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  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Monaco
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Environment
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-22

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Director (IAEA Environment Laboratories)(D1)

Monaco (Monaco)


This is a re-opening of the vacancy. Candidates who already applied do not need to re-submit an application.


Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA's Major Programme 2, "Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection". This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme's objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.

The IAEA Environment Laboratories Division consists of four laboratories, three of which are located in Monaco and one in Seibersdorf. The Division supports Member States in enhancing their capacity to use nuclear and isotopic techniques to understand marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environmental processes and dynamics, and to identify and address environmental problems caused by radioactive and non-radioactive pollutants and climate change.

Main Purpose

Reporting directly to and under the guidance of the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, the Director ensures that the Division of Environment Laboratories (NAEL) provides results-based programmatic responses to Member States' priorities for the application of nuclear and isotopic technologies to their development goals in environmental issues.


The Director is\: (1) a manager and team leader, ensuring that the environment programmes and projects are developed and implemented efficiently and effectively in line with the results-based approach; (2) an advisor to the Head of the Department, identifying opportunities to meet the needs of Member States and positioning the programme to deliver those needs; (3) a liaison with the Monaco authorities in relation to administrative matters for the operation of the laboratory premises.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Manage NAEL, providing leadership to approximately 20 professional staff and 30 support staff and oversight of administration in accordance with IAEA standards.
  • Implement quality and safety standards in the laboratories
  • Lead and develop NAEL's environment programme in line with the expressed needs of Member States and the results-based approach.
  • Coordinate and guide programme monitoring and assessment, ensuring that outcomes are fully in line with stated programme objectives.
  • Represent the scientific standing of the IAEA at international conferences and forums, liaising with relevant senior level scientific representatives in other international organizations and comparable laboratories.
  • Strengthen IAEA cooperation with UN organizations through joint programming activities.
  • Build and maintain strategic institutional partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States.

Competencies and Expertise


Core Competencies

Name Definition
Planning and Organizing Sets clearly defined objectives for the Department/Division in line with the priorities of the Agency. Works toward Agency-wide efficiencies with a view to strengthening and harmonizing planning systems and capacities at the Departmental/Divisional level.
Communication Promotes an environment of open communication within and outside of the Agency, ensuring that sensitive information is protected. Inspires staff at all levels through his/her communication.
Achieving Results Sets the overall direction for the Departmental/Divisional goals, and promotes a results based management culture that focuses on the achievement of programme results in an effective and efficient manner.
Teamwork Motivates and empowers staff, and fosters a collaborative approach across the Department/Division and the Agency as a whole. Acts as a role model when handling disagreements.


Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Commitment to continuous process improvement Leads and oversees continuous quality improvement efforts across the Department/Division through the promotion of advanced tools, resources and training.
Judgement/decision making Ensures that the judgements and decisions that are taken promote the Agency’s strategic goals, the one-house approach, and are in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.
Partnership building Develops strategic partnerships and alliances. Leverages combined network resources to support the Agency’s programmes and priorities in achieving Agency-wide results.
Technical/scientific credibility Demonstrates vision, expertise and resourcefulness in developing strategies, seizing good opportunities, mastering challenges and risks, and addressing issues relevant to the programme goals.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in science or a closely related environmental field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience at a senior level in programme management. Of those, at least five years of experience working at an international level in a field related to environmental science.
  • Experience in managing an environmental or other related laboratory desirable.
  • Proven track record of excellent leadership and experience in managing staff and financial resources, including the ability to effectively lead and motivate large work teams in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. Good knowledge of another IAEA official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is desirable, particularly French


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $99595 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 46212, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are 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. Staff members may be assigned to any location. 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. Testing may be part of the recruitment process

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