International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/038

Position and Grade: Section Head (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Systems Architecture and Compliance Section
Office of Information and Communication Systems
Department of Safeguards
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 17 April 2012
Application Deadline: 29 May 2012
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for more than 170 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; and three Technical Divisions, (i) Division of Concepts and Planning, (ii) Division of Information Management, and (iii) Division of Technical and Scientific Services, as well as two Offices: the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Systems.

Within the Department of Safeguards, the Office of Information and Communication Systems (SGIS) is the centre of competence for the production and maintenance of ICT systems and for the management of all ICT infrastructure and services to support safeguards. In partnership with other organizational units, SGIS is responsible for planning and implementing an ICT strategy as well as enforcing ICT standards.

Main purpose

As a team leader reporting to the Division Director, the Section Head plans, leads, coordinates and supervises, in line with the strategic directions of the Division, the work necessary to deliver ICT solutions supporting the core business processes of the Departement of Safeguards.


The Section Head is (1) a leader and manager, providing guidance and managerial support to the team, and planning resources with a view to achieving efficient and effective results in accordance with the Divisional objectives; (2) a substantive expert, leveraging knowledge and experience in the field of Business Analysis, IT Project management, IT Architecture, and Quality Assurance; and 3) an adviser on matters of ICT strategy and complex cases.


The Section Head of the Systems Architecture and Compliance Section collaborates with team leaders, IT staff throughout the IAEA and end-users to provide and collect information to support the business analisys, and liaises with external contractors and vendors to support the internal teams resources needs. He/she interacts closely at all levels within the Sections, Divisions and Department to identify issues that are relevant from an IT project delivery perspective

The incumbent will work closely with the Systems Solutions Development Section to ensure the work plans and the user requirements are aligned with the desired goals of the Department, he/she will coordinate with the Systems Infrastructure and Operations Section to ensure the underlining IT infrastructure can support the IT solutions and with the Systems Solutions Support Section to ensure an effective and efficient end user support of the IT solutions.

Furthermore, the Section Head coordinates with the Departmental Training Section and other requestors concerning the provision of training related to the Section's area of expertise. He/She interacts with Member States to raise assistance in the context of Member States support programmes.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Managerial: Lead an innovative and effective team of professionals and staff; plan, coordinate and supervise the activities of the staff of the Team to ensure the delivery of programme objectives, promoting internal and external collaboration, team work, and ensuring, through learning opportunities and work assignments, an effective balance of skills and resources.
  • Leadership in ICT solutions delivery: Implement and maintain a fast paced solution delivery model, including the analysis of the Department strategic needs, the specification of the new solutions, the execution of the plan and the quality assurance throughout the lifecycle of the solution. Manage the collaborative planning with the Section Heads of the Division, team leads, architects and business analysts to support information and system integration and dissemination; identify future needs and anticipate business process changes in order to serve the evolution of Departmental business needs.
  • Business Analysis Responsibility: Ensure, through appropriate business processes analysis, the capture of the user requirements and the understanding of the Department needs, and propose business processes improvement through cost benefits analysis in order to deliver cost and value effective IT solutions.
  • Future Orientation: Identify and investigate emerging technologies and products and assess their applicability and suitability of use subject to the overall ICT governance; plan the resource and skill needs of the Team, in coordination with the others Section Head and Division Director.
  • Prepare the biennium program and budget, financial plan, and HR plan in line with IAEA's medium term and long term strategic objectives.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Technical expertise: Comprehensive experience in Project Management, Business Analysis, Quality Assurance and IT Architecture in delivering enterprise class ICT solutions.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills: Ability to analyse complex situations, solve critical problems, and make firm decisions based on sound judgement.
  • Leadership skills: Ability to communicate a common and inspiring vision, to provide others with clear direction, to adopt a strategic approach and to act as a catalyst for change.
  • Adherence to principles and values: A high standard of integrity, fairness and transparency to ensure and promote a work environment based on mutual respect and trust.
  • Management skills: Ability to manage human, financial and material resources to achieve stated objectives and to provide effective guidance to a team of professionals and support staff.
  • Planning and organizing skills:
    • Demonstrated ability to set clearly defined objectives and to plan activities/projects well in advance, taking into account possible changing circumstances;
    • Ability to identify and organize the required internal and external resources and to monitor performance against very tight deadlines and milestones.
  • Learning attitude: Ability to keep abreast of technological developments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: Ability to lead and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Strong communication skills: Effective presentation skills and the ability to produce technical documents.
  • Quality and customer orientation.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university (or equivalent) degree in computer science, information technology or related technical discipline.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in the field mentioned above, including at least five years in ICT enterprise systems delivery preferably in an international organization.
  • Knowledge of and practical experience with ICT project management standard (Prince2, PMI…) processes is a must, experience with ITIL and/or COBIT is an asset.
  • Proven experience in managing and supervising staff.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) an advantage.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $80 734 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $45 534*, dependency benefits, diplomatic status, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

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. 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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