Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons vacancy search engine

Senior Chemical Demilitarisation Officer (P-4)




Under the supervision of the Head, Chemical Demilitarisation Branch, the incumbent is responsible for the following:

1. Develop, support and implement a consistent verification regime at chemical weapons destruction facilities (CWDF) :

1.1 Review and analyse initial and amended declarations as well as other relevant submissions provided by States Parties, to include general and annual plans for destruction, detailed destruction facility information and annual reports on destruction.

1.2 Prepare and agree with the States Parties concerned detailed plans for verification of CW destruction based on the provisions of the Convention, declarations and detailed facility information, initial visits and bilateral discussions; submit these plans for consideration and adoption by the Executive Council. 

1.3. Prepare facility agreements for chemical weapons destruction facilities as well as any amendment and/or modification to be made thereto; organise, co-ordinate with other branches/divisions and negotiate such agreements with the State Party concerned.

1.4 Gather and assess scientific and technical information related to the CW destruction processes, specific features of destruction technologies and operational parameters, design/configuration of chemical weapons to be destroyed, monitoring devices installed to provide assurance that no chemical weapons are diverted and the destruction process has been completed.  

1.5 Evaluate during initial visits and final engineering reviews the proposed methods of destruction. Assess the adequacy of specific technological features and operational parameters of the destruction process as to the requirements of the Convention regarding confirmation of end-point of destruction and CW non-diversion.   Establish and agree with the State Party the verification measures to be applied on-site.

1.6 Evaluate the sufficiency of on-site monitoring equipment and procedures and the ability of the inspection team to perform verification activities with a proper level of confidence and in a cost-efficient manner.  Propose upgrading of monitoring equipment and/or revision of procedures, if necessary.

1.7 During systematic verification of destruction, evaluate the quality and the effectiveness of verification activities, analyse deficiencies, and recommend corrective measures or alternative verification methodologies. 

1.8 Compare and confirm States Parties’ annual reports on destruction with data on CW destruction activities collected on a monthly basis.

1.9 Ensure that the processing of confidential information handled is in accordance with the Confidentiality regime. 

1.10 Responsible for technical and verification related aspects of planning and preparation of inspections at CWDFs; ensure the quality of inspections.

1.11 Instruct and guide the inspection teams with regard to the implementation of inspection mandates; advise the teams on inspection aims, detailed site information, policy requirements, particular operational instructions and specific verification regime and techniques to be used.

1.12 Monitor the progress of on-site inspections, continuous monitoring and visits; in the course of inspections, advise inspection teams on verification-related policy and technical issues

1.13 Review interim reports, summary interim reports and documents on preliminary factual findings and give guidance to inspection teams on the preparation of final inspection reports to ensure their consistency with the provisions of the Convention, decisions of the Executive Council and Conference of States Parties, inspection mandate and policy requirements.

1.14 Draft inspection related correspondence to the inspected State Parties and forward final inspection reports within the time limit set forth in the Convention. Advise the management on the results of verification activities with recommendations on those issues, which need further attention or action.

1.15 Discuss with the experts/representatives of States Parties and seek resolution of any inspection and policy issue that requires further attention. 


2. Provide input to internal and external reports of the Secretariat and assist in the resolution of outstanding issues by providing technical support to the Scientific Advisory Board, cluster groups and States Parties: 

2.1 Provide technical input for development of special reports of the Secretariat, including annual and verification implementation reports. 

2.2 Participate in consultations with States Parties and provide technical assessments and proposals to address verification-related issues with respect to CW-related facilities.

2.3 Prepare information on the results of verification activities for the Director-General, Executive Council, and Conference of States Parties; develop and submit reports and documents related to the progress of CW destruction and the implementation of systematic verification of CW destruction.

2.3 Provide technical advice to the Scientific Advisory Board and cluster groups for the resolution of outstanding unresolved issues. 


3. Maintain and guide in the development of comprehensive CW related information databases, such as databases on the progress CW destruction.


4. Provide technical and lecturing support for training activities and during international events;   participate in bilateral technical visits and inspections: 

4.1 Support training of inspectors, National Authorities and staff in matters related to Article IV and Part IV (A) of the Verification Annex.

4.2 Participate as inspector in initial visits, final engineering reviews, systematic verification of CW destruction, and challenge inspections.

4.3 Use the experience gained during on-site inspections to increase efficiency of verification-related Headquarters tasks.

4.4 Represent the Secretariat at international workshops, conferences and symposia.


5. Perform any other duties, as required.



 Education (Qualifications):

  • Advanced university degree in chemistry or chemical engineering or similar discipline. First level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) which may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.



  • Experience in the field of chemical demilitarisation and/or chemical weapons technology - minimum of 7 years relevant experience in combination with a Master Degree, or 9 years relevant experience with a first level degree;
  • Experience working in a toxic environment while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).



  • Significant experience with using ICT tools and carrying out ICT related activities in support of the primary business processes;
  • Experience working at an international level would be an asset.


Skills and Abilities (key competencies):

  • Enhanced ICT (Information and Communication Technology) skills to carry out analytical and reporting activities using the in-house developed software package supporting the CW verification regime;
  • Analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; 
  • Ability to plan and organise, and to work under pressure and subject to urgent deadlines; 
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations;
  • Tact, discretion and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.


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.