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Nuclear Programme Developer(P3)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-04

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 objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in\: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The department has a dynamic, participative and interactive operating environment with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.

The Division of Nuclear Power comprises the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section and the INPRO (International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles) Section. The Division provides core engineering, technological, human resource development and management support to interested Member States in the field of nuclear power.

The Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section helps Member States to have a better understanding of the requirements needed for implementing nuclear power programmes, to enhance their capabilities associated with the construction of their first nuclear power plant or new nuclear power plants, to enhance their abilities to develop the necessary infrastructure for introducing nuclear power on safe and sustainable manner, and to expand the use of an internationally recognized approach for the introduction of nuclear power, including a harmonized framework and qualitative data, through coordination throughout the IAEA.

Main Purpose

As a key member of the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section, led by the Section Head, the Nuclear Programme Developer develops and maintains databases of countries embarking on nuclear power programmes, managing, collecting and disseminating information on new nuclear projects. In addition, he/she assists Member States in their efforts to build national nuclear infrastructure and provides technical assistance, especially as regards infrastructure building.


The Nuclear Programme Developer plays several key roles in the team\: (1) as an information officer, planning, developing and implementing activities aimed at helping Member States in their long-range planning of nuclear energy and R&D programmes using innovative nuclear technology or innovative institutional approaches; (2) as a scientific secretary, planning and leading meetings; (3) an analyst, preparing background information and research related to technical and review missions, and; (4) a technical and project officer, supporting technical cooperation (TC) projects.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Plan, develop and implement an information management system to support the IAEA's activities with countries introducing nuclear power.

Plan and support complex technical and review missions to Member States, including preparatory and follow-up visits, including INIR (Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review), and the assessment of Member States' needs.

Support complex TC projects, develop action plans and plan, organize and participate in seminars, workshops, expert missions and training courses.

Build and maintain strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States in areas related to infrastructure to support new nuclear power programmes.

Communicate with internal and external stakeholders through the maintenance of the website, fact sheets and informational materials and support the use of information technologies to facilitate networking.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

Name Definition   Communication Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.   Achieving Results Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.   Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.   Planning and Organizing Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition   Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.   Partnership building Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.   Technical/scientific credibility Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description       Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Engineering Infrastructure Development Management of database related to country nuclear infrastructure profiles and development of integrated workplans.       Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development Development and management of tools to facilitate the communication with the MSs on share points in a secure and reliable manner.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree - University degree in management, public policy or international relations (nuclear specialization desirable) or other related field.
  • Minimum five years of experience in nuclear engineering.
  • Experience of working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute desirable.
  • Proven experience in managing or coordinating international activities or projects. 
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, 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 $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 36549, 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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