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Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP) (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
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Security and Safety
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-30

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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 Information Management Section (INMA) is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the mechanisms required to collect, collate and analyse nuclear security related information required for the effective implementation of activities to strengthen the international nuclear security framework. The Section is responsible for managing and maintaining the Incident and Trafficking Database and related information, as well as the system to develop and coordinate the implementation of Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans. For this purpose, it liaises with other international organizations and Member States to enhance cooperation in and increase the outreach of nuclear security information. The Section is also responsible for managing and maintaining the information technology systems necessary for implementing the work of the Division and providing for information exchange through internal and external information portals. Additionally, the Section is responsible for managing and implementing the programme of activities for raising States’ awareness of the threat of cyber-attacks, and their potential impact on nuclear security. The Section is also responsible for implementing arrangements to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.

The Needs Assessment Unit supports the general nuclear security needs assessment activities of the Division of Nuclear Security (NSNS). It primarily carries out its responsibilities through the management and implementation of the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan (INSSP) programme of activities and the Nuclear Security Information Management System (NUSIMS) Nuclear Security Self-Assessment Tool. The Unit supports the identification of and planning for nuclear security assistance activities of the Division. The Unit liaises with NSNS technical officers and other IAEA Departmental organizations to ensure coordination and cooperation of nuclear security assistance activities with other IAEA technical activities, in specific States or regions.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP) contributes to the development and management of Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSP) within an assigned portfolio of countries and maintains information related to the conduct of activities in Member States intended to enhance nuclear security. The Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP) also contributes to the overall planning and coordination of the INSSP work of the Section including the development of presentations, analysis of information and activities associated with managing the INSSP Programme and related information.


The Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP) is\: 1) an analyst, reviewing and interpreting nuclear security information from a broad range of sources to keep the Member States’ needs database up-to-date and to manage the related Nuclear Security Information Management (NUSIMS) tool, and country specific nuclear security information required for Divisional needs; 2) a project manager responsible for managing an assigned portfolio of specific country INSSPs and following–up on their implementation; 3) a facilitator/coordinator, working in close collaboration with the Division’s implementing sections in order to facilitate the development of annual work plans in line with the identified Member States’ needs.

Functions / Key Results Expected

• Assess and interpret nuclear security information in order to contribute to the development of INSSPs addressing Member States' needs and coordinate and integrate assistance provided by other organizations in order to ensure cost-effective use of the Nuclear Security Fund (NSF). Subsequently, provide substantive input to the Nuclear Security Information Management System (NUSIMS) and maintain Divisional Country Profiles.
• Serve as a focal point - both in-house and with Member States - for the coordination of all activities related to the INSSP of Member States within assigned portfolio of States.
• Maintain the Member States needs’ database accurate and up-to-date.
• Coordinate with the Division’s implementing sections in order to facilitate the structured planning of future support activities based on needs identified and assist in the development of sections’ annual work plans.
• Follow-up on and track INSSPs’ implementation in close collaborative relationships with technical officers of the Division, other relevant IAEA Departments and Offices as well as Member States institutions and other nuclear security related UN organizations.

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.

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.
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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Public Information and External Relations International Relations Comprehensive knowledge of the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region and understanding of important cultural and political factors.
Physical Protection Regulatory Framework Knowledge of the IAEA’s role and responsibilities in assisting Member States to establish a sustainable national nuclear security regime, an asset.
Security of Radioactive Sources Security Management Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of global nuclear security, an asset.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor's Degree - University degree in Science, Engineering or other relevant field.

At least five years of relevant experience. Experience at the international level desirable.
Experience in working with national and international organizations or institutes, an asset.
Experience in cross-cutting coordination and project management methodology desirable.
Experience in providing technical assistance an advantage.
Experience in working in small teams advantageous.
Experience in diplomatic settings and a high sense of responsibility and discretion, an asset.
Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of global nuclear security, an asset.
Knowledge of the IAEA’s role and responsibilities in assisting Member States to establish a sustainable national nuclear security regime, an asset.

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 $ 28103, 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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