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Emergency Preparedness 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
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-19

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This Vacancy Notice may be used to fill multiple positions in IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre.

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 Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) is part of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security and reports to the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department. The IEC serves as the IAEA's focal point for preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies regardless of their cause, and for strengthening Member States' preparedness for response.

Main Purpose

The IEC is responsible for the development of Safety Standards, technical guidance and tools to help Member States establish and enhance their capabilities in emergency preparedness and response (EPR) for radiological or nuclear incidents and emergencies. The IEC is also responsible for developing and maintaining a capability to respond within its mandate during a radiological or nuclear incident and emergency affecting its Member States.

Reporting to the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, the Emergency Preparedness Officer contributes to the development of safety standards, technical guidance and tools to help Member States in developing their EPR arrangements; provides advice, designs and implements capacity building activities and partnerships in support of Member States; and participates in peer review missions aimed at providing appraisal of emergency preparedness arrangements of the host country against IAEA Safety Standards in EPR.


The Emergency Preparedness Officer is (1) a technical specialist developing or providing input into the development of Safety Standards, technical guidance and tools related to EPR; (2) an expert, providing support and advice to capacity building activities to strengthen EPR in Member States and developing partnership with relevant institutions to improve delivery of these activities best on available best practices; (3) a lead trainer, designing and conducting training events and ensuring effectiveness, use of up-date techniques and consistency of training materials.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Develop Safety Standards, technical guidance and tools on EPR to provide adequate reference to Member States for development, and continuous improvement of robust EPR arrangements.
  • Develop training materials and other pedagogical tools to implement the Safety Standards, technical guidance and tools and provide advice to ensure consistency and state-of-the art techniques in the delivery of training.
  • Design and deliver training activities to support Member States in developing effective arrangements for preparedness and response to nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies fully utilizing state-of-the art educational techniques.
  • Participate in Peer Review Missions on emergency preparedness arrangements, develop guidelines and training materials for external experts participating in these missions and coordinate the delivery of these missions.
  • Provide technical advice and input, as well as develop Safety Standards and technical guidance documents and tools on EPR to provide reference to Member States to implement and maintain appropriate EPR arrangements.
  • Provide support and relevant expertise to the IAEA's Incident and Emergency System (IES) and participate in response activities, training and exercises within IES.

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
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.
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.
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
Emergency Preparedness and Response Emergency Planning Proven knowledge and experience in planning for response to nuclear and radiological emergencies
Emergency Preparedness and Response Emergency Preparedness and Response Proven knowledge and experience in various aspects of EPR, including in addressing functional and infrastructure requirements of EPR
Emergency Preparedness and Response Health Physics Knowledge of health physics in application to the area of emergency preparedness and response
Emergency Preparedness and Response Radiation Measurement Proven knowledge and experience in deriving criteria for decision making in an emergency, including operational intervention
Emergency Preparedness and Response Radiation Protection Proven knowledge of radiation protection aspects of emergency exposure situations

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced University degree in science, nuclear engineering, emergency management or other related fields.

Minimum of 7 years of experience in preparedness and response to nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies or in radiation protection of which three years of experience in development of Safety Standards, technical guidelines and tools in the area of emergency preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies at the national and international levels and implementation of capacity building activities.
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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