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Section Head (Nuclear Power Engineering)(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
    • Engineering
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-22

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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 manager and team leader reporting to the Director, the Section Head (Nuclear Power Engineering) initiates, manages, coordinates, and supervises the IAEA's work in nuclear power engineering.


The Section Head (Nuclear Power Engineering) is\: (1) a manager and team leader, planning, managing, coordinating and supervising the activities of the Section in accordance with Member States' needs and monitoring their implementation; (2) a substantive expert contributor, managing projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity; (3) a scientific secretary to international scientific meetings related to a specialized field, overseeing the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications; and (4) a coordinator of inter-agency collaborative projects with the UN system, reviewing and providing a systematic overview, and coordinating the preparation of technical documentation and papers for discussion.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Plan, manage, coordinate, monitor implementation, and supervise the activities of the Section in accordance with Member States' needs. These activities include, but are not limited to, engineering review services and Member States' compliance with the requirements and recommendations of the IAEA's standards in a specific engineering area. Activities include\:

  • Support of excellence in the operation of current nuclear facilities, specifically in the areas of\: plant life management and long term operation; application of advanced technology in I&C (instrumentation and control), monitoring, diagnosis and inspection etc.; application of engineering tools; optimization of maintenance activities for enhanced safety, reliability and efficiency; component reliability assessment and clarification of degradation mechanisms; management system; education and training; economics of nuclear power plants; configuration management; collection of nuclear power plant data and;
  • Support of new countries considering embarking on nuclear power, specifically by providing guidance for infrastructure building, organizing workshops and through technical cooperation projects.
  • Coordinate the Section's provision of specialized technical input to technical cooperation projects in the subject area and provide technical guidance. Evaluate proposals, develop work plans and provide support in planning and implementing training courses and workshops.
  • Broaden and deepen the field of knowledge by organizing scientific meetings in the specialized field and serve as scientific secretary. Prepare scientific programmes, contribute to the preparation and editing of scientific publications. Prepare and organize in-house meetings in support of the Section's scientific programme.
  • Contribute to an integrated delivery of activities through the coordination of inter-agency collaborative projects within the UN system. Promote the exchange of information on nuclear power and nuclear fuel cycle and waste technology and on other related experience gained worldwide.
  • Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the scientific community by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required. Establish and maintain contacts with individual scientists at various centres and other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.

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.
Partnership building Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders.
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
Management and Programme Analysis Guidance Development Guidance and technical support for technical cooperation programme in the relevant fields.
Nuclear Engineering Instrumentation and Control Systems Knowledge and application of advanced technology in I&C (instrumentation and control).
Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Engineering and Technology Extensive knowledge of nuclear engineering and technological processes in safe and reliable operation of nuclear power plants.
Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Power Plant Life Cycle Management Comprehensive understanding of stages and processes of the nuclear fuel cycle and related facilities.
Management and Programme Analysis Programme Management Managing teams and complex projects; design, monitoring and implementation of programme activities and budget related to nuclear power engineering.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in nuclear engineering or in a related technical discipline.

Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience in nuclear power engineering activities, of which more than 5 years of international experience is desirable.
Demonstrated experience in the management of projects, including design, monitoring and implementation, as well as in the management of human and financial resources.
Demonstrated knowledge and technical experience in safety practices and standards.
Experience of working in international nuclear organization or institute desirable.
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 $ 44257, 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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