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Section Head (SG-Operations-Coordination and Support) (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
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-30

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Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for over 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. Safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political and cultural diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions\: three Operations Divisions for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions (Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services); and three Offices (the Office for Verification in Iran, the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services).

The primary focus of each Division of Operations, and the Office for Verification in Iran, is to perform and document safeguards verification activities and to conduct analysis and evaluations aimed at providing assurances that States comply with their nuclear safeguards commitments. The Divisions / Office implement a broad range of measures, including information analysis and in-field verification, to draw soundly based safeguards conclusions for States.

Main Purpose

Under the immediate supervision of the Division's Director, the Section Head is responsible for coordinating and supporting safeguards-related activities performed by the Division in accordance with the relevant IAEA requirements, as well as safeguards agreements and additional protocols with States.


The Section Head is\: (a) a coordinator on issues related to the implementation of safeguards in States under the responsibility of the Section; (b) a leader promoting good performance and teamwork and creating an environment where staff can develop their skills and share knowledge and experience; and (c) a manager of the human, financial and material/equipment resources assigned to the Section.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Management and organization\:
-Lead, manage, organize, direct and supervise the work and deliveries of the Section and optimize the utilization of human, financial and equipment resources. This includes ensuring that staff assigned to the Section are adequately trained to perform their assigned work, performing quality control/assurance for all tasks carried out by the Section and the planning and implementation of inspections;
- Provide coordination support to Sections in order to ensure the implementation of effective safeguards verification activities for a broad range of nuclear facilities;
- Monitor and provide the necessary support for scheduling the Division’s duty travels and preparing for in-field verification activities; ensure that travel policies and procedures are adhered to; oversee the performance of in-field activities; and ensure that appropriate reporting procedures and practices are maintained;
- Provide common services to the Division regarding the development and/or revision of work and reporting procedures, equipment management and utilisation, and administrative and technical correspondence with respect to the routine implementation of safeguards and ensure correct management of all associated documentation.

Safeguards evaluation\:
- Oversee the evaluation of accounting reports, notifications and State declarations in connection with safeguards implementation for correctness and completeness; review, evaluate and approve reports on verification activities and statements on results and conclusions;
- Coordinate and provide input to the negotiation of safeguards agreements and additional protocols thereto, Subsidiary Arrangements, including Facility Attachments, and participate as necessary in negotiations and liaison meetings;
- Supervise the Section’s staff in their support for the preparation and implementation of State work plans and safeguards approaches and in the preparation of State evaluation reports.

- Coordinate and define the Sections’ inputs for the preparation of the Divisional and Departmental programmes, budgets, financial plans and inspection schedules;
- Conduct Section meetings and participate in Divisional and Departmental coordination meetings;
- Maintain contacts with State authorities and participate in consultations and meetings with them;
- Coordinate quality management as well as safety, health and radiation protection activities for the Division.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
Planning and Organizing Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.
Communication Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.
Achieving Results Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.
Teamwork Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Judgement/decision making Consults with and seeks advice at the appropriate managerial level when making complex decisions. Facilitates dialogue and development of best practice to support judgement/decision making, in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.
Resilience Shows resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances. Is prepared and able to make difficult decisions in the best interest of the Agency and remains committed to seeing them through.
Technical/scientific credibility Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities Thorough understanding of the nuclear field, the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear facilities.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Safeguards System, Advanced Experience in international safeguards including the preparation of State/site evaluation reports or similar documents, planning and performance of inspections, design information visits, technical visits, complementary access and data analysis desirable.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Advanced university degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering or a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the nuclear field at the national and/or international level with specific experience in international safeguards being desirable.
  • Experience in technologies used in safeguards activities or in similar technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience in responsible positions of a supervisory/managerial nature. 
  • 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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