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Section Head (Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making)(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
    • Legal - Broad
    • Managerial positions
    • Non-Proliferation of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear weapons
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-28

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Organizational Setting

The Office of Legal Affairs, which reports directly to the Director General, provides legal services of the highest possible standards to the Director General, the Secretariat and to the organs and bodies of the IAEA, as well as to Member States, regarding the implementation of the IAEA's activities.

The Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Section provides legal advice and services to the Office of the Director General, the Department of Safeguards and to the Policy-Making Organs in support of issues related to safeguards and non-proliferation, and legislative assistance to Member States on such issues. It also provides advice on matters related to the Statute of the IAEA and the conduct of the meetings of the Board of Governors and the General Conference and their respective Rules of Procedure.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Director, the Section Head leads a professional team that ensures that the IAEA's non-proliferation and safeguards activities are carried out in accordance with the Statute, applicable agreements, as well as resolutions and decisions of the Policy-Making Organs.


The Section Head is\: (1) a leader and manager, providing guidance and managerial support to the team, and planning resources with a view to achieving efficient and effective results; (2) a substantive expert, leveraging knowledge and experience in the field to policy development and operations; (3) a legal adviser on matters of policy, strategy, and complex cases.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Lead and manage an effective team of professionals and staff, promoting internal and external collaboration, and ensuring, through learning opportunities, work assignments and recruitment, an effective balance of skills and resources.
  • Supervise the Section and co-ordinate and ensure high quality of the work produced by other members in his/her Section.
  • Negotiate and provide advice on the interpretation and implementation of international conventions, agreements and other instruments related to the work of the Section, in the area of non-proliferation and Agency safeguards.
  • Research and prepare drafts of legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence relating to the functions, structure and activities of the IAEA related to the area of work of the Section.
  • Provide legal advice and interpretations in connection with the IAEA's Policy-Making Organs.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
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.
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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Analytical thinking Applies business analytics to establish programme priorities. Makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis.
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.
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
Legal Agency's Statute, Rules of Procedures, Regulations, Practices and Precedents Knowledge and ability to analyse and apply the IAEA Statute, Rules of Procedure, Regulations, Practices and Precedents;
Legal Development of National Nuclear Law Proven ability to draft and review documents in these areas. Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the IAEA legal framework for safeguards;
Legal International Law Knowledge of the broad principles of public international law;
Legal Legal Drafts Proven ability to draft clear, concise documents setting out facts and arguments in an accurate manner;
Legal Non-proliferation and Safeguards Law and Treaty Proven ability to draft and review documents in these areas. Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the IAEA legal framework for safeguards;
Legal Policy Development Proven ability to support policy development within the scope of the relevant legal framework.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in law with a good academic record. Member of a national bar.

At least 10 years of professional experience encompassing the relevant areas of law in a comparable organization (such as an international organization, public sector or non-profit organization).

Significant experience in non-proliferation and safeguards, and in treaty and nuclear law.

Demonstrated experience in responsible positions of a supervisory/managerial nature and ability to manage human, financial and material resources towards the achievement of stated objectives, to provide feedback and to encourage staff development.

Demonstrated analytical skills in drawing well-balanced conclusions when dealing with complex issues.

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 $ 35279, 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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