International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/134

Position and Grade: Communication Adviser (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Office of the Deputy Director General
Department of Nuclear Energy
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 4 December 2012
Application Deadline: 15 January 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The operating environment is dynamic, participative and interactive with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.

Main purpose

The Communication Adviser manages the Department's internal and external communications strategy. In so doing, the incumbent analyses the Department's communication needs in relation to its target audiences and also prepares documents for the Policy-Making Organs, speeches, reports, articles and other communications with a content and style appropriate to the audience, venue and message. The objective of the incumbent's work is to achieve, to the extent possible, an appropriate level of understanding among the relevant stakeholders on issues specific to the Department and on broader IAEA activities.


The Communication Adviser has three principal roles: (1) to formulate and carry out Departmental and Divisional communication strategies; (2) to convey in writing the vision and messages from senior managers and the objectives and results of the programme; and (3) to coach others on improving both their writing and their presentations.


The Communication Adviser works closely with: the Department's senior management, providing advice on communications strategy and styles; the Division of Public Information, coordinating messages relevant to the nuclear energy programme; the Communication Advisers of other departments in order to elaborate and implement a harmonized communication strategy in the Secretariat.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Identify and analyse on a regular basis the communication and information needs of internal and external stakeholders, including staff within the Department and in other parts of the IAEA, and Member States. Monitor the implementation of external and internal communication and take corrective action in accordance with best practices.
  • Develop the strategy and design appropriate communication tools that meet internal and external stakeholder needs and fulfil statutory and other IAEA requirements.
  • Work with the Division of Public Information in communication aimed at promoting the Department of Nuclear Energy's achievements to the general public.
  • Collect information and write the annual Nuclear Technology Review.
  • Coordinate and prepare other reports to the governing bodies and other programme documents; manage the corresponding clearance and approval process.
  • Prepare speeches, reports, inputs, high-level correspondence and other communications in a manner that not only accurately reflects the nuclear power, fuel cycle and nuclear science programme objectives and the messages of the Deputy Director General but also is appropriate for the target audience. Work with Departmental staff to enhance their communication and presentation skills.
  • Oversee the content and style of the Departmental websites. Develop standardized communication packages on important aspects of the nuclear energy programmes. Meet specialized communication needs in support of Departmental objectives through the preparation of promotional material and exhibitions. Act as a resource for senior management by providing material and editorial support to ensure a consistent approach and message.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of trends and issues in nuclear energy.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas in English, both orally and in writing, in a clear, engaging, compelling and creative manner.
  • Ability to adapt communications to a variety of styles appropriate to varied audiences (journalistic, technical/scientific, multicultural staff working environment) and venues (speeches, technical reports, news articles, presentations).
  • Ability to convey complex technical issues using language and concepts that are both technically accurate, clear and understandable to general audiences.
  • Sound judgement and grasp of the broad political context in which the IAEA operates.
  • Ability to effectively synthesize information from diverse sources.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team and establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university degree in communications, science, or another relevant field.
  • At least 10 years of experience in communication and technical writing, preferably with strong international experience in nuclear energy and nuclear science issues.
  • Experience in analysing the communication needs of a large organization, preferably in an international environment, and identifying opportunities and solutions for addressing those communication needs on an ongoing basis.
  • English, native-level fluency. Other official IAEA languages (i.e. 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 $80 734 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $45 695*, 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.

Bookmark and Share