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Section Head (Programme and Budget)(P5)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-12

Organizational Setting

The Department of Management (MT) provides a ‘platform of services’ that serves as a foundation for the successful delivery of the IAEA’s scientific and technical programmes. Its mission statement is as follows\: “MT is a partner and a business enabler that champions change and efficiency, leveraging a common purpose”. Thus, among other support activities, it assists a scientific manager in recruiting the right expert, helps a technical officer coordinate the purchase of radiation equipment, and ensures that all Board documents are translated and distributed on a timely basis to Member States.

The Division of Budget and Finance manages the financial resources essential for full implementation of the IAEA's scientific and technical programmes. The Division provides financial services and solutions for programme budgeting, treasury, payments, payroll, financial accounting and reporting to support the IAEA's mandate.

The Programme and Budget Section plans, coordinates and supervises the timely and accurate preparation of the IAEA's programme and budget documents, ensuring innovative financial policies and strategies and a results-based approach, as well as monitoring the day-to-day implementation of the budget so as to promote effective and efficient use of resources.

Main Purpose


Reporting to the Director (Chief Financial Officer), the Section Head plays a key role in one area of the financial management of the Agency. The Section Head provides leadership and professional direction to the staff of the Section and ensures the efficient management of the financial planning function in compliance with the Agency’s rules and procedures. The Section Head also drives changes and process improvements.



The Section Head is\: (1) a leader, encouraging, inspiring and developing a team; (2) an expert and an adviser to the Director and other senior managers on financial management issues; (3) a change manager supporting and driving policy development, efficiency gains and process improvements.

Functions / Key Results Expected


  • Develop, implement, communicate and monitor implementation of all Agency programme planning and budgeting policies, guidelines, and standards, as well as the related information systems following recognized Results-Based Management best practices.
  • Prepare in a timely manner the Agency’s proposed Programme and Budget documents to be submitted to the Agency Policy Making Organs.
  • Manage the planning, monitoring the implementation and reporting of all Agency’s resources including extrabudgetary resources.
  • Draft and present related documents and reports to the Agency Policy Making Organs in view of ensuring the continued confidence of Member States in the financial management of the Agency.
  • Lead and develop an innovative and effective team.
  • Support change initiatives, promote quality management and foster innovative solutions.
  • Provide advice and reporting on financial planning and budgeting, and other financial matters to management.

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.
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.
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
Finance Budget and Financial Management In-depth knowledge of several areas of financial management.
Finance Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system Knowledge of Oracle or similar Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system desirable.
Finance International Public Sector Accounting Standards Strong knowledge of accounting especially IPSAS (International Public Sector Accounting Standards) and internal controls principles.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


- Professional Certifications in finance and accounting (e.g. CA, CPA, ACCA) desirable.

- Advanced University (Master's, equivalent or higher) degree with specializations in finance and accounting. A Bachelor's degree with four additional years of relevant work experience and certifications from a recognized accounting body (e.g. ACCA, CPA, CMA) may be accepted in lieu of the Advanced University Degree.

- A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience, including at least 5 years of management experience in a comparable organization (international organization, public sector or non-profit organization, or equivalent).
- Adherence to principles and values\: high standards of integrity, fairness and transparency to ensure and promote a work environment based on mutual respect and trust.
- Excellent presentation and communication skills, including the ability to deliver briefings to a diverse target audience, as well as to conduct effective meetings with senior management and other stakeholders.
- 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 $90664 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 33999, 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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