International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/151

Position and Grade: Section Head (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Web, Digital Media and Public Information Materials Section
Office for Public Information and Communication
Offices reporting to the Director General
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 24 December 2013
Application Deadline: 4 February 2014
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Director General's Office for Coordination provides leadership and coordination of policy for all IAEA activities at the executive level for meeting Member States' needs, and achieving a one-house culture and a results based management approach.

The Office for Public Information and Communication provides objective, accurate and timely information about the IAEA and nuclear developments that fosters public understanding of the IAEA's global roles. It also provides advice to the Director General on relations with the media and organizes press briefings. The Office coordinates the communication activities for the rest of the house and assists in the media aspects of major IAEA events and conferences.

The Web, Digital Media and Public Information Materials Section has corporate responsibility for the editorial management, creation and development of information products with a particular focus on the web, digital media and cross-departmental promotional material.

Main purpose

Reporting to the Office Director, the Section Head conceptualizes and executes the programmatic course and vision for the IAEA public website, digital media, web governance, flagship periodicals and topic-oriented information products issued in up to six language editions for general audiences.


The Section Head is: (1) a leader and manager responsible for the research, design, production and development of the IAEA corporate public website and related information products and services; (2) an executive editor overseeing the planning, preparation and production of information products for general audiences on all aspects of the IAEA mission; (3) an adviser to the Director on matters of digital communication policy, strategy resource planning and technological development with a view to increasing public communication programmes' efficiency and effectiveness; (4) a project leader, overseeing project management teams, including to launch, migrate and develop digital platforms, to develop and implement web governance, and to implement a multilingual strategy.


Within the IAEA, the Section Head interacts closely with colleagues and counterparts inside and outside the Office to foster and strengthen cooperation in enhancing the IAEA corporate web presence, as well as to achieve and sustain balanced and informative coverage of the wide range of IAEA activities through digital media and public information products. The Section Head liaises with external counterparts in Member States and partner organizations as appropriate, to manage and coordinate the Section's work to ensure the communication products help to enhance the understanding of the IAEA's mission and promote its positive public image.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Manage the production and development of the IAEA public information website and digital media with a view to achieving wider recognition of the IAEA's roles and wider public use of the communication products through established and emerging digital communication channels.
  • Oversee the production and development of IAEA public information periodicals and products issued in multilingual editions in print and digital formats in order to improve awareness of the IAEA's contribution to issues on the global nuclear agenda.
  • Advise and support the Director on matters of digital communication policy, strategy, technological changes impacting communication platforms and channels, resource planning for the public information programme in support of results-based management intended to maintain and improve access to information by IAEA constituencies, nuclear communicators and potential target audiences.
  • Serve on relevant communication internal bodies, manage project teams to implement medium-term projects related to needed technological developments, web governance and multilingual strategy.
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with counterparts in strategic partner organizations and professional bodies and forums so as to advance understanding of communication problems, opportunities and methods, and to improve the coordination of public information on high-profile, cross-cutting issues.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Professional knowledge:
    • Up-to-date knowledge of print and digital publishing practices, web strategy, social media strategy and marketing, distributed team management, as well as trends, developments, and emerging methods and technologies for effective digital marketing and public communication;
    • Knowledge of topics in fields of nuclear science and technology an asset.
  • Communication and analytical skills: Strong writing and editorial skills, as demonstrated through experience in public information, public affairs or a related field, so as to present complex scientific and technical information clearly, accurately and informatively to news media and the public.
  • Leadership skills: Ability to communicate a common and inspiring vision, to provide others with a clear direction, to adopt a strategic approach and to act as a catalyst for change.
  • Management skills:
    • Ability to manage multicultural staff appropriately and fairly, providing clear direction and motivation, and dealing with possible conflicts;
    • Results orientation: results-based planning, performance and implementation.
  • Strategic thinking: Demonstrated ability to find and develop new communication and outreach opportunities, to understand the fundamental drivers of modern communication, and to anticipate and prepare for future communication needs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to establish and maintain good relationships with internal and external counterparts and to work harmoniously in a multicultural/multidisciplinary environment with respect and sensitivity for diversity.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university degree in public affairs, communication, or related studies.
  • Minimum of 10 years of working experience with increasing responsibilities in public information/communication, including demonstrated experience in managing information products and services prepared for and delivered for print and web publishing.
  • Of those, five years of experience with increasing responsibilities in managing multidisciplinary editorial teams for print and web publishing operations in a public information environment, preferably at international or intergovernmental level.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and producing web-based multimedia information products, including presentations involving video, audio, and digital images and graphics.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English. Working knowledge of other IAEA official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) 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 $54 415*, 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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