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Section Head (Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section)(P5)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\: Please note that the closing date for submission of applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant's location.

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA's nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the IAEA's activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and nuclear security.

The Office of Safety and Security Coordination (NSOC) is located in the Office of the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department. Its mission is to ensure the technical consistency and effective coordination of the IAEA's activities in the nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety and nuclear security programmes. NSOC comprises three Sections\: the Programme and Strategy Coordination Section, the Networks Management and Partnership Section and the Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section.

The mission of the Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section (SSDS) is to coordinate and support the departmental efforts to ensure that the IAEA’s safety standards and nuclear security guidance constitute a comprehensive, up to date, coherent and authoritative suite of internationally agreed and accepted references; to enhance the review-revision process with the implementation of a new information technology platform for the knowledge and content management of the whole series of safety standards and nuclear security guidance; to provide for the maintenance of the safety and security glossaries and to promote the worldwide harmonized use of the Safety Standards publications and Nuclear Security Series publications.

Main Purpose

As a manager and team leader reporting to the Director, the Section Head plans, initiates, implements, guides, coordinates, and supervises the IAEA's development, revision and dissemination of the IAEA safety standards and nuclear security guidance.


The Section Head is\: (1) a manager and team leader responsible for the effective development and implementation of the Section's activities; (2) a coordinator and adviser to the Director on all matters related to the safety standards, nuclear security guidance and committee meetings related to their development and implementation; (3) a facilitator of cooperation with other organizations and with other divisions/departments in the IAEA dealing with the development and dissemination of the safety standards. The Section Head is responsible for the relevant administrative matters of the Section.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Identify areas in which safety standards, nuclear security guidance and safety and security related publications need to be developed. Establish the policy for the Department to follow in developing or revising safety standards and nuclear security guidance.

Coordinate the development of safety standards and nuclear security guidance within the Department, including reviewing proposals for new safety standards and nuclear security guidance, being informed about the current status of all standards, and ensuring that all safety standards, nuclear security guidance and other safety and security related publications comply with the Department's policy, avoiding overlaps or inconsistencies.

Provide the Scientific Secretariat y for the Commission on Safety Standards and any related meetings.

Coordinate the Agency's safety standards and nuclear security guidance with other international organizations.

Coordinate activities to promote and provide for the application of safety standards and nuclear security guidance .

Review feedback on the application of safety standards and nuclear security guidance.

Ensure an efficient programme management with regard to the whole process of development of safety standards and security guidance documents, from planning to publication, identify where areas of improvement are needed and implement corrective actions as appropriate, in close coordination with NS divisions and with Member States.

Organize internal review of safety and security related publications.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

Name Definition
Planning and Organizing Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.
Communication Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.
Achieving Results Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.
Teamwork Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Judgement/decision making Consults with and seeks advice at the appropriate managerial level when making complex decisions. Facilitates dialogue and development of best practice to support judgement/decision making, in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.
Resilience Shows resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances. Is prepared and able to make difficult decisions in the best interest of the Agency and remains committed to seeing them through.
Technical/scientific credibility Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Management and Programme Analysis Development and Implementation of Management Systems Ability to analyse the strategies and processes for the establishment of safety standards and nuclear security guidance and to propose improvements.
Management and Programme Analysis External Cooperation Ability to establish contact with external partners, relevant organizations and key persons to implement activities smoothly.
Nuclear Safety IAEA Safety Standards Experience with the development and application of IAEA safety standards and nuclear security guidance.
Nuclear Safety Interface between safety and security for nuclear installations Ability to coordinate activities to enhance the interface between safety and nuclear security.
Nuclear Safety Project Management Ability to use standard project management tools to deliver complex projects in a timely manner.
Nuclear Safety Results-based management Ability to integrate lessons learned into decision making to improve performance and achieve results.
Nuclear Safety Technical Meetings Ability to report concisely, accurately and promptly on meetings and matters of relevance to the IAEA.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in engineering or physics or nuclear engineering.

Bachelor's Degree - University degree in engineering or physics or nuclear engineering with two years of additional relevant experience may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.

Minimum of 10 years of experience in nuclear safety and radiation safety standards and review activities.

Experience in an international multidisciplinary environment.

Experience in managing staff and financial resources, including the ability effectively to lead and motivate teams.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $92731 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 42934, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; Other benefits include 6 weeks' annual leave, home leave travel, pension plan and health insurance. More information on the conditions of employment can be found at\: https\://

General Information

  • The IAEA's paramount consideration in the recruitment of staff member is to secure employees of the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity.
  • Staff Members shall be selected without any unfair treatment or arbitrary distinction based on a person's race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age, language, social origin or other similar shared characteristic or trait.
  • The IAEA is committed to gender equality and to promoting a diverse workforce. Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are strongly encouraged.
  • Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values)\: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity.
  • The IAEA has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and the IAEA, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Evaluation process

  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the selection criteria stated in the vacancy announcement. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection may be subject to reference and background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Appointment information

  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report.
  • Staff members may be assigned to any location.
  • Candidates appointed to posts in the Professional and higher categories are subject to IAEA rotation policy and their maximum tour of service shall normally be seven years.
  • The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above.

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