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Section Head (Nuclear Power Technology Development)(P5)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

This is a re-opening of the vacancy. Candidates who already applied do not need to re-submit an application.

 Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in\: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The department has a dynamic, participative and interactive operating environment with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.

The Division of Nuclear Power comprises the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section and the INPRO (International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles) Section. The Division provides core engineering, technological, human resource development and management support to interested Member States in the field of nuclear power.

The Nuclear Power Technology Development Section assists Member States in developing safe, environmentally benign, economically viable, proliferation resistant and sustainable innovative solutions for all civil reactor technologies, including water-cooled reactors, gas-cooled reactors, fast neutron systems (both critical and sub-critical) as well as small and medium-sized reactors. The section fosters international collaboration on technology development for reactor plants and for non-electric uses of nuclear power by facilitating coordinated research projects, technical meetings, and training courses. The section also maintains the Advanced Reactor Information System (ARIS) and Thermophysical Properties of Nuclear Materials (THERPRO) databases.

Main Purpose

 As a manager and team leader reporting to the Director, the Section Head plans, initiates, implements, guides, coordinates and supervises the IAEA's programme activities concerning technology development of advanced reactors, nuclear fusion and non-electrical applications of nuclear energy.


 The Section Head is\: (1) a manager and team leader responsible for the effective development and implementation of the Sections activities; (2) a coordinator and officer responsible for the technical support provided by the Section to the Member States and the IAEAs technical cooperation programme in the relevant fields; (3) an advisor to the Director on programmatic, scientific, and technical issues in the relevant fields, and; (4) a facilitator of cooperation with other organizations and with other divisions/departments in the IAEA dealing with relevant areas of work. The Section Head is responsible for the relevant administrative matters of the Section.

 Functions / Key Results Expected

 Plan, initiate, manage, coordinate, monitor the implementation and supervise the activities of the Section in accordance with Member States' needs, including technology developments and deployment for advanced reactors, nuclear fusion demo plants, and non-electrical applications of nuclear energy.
Conduct coordinated research projects to foster collaborative research and development and to facilitate the international exchange of information on topics relevant to the Section's programmes.
Lead the development of strategic approaches for the advanced nuclear power technologies, including fusion, based on global requirements. Support the deployment of new nuclear power plants and associated programmes, specifically in the areas of updated information on technology options, assessments, technical feasibility studies and associated training and workshops.
Coordinate the Section's provision of specialized technical input to relevant technical cooperation projects and provide technical guidance, including the planning and implementation of technical assessment and feasibility studies on the introduction of nuclear reactors, the design and implementation of training courses, seminars and workshops, and the provision of expert services. Evaluate proposals, develop work plans and provide support for training courses and workshops.
Coordinate technical working groups (TWGs) aimed at the international exchange of information and advice for the IAEAs programmes of the nuclear power technology development, including small- medium-sized or modular reactors (SMRs), in the field of fast reactors (FRs), gas cooled reactors (GCRs), heavy water reactors (HWRs), light water reactors (LWRs) and non-electrical applications of nuclear energy.
Broaden and deepen knowledge in the areas of nuclear power technology development, including nuclear fusion technologies, by organizing technical meetings, preparing work programmes, contributing to the preparation and editing of technical reports, manuals, proceedings and other publications, and organizing in-house meetings in support of the Sections work programme.
Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the technical community by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required.
Establish and maintain contacts with individual technical experts at various centres and at other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies





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.




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.




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





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.



Leading and supervising

Serves as a role model when leading and supervising others. Provides his/her team with clear direction, promotes a dynamic working climate and empowers others. Is open to new ideas and demonstrates creativity in search of excellence.



Partnership building

Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders.



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



Expertise Description




Management and Programme Analysis

Guidance Development

Ability to provide guidance and technical support for technical cooperation programme in the relevant fields.




Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering and Technology

In-depth knowledge of currently available technologies for nuclear power plants, including fusion technologies, and the issues associated with their applications.




Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Power for Desalination and for other Non-Electric Applications

Knowledge in the field of nuclear engineering, chemical/process engineering and non-electric applications of nuclear energy.




Management and Programme Analysis

Programme Management

Expertise in managing teams and complex projects; monitoring of nuclear power technology development programme, its budget and human resources.




Nuclear Engineering

Technology for Innovative Fuel Cycles and Advanced Reactors

Knowledge of design and development of near term advanced NPPs, especially water cooled reactors; knowledge of needs and challenges related to longer term advanced NPPs with a vision about trends and opportunities in these areas.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in nuclear or engineering or in a related technical discipline.

Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience in nuclear power activities; at least five years of international experience on relevant projects or programmes.
Demonstrated experience in the management of projects, including their design, monitoring and implementation, as well as in the management of human and financial resources.
Demonstrated technical experience and knowledge in safety practices and standards.
Recognition in the international community for her/his expertise or experience of working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute are valuable assets.
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 $92731 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 39318, dependency benefits, rental subsidyeducation grantrelocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leavepension 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)\: IntegrityProfessionalism 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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