International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2014/184

Position and Grade: Radiation Protection - Health and Safety Specialist (P-3)
Organizational Unit: Equipment Handling and Storage Team
Verification Logistics Section
Division of Technical and Scientific Services
Department of Safeguards
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 19 November 2014
Application Deadline: 18 December 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 Division of Technical and Scientific Services (SGTS) is responsible for nuclear and other measurement systems applied in verification activities, containment and surveillance techniques and all verification logistics.

The Verification Logistics Section consists of the Safeguards Asset Management Team and the Equipment Handling and Storage Team. The Section provides the Department with support and services in connection with safeguards equipment. These services include asset management, receipt, shipment, warehousing, safety (including radiation protection and contamination monitoring), procurement and provision of equipment and supplies. Through the Equipment Service Desk, the Section acts as an interface between the Division and the other Divisions in the Department. The Section is also responsible for the acquisition and analysis of equipment performance data, and equipment usage statistics, and for providing relevant reports.

Main purpose

Reporting to the Team Leader, the Radiation Protection - Health and Safety Specialist provides operational radiation protection and occupational health and safety services for SGTS, including workplace monitoring, safety audits and field missions.


The Radiation Protection - Health and Safety Specialist is the Radiation Protection Officer (RPO) for SGTS. He/she is: (1) a technical expert, responsible for the organization of operational radiation protection and industrial safety activities; (2) a planner ensuring the Safeguards Equipment Receiving Area (SERA) Laboratory equipment is operational and calibrated; (3) a quality manager ensuring the maintenance of the ISO 17025 accreditation of SERA and recognition of the area as a laboratory; and (4) a liaison with the Radiation Monitoring and Protection Section.


The Radiation Protection - Health and Safety Specialist engages with counterparts within the Division and the Department discussing specific issues related to radiation protection activities and procedures, quality management processes and controls, safeguards equipment, and evaluation and reporting of safeguards activities on safety related matters. She/he maintains a working liaison with the Radiation Monitoring and Protection Section concerning radiation protection measures during the work with radiation and neutron sources, and fission chambers within the Division of SGTS.

The incumbent also liaises with the Departmental Radiation Protection Health & Safety Coordinator on issues related to radiation protection and occupational health and safety.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Act as Divisional Radiation Protection Officer and ensure that work/activities/operations are carried out safely in accordance with the provisions of the IAEA's Radiation Safety Regulations (RSR-RPO.01-06.2007) and any applicable national legal provisions and regulations.
  • Plan and request technical support services for workplace monitoring for the IAEA's own operations and for operations under its control or supervision, and also the monitoring of radioactive waste. Provide technical support with a view to ensuring satisfactory working conditions in compliance with the IAEA's radiation safety regulations.
  • Manage the implementation of the Divisional Radiation Protection Programme, including radiation monitoring inventory and leak testing of radioactive sources and follow up of dose records of Occupationally Exposed Workers.
  • Establish or review the arrangements for monitoring workers and the workplace, including the acquisition and maintenance of radiation protection instruments.
  • Prepare documentation and procedures on Radiation Protection and Health and Safety and follow up on their implementation.
  • Procure radioactive sources for the Department and arrange their shipment.
  • Establish and regularly review a Safety Management System for SGTS.
  • Establish and regularly review a risk assessment for SGTS activities.
  • Maintain the ISO 17025 quality system in the accredited laboratory with regard to radiation monitoring and protection services.
  • Ensure the SERA's Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory equipment is operational, calibrated, and replaced when necessary.
  • Prepare documentation and procedures supporting the activities of SERA.
  • Participate in audits and coordinate implementation of findings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of radiation types, their interactions with matter and principles upon which radiation monitors are based.
  • Hands-on experience and good knowledge of equipment used for radiation protection measurements.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of radiation dosimetry.
  • Knowledge of the IAEA's Basic Safety Standards, the Safety Standards Series of publications and of other relevant international safety standards.
  • Professional and certified knowledge of Industrial Safety principles and implementation.
  • Communication skills:
    • Strong presentation skills.
    • Ability to write and edit scientific and technical reports.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with IAEA staff at all levels.
    • Proven ability to build and maintain collaborative partnerships across organizational boundaries.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • University degree in radiation safety or physical sciences appropriate to the duties of the post.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the field of occupational radiation protection and workplace or industrial safety management, of which at least three years should have been concerned with provision of a technical support service for workplace monitoring.
  • Proven experience in managing staff in a laboratory environment.
  • Experience in working with quality systems, preferably the ISO 17025 system.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Working knowledge of another official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or German an asset.
NOTE: The incumbent may be exposed, in the performance of his/her work, to radiation or radioactive substances and will be submitted to an appropriate monitoring programme, according to the Agency's Radiation Protection Rules and Procedures.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56 198 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $32 145*, 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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