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Education Officer(P4)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-12

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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 needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and nuclear security.


The Division of Nuclear Security (NSNS) is responsible for establishing, coordinating and implementing the IAEA's nuclear security programme to protect against, detect and respond to criminal acts or acts of nuclear terrorism and threats thereof. NSNS comprises four Sections\:

•Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section
•Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section
•Information Management Section
•Programme Development and International Cooperation Section

The Programme Development and International Cooperation Section (PDIC) provides support to the overall planning and coordination of the work of the Division including responsibility for and management of the Nuclear Security Fund, the evaluation of results, financial matters; and interaction with and reporting to donors. PDIC assists in the development and promotion of nuclear security through development of IAEA guidance in nuclear security, promotion of relevant international legal instruments, facilitating nuclear security working and advisory groups, and providing Divisional communications and outreach support. The Section assists in human resource development in nuclear security for Member States, coordinating and advising on overall strategy, methodology and evaluation development for the Division’s education and training programmes. It coordinates two collaborative Networks for nuclear security education and training, one for nuclear security academic and educational institutions (INSEN) and one for national Nuclear Security Support Centres (NSSCs).

The Education and Training Development Unit coordinates NSNS Divisional education and training activities and provides assistance to States in the planning and implementation of nuclear security education, training and human resource development programmes. It leads in strategy development and programme planning for, and provides guidance on, education and training activities (and the interface between them), assists in identifying the training needs of States and coordinates activities required for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of nuclear security training provided by NSNS. The Unit coordinates internal and external NSNS training and education programme development, the oversight of the revision of the programme in line with recommendations contained in the Nuclear Security Series documents, and other factors defined in NSNS documents purposed for self-assessment. This Unit provides methodology support and advice to NSNS sections and technical officers, analyses lessons learned from NSNS training practices, accumulates and disseminates good practices in the training area, and works to develop innovative means of training delivery including new teaching techniques such as e-learning. The Unit is also responsible for coordinating two collaborative networks, one for academic and educational institutions engaged in nuclear security education (INSEN) and one concerning the establishment and operation of national Nuclear Security Support Centres (NSSCs) which, along with other PDIC activities, help build capacity and support the sustainability of nuclear security in States.

Main Purpose

As a member of a team led by the Head of the Education and Training Development Unit, the Education Officer is responsible for the development and maintenance of an education programme in nuclear security globally, and the coordination of the delivery and evaluation of the programme to States through, among other, the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN). The Education Officer also leads the development of IAEA guidance documents related to nuclear security education.


The Education Officer plays several key roles in the Division of Nuclear Security\: (1) facilitator for the development and maintenance of a consistent nuclear security education programme globally which underpins sustainable national nuclear security regimes, including developing contacts with education professionals in the area of nuclear security and their institutions; (2) coordinator of nuclear security education activities to ensure that they are effective, up-to-date and reflect the official position or policy of the Agency; (3) project manager coordinating the global delivery and evaluation of the education programme through the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) and other means; (4) specialist providing procedures for the analysis of needs and results, and for the design, organization and implementation of nuclear security academic programmes in States.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provide assistance to States for the delivery of a high quality nuclear security education programmes at the international level by coordinating further development and implementation of all aspects of the Master and Certificate programme in nuclear security;
  • Coordinate and lead the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) to ensure consistent high quality of nuclear security education programmes and their alignment with the international guidance and recommendations, and the availability of academic programmes in nuclear security in all regions of the world;
  • Lead projects for the review, development and publication of nuclear security text books and instructional material;
  • Lead projects for the development of innovative delivery mechanisms and learning tools for academic programmes, including distance education, online learning, etc.;
  • Develop concepts and procedures for the professional development of faculty members enabling them to design, develop, organize and deliver nuclear security education programmes at their institutions, taking into account state of the art teaching methodology, methods and principles, and the integration of latest technologies;
  • Evaluate the impact of nuclear security education activities worldwide and promote sharing of experience and lessons learned from them;
  • Reinforce and further develop partnerships with academic and research institutions in the framework of INSEN;
  • Conceptualize, coordinate, plan, and implement other educational activities, including international and regional Schools on nuclear security.


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
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.
Commitment to continuous process improvement Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.
Knowledge sharing and learning Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.


Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Human Resources Performance Management Experience in supervising technical staff. Leadership and managerial skills, with the ability to adopt a strategic approach, set clearly defined objectives, plan activities/projects and provide others with a clear direction.
Management and Programme Analysis Programme Management Proven ability to plan, coordinate and supervise complex technical projects in an international environment.


Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Nuclear Security National Nuclear Security Regimes Demonstrable knowledge of the objective and essential elements of national nuclear security regimes related to sustaining a nuclear security regime

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced University degree in adult learning, Education or Psychology.

A minimum of 7 years' experience, of which at least 2 years at the international level in developing, establishing and delivering education and training in technical subjects.
Experience in conducting analyses of educational needs and the ability to contribute to the development of a range of instructional material and related resources.
Proven ability to conduct educational needs assessments and analysis, design educational programmes and curricula, and oversee and coordinate educational programme implementation.
Experience in academic curriculum and programme development.
Experience in working with national/international education or training projects.
Experience in academic institutions as an instructor is highly desirable.
Familiarity with activities in the nuclear security field.

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 $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 29333, 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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