Senior Nuclear Security Officer (Regulatory Infrastructure), Vienna, Austria
Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
City: Vienna, Austria
Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria
Closing date: Thursday, 25 February 2021
Senior Nuclear Security Officer (Regulatory Infrastructure) (P5)
( 2021/0085 (216017) )
Organization: NSNS-Radioactive Material Security Unit
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Job Posting: 2021-01-28, 3:26:45 PM
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Probation Period : 1 Year
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 nuclear security.
The Division of Nuclear Security (NSNS) is responsible, upon request, for establishing, coordinating and implementing the IAEA’s nuclear security programme to protect against, detect and respond to nuclear security events and threats thereof. NSNS comprises four Sections:
Information Management Section
Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section
Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section
Programme Development and International Cooperation Section
The Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section (MAFA) is responsible, upon request, to assist States for activities related to implementation of the CPPNM and its Amendment and the Code of Conduct on Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, establishing and sustaining nuclear security systems and measures for nuclear material, other radioactive material, associated facilities and associated activities being under regulatory control. These activities include developing nuclear security guidance consistent with relevant binding and non-binding international instruments, as well as assisting Member States in implementing their effective nuclear security legislative and regulatory frameworks. The Section performs assessment and provides advice through the International Physical Protection Advisory Service and expert missions, assists human resource development, including education and training through international, regional and national training courses and workshops, develops methodologies and promotes dialogue and cooperation through consultancy meetings, Coordinated Research Projects and technical meetings, and assists security upgrades.
The Radioactive Material Security Unit is responsible for performing activities related to nuclear security of radioactive material in use and storage, associated facilities and activities, including secure lifecycle management of disused sealed radioactive sources, and the technical implementation of the Code of Conduct on Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and its supplementary guidance documents.
Under the supervision and the guidance of the Unit Head (Radioactive Material Security Unit), and in close cooperation with staff from the IAEA’s Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety (NSRW) as well as from other relevant Divisions, the Senior Nuclear Security Officer (Regulatory Infrastructure) will lead the technical implementation of nuclear security components of complex, multi-disciplinary technical assistance projects and activities aimed at supporting States in establishing and strengthening their national regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety and security of radioactive material. In addition, the Senior Nuclear Security Officer (Regulatory Infrastructure) will be responsible for providing high-level technical backstopping for selected activities in the same area, such as the preparation of international technical guidance documents, and for organizing training events and leading assessment and advisory missions. Further, he/she will be expected to provide support to the development of States Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSP) and to the implementation of actions to support these Plans.
The Senior Nuclear Security Officer (Regulatory Infrastructure) is: (1) a recognized expert in all aspects related to the establishment and strengthening of regulatory infrastructure for the security of radioactive material and associated facilities, with a good overall understanding of the regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety; (2) a technical team leader for the implementation of complex, multi-disciplinary technical assistance projects, including guiding and facilitating discussions with decision-makers and high level representatives of States, and other relevant international organizations and initiatives relating to regulatory infrastructure during IAEA missions to developing countries; (3) a scientific secretary to international scientific meetings related to regulatory infrastructure developing, the related documents, utilizing technical contributions from relevant experts in Member States; (4) a substantive contributor, providing inputs to the consolidation and development of new IAEA training courses tailored to the specific needs of beneficiary States; and (5) a liaison with representatives of national regulatory bodies and other competent authorities in States, experts and senior representatives in the field of regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety and security of radioactive material.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Lead the technical analysis and assessment of States‘ needs in the area of national regulatory infrastructure for the security of radioactive material and, in collaboration with NSRW, in the area of radiation safety, and propose innovative approaches to address identified shortcomings.
Provide authoritative advice on national strategies for the security of radioactive material in use and storage, including to senior officials.
Lead the technical implementation of relevant components of Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSPs) based on Member States‘ needs based on the IAEA Nuclear Security Guidance documents, IAEA Safety Standards and guidelines.
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Provide, in collaboration with NSRW, authoritative technical and strategic advice to States and support them in capacity building, including conduct of training, workshops, exercises and seminars related to national regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety and security of radioactive material and associated facilities.
Organize and lead international meetings on the establishment and strengthening of regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety and nuclear security of radioactive material and associated facilities.
Lead the provision of technical input to the development of Nuclear Security Guidance documents in the subject area, in collaboration with other NSNS staff and based on technical contribution from Member State experts.
Competencies and Expertise
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.
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.
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.
Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety
Application of Safety Standards
Good knowledge of IAEA Safety Standards.
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety
Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources
In-depth knowledge of the Code of Conduct for the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and its Supplementary Guidance.
Security of Radioactive Sources
Licensing and Inspections
Experience in the authorization and inspection process for security of radioactive material and associated facilities, and in the drafting and review of regulations.
National Nuclear Security Regimes
In-depth knowledge of international guidance related to the security of radioactive material.
Management and Programme Analysis
Proven experience in analyzing technical data and States‘ needs in the field of radiation safety and/or security of radioactive material, and in the design and implementation of technical assistance projects.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
Advanced University degree in Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a closely related technical field with a focus on nuclear science, nuclear engineering, nuclear technology, nuclear/ radiation safety, nuclear security or non-proliferation.
Minimum ten years of relevant experience in implementing activities related to the establishment or strengthening of regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety and/or for the security of radioactive material, of which at least five years should be directly related to the security of radioactive material within a relevant competent authority, most preferably in a senior position.
Demonstrated experience in implementing activities directly related to the establishment or strengthening of national regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety.
Demonstrated experience in working with national and international organizations or institutes in the framework of technical assistance projects.
Experience in working with the IAEA and with States in the Africa region is desirable.
Experience in implementing projects or/activities aimed at supporting States in the establishment and strengthening of their national regulatory infrastructure for both radiation safety and the security of radioactive material is an asset.
Excellent oral and written command of English and French. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 46895*, 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