Implementation Support Branch (IPB)

The Implementation Support Branch (IPB) is specifically responsible for the coordination of efforts between the Technical Secretariat (TS) and national authorities as they seek to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on a national level, by providing support to States Parties in their efforts.

Core functions of IPB:

  • Planning and implementing different types of capacity building activities/events for National Authorities and relevant stakeholders for the full and effective national implementation through training, workshops and meetings;
  • Supporting and facilitating exchange of best practices and experiences as well as networking among the National Authorities, including organising the Annual Meetings of National Authorities;
  • Promoting inter-agency cooperation and outreach for effective implementation of the CWC;
  • Responsible for a number of legal/legislative functions aimed at the implementation of the Convention at national level;
  • Providing technical legal assistance on national implementation of the CWC to the requesting States Parties;
  • Reviewing and providing comments upon draft national implementing measures prepared by States Parties;
  • Preparing concurrent Annual Reports on the Status of the National Implementation.

Internship assignments:

Successful candidates will be assigned to the following assignments:

IPB assignments -

  • Providing support to the substantive offers in planning and implementing various IPB events and meetings to be held at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Headquarters as well as in the Member States;
  • Collating and systematizing data from evaluation reports of the IPB events;
  • Assisting in preparation of the presentations and documents;
  • Conducting research on the assigned subjects;
  • Contributing to update of IPB portal and information management;
  • Performing any other tasks as requested by the supervisor.

Legal/legislative function assignments -

  • Assist the Legal Officer in the provision of technical legal assistance on national implementation of the CWC to the requesting States Parties;
  • Assist the preparation of background information on the status of implementation of the CWC of individual States to guide senior officials of the OPCW in their bilateral discussions with the States;
  • Assist with the review of draft national implementing measures, prepared by States;
  • Assist the Legal officer in liaising with representatives of States Parties on the status of their implementation of the CWC;
  • Performing other tasks as requested by the supervisor.

Internship requirements - IPB

Academic

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

  • Political Science, Public Administration or Management;
  • International Relations;
  • International Development;
  • Similar related field. 

Experience

  • Conducting research;
  • Data analysis;
  • Project work for international organisations or NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisation).

Skill and knowledge

  • Good inter-personal skills;
  • Communicate effectively in a multi-cultural working environment;
  • Drafting and research skills;
  • Computer efficiency, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point Presentation, e-mails.

Language proficiency

Fluency in English is essential, whilst fluency in French and/or Spanish is preferable.

Internship requirements – Legal/legislative function

Academic

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

  • Political Science, Public Administration or Management;
  • International Relations/International Development, 
  • Similar related field.
  • Applicants must also have: Completed a minimum of four years of Law studies (or the equivalent of an undergraduate qualification in Law);
  • Completed or almost completed an advanced degree in Law or qualification to practice Law in a national jurisdiction; 
  • Public International Law, and/or Comparative Law.

Experience

  • Previous experience as an intern in an international secretariat.

Skill and knowledge

  • Good inter-personal skills; 
  • Communicate effectively in a multi-cultural working environment; 
  • Archiving and database management;
  • Email;
  • Microsoft Excel and Word.

Language proficiency

Fluency in English is essential but fluency in French and/or Spanish is preferred.

Good working knowledge of the other OPCW official languages is an asset.

Internship period

Duration

The internship is offered on a full time basis, for six (6) months.

Working hours

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