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Chemical Demilitarisation Branch (CDB)

Chemical Demilitarisation Branch (CDB) provides the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with technical assessments about the compliance of State Parties, regarding their obligations related to Chemical Weapons (CW), by implementing a credible verification regime under Articles IV, V and Parts IV (A), IV (B) and V of the VA, as well as supporting, as required, a credible verification regime under Articles IX and X

Core functions of CDB:

Conduit for State Parties on all storage, production, and destruction related matters;

Monitor CW-related declarations and conduct technical assessments related to the storage and destruction of CW items;

Conduct a technical analysis and evaluation of: 

  • Destruction plans;
  • Conversion requests;
  • Detailed destruction facility information;
  • O/ACW and CWSF information;
  • Verification related correspondence submitted by SPs.

Develop and update inspection plans on the basis of the risk assessment of all inspectable facilities;

Perform all technical and verification-related aspects of inspection planning, oversight, support and finalisation in relation to the implementation of the verification regime through inspections under the relevant provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Verification Annex.
 
Internship assignments: 

  • Work closely with CBD officers to improve the structure and usability of the CDB share drive;
  • Work closely with CBD officers to develop a guideline for the management of the unclassified electronic files;
  • Streamline all unclassified information;
  • Digitalize historical documents;
  • Provide technical and lecturing support for training activities;
  • Review historical demilitarisation data to develop event timelines;
  • Provide project management support for ongoing and future chemical demilitarisation projects.

Internship requirements:

Academic

Applicants should have a completed or in progress, an academic background preferably in at least one of the following fields:

  • Chemical Engineering;
  • Political Science;
  • Computer Science;
  • Document Management.

Experience

  • Working in environment where a considerable number of documents of various types need to be processed and managed, with the help of computer and other electronic equipment or traditional equipment;
  • Understanding of multi-lateral organisations;
  • Knowledge of procurement and financial management is helpful;
  • Knowledge of project management is helpful.

Skills and knowledge

  • Data analysis skills and current capabilities;
  • Good written and oral skills;
  • Proficient in MS packages;
  • Proficient in additional softwares, appropriate for streamline share drive.

Language proficiency

  • Fluency in English is essential.
  • Good working knowledge of one or more of the OPCW official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.

Internship period:

Duration
 
The internship is offered on a full time basis, for a minimum of three (3) months and normally up to a maximum of six (6) months.

Working hours

The internship working hours shall not exceed forty (40) hours per week.