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Training Specialist (Nuclear Power)(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
    • Engineering
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-19

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Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in\: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The department has a dynamic, participative and interactive operating environment with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.

The Division of Nuclear Power comprises the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section and the INPRO (International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles) Section. The Division provides core engineering, technological, human resource development and management support to interested Member States in the field of nuclear power.

The Nuclear Power Engineering Section (NPES) assists interested Member States in the development of the safe and effective operation of nuclear power plants and in the expansion of existing nuclear programmes. It provides guidance and encourages information exchange on engineering aspects of design, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance, decommissioning; management and management systems; human resource development and performance improvement; expansion planning and strategies; and stakeholder involvement.

Main Purpose

As a member of a team reporting to the Head of the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Training Specialist ensures a results-oriented programmatic response to Member States' priorities by organizing training programmes, workshops and technical meetings, preparing state-of-the-art reports on nuclear industry personnel development, including SAT-based training and qualification, manager development, HR systems and training development in relation to assistance and advice given to Member States.


The Training Specialist is\: (1) a specialist in all aspects of human resource development and training, including e-learning of nuclear facilities; (2) a technical officer, arranging and conducting activities required for the successful and timely publication of technical documents, as an outcome of tasks in the field of human resource development and training of nuclear facilities under his/her responsibility and as defined in the IAEA programme; (3) a scientific secretary, planning and leading moderately complex technical meetings; and (4) a partnership builder, establishing, developing and maintaining an international network for nuclear industry managers, HR and training specialists to share and discuss issues related to personnel training and HR development in the nuclear industry.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Coordinate, facilitate and implement the various meetings organized within the scope of the human resource development and training of new nuclear power plants, with a special focus on workforce planning.
  • Identify needs, plans and publication prospects of guides and reports aimed at assuring improved operation and safety of nuclear facilities through improvement in the effectiveness of human resource development systems and processes including specialist tools and techniques.
  • Monitor the needs, implementation, operating experience and current practices in nuclear facility human resource development in Member States, collecting and evaluating relevant data.
  • Advise on and support human resource development system improvement and management actions in Member States through NPES programme activities with involve, inter alia, the following\: preparation of technical reports and other guidance, organising meetings/managing networks for exchange of experience and transfer of relevant knowledge to Member States.
  • Provide technical management and support of TC projects as Technical Officer. Develop action plans to achieve project milestones and objectives (including evaluation); organize and participate in seminars, workshops, training courses, expert missions, and meetings with Member State counterparts concerning project progress and implementation.
  • Operate and maintain a network and an Internet-based web page on SAT-based training and development management and implementation issues.
  • Coordinate efforts of the section in the area of advanced training, including e-learning, methods.

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.
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.
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.


Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Nuclear Engineering Human Resource Development Expertise in all aspects of human resource development and training, including e-learning and related to nuclear facilities.
Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Knowledge Management Expertise in facilitating the sharing of experience and transfer of knowledge in the field of human resources development in nuclear facilities.
Nuclear Engineering Systematic Approach to Training Expertise in training and/or human resource development in the nuclear power industry, including SAT based training and advanced training technologies

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor's Degree in Education, Human Resources Development or Nuclear Engineering.



At least five years work experience in training and/or human resource development in the nuclear power industry.

Experience working in a national or international nuclear organization or institute is desirable.

Experience in establishing networks/communities of practice in the nuclear industry.

Knowledge and experience in advanced training technologies, including e-learning in the nuclear industry.

Experience in technical writing in English in order to produce and review documents related to human resource development and training in nuclear facilities.

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 $60962 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 24324, 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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