International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/013

Position and Grade: Team Leader (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Waste Technology Section
Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology
Department of Nuclear Energy
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 4 February 2013
Application Deadline: 17 March 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Waste Technology Section is part of the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology in the Department of Nuclear Energy. The Waste Technology Section assists Member States with waste management and decommissioning. It covers a broad spectrum of activities and is organized into designated teams responsible for radioactive waste management (pre-disposal and disposal), decommissioning of nuclear installations, environmental remediation of contaminated sites and management of disused sealed radioactive sources. Efforts are focused mainly on the elaboration and implementation of comprehensive and integrated radioactive waste management (RWM) strategies, the development of RWM infrastructure, the promotion of good practices for sustainable, safe and cost-effective RWM and the provision of direct assistance through the technical cooperation programme and nuclear security programme.

The IAEA's RWM programme aims to encourage information exchange and experience sharing on various RWM activities, and to promote good RWM practices through the development of technical publications and guidance on the selection of adequate processes and technologies.

The Team leader guides the activities of a designated team, reports to the Head of the Section, and is supported by an average of 3-5 staff members.

The current position is in the area of radioactive waste predisposal. The objectives of the work are to provide advice to Member States on the planning and implementation of adequate methods and selection of technologies for radioactive waste characterization, segregation, processing and storing, to collect and disseminate information on good practices for safe and cost-effective predisposal waste management and conditioning, and to provide direct assistance (through the TC programme) to Member States in the implementation of their programmes and establishment of the required infrastructure for radioactive waste processing and storage, and to strengthening their technical capabilities.

Main purpose

As the lead technical expert of predisposal waste management, the Team leader technically supervises, manages, and co-ordinates the IAEA's activities in waste predisposal under the guidance from the Section Head and the leadership of the Director.


The Team leader is: (1) a senior technical expert planning, leading, coordinating and supervising the activities of a Team in accordance with Member States' needs and monitors their implementation; (2) an expert contributor managing projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity; and (3) a Scientific Secretary to international technical meetings related to a specialized field, overseeing preparation and editing of technical reports, manuals proceedings and other scientific publications; (4) a coordinator of inter-agency collaborative projects with the UN system, reviewing and providing a systematic overview and preparation of technical documentation and papers for discussions.


The Team leader engages high level technical counterparts in Member States' institutions programme planning and implementation to ensure effective transfer and sharing of technical and managerial know-how and promotes partnership building with appropriate UN organizations, NGOs and other relevant institutions. In addition, he/she meets regularly with the section head, other team leaders and colleagues of the Department to ensure effective utilization and integration of all available resources (human, financial and technical) received. He/she also works with and coordinates work with project national officers in the Technical Cooperation Department to ensure a seamless integration of all projects and programs.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Plan, lead, coordinate, monitor implementation, and technically supervise the activities of a Team in accordance with Member States' needs, and in compliance with the requirements and recommendations of the IAEA's standards in relevant areas.
  • Coordinate the Team's provision of specialized technical input to Technical Cooperation Projects in the subject area and provide technical guidance; evaluate proposals, develop work plans; provide support in planning and implementing training courses and workshops.
  • Broaden and deepen the field of knowledge by organizing technical meetings related to the radioactive waste predisposal field and serve as scientific secretary; prepare work programmes, contribute to the preparation and editing of technical reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications; prepare and organize in-house meetings in support of the Section's work program.
  • Contribute to an integrated delivery of activities through coordination of inter-agency collaborative projects within the UN system; promote the exchange of information on safety related experience gained worldwide.
  • Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the scientific community by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required; establish and maintain contacts with individual technical experts at various centres and other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive and current technical knowledge of radioactive waste predisposal management.
  • Demonstrated technical abilities and managerial skills to lead an expert team; comprehensive experience in the management of scientific projects, budgeting and staff coordination.
  • Understanding of the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and ability in strengthening human capacity development issues in developing countries.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Post-graduate or equivalent degree in nuclear or chemical engineering or in a related technical or scientific discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in implementation of predisposal waste management.
  • Experience of working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute desirable.
  • Fluency in English essential. Knowledge of French, Russian or Spanish desirable. Knowledge of other IAEA official 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 $50 782*, 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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