • To participate in and contribute to pre-inspection briefings site familiarisations and mission debriefings.
  • To assist the inspection team (IT) in meeting the requirements of the inspection mandate, in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and Quality System Documentation, as well as NRMs relevant policy documents and mission instructions. 
  • To contribute to the preliminary findings and in finalising of the final inspection report, ensuring the accuracy of technical advice given and/or communicated to the Inspection Team Leader.
  • To raise any issues that may require further attention during inspections.
  • To maintain proficiency and meet the requirements of training activities to ensure retention and development of technical skills and knowledge, whether this is at headquarters or in other locations around the world.  


Execution of Articles IV and/or V inspections

  • To carry out the full range of activities in evaluating the technological basis of the declared chemical weapon (CW), which includes both the chemical weapon agent (CWA) and the metal parts, this will be irreversibly destroyed in a Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility (CWDF).
  • To monitor and verify the destruction of CW in CWDFs.
  • To carry out the full range of activities in evaluating the characteristics of a declared CWPF such that it can no longer be used for production of CWA in a CWPF.
  • To participate in sub-teams work and perform other activities as requested by the Inspection Team Leader.


Execution of Article VI inspections

In accordance with the differing requirements of inspections carried out under parts VI, VII, VIII and IX of the Verification Annex of the CWC:

  • To support the Inspection Team Leader to conduct all phases of the mission (preparation, inspection and post inspection activities) proficiently to ensure all mission tasks are completed within the prescribed timelines and in a resource-efficient manner, taking into account the financial aspects of the mission.
  • To support the Inspection Team Leader in ensuring consistency in conduct of Article VI inspections to ensure a uniform approach: specifically, by consistently applying relevant INS Standard Operating Procedures and verification guidelines. 
  • To perform chemical engineering evaluations.
  • To review relevant plant side records.
  • To perform mass balance calculations, when required.
  • To participate in sub-teams work and perform other activities as requested by the Inspection Team Leader.


Assistance and protection against CW, Challenge Inspection (CI), Investigation of Alleged Use (IAU), as well as participation in other OPCW NRMs:

  • To maintain readiness for NRMs, by means of participation in any training and exercises, when scheduled.
  • To assist the Inspection Team Leader in inspections carried out in accordance with Articles IX and X of the CWC or in accordance with decisions of the OPCW Policy Making Organs (PMO) or the OPCW Director General instructions. This will include activities already described above, but with an extra dimension because of the nature of the inspection and additional activities that might be included.


  • Particular Speciality Responsibilities:


  1. Performs area reconnaissance and uses of all equipment associated with such activity.
  2. Conducts collection of sample (including chain of custody).
  3. Monitors Explosive safety during investigations involving items containing explosive hazards.
  4. Operates all OPCW approved chemical agent detection equipment.
  5. Uses all OPCW approved chemical protective equipment.
  6. Establishes and/or operates a decontamination line as required.


Support the effective operation and improvement of Inspectorate and other Divisions

  • To carry out tasks within the Headquarters as designated by the Head of Inspection Cell. These tasks include, but are not limited to:


  1. Provides support and participates in activities of other Inspectorate Cells, if required.
  2. Assists in the development, review and implementation of training courses and programmes.
  3. Assists the Head of Inspection Cell in the development and review of quality system documentation (SOP’s and WI’s).
  4. Assists the Head of Inspection Cell in achieving the responsibilities and objectives of the Cell as detailed in the PMAS.
  5. Performs as the duty officer in the Operations Centre, when assigned.

Provides feedback on methods which may improve the cost effectiveness of the verification regime.



Education (Qualifications):

Essential:  An advanced university degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry, or relevant scientific discipline from a recognised institution;  a first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 

Required Certification (if applicable):  N/A




A minimum of five years of related experience with an advanced degree or seven years with a first level degree in chemical industry including chemical process operations, plant design, chemical process development, process safety evaluations and/or related technical functions (e.g. pharmaceutical or agrochemical industry, etc.). 


Skills and Abilities (key competencies): 

  • Task oriented focus.
  • Good communication skills (especially factually oriented).
  • Results-driven, respects deadlines and have a pragmatic approach focused on realistic results.
  • Ability to adapt and develop to evolving circumstances and specialised situations.
  • Aligns work with a broader team/organisational goals.
  • Able to deal with complex issues and interpret procedures and guidelines in order to adapt them to cover complex situations.
  • Possesses conflict management skills and ability to enhance the effectiveness of a team.
  • Able to work in diverse environment and travel frequently.
  • Possesses good computer skills.
  • Proven experience in the field of Process Safety Management in the Chemical Industry.
  • Knowledge and experience in bio-mediated processes and/or biotechnology is desirable.


Desirable: Leadership, Managerial and Negotiation expertise


Language Requirements:  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.