Deputy Head of Division and Lead Technologist, Paris, France

Organization: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Country: France

City: Paris, France

Office: OECD Paris, France

Closing date: Thursday, 3 December 2020

Deputy Head of Division and Lead Technologist ( Job Number: 13961 )

Application Closing Date: 03-12-2020, 10:59:00 PM

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 37 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.

The Nuclear Energy Agency ( NEA) is an intergovernmental agency which operates under the framework of the Organisation for Economic Coâ‘operation and Development (OECD). It facilitates co-operation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, related environmental and economic matters and law. The mission of the NEA is to assist its 33 member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international coâ‘operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally sound and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It strives to provide authoritative assessments and to forge common understandings on key issues as input to government decisions on nuclear technology policies.

The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) is an international governmental initiative aimed at developing the next generation of fission reactors through collaborative R&D programmes. The NEA serves as the technical secretariat for the Forum.

The NEA is looking for a highly experienced individual to serve in the role as Deputy Head of Division and Lead Technologist and also serve as the Head of GIF Technical Secretariat. The successful candidate will support the activities of the NEA Nuclear Committee for Technical and Economic Studies on Nuclear Energy Development and the Fuel Cycle, known as the Nuclear Development Committee (NDC), the GIF, and assure close co-operation with colleagues in other teams within the NEA, including those working in Nuclear Technology Development and Economics; Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation; and Nuclear Science. The individual selected for this important post will report to the Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics and lead a small multinational team of experts.

Main Responsibilities

Management and Coordination Support

Serve as Deputy Head of Division.

Provide expert leadership and input toward the establishment of medium and long-term strategies and analyses in areas related to the development and application of advanced nuclear energy technologies, including Generation III designs, Generation IV technologies, small modular reactors, microreactors, and related advanced fuel cycle technologies.

Develop proposed programs and approaches to support the interests of NEA member countries in enabling the application of advanced nuclear energy technologies to support long-term energy and environmental goals, including technical and policy analyses, research programs, and other multinational cooperative activities.

Organise, lead, and manage a small multi-national team of experts to provide high quality support to the GIF, including full support the GIF Chairman, Policy Group, System Steering Committees, and Project Management Boards, provide high quality secretarial services such as organising meetings, drafting summary reports and contractual documents defining the organisation of the R&D activities of the various groups.

Assist the head of division to support the NEA Nuclear Development Committee, its Chair and Bureau, and Working Groups.

Support cross-cutting technical and policy activities of the NEA and its standing technical committees and working groups.

Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Head of Division or the NEA’s Director-General.

Representation and liaison

Represent the NEA and the GIF in major international fora, providing both expert-level presentations, policy-level speeches, interviews, and other appearances.

Tags economic cooperation international cooperation nuclear energy nuclear safety nuclear science nuclear technology project management

Contribute to an effective communication strategy of the GIF by taking an active role in the management of the GIF’s internal and external websites, to ensure that contents are regularly updated, and provide reliable information on Generation IV systems.

Maintain close co-operation with actors within the Nuclear Energy Agency to ensure effective cooperation and coordination with relevant NEA activities.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

An advanced university degree in nuclear engineering or applied physics, or other relevant field.

Professional Background

Eight to ten years‘ experience in nuclear energy research, and management of R&D programmes.

Proven national-level and international experience in interacting with senior officials and experts from governmental organisations, regulatory authorities and research institutions.

Proven experience in leading a team of diverse experts

Strong project management skills and ability to manage simultaneously several programme of works with strict deadlines and within budget.


Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.

Core competencies

For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical Thinking, Achievement focus, Managing resources, Teamwork and team leadership, Diplomatic sensitivity.

Please also refer to the level 4 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract duration

Three year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

Monthly base salary starting from 8,790 EUR plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of NEA or OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

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