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Communication Officer (TC)(P4)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-03

Organizational Setting

The Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) consists of the Office of the Deputy Director General, four regional Divisions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean), the Division of Programme Support and Coordination and the Division of the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT). It provides strategic direction for the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme, and is responsible (in close collaboration with Member States) for the planning, formulation, implementation and monitoring of the programme, in line with the IAEA Medium Term Strategy.

The Division of Programme Support and Coordination (TCPC) is responsible for the development, promotion and consistent application of strategies, policies, standards, tools and systems to support the TC programme. This includes quality assurance and enhanced results-based programme management, training and capacity development, expanded cooperation through existing and new partnerships and resource mobilization, efficient management of financial resources, data and information, as well as outreach and reporting.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the Communication Adviser (TC), the Communication Officer (TC) supports a strategic, results-oriented and coordinated approach to outreach related to the TC programme, focusing on but not restricted to health and cancer control, through the planning, design and implementation of targeted communication and advocacy activities. The incumbent analyses relevant communication needs in relation to key audiences, with a particular focus on the TC programme’s support to cancer control in Member States, including the work of PACT, and prepares relevant strategies and workplans, as well as presentations, speeches, reports, articles and other communication material with a content and style appropriate to the audience, venue and message.


The Communication Officer (TC) is\: (1) a substantive expert contributor, devising communication strategies and tactics to support health-related and other partnership activities; (2) an adviser to TC staff on how to convey messages to intended audiences in a convincing and targeted way; and (3) a focal point that ensures the complementarity of TC communication activities, particularly around health and cancer related work, with the communication activities of the Office of Public Information and Communication (OPIC), and coordinates with relevant staff across the IAEA to support a cohesive communication approach with regard to the IAEA's cancer-related activities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

- Implement and update as necessary the health module of the TC communication framework for the TC Department and provide advice and support to relevant TC and staff in the Section in the implementation of this module and framework.
- Design and produce communication and outreach material aimed at supporting TC health and cancer activities and the work of PACT (such as success stories and best practices).
- Organize and support outreach activities including side events, exhibitions, donor briefings and presentations or joint donor events with WHO in cooperation with relevant internal stakeholders.
- Work with TC and PACT staff to ensure they are able to deliver presentations and other communication in a targeted, professional way.
- Ensure, in close collaboration with the Communication Adviser (TC), that other outreach and communication needs of the TC Department and programme are met as required.
- Establish and consistently implement methods to ensure systematic, regular and transparent reporting on all communication activities and results.

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
Client orientation Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.
Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.
Partnership building Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
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Public Information and External Relations Diplomacy and Understanding of Political Sensitivities Sound judgement and grasp of the broad political context in which the IAEA operates.
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Public Information and External Relations Outreach Ability to adapt communication to a variety of styles appropriate to varied audiences (journalistic, technical/scientific, multicultural staff in the working environment) and venues (speeches, technical reports, news articles, presentations).
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Public Information and External Relations Public Information and Communication Ability to convey complex technical issues using language and concepts that are both technically accurate and understandable to general audiences.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced university (or equivalent) degree in communications, journalism, public or foreign relations, science, or another field.

- Minimum of seven years of working experience in communication and technical writing, preferably with strong international experience.
- Experience in analysing the communication needs of a large organization, preferably in an international environment, and identifying opportunities and solutions for addressing those communication needs on an ongoing basis.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of at least one other official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) highly 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 $77326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 36189, 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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