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Consultant - Waste Safety Specialist

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Environment
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Security and Safety
    • Waste Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-19

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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.

The Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit develops safety standards for the management of all types of radioactive waste and spent fuel and promotes their application among Member States, and provides the Secretariat for the Joint Convention and the Waste Safety Standards Committee (WASSC). The Unit fosters the exchange of information among Member States through the organization of meetings, conferences and dedicated projects on the management of radioactive waste, and the sharing of insights gained from advisory and peer review missions with other Member States. It provides leadership for review and training services to operators, regulators and other specialized organizations involved in the safety of radioactive waste and spent fuel management. The Unit provides technical support to a substantial number of projects supported by the IAEA's technical cooperation programme and the Asian Nuclear Safety Network, including training courses and dedicated workshops.


Main Purpose


The main purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance and support to the Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit.


Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provide technical input and expertise support for the project relating to the development of clearance levels for the disposal of radioactive waste;
  •  Develop the Terms of Reference and launch of international working group(s) on the safe predisposal of radioactive waste and spent fuel;

  • Provide technical input  for  the development and implementation of the ARTEMIS review service;

  • Implement assistance missions to Member States in the field of radioactive waste management under TC or Asian Nuclear Safety Network projects;

  •  Develop safety standards for the predisposal and disposal of radioactive waste and spent fuel.


Qualifications and Experience 

  • Advanced university degree in Nuclear Engineering, Chemical or related Science.

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in the fields of radioactive waste and spent fuel management and radiation safety, of which 5 years should have been concerned with regulatory or safety aspects of the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel.

  • Experience in international projects desirable, particularly with developing countries, and in implementing a strategic approach to achieving improvements.

  • Experience in preparing and delivering training on relevant technical issues.




The remuneration for this consultancy is a daily fee of up to a maximum of € 300, based on qualifications and experience. In case duty travel is required within the assignment, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health coverage and pension fund are the responsibility of the incumbent.













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