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The Head of Demilitarisation Inspections Cell




The Head of the Demilitarisation Inspections Cell (DIC) leads the Inspectorate Division’s technical activities related to the conduct of Article IV and V inspections. Under the direct supervision of the Director of Inspectorate (DOI), the Head of the Demilitarisation Inspection Cell has the following roles and responsibilities:

Implementing the Annual Demilitarisation Inspection/Verification Plan 

  • Working alongside the Operations and Administration Branch (OAB) and Mission Planning Co-ordinators therein; the Head of the Demilitarisation Inspections Cell ensures that Inspection Teams are adequate to effectively conduct Article IV and V inspections;
  • Working with the Chemical Demilitarisation Branch (CDB) on aspects relevant to the conduct of Art. IV and V inspections;
  • Acting as Inspection Team Leader, when necessary.


Leading and Managing

  • Managing performance of all Demilitarisation Inspection Cell staff in his/her capacity as First Appraising Officer; 
  • Working with relevant units across the Technical Secretariat (TS) to ensure the retention of critical knowledge related to the conduct of Art. IV and V inspections. 
  • Instilling a positive knowledge sharing culture within the Cell.
  • Providing leadership and management of inspectors within the Cell.
  • Maintaining the relevant QDOCs (such as manuals, SOPs and WIs) related to Art. IV and V inspections.
  • Implementing a robust process for capturing lessons learned from all missions and ensuring lessons identified are addressed.  
  • At the request of the Direct-General, being ready to lead routine Article IV and V missions and non-routine missions.



  • Identifying best practices on CW inspections and on relevant processes and technologies with a view to improving Article IV and V inspector’s training.
  • Defining, in conjunction with the CBCP Cell, the training needs of inspectors involved with Article IV and V inspections. 


Capacity Building

  • Working with the Head of CBCP Cell on INS efforts to support and enhance the International Co-operation and Assistance (ICA) Division’s ability to develop and implement Capacity Building activities with States Parties;
  • Supporting INS assistance in response to requests necessitating inspector expertise to support programmes of other areas of the TS, as applicable 

Guide and develop cell projects for the purpose of skill sets development/improvement, knowledge sharing and inspection quality control.


  • Leading the planning, preparation and implementation of the annual Article IV and V inspection budget;
  • Preparing the costing sheet for Demilitarisation Inspection Cell sub-programme.


Undertake any Special Duties and Tasks as Directed by the Director General (DG)

  • Officiate for other appointments of same or similar grade within other units of the Technical Secretariat.
  • Assist the DG/DDG/DOI on technical issues including their visits to a State Party(s).

Provide briefing, as required, to the Policy Marking Organs and their subsidiary bodies.



Education (Qualifications):


An advanced university degree in science or engineering from a recognised institution with background in the field of Chemical Weapons and/or munitions. A First level University degree in combination with relevant qualifying experience (minimum 12 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. High School Diploma degree with equivalent or specialized training and experience (minimum 16 years) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced and first level university degree.

Required Certification (if applicable):  NA



  • A minimum of 10 years relevant experience in the field of chemical weapons and/or munitions with an advanced degree, 12 years relevant experience with first level degree or 16 years relevant experience with high school diploma with equivalent or specialized training.
  • Experience in international work on chemical defence/disarmament issues.
  • Demonstrable experience in negotiating in a technical/diplomatic environment
  • Experience of a wide range of working environments (e.g. military sites, remote areas, hazardous areas, industrial installations).





  • Knowledge and experience with military installation inspections/auditing, explosive safety, explosive ordnance and/or CW disposal,   conventional and/or chemical munitions design and safety and NDE are considered advantages 


Skills and Abilities (key competencies): 

  • Strong leadership skills, with an ability to provide leadership and direction to a large team with a broad range of technical specialities and disciplines.
  • An ability to ensure business results are achieved through, and with people
  • Demonstrable strategic thinking and an ability to unite a diverse team behind common organizational goals and objectives.
  • Proven ability to learn quickly and thoroughly while continually recognizing and adapting to changing conditions is critical
  • The ability to stay focused on results and take quick decisions despite rapidly changing environmental conditions
  • Innovative and creative problem solving skills
  • The ability to influence, and stimulates others to action by effective delegation of work and responsibilities
  • Able to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment, have excellent negotiating skills, conflict management skills, and an ability to enhance the effectiveness of a team.
  • Able to deal with complex issues and interpret procedures and guidelines in order to adapt them to cover complex situations
  • Able to deliver training courses for capacity building both internally and externally
  • Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing reports
  • Able to work in diverse environments and travel frequently
  • Solid computer skills (e.g. Windows, MSOffice)


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.