Safety & Analytical Chemistry Cell (SACC)

The Safety & Analytical Chemistry Cell (SACC) is one of the four cells of inspector personnel in the Inspectorate Division (ID). It is a multi-disciplinary cell comprised of Engineers, Analytical Chemists, Synthetic Chemists, Health & Safety professionals and emergency medicine practitioners.

Inspectors in the cell are involved in all types of missions; routine inspections under Articles IV, V and VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention and non-routine contingency type missions.

The SACC is home to the Scientific and Technical (S&T) capabilities of the Division, providing S&T support to missions, S&T training to the Division and S&T advice across the Technical Secretariat (TS).

The SACC is responsible for ensuring the TS have the S&T capabilities to successfully deliver the inspections programme for Articles IV, V and VI, Challenge Inspections (CI) and Incidents of Alleged Use (IAU).

The SACC consists of a Head of Cell, eight (8) Inspection Team Leaders and seventeen (17) Inspectors.

Core functions of SACC:

  • Supporting routine inspections under Articles IV, V and VI;
  • Supporting CI, IAU and other non-routine contingency type missions;
  • Developing and maintaining key S&T capability to successfully implement the inspections programme;
  • Knowledge management across INS, with an emphasis on S&T;
  • S&T advice;
  • Specialised S&T training for INS and wider TS.

Internship assignments:

  • Support the S&T training team by developing content for training courses, co-ordination of project team activities and supporting training delivery;
  • Support the Inspections Safety team by contributing expertise and co-ordination of project team activities.

Internship requirements:


Applicants must have a completed a degree in one of the following fields: 

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or closely allied subject;
  • Chemical Engineering;
  • Health and Safety related degree.  


  • Previous experience in Research & Development or Occupational Health and Safety (particularly process safety experience in industry). 

Skills and knowledge 

  • Scientifically literature with a broad understanding of S&T issues affecting the OPCW or experience of Occupational Safety and Risk management gained in the chemical industry;
  • Good skills in Microsoft Office (such as Word, excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Writing skills in English;
  • Basic knowledge or interest 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.