International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/122

Position and Grade: Education Officer (P-4)
Organizational Unit: Programme Support Group
Office of Nuclear Security
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 17 October 2012
Application Deadline: 28 November 2012
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Office of Nuclear Security is responsible for the implementation of the IAEA's Nuclear Security Plan to prevent, detect and respond to acts of nuclear terrorism and threats thereof. It is part of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security and is organized into three sections dealing with information management, prevention, and detection and response.

A Programme Support Group has been established within the Office of the Director to coordinate horizontal issues and to manage the overall process for planning, monitoring progress and evaluating the effectiveness of work, including financial matters relating to both the Regular Budget and the Nuclear Security Fund, interaction with and reporting to donors, evaluation of programme activities and the development of policy issues.

Main purpose

As a member of a team led by the Head of the Programme Support Group, the Education Officer is responsible for the development and maintenance of a global education programme in nuclear security and the coordination of the delivery and evaluation of the programme to States through the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) and leads the development of IAEA guidance documents related to nuclear security education.


The Education Officer plays several key roles in the Office of Nuclear Security: (1) facilitator for the development and maintenance of a consistent global nuclear security education programme which underpins sustainable national nuclear security regimes, including developing contacts with education professionals in the area of nuclear security and their institutions; (2) coordinator of nuclear security education activities to ensure that they are effective, up-to-date and reflect the official position or policy of the Agency; (3) project manager coordinating the global delivery and evaluation of the education programme through the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN); (4) specialist providing procedures for the analysis of needs and results, and for the design, organization and implementation of nuclear security academic programmes in States.


The Education Officer consults with senior nuclear security specialists in academia and professional organizations, as well as in the relevant IAEA departments and divisions in order to coordinate the development, direct and guide the design, implementation and evaluation of a global nuclear security related education programme that corresponds to the needs of Member States.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Ensure the delivery of a high quality nuclear security education programme at the international level by coordinating further development and implementation of all aspects of the Master and Certificate programme in nuclear security;
  • Coordinate and lead the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) to ensure consistent standards of global nuclear security education and to ensure the availability of academic programmes in nuclear security in all regions of the world;
  • Lead projects for the review, development and publication of nuclear security text books and instructional material;
  • Lead projects for the development of innovative delivery mechanisms for academic programmes, including distance education;
  • Elaborate concepts and procedures for the professional development of faculty members enabling them to design, develop, organize and deliver nuclear security education programmes taking into account state of the art teaching methodology, methods and principles and the integration of latest technologies;
  • Evaluate the impact of nuclear security education activities worldwide;
  • Reinforce and further develop partnerships with academic and research institutions in the framework of INSEN.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the principles and methods of education curriculum development.
  • Knowledge and experience in latest teaching methodology and methods including textbook and instructional material development and innovative delivery methods such as distance learning.
  • An understanding of the fundamental principles of the global nuclear security framework and an awareness of the Agency's role and responsibilities in assisting States to establish sustainable national nuclear security regimes.
  • Excellent analytical skills and decision support capability in a results-oriented environment.
  • Excellent communication skills combined with a demonstrated ability for teamwork, sense of organizational orientation and an open and innovative approach.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and diversity.
  • Good computer skills required, particularly in standard office work-processing, spread sheet and database applications.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university degree or equivalent relating to education, training or another relevant area in nuclear security.
  • Knowledge of activities in the nuclear security field.
  • A minimum of 7 years' experience, of which at least 2 at the international level in developing, establishing and delivering education and training in technical subjects.
  • Experience in conducting analyses of training needs and the ability to contribute to the development of a range of training resources.
  • Experience in working with national/international education or training projects.
  • Fluency in English essential. Knowledge of one or more of the other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) desirable.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $67 483 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $34 956*, dependency benefits, 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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