Industry Verification Branch (IVB)

The Industry Verification Branch (IVB) is responsible for verification activities in accordance with Article VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). This is an important element in achieving the OPCW’s core objective to prevent the re-emergence of chemical weapons. 

Core functions of IVB:

  • Site selection and planning of Article VI (i.e., commercial industry) inspections;
  • Implementing and monitoring of the Annual Inspection Plan;
  • Preparing, monitoring and supporting on-site inspection progress;
  • Reviewing, editing, and finalizing Final Inspection Reports (FIR);
  • Closing of Article VI inspections based on the review of issues reported;
  • Engaging with inspected State Party representatives to resolve issues;
  • Evaluating declarations and inspection results to plan the frequency of future inspections;   
  • Discussing unresolved industry verification issues and developing policy solutions;
  • Supporting training for States Parties in industry verification related matters;
  • Identifying and reporting data quality issues in declarations;
  • Developing procedures, guidelines, and training materials for new inspectors;
  • Supporting the Policy Making Organs on industry related issues;
  • Developing background reports on chemical trade and economic data.

Internship assignments:

  • This effort will allow the Industry Verification Branch to tackle some long-standing challenges through more complete datasets, while allowing the intern to develop valuable, technical and other business skills and a more complete understanding of the global chemical industry;
  • An example of a specific project could be: from open source data, assess the scope of certain segments of the bio-mediated chemical industry in order for the Executive Council (EC) to take an informed decision based on the estimated impact;
  • Another example of a specific project could be: from open source data, assess the extent that certain Schedule one (1) chemicals could be generated as unavoidable by-products in the production of commercial products, as well as whether such Schedule one (1) chemicals could be purposely used as intermediates in the legitimate production of commercial products. 

Internship requirements:

Academic

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

  • Chemical Engineering;
  • Chemistry. 

Experience 

  • Experience in an educational environment is sufficient.

Skills and knowledge

  • Experience using on-line business databases and similar tools would be helpful.

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:

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.