International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/022

Position and Grade: Associate Project Officer (P-2)
Organizational Unit: Safety Assessment Section
Division of Nuclear Installation Safety
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 15 February 2013
Application Deadline: 14 March 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term extrabudgetary, 2 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is an organizational unit of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security. The objective of the programme implemented by the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations under design, construction or operation worldwide by: establishing and promulgating standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities (such as research reactors and fuel cycle facilities); and providing for the application of these standards through, inter alia, the rendering of safety reviews and advisory services, the promotion of capacity building through education and training, the fostering of information and operating experience exchanges, the coordination of research and development and support for the IAEA's technical cooperation programme. In addition, the Division helps ensure safety at nuclear installations by promulgating international safety instruments such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors.

The Safety Assessment Section (SAS) aims to strengthen Member States' capabilities in effective safety assessment and safety enhancement of nuclear installations through: the development and application of safety standards and guides for advanced deterministic and probabilistic analytical methods/tools related to the prevention and mitigation of events, accidents and severe accidents; and the integration of deterministic, probabilistic and performance-based approaches to risk informed decision making, the implementation of safety performance indicators for safety assessment application, and increased transparency.

Specific topical areas and their applications include: design basis accident, beyond design basis accident, safety analysis, accident management, safety performance indicators, risk informed decision making, and deterministic and probabilistic safety assessment methods/tools. The Safety Assessment Section coordinates and supports Member States in establishing and implementing safety assessment education and training programmes.

NSNI-SAS is managing the multi-year EBP project "Strengthening of Nuclear Safety Competence in Developing Countries through the Nuclear Power Safety Knowledge Platform", the EBP "EC-IAEA Cooperation on Safety Assessment Capacity Building for Jordan", and several EBP projects on "Generic Reactor Safety Reviews". In addition there are a number of smaller-scale but multi-year EBP contributions in support of this programmatic area.

The operating environment is dynamic, participative and interactive.

Main purpose

As a member of a project management team headed by a Technical Programme Manager reporting to the SAS Section Head, the Associate Project Officer provides project management, reporting and analytical support to the project team with the objective of the effective and timely execution of the project.


The Associate Project Officer is: (a) an analyst: evaluating, extracting, consolidating technical data from documentation available in-house and obtained from Member States for the purpose of EBP technical progress reporting; (b) a substantive contributor: assisting in the technical development of subject topics in the area of the safety of nuclear installations; (c) a scheduler, preparing, reviewing, and maintaining detailed schedules of technical project activities, developing and maintaining project tracking tools for resource allocation and status of activities and contributing to the preparation of technical project reports, consisting of a summary of all activities performed during the course of the programme; and (d) a presenter of technical topics in support of programme implementation as well as EBP performance and results.


The Associate Project Officer consults with and provides services to the members of the project team according to approved work processes ensures that project schedules show the appropriate and accurate detail, and ensuring completion of technical activities according to the donor agreement. She/he also exchanges information with members of the project team to ensure timely implementation of the programme and adequate quality of reporting, which reflects with accuracy all activities performed throughout the project life cycle. In addition, she/he consults with staff members in SAS to insure technical material provided to Member States during the implementation of the projects is timely and accurate.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Prepare regular reports of technical project activities including draft narrative progress reports.
  • Collect, evaluate, consolidate, and disseminate technical project information among project team members and counterparts.
  • Support the implementation of the technical project activities and the development of programme final reports, gather all information regarding contracts and home based assignments, and each corresponding deliverable. This involves quality evaluation, liaison with counterparts for that purpose, and consolidation of material.
  • Support the technical implementation of the project activities by providing technical support in the development and delivery of technical training material.
  • Problem investigation and solution: analyse and suggest solutions and recommendations for issues identified in the course of his/her work.
  • Together with SAS staff members working on the Global Safety Assessment Network (GSAN), contribute knowledge of project management to the development and implement the IAEA safety assessment distance learning and collaboration web based systems and programs for IAEA officers and participating Member States.
  • Facilitate teamwork and daily interactions.
  • May be required to travel as mission support in the field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven ability to independently draft clear and concise written documents based on the evaluation and analysis of technical material collected from contracted experts, in-house sources, or received from Member States.
  • Knowledge of technical areas in nuclear safety including topics such as probabilistic and deterministic safety assessment, defence in depth, and the IAEA safety standards.
  • Proven ability to plan and work within a logistical-technical project in close liaison with team leaders in an international environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with internal and external counterparts and to work as a team player in a multicultural/multidisciplinary environment with respect and sensitivity for diversity.
  • Ability to analyse the needs of the programmes and translate them into workable solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills with an aptitude for drafting and presenting technical documents.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • University degree in nuclear engineering, political sciences, business administration, international relations or a related field.
  • Minimum of two years of related experience, including project management experience, in an international environment.
  • Fluency in English essential. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is desirable.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $46 730 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $29 393*, 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. 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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