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Emergency Preparedness Officer (EPR) (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: 2021-01-22

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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 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

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 arrangements to prepare for and respond to nuclear and radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies; 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 and response (EPR) arrangements of the host country against IAEA Safety Standards in EPR.

 

Role

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 preparedness for and response to nuclear and radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies, with specific focus on radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies; (2) an expert, providing support and advice to activities aimed at building capacity of responders to respond to radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies within the unified command and control system; (3) a lead trainer, designing and conducting training events and improving delivery and effectiveness of these activities by using up-to-date techniques, consistent training materials and best practices.

 

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 arrangements for preparedness for and response to nuclear and radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies.
  • Develop technical content and implement activities aimed at building capacity of responders to respond to radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies within the unified command and control system.
  • Provide technical advice and input into safety standards and technical guidance on preparedness for and response to radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies, and develop related safety standards and technical guidance, as appropriate.
  • Develop training materials and associated pedagogical tools, and design and implement training activities to assist Member States in implementing the Safety Standards, technical guidance and tools for preparedness for and response to nuclear and radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies.
  • Coordinate implementation of peer review and advisory missions related to preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies, develop guidelines and training materials for external experts participating in these missions and conduct necessary training.
  • Provide support and relevant expertise to the IAEA's 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 field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in preparedness for 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; and knowledge and experience in developing and implementing standards and guidance in emergency preparedness and response in relation to radioactive sources at the national level.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

 

Remuneration

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 $ 38669, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

 

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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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