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Nuclear Information Officer(P3)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-04

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Organizational Setting

The Division of Energy Planning and Nuclear Information and Knowledge comprises the Planning and Economic Studies Section, Nuclear Knowledge Management Section and the Nuclear Information Section. The Division is responsible for strengthening capacities in energy and nuclear power planning, building capacities to manage nuclear knowledge and provide knowledge management services to interested member states, and to procure and provide printed and electronic information in the area of nuclear science and technology.

The Nuclear Information Section (NIS) consists of the IAEA Library Unit, the INIS Unit and the Systems Development and Support Group. It fosters the exchange of scientific and technical information on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology; increases awareness in Member States of the importance of maintaining efficient and effective systems for managing such information; provides information services and support to Member States and to the IAEA; and assists with capacity building and training.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the INIS Coordinator, the Nuclear Information Officer ensures high quality subject analysis and classification of the records entered into the INIS Collection. He/she is also responsible for the cooperation of INIS with Open Access consortia and maintenance of other contractual obligations with information providers such as publishers.


The Nuclear Information Officer performs the role of (1) an analyst performing subject analysis of IAEA and other UN publications, as well as of the bibliographic records received from INIS Member States and scientific publishers in the subject area of nuclear engineering, technology, instrumentation, and other related areas; (3) a team member working collaboratively on the maintenance and revision of INIS working procedures, guiding materials, and on the continuous improvement of information processing workflows, as well as optimizing them to utilize the resources of NIS and especially the IAEA Library; and (4) an advisor to the INIS Coordinator on matters related to contractual obligations with publishers and other entities that provide relevant information to INIS.

Functions / Key Results Expected

In the fields of nuclear physics, accelerators and nuclear reactor engineering, and related technical fields, the Nuclear Information Officer will\:

  • Perform subject analysis of the contents of publications of the IAEA and other UN organizations, and of electronic input received from scientific publishers and/or INIS Members;
  • Verify the quality of the subject analysis and abstracts received from Member States, correcting errors and/or re-index documents as required;
  • Propose actions for improving the quality of the INIS Collection and for increasing effectiveness of the subject analysis techniques, retrieval and cataloguing capabilities;
  • Analyse and assist in improving the comprehensiveness of coverage of the INIS Collection;
  • Advise on contractual obligations and maintain partnership with relevant stakeholders that provide nuclear information to INIS, such as scientific consortia and publishing houses.
  • Prepare presentations and other documents for INIS meetings and training programmes in subject analysis and information retrieval.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
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.
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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Analytical thinking Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.
Client orientation Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.
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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Information Management Information Analysis Ability to conduct subject analysis of the contents of publications, correcting errors and/or re-index documents.
Information Technology Library and Information Systems Ability to analyse and support in improving the comprehensiveness of coverage of an online Thesaurus system.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor's Degree - University degree in nuclear engineering, biology or related field.

Minimum of five years of relevant working experience, with experience in library use of cataloguing and controlled vocabularies (thesaurus systems) for subject indexing.
Experience in a national INIS centre would be an advantage.

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 $60233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 25238, 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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