International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2014/012

Position and Grade: Emergency Communication Specialist (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Incident and Emergency Centre
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 17 January 2014(re-opened on 27 March 2014)
Application Deadline: 7 May 2014
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security formulates and implements the IAEA's Major Programme 3, "Nuclear Safety and Security", which encompasses the IAEA's activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the safety and security related needs of its Member States.

The Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) is part of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security and reports to the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department. The IEC serves as the IAEA's focal point for preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies regardless of their cause and for strengthening Member States' preparedness for response.

Main purpose

Reporting to the IEC Head, the Emergency Communication Specialist is responsible for communication with Member States, public and media in nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies. The Emergency Communication Specialist develops the IAEA's communication strategy in nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies as well as necessary communication tools for effective communication in an incident or emergency, in close coordination with the Office of Public Information and Communication. He/she will be the IAEA spokesperson responsible for explaining complex technical issues to a general audience in response to nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies.

Role

The Emergency Communication Specialist is: (1) the spokesperson, in case of nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies, responsible for presenting complex technical issues in plain language at briefings of Member States and the media, with support of additional spokespeople, as circumstances require; (2) a specialist developing and implementing a communication strategy in nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies, in close coordination with the Office of Public Information and Communication; (3) an expert contributor developing communication materials to be used in case of nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies of various scenarios, and offering technical support and guidance to Member States.

Partnerships

The Emergency Communication Specialist works closely with the Office of Public Information and Communication to ensure consistency of communication messages in nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies within the overall IAEA communication strategy. He/she engages counterparts within the IAEA, especially Communication Advisers of different Departments to consult on issues and ensure consistency of communication on all aspects of emergency preparedness and response. Furthermore, he/she works closely with the relevant staff of other international organizations members of IACRNE to coordinate efforts of public communication in nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies. He/she also works closely with the relevant staff of national counterparts to discuss Member States' needs and to provide technical guidance on the IAEA's communication strategy in a nuclear or radiological incident or emergency.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • In case of nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies, act as the IAEA spokesperson responsible for presenting complex technical issues in plain language at briefings of Member States and the media, with support of additional spokespeople, as circumstances require.
  • Develop a communication strategy for nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies in line with the IAEA Safety Standards and guidelines in the area of emergency preparedness and response, as well as with the overall IAEA communication strategy.
  • Manage the development of appropriate communication materials to be used by the IAEA in case of nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies of various scenarios, to meet internal and external stakeholder needs.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of public information areas within the safety standards, guidelines, and technical tools related to incident and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Coordinate activities related to implementation of the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) at the international level, including development of relevant guidelines and training materials and conducting of training courses.
  • Provide expert technical knowledge, guidance, and advice to Member States on the development and implementation of the public information areas within overall incident and emergency preparedness and response programmes.
  • Collect information and write relevant parts of the annual Nuclear Safety Review, Annual Report, other reports to the governing bodies and other programme documents.
  • Participate in the IAEA's Incident and Emergency System (IES), participate in associated training and exercises, and provide technical support as required when the IEC is activated.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth knowledge of scientific, technical and communication aspects of preparedness and response to nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies.
  • Good knowledge of radiation protection and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Experience in public communication in actual response to conventional incidents and emergencies. Experience in public communication in actual response to nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing, in a clear, engaging, compelling and creative manner.
  • Demonstrated 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 technically accurate, clear and understandable to general audiences.
  • 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 science or another field relevant to nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response, complemented, ideally, with communication modules.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in science communication, technical writing and writing for a general audience, preferably with strong national or international experience in emergency preparedness and response issues.
  • Experience in acting as a spokesperson in an actual incident or emergency.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) an asset.

Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $80 887 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $55 084*, 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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