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Associate Nuclear Safety Officer (CNS %26 SMR) (P2)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Security and Safety
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-19

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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 safety and security related needs of its Member States.
The objective of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations worldwide that are under design or construction or in operation. The Division does this by establishing standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities, and by providing for the application of these standards through, among other things, support for the IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme, the rendering of safety review services, the promotion of education and training, the fostering of information exchange and the coordination of research and development. In addition, the Division helps ensure safety at nuclear installations by promulgating international safety instruments such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors. NSNI comprises five Sections\:
•External Events Safety Section
•Operational Safety Section
•Safety Assessment Section
•Regulatory Activities Section
•Research Reactor Safety Section

The main objective of the Regulatory Activities Section (RAS) is to help enhance effective regulatory infrastructures for nuclear safety in Member States based on IAEA safety standards and the use of self-assessment. The Section's activities include safety review and advisory missions to Member States, the development and revision of safety standards, support for effective regulatory development for countries embarking on new nuclear power programmes, development of training programmes for regulators, and organizational aspects related to the Convention on Nuclear Safety.


Main Purpose


Under the supervision of the Head of the Regulatory Activities Section, the Associate Nuclear Safety Officer (CNS & SMR) will contribute to and facilitate the exchange of information on Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and international legal instruments, particularly the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) and its guidance document. The Associate Nuclear Safety Officer will facilitate the work of the Small Modular Reactors Regulators Forum and contribute to the implementation of tasks assigned by the Review Meetings to the CNS Secretariat in preparation and conduct of the Member State CNS Review Meetings.




The Associate Nuclear Safety Officer (CNS & SMR) is\: (1) an organizer and implementer, contributing to developing, planning and implementing activities on strengthening international legal framework related to nuclear safety, including helping Member States, particularly embarking countries through educational workshops and outreach missions; (2) a facilitator, supporting communication and information dissemination regarding the CNS and the SMR Regulators Forum; (3) a coordinator, helping international organizations and Member States to better coordinate activities related to SMRs to avoid duplication of efforts; (c) a substantive contributor and presenter of training materials to support CNS educational workshops and the SMR Regulators Forum activities; (4) a team member supporting the development and delivery of support activities and guidance to Member States.


Functions / Key Results Expected


  • Contribute to the planning, organizing and implementation of activities (Technical Meeting, Workshops) to strengthen the international regulatory framework and infrastructure related to nuclear safety, including promotional and educational activities related to the SMRs Regulators Forum and to the CNS.
  • Provide technical support to the SMR Regulators Forum activities and to the Nuclear Safety Standard Committee, with a special attention to the development of the documents on SMRs, including the drafting of relevant reports.
  • Organize and provide technical support to the Review Meetings of the Contracting Parties to the CNS including Organizational Meetings and Officers Meetings and ensure the timely implementation of the requests expressed by Contracting Parties.
  • Provide project management support to plan, resource and deliver CNS and SMR Regulators Forum functions and support activities to member states.
  • Contribute to the testing and further development of the SMR Regulators Forum and the CNS secure and public websites.
  • Develop and deliver training materials and presentations during outreach and educational events (missions) related to the CNS scope and obligations and the SMR Regulators Forum activities.

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
Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and makes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.
Partnership building Develops and maintains partnerships needed for his/her work. Establishes and nurtures positive relations with partners and stakeholders.
Technical/scientific credibility Acquires and applies new skills to remain up to date in his/her area of expertise. Reliably applies knowledge of basic technical/scientific methods and concepts.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Nuclear Safety Regulation of Nuclear Installations Knowledge and experience in the field of nuclear safety regulation including legal framework, licencing, oversight activities, developing guidance and the regulation of new technologies.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


  • Bachelor's Degree - University degree in engineering, science, international relations or other related field.
  • Minimum of two years of experience at the national, and/or international level with an ability to demonstrate an understanding of the instruments that make up the legal framework for nuclear safety.
  • Experience in working in international organizations an asset.
  • Experience in drafting, interpreting or providing guidance on international Conventions and Safety Standards be 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 $47895 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 25193, 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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