Project Manager (External Events Safety Section ), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Thursday, 26 November 2020

Project Manager (External Events Safety Section ) (P4)

( 2020/0463 (217384) )

Organization: NSNI-External Events Safety Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2020-10-08, 2:50:28 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA’s nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the Agency’s activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and security.

The objective of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations worldwide that are under design or construction or in operation. The Division does this by establishing standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities, and by providing for the application of these standards through, among other things, support for the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation programme, the rendering of safety review services, the promotion of education and training, the fostering of information exchange and the coordination of research and development. 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. NSNI comprises five Sections:

External Events Safety Section

Operational Safety Section

Safety Assessment Section

Regulatory Activities Section

Research Reactor Safety Section

The External Events Safety Section (EESS) aims to strengthen Member States‘ capabilities to enhance the safety of nuclear installations through the proper selection of sites, assessment of site specific hazards and the utilization of site parameters in the design of the installation. EESS develops and implements safety standards and guides for design and safety assessment, methods and tools for deterministic and probabilistic safety analysis and safety performance evaluation for all external hazards considered in the design of a nuclear facility. The Section coordinates and supports Member States in establishing and implementing the engineering safety of installations and safety assessment and capacity building activities for embarking countries in the area of site and installation design safety, construction and operations.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Project Manager plans and coordinates the implementation of the project on Capacity building for Embarking Countries aimed at the development of national competences for the review of the Site Safety Assessment in the Safety Analysis Report (SAR).


The Project Manager is: (1) a project planner and implementer, contributing to the development and implementation of activities aimed at promoting the divisional programmatic objectives in the area of seismic qualification of systems and components by similarity;
(2) a scientific secretary and technical expert, planning and leading technical meetings, consultancies, review missions and technical workshops;
(3) a technical officer, leading extra-budgetary operational and coordinated research projects

(4) a project manager, who in cooperation with the Section Head keeps the donors informed of the project outcome and shares the assessment of the results

Functions / Key Results Expected

Lead the project on Capacity Building for Embarking Countries, managing the assigned resources, both internal and external to the IAEA, and securing the output delivery in time and quality.

Conduct the project steering group, which identifies target countries, priorities, indicators, topics and methods for training delivery.

Conduct the preparatory missions in the selected reference countries, for identification of training needs and tools.

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Provide technical expertise and lead the consultancy teams to design the training activities.

Conduct the development of training modules.

Supervise the training delivery, with progress monitoring and competence assessment.

Provide technical contribution to other EESS projects in the area of design and qualification in relation external events.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies


Planning and Organizing

Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.


Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.

Achieving Results

Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.


Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies


Client orientation

Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.

Commitment to continuous process improvement

Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.

Judgement/decision making

Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.

Required Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Nuclear Safety

Nuclear Installations against External Hazards

Site selection and assessment process, including site investigation campaign and data processing.

Management and Programme Analysis

Project Management

Project management and leadership capabilities.

Nuclear Safety

Safety Assessment of Nuclear Facilities

Knowledge of the regulatory review process of the Site Assessment and Environmental Impact Reports.

Nuclear Safety

Structural Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Civil Engineering

Knowledge of the IAEA documents relevant to site safety assessment.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in engineering or physical/nuclear sciences.

Minimum of seven years of experience in applying nuclear safety principles and state-of-the-art nuclear safety techniques to site evaluation, of which five years at international level, and design of nuclear installations in relation to External events and in site safety assessment based on national and international standards.

Experience in drafting and finalizing technical reports, guidelines, manuals, training material, publications and other resources.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 36905*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance


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