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Section Head (Nuclear Information)(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
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-07

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Organizational Setting

The Division of Energy Planning and Nuclear Information and Knowledge comprises the Planning and Economic Studies Section, Nuclear Knowledge Management Section and the Nuclear Information Section. The Division is responsible for strengthening capacities in energy and nuclear power planning, building capacities to manage nuclear knowledge and provide knowledge management services to interested member states, and to procure and provide printed and electronic information in the area of nuclear science and technology.

The Nuclear Information Section (NIS) consists of the IAEA Library Unit, the INIS Unit and the Systems Development and Support Group. It foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology; increases awareness in Member States of the importance of maintaining efficient and effective systems for managing such information; provides information services and support to Member States and to the IAEA; and assists with capacity building and training.


Main Purpose


Reporting to the Director of NEPIK, the Section Head leads, manages and coordinates work of the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) Unit, IAEA Library and the Systems Development and Support Group (SDSG). He/she provides strategic advice to the Director of NEPIK and senior management of Nuclear Energy Department on nuclear information and library management.





The Section Head is\: (a) a team leader, providing strategic direction towards development and implementation of the Nuclear Information Section (NIS) programme; (b) a manager and substantive contributor, finding practical solutions to operational, technical, organizational, financial and staff related challenges; (c) a professional advisor, providing analysis and offering strategic direction for further development of information management, available products and services; (d) an active advocator, promoting nuclear information value and its role in operation of the Agency and the Member States.


Functions / Key Results Expected


Lead and manage the Nuclear Information Section including its programmatic activities, human and financial resources.

In cooperation with Unit Coordinators, plan and oversee delivery of the IAEA sub-programmes on INIS and the Library.

Maintain existing and build new partnerships and alliances with scientific and technical libraries and information services around the world.

Provide guidance and solutions on relevant policy and management issues in regard to cooperation with Member States and international organizations.

Establish cooperation with IAEA Departments, Divisions and Sections in the area of common library and information services.

Enhance existing information activities and their quality; set priorities and ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Ensure continuous improvements of information processing methodologies, information technology used, products and user services offered by the NIS.

Lead, manage and motivate the team of managers and staff to reach optimal performance, to bring improvements and innovation using, promote cooperation and explore potential synergy.

Follow world trends and new developments regarding information management, information technology and user services in order to keep INIS and IAEA Library operations and services up-to-date.

Chair the Consultative Meetings of the INIS Liaison Officers and meetings of the International Nuclear Library Network (INLN).

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
Analytical thinking Applies business analytics to establish programme priorities. Makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis.
Client orientation Examines client plans and develops services and options to support ongoing relationships. Develops solutions that add value to the Agency’s programmes and operations.
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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Management and Programme Analysis Guidance Development Ability to provide guidance related to library or information management and on relevant policy/management issues regarding the cooperation with stakeholders.
Information Technology Library Operations Knowledge of library operations and maintenance of different types of documentation and common library and information services.
Information Technology Library and Information Systems Knowledge of integrated library systems and functions related to the maintenance and processing of information and information technology used.
Management and Programme Analysis Programme Management Ability to manage teams and complex projects; design, monitor and implement programme and budget.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


Advanced university degree in information science, library science  and/or nuclear science or natural science/technology.

Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in information management or library, of which five years at the senior management level in an international environment.
Proven track record of excellent leadership. Practical experience of financial management is a strong asset.
Experience with the operation of International Nuclear Information System (INIS) 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 $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 46266, 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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