International Cooperation Branch (ICB)

The International Cooperation Branch (ICB) facilitates the implementation of Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): “Economic and Technological Development” of the Member States using peaceful applications of chemistry. In this context, ICB manages a portfolio of international cooperation programmes and capacity building projects offered by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to its Member States in areas related to chemistry for peaceful purposes.

Core functions of ICB:

  • Capacity building and provide support to institutions and individuals;
  • Facilitating the exchange of scientific and technical information and equipment;
  • Promoting the knowledge and technology transfer;
  • Raising awareness of various stakeholders on the aspects related to the peaceful applications of chemistry;
  • Promotion of related international cooperation among stakeholders under the CWC objectives.

The stakeholders benefiting from these programmes include:

  • Research and Academia;
  • Industry and Private Enterprises engaging with chemicals;
  • Specialized institutions and laboratories in Member States which are typically developing or transition economies.

The portfolio of programmes implemented by the International Cooperation Branch (ICB) includes:

  • Integrated Chemicals Management (Associate Programme, Chemical Safety and Security Management, Green Chemistry for Non-Toxic Substitutes);
  • Enhancing Laboratory Capabilities (Analytical Chemistry Courses, Twinning of Laboratories, Equipment Exchange Programme);
  • Chemical Knowledge Promotion and Exchange (Conference Support, Fellowship Programme, Support of Research Projects, Building Knowledge Society).

Internship assignment:

The interns selected for the International Cooperation Branch will assist the Branch Head and Substantive Officers in the management of one or more of the following programmes:

1. Scientific institutions – such as Fellowship and Research Projects Support programmes, where the duties will include assisting, preparation and keeping track of:

  • Evaluation of proposals, scientific and financial reports;
  • Administrative arrangements between the OPCW and the counterpart institution (institution where the project of the fellowship is carried out);
  • Contracts;
  • Reports;
  • Obligating documents;
  • Memorandums;
  • Emails;
  • Evaluation forms;
  • Drafting of any other related documents such as news items and calls for invitations, editing publications.

2. Transfer of Scientific and Technical Knowledge - such as building knowledge society (e.g. specific initiatives of science diplomacy, empowering women in chemistry, green chemistry for non-toxic substitutes, chemical trade management etc.), tasks include:

  • Literature search on specific topics of the peaceful applications of chemistry;
  • Assisting in the drafting of reports and technical or scientific papers;
  • Taking minutes of meetings;
  • Providing inputs to publications, website page and news items;
  • Email correspondence for networking, outreach and preparation of surveys;
  • And other tasks.

3. Capacity Building – such as training courses and events in the fields of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Safety and Security, and Integrated Chemical Management (Associate Programme). The usual administrative event management steps include:

  • Assisting in the preparation of invitation notes and outreach/publicity;
  • Collection and evaluation of applications;
  • Processing participant’s travel documents; 
  • Assistance in travel and visa formalities;
  • Preparation of contracts and financial documents;
  • Collection of feedback forms for impact evaluation;
  • Drafting follow-up documents including reports, summaries, and news items.

Internship requirements:


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

  • Chemistry, Biochemistry or related disciplines - especially for duties one – two (1-2);
  • Economics/Communication/International Relations or related specialisation for duties one (1) and three (3). 

Skills and Experience

  • Good research and drafting skills;
  • Basic computer literacy and proficiency in MS office applications;
  • Knowledge of Chemistry and related scientific aspects;
  • Basic administrative experience and financial routines in events/projects management.

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:


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.