International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/303

Position and Grade: Project Assistant (G-4)
Organizational Unit: Radioecology Laboratory
IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Monaco
Issue Date: 21 May 2013
Application Deadline: 17 June 2013
Type of Appointment: Monthly short-term (3 months)

Organizational Setting

The IAEA Environment Laboratories (NAEL) is a Division of the Nuclear Sciences and Applications Department and consists of four laboratories, three of which are located in Monaco and one in Seibersdorf. The Division implements the IAEA Environment Programme and operates in a complex matrix environment with inputs from many parts of the organization, such as Technical Cooperation Department for projects implementation as well as other Departments for horizontal collaborations.

The Radioecology Laboratory (REL) has for mission to improve knowledge on the behaviour and fate of radionuclides and other contaminants in the environment, with a particular emphasis on the biosphere. Its project work aims at assisting and enhancing capability in Member States in the field of radioecology and its applications to ecotoxicology, biogeochemistry and climate change issues, including ocean acidification.

Please note: this is a vacancy notice for short-term, temporary work only and NOT for a permanent position.

Main Purpose

As a member of a team reporting to the Project Manager of the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) project "Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center (OA-ICC)", the Project Assistant maintains, updates and improves the OA-ICC web site and news centre as well as provides communication and logistic support (e.g. preparation of communication products) within the different working areas of the OA-ICC, with the objective to develop, implement, and continuously improve, a successful communication and dissemination strategy and tools.

Working Relationships

The Project Assistant works under the overall supervision of the Head of the Radioecology Laboratory and works with and under the guidance of the Project Officer of the OA-ICC project. She/he will liaise with OA-ICC partners outside the IAEA obtaining information for use on the web site and work in close cooperation and interact with staff in Monaco and in Vienna (Division of Information Technology and Division of Public Information).

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Maintain and continuously improve the content and style of the OA-ICC project web site and news centre with established standards and web publishing processes.
  • Prepare first drafts (writing and layout) of project communication material, such as flyers, posters and presentations.
  • Participate in the design of appropriate communication tools that meet stakeholder needs and the use of new technologies (social networks, podcasts etc.).
  • Contribute to identifying and analysing on a regular basis the needs of stakeholders.
  • Assist in the organization of project meetings, conferences, training courses and other events as needed by liaising with partners and participants.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of the process of ocean acidification and its consequences desirable.
  • Computer skills: Proficiency in MS Office 2010 (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint), which is the IAEA standard, and knowledge of graphic design software (Photoshop, Illustrator or equivalent).
  • Communication skills: Good drafting and presentation skills in English. Ability to adapt communication to a variety of audiences (journalistic, schools, policy makers, general public) and venues (presentations, posters, flyers, reports, press releases). Ability to convey technical issues using language and concepts that are both technically accurate and understandable to general audiences.
  • Analytical skills: ability to effectively synthesize information from diverse sources.
  • Interpersonal skills: ability to establish and maintain good relationships with internal and external counterparts and to work as a team player in a multicultural/multidisciplinary environment with respect and sensitivity for diversity.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Completed secondary education.
  • Minimum of four years of experience related to communication and web sites or related fields, preferably in an international setting.
  • Language skills: Good command of spoken and written English required. French is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at €32 339 (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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