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Communication Advisor (NS)(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
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-19

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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.

Main Purpose

Under the guidance of the Deputy Director General and the supervision of the Director of the Office of Safety and Security Coordination, the Communication Advisor formulates and implements the Department's internal and external communications strategy. In so doing, she/he analyses the Department's communication needs in relation to its target audiences, and prepares speeches, reports, articles and other communications with the content and style appropriate to the audience, venue and desired message. The objective of the work is to achieve, to the greatest extent possible, an appropriate level of understanding among the relevant stakeholders on issues specific to the Department, and broader Agency activities.


The Communication Advisor is\: (1) a strategist, formulating and carrying out Departmental and Divisional communication strategies; (2) a writer, conveying the vision and messages from senior managers and the objectives and results of the Programme; and (3) a coach to senior managers and other staff on writing and presentation acumen.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Identify and analyse on a regular basis the communication and information needs of internal and external stakeholders, including staff within the Department and in other parts of the IAEA, and Member States. Monitor the implementation of external and internal communication and take corrective action in accordance with best practices;
  • Develop the strategy and design appropriate communication tools that meet internal and external stakeholder needs and fulfil statutory and other IAEA requirements;
  • Work with the Division of Public Information in coordinating communication aimed at promoting nuclear safety and security programme achievements to the general public;
  • Contribute and/or prepare reports to the governing bodies and other programme documents including the annual Nuclear Safety Review;
  • Prepare speeches, reports, inputs, high-level correspondence and other communications in a manner that not only accurately reflects the nuclear safety and security programme objectives and the messages of the Deputy Director General but also is appropriate for the target audience. Work with Departmental staff to enhance their communication and presentation skills;
  • Oversee the content and style of the Departmental websites. Develop standardized communication packages on important aspects of the nuclear safety and security programmes. Meet specialized communication needs in support of Departmental objectives through the preparation of promotional material and exhibitions. Act as a resource for senior management by providing material and editorial support to ensure a consistent approach and message.

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.
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.


Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Public Information and External Relations Creating Visibility for the Organization To create or capitalize on opportunity for promulgating the Agency Activities in the area of Nuclear Safety and Security
Public Information and External Relations Public Information and Communication To prepare outreach materials for the promotion of the departmental activities.


Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Public Information and External Relations Outreach To publicize IAEA Safety Standards and Security publications and peer review and other service offered to Member States

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced University degree in communications or science.

Minimum10 years of working experience in communication and technical writing, preferably with strong international experience.
Experience in analysing the communication needs of a large organization and identifying opportunities and solutions for addressing those communication needs on an on-going basis.

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 $88162 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 35177, 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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