International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/001

Position and Grade: Unit Head (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Transport Safety Unit
Regulatory Infrastructure and Transport Safety Section
Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 11 January 2013
Application Deadline: 23 February 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public and patients. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related appraisals and services.

The Regulatory Infrastructure and Transport Safety Section (RITS) is responsible for developing and providing Member States with safety standards, guidance and tools to foster regulatory infrastructure for the control of radiation sources, for the safe transport of radioactive material, and for managing information on the identification of needs in Member States that would be used to improve radiation, transport and waste safety.

The Transport Safety Unit is responsible for establishing and maintaining safety standards related to the worldwide safe transport of radioactive material, including the IAEA's Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, and to appraise the application of the safety standards in Member States. This includes efforts to foster the harmonized incorporation of the Transport Regulations and other associated safety standards by international organizations, and dangerous goods and modal organizations. In addition, the Unit manages projects concerned with key aspects of the Transport Regulations, provides training related to the safe transport of radioactive material, and operates and maintains databases relating to transport issues. The Unit convenes meetings to guide its activities, involving experts from Member States and associated international organizations, including the periodic convening of the Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC). It is also involved in the provision of technical cooperation for Member States, including training activities.

The environment of the Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety is dynamic, participative and interactive with continuous inputs received from internal technical counterparts and external counterparts in Member States, from other international organizations and from the international scientific community.

Main purpose

As a team leader reporting to the Section Head, the Unit Head develops the IAEA's programme on the safe transport of radioactive material and leads the Unit's activities to ensure the efficacy of the IAEA's programme on a global level.


The Unit Head has several roles: (a) a programme coordinator in a specialized, multilateral environment with diverse views on the issues, finding practical solutions and presenting arguments that can achieve results; (b) a senior specialist whose extensive experience in and knowledge of the area form the basis for mutual respect vis--vis high-level regulators and operators in Member States, (c) a manager ensuring that programmes and tasks are implemented effectively; (d) an adviser/promoter conveying to multiple audiences the IAEA's vision and mission in this area; and (e) a facilitator of inter-organizational cooperation in transport safety and cooperation with other organizational areas in the IAEA dealing with this area of work.


The Unit Head engages senior counterparts in Member States and in international and specialist organizations concerned with the safe transport of radioactive material to promote the application of the IAEA's standards and to ensure the IAEA's programme maintains its state-of-the-art level. In developing this approach and managing the Unit, the Unit Head works closely with the Section Head, other Unit Heads, the Unit staff, and other areas of the IAEA in achieving the desired goals, and advises on project evaluation, programme planning and implementation.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Lead the development of the IAEA's Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material and the associated guidance material, in order to maintain and enhance cooperation between Member States in the international transport of radioactive material.
  • Lead the IAEA's activities to promote and encourage the application of the IAEA's Transport Regulations and associated guidance in Member States, with a view to facilitating the international transport of radioactive material.
  • Identify issues of concern in the international transport community and initiate appropriate actions to address them, establishing good communication and understanding with all Member States with the goal of finding practical solutions for all those involved.
  • Lead and participate in international advisory and appraisal missions to Member States to determine the level of safety in transport and provide authoritative information, advice and guidance on the subject to national counterparts.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States, international and other governmental organizations and the industry to ensure acceptance of the IAEA's related standards. Lead efforts within the IAEA to ensure the coherence and synergy of related programmes of work.
  • Plan and coordinate the work of the Unit to ensure the delivery of programme objectives, including supervision of staff.
  • Provide support and relevant expertise for the Incident and Emergency System (IES) and participate in associated training and exercises.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the IAEA's Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards - Interim Edition (General Safety Requirements Part 3) and other relevant radiation safety standards.
  • In-depth knowledge of the IAEA's Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (TS-R-1) and related transport safety standards publications including their practical application and the science on which they are based.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial and material resources to achieve stated objectives, and to plan and manage work programmes.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team of professional and support staff and provide effective guidance to them.
  • Communication skills:
    • Strong presentation skills.
    • Ability to write and edit scientific and technical reports.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with IAEA staff at all levels, with representatives of Member States and with counterparts in international organizations.
    • Proven ability to build and maintain collaborative partnerships across organizational boundaries.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university degree in engineering or science with specialization in an appropriate subject such as radiation protection, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering or health physics.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in transport of radioactive material and related radiation safety issues, of which at least five years should have been at the international level.
  • Broad experience in the field with a minimum of five years of management experience at a senior level.
  • Experience in the review and revision process for the IAEA's Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material and supporting documents, and of their application, at national and international level.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of French, Russian or Spanish desirable. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (i.e. Arabic or Chinese) an asset.


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. 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. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

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