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Section Head (Waste and Environmental Safety Section)(P5)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Security policy
    • Environment
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
    • Waste Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-05-10

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Organizational Setting

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


The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public and patients. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.


The Waste and Environmental Safety Section is responsible for the delineation of a global waste safety framework based upon the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and the development and application of safety standards for the management of radioactive waste, decommissioning, remediation and environmental releases.

Main Purpose

As a manager and team leader reporting to the Division Director, the Section Head develops and implements the IAEA's policy and programme on safety aspects of the radioactive waste management. The incumbent leads the Section's activities in these areas to ensure the efficacy of the IAEA's programme on a global level, and is responsible for the management of the Section's financial and human resources.


The Section Head is\: (a) a manager in a specialized, multilateral environment with diverse views on the issues, finding practical solutions and presenting arguments that can achieve results; (b) an adviser, providing analysis and background information to the Director on the formulation of strategies and policies related to the Section's technical responsibilities, and facilitating their implementation; (c) a managerial leader, ensuring that projects and activities are implemented effectively; (d) a promoter, conveying to multiple audiences the IAEA's vision and mission in this area; (e) a facilitator of cooperation with other organizations and with other Departments in the IAEA dealing with this area of work; and (f) a leader, promoting good performance and teamwork and creating an environment where staff can develop their skills and share knowledge and experience.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provide technical and managerial leadership to the IAEA radioactive waste management programme and to the Waste and Environmental Safety Section.
  • Analyse information and identify strategies to enhance the capability of the IAEA's radioactive waste management programme to address Member States' needs.
  • Lead the IAEA's activities related to supporting and further strengthening safety in radioactive waste management in Member States, e.g. through the Joint Convention and providing for the application of safety standards, with a view to establishing a harmonized approach at the international level.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States, international and other governmental organizations to promote the Joint Convention and ensure acceptance of the relevant IAEA standards.
  • Lead efforts within the IAEA to ensure the coherence and synergy of related programmes of work.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
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.
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.


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.
Leading and supervising Serves as a role model when leading and supervising others. Provides his/her team with clear direction, promotes a dynamic working climate and empowers others. Is open to new ideas and demonstrates creativity in search of excellence.
Partnership building Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders.
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
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety Control or Assessment of Radioactive Releases to the Environment Understanding or knowledge of Control or Assessment of Radioactive Releases to the Environment
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety Environmental Remediation Understanding or knowledge of Environmental Remediation
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Experience in the management and or regulation of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety Regulatory Experience in Waste Safety Experience as a regulator or in authorized management of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety Safe Decommissioning of Installations using Radioactive Substances Experience as a regulator or in authorized Decommissioning of Installations using radioactive Substances
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety Safe Disposal of Radioactive Waste Understanding or knowledge of safe disposal of Radioactive Waste
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety Safe Predisposal Management of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Experience in the management and or regulation of Predisposal Management of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in engineering or a related science (e.g. physics, chemistry).


At least ten years' experience in the fields of radiation protection and waste safety, of which at least eight years should have been at a senior or managerial level concerned with regulatory aspects and standard setting.

Broad experience in the field with proven experience in managing professional and support staff.

Extensive experience of work at the international level, both in the development and in the application of safety standards.

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 $87108 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 38240, 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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