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Team Leader (SGAS-Sample Logistics Team)(P3)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-07-04

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\: Please note that the closing date for submission of applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards carries out the IAEA’s duties and responsibilities as the world’s nuclear inspectorate, supporting global efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The primary role of the Department is to develop and implement IAEA safeguards to ensure that there is no diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful activities and no indications of undeclared nuclear material or activities in a State as a whole.

The Department comprises nuclear safeguards inspectors, responsible for carrying out inspections and verifications of all-safeguards relevant information for nuclear facilities in over 180 States; and technical staff responsible for a wide range of activities including\: developing concepts and approaches for implementing safeguards; developing and maintaining safeguards equipment; providing analytical and laboratory services for sample analysis; collecting, evaluating and analysing safeguards-relevant information; providing information and communication technology infrastructure and services; and providing programme coordination support.

The Office of Safeguards Analytical Services (SGAS) is responsible for the analysis of inspection samples collected in the field. Located about 45 km south of Vienna in Seibersdorf, SGAS is organized into three sections\: the Nuclear Material Laboratory (NML), the Environmental Sample Laboratory (ESL) and the Coordination and Support Section (CSS). The laboratory sections conduct the screening, chemical treatment and measurement of the inspection samples. The Coordination and Support Section provides a variety of key services to the laboratories, as well as managing the network of analytical laboratories. SGAS also manages analytical and inspection activities in a dedicated On-Site Laboratory at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in Japan.


Main Purpose

Reporting to the Coordination and Support Section Head, the Sample Logistics Team Leader is responsible for the effective and efficient coordination of safeguards sample logistics. The incumbent manages the team that is responsible for the inbound and outbound shipment of all samples to and from the Safeguards Analytical Laboratory in Seibersdorf as well as the NWAL. He/she oversees the procurement, refurbishment, certification, and validation of shipping containers and sampling equipment used for nuclear material samples, radioactive sources and other dangerous goods. The incumbent also monitors the international framework for the safe transport of radioactive materials and continuously informs stakeholders within the Department of the regulations relevant to safeguards sample shipments.



The Sample Logistics Team Leader fulfils four primary roles\: (1) a supervisor who provides supervision, instruction, and feedback to the Sample Logistics Team; (2) a coordinator who works with stakeholders within the Department, as well as safety experts, licensing authorities, logistics agents, facilities and laboratories, to ensure the safe and timely shipment of safeguards samples; (3) a specialist who procures and maintains an inventory of equipment required for safeguards sample collection and shipment, and (4) a subject-matter-expert who provides guidance and training to the Department on the international regulations governing the safe transport of radioactive material.


Functions / Key Results Expected

• Supervises the Sample Logistics Team; assesses and develops the team’s skills and capabilities; provides ongoing feedback, motivation, and coaching; and recruits capable and competent team members whenever required.

• Oversees processes related to the collection, transfer, shipment and disposition of safeguards samples and related materials.

• Prepares and updates internal procedures of relevance to safeguards sample logistics.

• Carries out the procurement, refurbishment, certification and validation of safeguards sample shipping containers, sampling equipment and related packaging.

• Coordinates and conducts routine and ad hoc training courses on sample logistics for safeguards inspectors and other stakeholders throughout the Agency.

• Monitors international transport safety regulations pertinent to the shipment of safeguards samples, and communicate any important changes to stakeholders throughout the Department

The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA's Radiation Safety Regulations.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

Name Definition
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.
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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
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.
Resilience Shows resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances. Is prepared and able to make difficult decisions in the best interest of the Agency and remains committed to seeing them through.
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
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety International Transport Regulations for Radioactive Material Proven ability to perform radioactive shipments in conformity with international transport regulations and standards.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Safeguards System, Basic Knowledge of the role that sample collection and analysis play in support of safeguards implementation.
Safeguards Sample Collection and Logistics Knowledge of collection, packaging, and shipment of radioactive samples techniques.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

• Bachelor's Degree - First level University Degree in a scientific , engineering, or related field

• Minimum of five years of working experience preferably in the area of radioactive shipments.

• Experience supervising a technical team would be considered an asset.

Note\: In-line with nuclear security requirements, persons undertaking the Team Leader, Sample Logistics Team, role are required to undergo security backgrounds checks.

• 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 $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 32061, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; Other benefits include 6 weeks' annual leave, home leave travel, pension plan and health insurance. More information on the conditions of employment can be found at\: https\://


General Information


  • The IAEA’s paramount consideration in the recruitment of staff member is to secure employees of the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity.
  • Staff Members shall be selected without any unfair treatment or arbitrary distinction based on a person’s race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age, language, social origin or other similar shared characteristic or trait.
  • The IAEA is committed to gender equality and to promoting a diverse workforce. Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are strongly 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.
  • The IAEA has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and the IAEA, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.




Evaluation process


  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the selection criteria stated in the vacancy announcement. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection may be subject to reference and background checks as part of the recruitment process.




Appointment information


  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report.
  • Staff members may be assigned to any location.
  • Candidates appointed to posts in the Professional and higher categories are subject to IAEA rotation policy and their maximum tour of service shall normally be seven years.
  • 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.




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