Demilitarisation Inspections Cell (CDC)

The Chemical Demilitarisation Inspection Cell (CDC) is one of the four (4) cells in the Inspectorate Division. It focuses on inspections under Article IV and V of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Inspected facilities under Articles IV and V include Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities (CWDF), Chemical Weapons Storage Facilities (CWSF), Chemical Weapons Production Facilities (CWPF) and their conversions, Old Chemical Weapon (OCW) facilities and Abandoned Chemical Weapons (ACW) facilities.

The CDC consists of a Head of Cell, nine (9) Inspection Team Leaders and fourteen (14) Inspectors. With the destruction of Chemical Weapons (CW) worldwide in recent years, the CDC not only maintains its capabilities of doing routine inspection, but also supports the Inspectorate Division for various contingency operations. The cell is home to expertise in Chemical Weapons and Munitions.

Core functions of CDC:

  • Inspections to CWDF;
  • Inspections to CWSF;
  • Inspections to CWPF;
  • Inspections to OCW;
  • Inspections to ACW;
  • Programme and budget related to Article IV and V inspections;
  • Knowledge management in CW demilitarisation inspections; 
  • Support to other Cells/Divisions.

Internship assignments:

  • Open source research related to future CW demilitarisation activities;
  • Collect information related to knowledge management topics;
  • Tracking and filing documents;
  • QDOC formatting.

Internship requirements:


Applicants should have a completed or working progress Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Science (Chemistry or Chemical Engineering will be preferable).


  • Experience of working in any of the field like chemical weapons or munitions, chemical industry, or disarmament will be accepted in lieu of a formal academic qualification;
  • Previous experience in open source research of scientific subjects is desirable;
  • Previous administrative skills can be a benefit.

Skills and knowledge 

  • Basic knowledge of Chemical Weapons;
  • Good skills in Microsoft Office (such as Word, excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Good writing skills in English;
  • Basic knowledge in international relations and disarmament.

Language proficiency 

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

Internship period:


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.