International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/275

Position and Grade: Executive Assistant (G-5)
Organizational Unit: Division of Public Information
Department of Management
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 19 November 2012
Application Deadline: 18 December 2012
Type of Appointment: Either a Fixed-term appointment (if the candidate already holds a Fixed-term appointment) or Temporary-assistance appointment (in all other cases) may be offered, both subject to a probationary period of 1 year
CCOG codes: 2.A.12.a

Organizational Setting

The Division of Public Information (MTPI) is one of six divisions in the Department of Management. Its aim is to prepare and provide objective, accurate and timely information about the IAEA and nuclear developments that fosters public understanding of the IAEA's global roles. The Division has overall responsibility for media relations and public outreach. It promotes the work of the IAEA by developing media and public oriented materials in multimedia formats and targeting and disseminating these materials to the international media and general public. The Division also plans and participates in outreach activities aimed at promoting the work of the IAEA among members of the general public, students and other interested constituencies.

This post is located in the office of the Director of MTPI. Assignments may be complex and priorities are managed with a high level of independence. Inputs may be received from the Director, senior managers or professional staff of the Division. The environment often demands a willingness to work long or unusual hours.

Main Purpose

The Executive Assistant manages the office support in the Division, ensuring its smooth functioning, and provides executive assistance to the Director.

Working Relationships

The Executive Assistant obtains, provides or clarifies information, or relays information from the Director with staff at all levels throughout the organization, but particularly with offices of Directors. Information exchanged includes coordinating meetings, gathering information and documents and reminding officers of deadlines. She/he may exchange information with officials outside the IAEA, particularly with representatives to the IAEA and with counterpart organizations within the Member States. The Executive Assistant provides guidance and explanation of office procedures and working methods to other support staff in the Division.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Correspondence and Records Management:
  • Receive, review and screen all incoming correspondence and documents, perform preliminary checks for accuracy and completeness, ensure that correspondence is routed to the appropriate officer or area for action and/or information, retaining items which require the Director's attention, attaching necessary information as needed and maintaining a follow up system.
  • Compile the Division's responses according to corporate communication guidelines, as well as reports, and ensure adherence to deadlines; draft standard and non-routine correspondence, prepare meeting minutes and type reports and documents as required.
  • Ensure the Division's records of all media are maintained, stored and accessible according to corporate standards. As the Records Office Coordinator (ROC), assign and coordinate Records Office responsibilities, identify and recommend to ARMS (Archives and Records Management Section) process improvements relating to correspondence and records management, liaise with ARMS staff on records management issues, provide information to colleagues on records management standards and practices, facilitate electronic and paper file transfers and retrievals, and monitor records management exit procedures.
  • Identify and recommend related process improvements, utilizing central services and technology.
Meetings and Logistics:
  • Coordinate activities and travel - provide logistical support for the Director's activities such as making travel arrangements, scheduling appointments and meetings and assembling background material required for the above activities.
  • Review travel requests for accuracy and forwarding to Administrative Assistant; prepare quarterly travel plans.
Administrative Activities:
  • Maintain the Time, Attendance and Leave Management System (TALMS) for the Division and manage overall administration of the Director's office (procurement, supplies, equipment, and furniture requests).
  • Maintain, update and monitor some of the Division's costs, such as printing, translation and publications requests.
  • Administer the office space arrangements of the Division, and maintain awareness of secure areas.
  • Provide guidance, instruction, and support to other General Service staff throughout the Division/Office, as well as coordinating assignments such as office coverage.
  • Provide required support and/or back-up to staff in executive offices.
  • Process requests for procurement and perform functions of a low value purchaser.
  • Provide backup to the Administrative Assistant.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of procedures and administrative guidelines in an international organization.
  • Organizing skills: Ability to prioritize work assignments, organize own schedule, perform routine work independently, meet deadlines, adapt to constantly changing demands and multitask. Ability to manage a heavy workload under time pressure.
  • Focus on quality: Ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail in a busy office environment.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Ability to act with tact, diplomacy, discretion and respect for confidentiality.
    • Ability to work effectively as a team member in a multicultural environment and to establish and maintain a range of contacts and deal appropriately with counterparts.
  • Knowledge sharing: Ability to provide training and guidance to newly recruited office support staff, advising them on the administrative practices and procedures to be followed.
  • Communication skills: Ability to convey verbal information effectively and to draft routine correspondence and correct documents in accordance with established standards and requirements. Ability to maintain a high level of discretion regarding all aspects of the Director's work.
  • Analytical skills: Ability to analyse information and decide on what should be brought to the attention of the supervisor.
  • Computer skills: Proficiency in MS Office 2010, which is the IAEA standard (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and the ability to use databases.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Completed secondary education.
  • Minimum of five years of general office support experience, some of which in an international environment.
  • English Language Test (Level 2) and English Typing Test (Level 1) to IAEA standard.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an advantage.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at €39 880 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), six weeks' annual vacation, pension plan and health insurance.

How to Apply

Internal and external applicants need to complete an IAEA Personal History Form. Internal applicants are required to apply online at External applicants are required to apply online at You can find more information about employment opportunities and working at the IAEA at No e-mail or hard-copy application will be accepted. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in due course. Applications received after the application deadline will not be considered. Applicants who do not comply with the aforementioned application guidelines or do not meet the essential requirements specified in this Vacancy Notice will not be considered.

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report. Recruitment will be on a LOCAL BASIS only. Outside applicants are required to supply to the IAEA or to authorize it to seek all information relevant to their suitability for employment by the IAEA. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. 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.

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