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 Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public, patients and the environment. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.
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 Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety (NSRW) develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be used while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public and patients. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.
The Waste and Environmental Safety Section is responsible for the delineation of a global waste safety framework based upon the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and the development and application of safety standards for the management of radioactive waste, decommissioning, remediation and environmental releases.
The Assessment and Management of Releases Unit of the Waste and Environmental Safety Section is concerned with protection of the public and the environment from releases of radioactive material from present and past practices. The Unit's main function is to establish safety standards for the control of radioactive releases to the environment (atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic) and to provide for the application of these standards in Member States. The Unit is also engaged in providing advice and guidance on procedures and methods for environmental assessment, modelling and monitoring, including through the organization of safety assessment intercomparison projects. It maintains databases of worldwide discharges of radionuclides to the environment and an inventory of past waste disposals at sea. It is also the focal point in the Agency's interactions with international conventions and treaties concerned with radioactive waste and the environment.
The consultant will provide technical expertise and organize activities on the assessment and management of releases of radioactive materials to the environment.
Functions / Key Results Expected
- Provide technical expertise on activities related to the content of the IAEA programme on 'Methods for Radiological and Environmental Impact Assessment' (MEREIA). Organising and day-to-day running of the planned mentoring framework, working groups and plenary meetings, workshops and training sessions.
- Organise the collection of data for the update to the IAEA DIRATA discharge database and developing approaches to present the data to various audiences in close collaboration with the team and IT Department.
- Develop training materials to support Member States implement the Safety Guides on protection of people and the environment from radionuclide releases to the environment.
- Collate assessment approaches, data and case studies from past IAEA programmes on radiological and environmental impact assessment to support Member States implement models and assessment approaches in this field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Working knowledge of international guidance on radiological protection of humans and the environment.
- Excellent data analytical skills.
- Good IT skills (Excel etc.).
- Good communications skills.
Qualifications and Experience
University degree in environmental-related fields (chemistry, environmental sciences, engineering, physics etc). Master's degree would be an asset.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in the area of public and environmental radiation protection, of which at least 3 years should have been concerned with some aspects of the control or assessment of radioactive releases to the environment.
Experience with developing databases is 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 remuneration for this consultancy is a daily fee of up to a maximum of € 300, based on qualifications and experience. In case duty travel is required within the assignment, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health coverage and pension fund are the responsibility of the incumbent.