International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2014/076

Position and Grade: Director (D-1)
Organizational Unit: Office of Safeguards Analytical Services
Department of Safeguards
Duty Station: Seibersdorf, Austria
Issue Date: 23 May 2014
Application Deadline: 20 June 2014
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for some 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as two Offices: the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.

The Office of Safeguards Analytical Services is responsible for the analysis of nuclear material and environmental swipe samples, as well as for the coordination of logistics and the Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL). Located about 45 km south of Vienna in Seibersdorf, the Office is organized into three Sections: the Nuclear Material Laboratory (including the On-Site Laboratory in Japan), the Environmental Sample Laboratory and the Coordination and Support Section.

Main purpose

Reporting to the Deputy Director General for Safeguards, the Director of the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services has the overall responsibility for all aspects of the operation and maintenance of laboratory services, as well as the further development of the analytical capabilities for IAEA safeguards. The Analytical Services include the Environmental Sample Laboratory, the Nuclear Material Laboratory and the Coordination and Support Section at the IAEA Laboratory compound in Seibersdorf, and covers the coordination of the NWAL and sample shipment logistics. The Director ensures that analytical results are reported in a timely and accurate manner, that the laboratories are in compliance with safety and security requirements, are appropriately equipped and maintained and that a Laboratory Quality Management System is in place. He/she contributes to improve safeguards effectiveness and efficiency. The Director provides authoritative guidance on the definition and implementation of technical solutions related to analytical laboratory services for Safeguards.


The Director is: an adviser and coordinator to the Deputy Director General on issues such as laboratory issues and analytical services; a leader, providing general strategic direction and motivating staff in the Office promoting good performance and teamwork and creating an environment where staff can develop their skills and share knowledge and experience; a manager, acting in accordance with the IAEA's values and ethical standards in making decisions regarding human, financial, information and knowledge resources assigned to the Office.


The Director engages with senior staff in the Department and within the organization on issues on laboratory services, measurement results, standards, procedures, business improvement, assessment and resource mobilization related to safeguards implementation and planning issues. He/she coordinates with other programme managers in SG, NS, NA, MT to optimize cost effective synergies within the IAEA and integrated approaches for laboratory operations. The Director provides authoritative guidance and engages in communications with counterparts in Member States and members of the IAEA's governing bodies on safeguards analytical capabilities, with a view to raising assistance in cash and kind. The Director ensures executive level communication with commercial contractors in the context of major projects.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for the development, maintenance and operations of safeguards laboratories, with particular emphasis on information integration, laboratory quality and security.
  • Participate in the Department's senior management team for formulating safeguards policies, strategic planning and developing innovative approaches to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of the safeguards system.
  • Effectively and efficiently lead and manage an innovative and effective team of senior managers and staff and related financial resources assigned to the Office, including the planning and assignment of resources, the implementation of planned activities and assessment of the outcomes.
  • Foster the preservation and growth of knowledge within the Office and the Department.
  • Promote compliance with the Departmental quality management system in the Office, with particular emphasis on the development of new systems in accordance with industry best practices in terms of laboratory quality and project management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, understand complex business strategic needs and set directions. Significant exposure to a results-oriented approach, focused on timely and cost effective delivery of analytical laboratory services accustomed to customer needs and requirements.
  • Professional expertise: Demonstrated competence in the laboratory management and scientific research management in an environment requiring the highest information security. Proven leadership, or at least senior participation, in the technical and cultural transition towards a Service Oriented Architecture.
  • Advanced knowledge of analytical methods and techniques and instrumentation for measuring radio- and stable isotopes in different media.
  • Leadership skills: Proven track record of excellent leadership, thorough knowledge of management principles and ability to foster an environment which promotes good performance, open communication, integrity, self-development and innovation.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, i.e., the ability to represent the Division or Department effectively, including the ability to deliver briefings to diverse target audiences as well as to conduct effective meetings with senior management and representatives of Member States and other stakeholders. in particular with a view to fund-raising funding or other assistance.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university degree in a relevant scientific, technical or managerial field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Of those, at least 10 in management of analytical laboratories with highly professional teams including security, safety, risk and quality management, and a minimum of 5 years of experience at the senior level in an international organization or multinational company, with demonstrated capability in multicultural human leadership and financial resource and project management.
  • Experience in analysing radioactive materials and samples specifically safeguards inspection samples. An understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle verification issues, safeguards specificities and the current and upcoming challenges of the IAEA's safeguards system is desirable.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English essential. Working knowledge of another official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and German is desirable.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $95 575 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $65 851*, 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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