International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/204

Position and Grade: Team Assistant (G-4)
Organizational Unit: Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory
Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Seibersdorf, Austria
Issue Date: 23 January 2013
Application Deadline: 22 February 2013
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 Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA's major programme on nuclear techniques for development and environmental protection (Major Programme 2). This major programme comprises individual programmes in food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The major programme's objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.

The Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture is located in the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. It consists of five sections, each with an associated laboratory, in the areas of: animal production and health; plant breeding and genetics; insect pest control; soil and water management and crop nutrition; and food and environmental protection. The Joint Division assists Member States of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the IAEA in using nuclear techniques and related technologies to improve food security, alleviate poverty and promote sustainable agriculture. It does so by coordinating and supporting applied research, providing technical and advisory services to Member State field projects as well as laboratory support and training, and collecting, analyzing and disseminating information.

The Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory, an integral part of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, assists Member States to produce, through the application of mutation induction and efficiency enhancing molecular and biotechnologies, novel plant varieties with increased yield, nutrient value and hardiness under adverse local conditions (e.g. biotic stress resistance, abiotic stress tolerance). The Team Assistant works in an office environment located in the FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories of the IAEA in Seibersdorf, 45 km southeast of Vienna.

Main Purpose

Reporting to three Laboratory Heads and providing support to a group of Professionals and General Service staff, the Team Assistant contributes to the efficient operation of the office by providing assistance and advice on administrative practices and procedures. Assignments are provided by the supervisor or generated by normal workflow. Priorities are usually established independently and most tasks are carried out according to established procedures with minimum supervision.

Working Relationships

The Team Assistant obtains, provides or clarifies information with staff at all levels in the Laboratories on matters related to the assignment, relays instructions from the supervisor, gathers information and documents, and reminds officers of deadlines. She/he may exchange standard information with officials outside the IAEA. The Team Assistant may provide guidance to temporary or more junior staff.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Correspondence and Records Management
  • Draft standard correspondence according to corporate communication guidelines. Format letters, reports, technical documents, manuscripts, newsletters and other material in accordance with standard operating procedures. On the basis of general instructions, search office files and records and select information for use by the supervisor(s) in preparing correspondence, reports, project or programme plans.
  • Prepare graphs, charts and other visual aids for use by the supervisor(s) or experts in seminars, meetings, workshops and presentations. May prepare and format documents for Internet publication.
  • Responsible for the work unit's Records Office in terms of: maintaining file lists, finding aids, paper and electronic files according to corporate standards, liaising with ARMS (Archives and Records Management Section) staff on records management issues, providing information to colleagues on records management standards and practices, facilitating paper file transfers and retrievals, and ensuring the proper handling of records of separating staff members.
Meetings and logistics
  • Make arrangements for internal/external meetings, seminars and other events. This may require such activities as the implementation of logistics, preparation of invitation letters and the typing, compilation and distribution of working documents and other material. Take and prepare minutes and/or notes of internal meetings.
  • Make travel and hotel arrangements, prepare travel authorizations/claims for the supervisor(s) and/or participants and compile, calculate and prepare cost estimates.
Administrative Activities
  • Input, retrieve and assemble information into/from databases using commercial or IAEA specific software applications.
  • May calculate and prepare standard limited components of the programme and budget (e.g. printing requirements, consultancies) and the financial plan for the Laboratories and may keep track of the financial budget/expenditures of the Laboratories.
  • Update and maintain information databases, such as mailing lists, document tracking systems and management reporting systems on the status and completion of work plans.
  • On behalf of the supervisor, may distribute work among the other support staff of the Section, explaining work methods, assisting with routine problems and checking work in progress to ensure compliance with administrative rules and regulations.
  • Provide required support and/or backup to staff in executive offices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • 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: Accuracy and ability to pay attention to details.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to work effectively in a team with peers as well as with multiple supervisors in a multicultural environment and to interrelate in a customer-friendly fashion with staff at all levels as well as with external 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.
  • Analytical skills: Ability to use initiative and judgment appropriate to situations.
  • 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 four years of general office support experience, some of which in an international environment.
  • English language test (level 2) and typing test (level 1) to IAEA standard.
  • Language skills: Good command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of another official IAEA language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an advantage. Knowledge of German desirable.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at €35 512 (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. 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.

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