Standards Specialist, Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Monday, 15 February 2021

Standards Specialist (P4)

( 2021/0050 (138277) )

Organization: NSOC-Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-01-04, 9:44:47 AM

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 IAEA’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 nuclear security.

The Office of Safety and Security Coordination (NSOC) is located in the Office of the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department. Its mission is to ensure the technical consistency and effective coordination of the IAEA’s activities in the nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety and nuclear security programmes. NSOC comprises three Sections: the Programme and Strategy Coordination Section, the Networks Management and Partnership Section and the Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section.

The mission of the Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section (SSDS) is to coordinate and support the departmental efforts to ensure that the IAEA’s safety standards and nuclear security guidance constitute a comprehensive, up to date, coherent and authoritative suite of internationally agreed and accepted references; to enhance the review-revision process with the implementation of a new information technology platform for the knowledge and content management of the whole series of safety standards and nuclear security guidance; to provide for the maintenance of the safety and security glossaries and to promote the worldwide harmonized use of the Safety Standards publications and Nuclear Security Series publications.

Main Purpose

As a key member of the Safety and Security Coordination Section, the Standards Specialist implements the Department’s strategies and processes for establishing IAEA safety and security related publications, thus contributing to fulfilling the statutory mandate of the IAEA. In particular, the Standards Specialist reviews and redrafts text of draft Document Preparation Profiles and draft Safety Reports, TECDOCs and other safety and security related draft publications at a similar level to ensure and enhance their quality.


The Standards Specialist is: (1) technical reviser reviewing and redrafting text of draft safety standards, security guidance and other draft safety and security related publications, ensuring the appropriateness of content, syntax, usage, terminology, style and language; (2) project manager establishing and applying mechanisms to support the efficiency, efficacy and effectiveness of the development of safety standards and security guidance; (3) adviser on the preparation of safety standards, security guidance and other draft safety and security related publications.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Review and in consultation redraft texts of draft standards, draft nuclear security guidance and other draft safety and security related publications for syntax, usage, clarity, terminology and consistency.

Apply the strategies and processes for the establishment of safety standards and the development of nuclear security guidance and monitor their implementation.

Analyse feedback on the safety standards and security guidance and promote the use of the Department’s knowledge and content management system for safety standards and nuclear security guidance (NSS-OUI) for feedback collection.

Tags civil servants content management information technology nuclear safety project manager quality management risk management safety and security safety standards

Develop and apply meaningful measures of the effectiveness of safety standards and security guidance in enhancing nuclear safety and nuclear security in Member States.

Present the activities of the Safety Standards and Security Guidance Development Section to IAEA staff, to the Commission on Safety Standards, the Safety Standards Committees and the Nuclear Security Guidance Committee.

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.

Asset Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Nuclear Safety

IAEA Safety Standards

Ability to revise IAEA safety standards desirable.

Physical Protection

Regulatory Framework

Ability to revise IAEA nuclear security guidance desirable.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advance university degree in Science or Engineering.

Minimum 7 years of professional experience, of which at least four years at the international level, in conducting the review and revision of high level scientific, technical and regulatory related texts.

Experience in quality management is an asset.

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 $ 38669*, 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