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Senior Standards Specialist(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
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-04

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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 IAEA's activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and nuclear security.

The Office of Safety and Security Coordination (NSOC) is located in the Office of the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department. Its mission is to ensure the technical consistency and effective coordination of the IAEA's activities in the nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety and nuclear security programmes. NSOC comprises three Sections\: the Programme and Strategy Coordination Section, the Networks Management and Partnership Section and the Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section.


The mission of the Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section (SSDS) is to coordinate and support the departmental efforts to ensure that the IAEA’s safety standards and nuclear security guidance constitute a comprehensive, up to date, coherent and authoritative suite of internationally agreed and accepted references; to enhance the review-revision process with the implementation of a new information technology platform for the knowledge and content management of the whole series of safety standards and nuclear security guidance; to provide for the maintenance of the safety and security glossaries and to promote the worldwide harmonized use of the Safety Standards publications and Nuclear Security Series publications.

Main Purpose

As a key member of the Safety and Security Coordination Section, the Senior Standards Specialist implements the Department's strategies and processes for establishing IAEA Nuclear Security Series publications and safety standards, and developing other safety and security related publications, thus contributing to fulfilling the statutory mandate of the IAEA. He/she will advise on the strategy and plan for the revision of the publications in the Nuclear Security Series and the Safety Standards Series and on the improvement of the review and approval process.


The Senior Standards Specialist is\: (1) a technical reviser reviewing and redrafting text of drafts, ensuring appropriateness of content, usage, terminology, style and language, and ensuring and enhancing their quality and particularly their consistency; (2) a project manager planning and coordinating the review of drafts, and applying the processes for the establishment of safety and security publications; (3) an adviser on the preparation of Nuclear Security Series publications, safety standards and other draft safety and security related publications; and (4) an expert developing, maintaining, applying and advising on a harmonized IAEA Safety and Security Glossary to be established.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Take leading role in the establishment of the publications in the Safety Standards Series and the Nuclear Security Series and in the maintenance of the document on the Department's strategies and processes for establishing IAEA safety standards and Nuclear Security Series publications and for addressing the interfaces between safety and security.
  • Provide for and manage the quality of the IAEA safety and security related publications by means of rigorous planning, monitoring, checks and controls, and ensure the timely provision of consistently high quality drafts for submission to the Board of Governors.
  • Establish, maintain, apply and promote the use of an IAEA Safety and Security Glossary and ensure the use of harmonized and formalized scientific and technical terminology in publications.
  • Review and, in consultation, redraft text of draft publications with respect to coherence, suitability, usage, clarity, terminology and consistency.
  • Check and approve final proof copies of Safety Standards Series and Nuclear Security Series publications and other major publications.
  • Present the activities of the Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section to IAEA staff, to the Commission on Safety Standards, the International Nuclear Safety Group, the Advisory Group on Nuclear Security, the Safety Standards Committees and the Nuclear Security Guidance Committee.
  • Apply the strategies and processes for the establishment of safety and security publications, and the IAEA's publishing policy and practices.


Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
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.
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.


Functional Competencies

Name Definition
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.
Partnership building Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
Technical/scientific credibility Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.


Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Management and Programme Analysis Analytical Techniques Ability to analyse the strategies and processes for the establishment of safety standards and security guidance and to propose improvement in order to streamline the whole production process.
Publishing Editing/Technical Editing Experience in reviewing and redrafting several draft safety standards and security guidance.
Information Management Information Analytics Expert Tools Robust experience in establishing and maintaining glossaries of safety and security related terms.
Training Training Facilitation Ability to organize regular seminars for Technical Officers and, as appropriate, MS representatives, on the Departmental Strategies and Processes for the Establishment of Safety Standards and Security Guidance (SPESS) suite of documents.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree in Science or Engineering.

At least 10 years of professional experience, of which at least four years should be at the international level, in planning, organizing and conducting the review and revision of high-level scientific, technical and regulatory related texts.

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 $ 34146, 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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