Senior Chemical Demilitarisation Officer (P-4)

About Us



The OPCW’s Verification Division works towards achieving chemical disarmament and preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons through participation in the planning and oversight of inspections at both military and chemical industry facilities. The division also manages declarations while maintaining and strengthening the scientific capabilities of the Organisation, especially its laboratory component. The division also conducts Technical Assistance Visits at the request of States Parties.


The Division is responsible for the day-to-day operation of OPCW’s verification regime. It is a key element of the Secretariat, using trustworthy and science-based information to implement all aspects of the Convention including decisions from the Policy Making Organs.


General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Estimated monthly remuneration depending on post adjustment and family status: USD
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

Would you like to be one of the professional team members, who works toward a world free of chemical weapons? Then you should apply for the vacating post of Senior Chemical Demilitarisation Officer.


OPCW is looking for a dedicated professional with a background in chemical demilitarisation and/or chemical weapons technology to join the Chemical Demilitarisation Branch team.


The incumbent of this post will be responsible to plan and manage inspections of Old and Abandoned Chemical Weapons sites (OACW sites) in relation to the Convention as well as coordinating and advising inspection team leaders with regard to policy requirements and specific verification approaches and techniques to be used for the implementation of the inspection directives.


This post requires strong problem-solving skills in order to study unresolved issues raised during the process of inspection and to seek possible solutions.


The individual will need strong analytical and conceptual skills. To be able to work under pressure and subject to urgent deadlines.


The ideal candidate can flourish within a multi-cultural environment, should show integrity, and demonstrate professional competence.

Main Responsibilities

As the Senior Chemical Demilitarisation Officer you will have the following duties:

  • Evaluate declared Old and Abandoned Chemical Weapons sites (OACW sites) with respect to the object and purpose of the Convention for initial on-site inspections/visits and determine the frequency of further on-site inspections, inspection timing, frequency, number of inspectors, specialties, duration, etc;
  • Provide technical briefings to the inspection teams on all relevant information pertaining to the declared facility to be inspected and guide inspection team leaders with regard to policy requirements and specific verification approaches and techniques to be used for the implementation of the inspection mandate;
  • Contribute to the design, modification, and content of the structure of the Chemical Demilitarisation knowledge databases.
  • Represent OPCW at conferences, seminars, or workshops;
  • Develop technical assessments, guidelines, or Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) in relation to issues related to the inspections at OACW sites and, if requested, CW sites.


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Qualifications and Experience


  • An advanced university degree in science (preferably in chemistry or chemical engineering), a first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Equivalent or specialized training in combination with a minimum of 13 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree.

Knowledge and Experience



  • Experience in the field of chemical demilitarisation and/or chemical weapons technology - minimum of 7 years relevant experience in combination with a Master's Degree, or 9 years relevant experience with a first-level degree; or 13 years with no degree;
  • Expert knowledge of chemical munitions, CBRNe devices, or WMD.


  • Experience working at an international level would be an asset;
  • Proven ammunition (ATO) or explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) or equivalent certified experience would be an asset;
  • Experience in destruction operations of CW or OACW would be an added value;
  • Experience in the field of countering chemical terrorism would be an added value.



  • Extensive knowledge in the area of  CW destruction and CW munitions design is essential.


  • Knowledge of chemical defense is desirable;
  • Knowledge of chemistry is desirable.

Skills and Competencies

  • Analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Conscientiousness and accuracy;
  • Problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems, and quickly make sound decisions;
  • Ability to plan and organise, and to work under pressure and subject to urgent deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) including the ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations, and the ability to provide clear guidance to others;
  • Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously, as part of the CDB team, in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Computer skills in MS Word, spreadsheet, and database processing are essential;
  • Proven ability to work with others toward a shared goal; build spirit and positive relationships; encourage active participation, and share responsibility and rewards among members of a group.


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 mandatory age of separation at the OPCW is 65 years.

Fixed-term staff members participate in the OPCW provident fund. A monthly staff contribution is met with a doubled amount by the OPCW to ensure separating staff have the capital necessary to move on to new challenges.

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 fully completed 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


Important notice for applicants who are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system

Although headquartered in the Netherlands, the OPCW is not a regular Dutch employer but a public international organisation with its own special status. Please be advised that if you are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system, you will be excluded from this system as a staff member of the OPCW. You will consequently be insured under the organisation’s system. The above also applies to your dependents unless they are employed by a regular Dutch employer, they are self-employed in the Netherlands, or are receiving Dutch social security payments.

Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for more information about the possible consequences for you and your dependents, such as exclusion from ‘AWBZ’ and ‘Zorgverzekeringswet’ coverage: ‘Werken bij een internationale organisatie’.