Senior Nuclear Safety Officer, Vienna, Austria
Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
City: Vienna, Austria
Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria
Closing date: Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Senior Nuclear Safety Officer (P5)
( 2020/0554 (015978) )
Organization: NSNI-Operational Safety Section
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Job Posting: 2020-12-30, 2:41:14 PM
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Probation Period : 1 Year
This vacancy notice may be used to fill two positions - one with a focus on long-term operation and ageing management and one with a focus on operational safety review.
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 main aim of the Operational Safety Section (OSS) is to enhance Member States‘ capabilities to improve the operational safety of nuclear power plants through operational safety review services, the use of IAEA safety standards and continuous self-assessment. Its activities include assessment of operational safety performance, long-term operation and operating experience; promotion of management for safety and safety culture; and maintaining the international reporting system database for nuclear power plants.
Reporting to the Section Head, the Senior Nuclear Safety Officer contributes to programme plans, integrates projects, and coordinates an integrated portfolio of projects to support a wide variety of Divisional programmes and services aimed at strengthening the safety of nuclear installation through proper site selection, installation design, systems design; and regulatory and operating policies and practices.
The Senior Nuclear Safety Officer is: (1) a programme planner and project integrator, planning, developing and implementing activities aimed promoting the Divisional programmatic objectives;
(2) a scientific secretary and subject matter expert, planning and leading complex Technical Meetings and consultancies;
(3) a mission leader, planning and leading complex technical safety reviews and follow-up missions; and
(4) a technical officer, developing evaluation strategies and managing integrated project teams to implement and evaluate large and complex technical cooperation and extra-budgetary operational projects and coordinated research projects.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Depending on the Section focus, functions may include to:
Organize and lead teams of internal and external experts to strengthen safety standards and improve their implementation, including to specify the way that standards are developed, implemented and evaluated.
Lead the development of methodologies to assess safety vulnerabilities and for conducting national nuclear safety assessments including consideration of external hazards, safety margins, plant vulnerabilities, and severe accident management plans.
Coordinate Agency activities related to strengthening the nuclear safety effectiveness of operating organizations with Member State regulatory bodies and industry associations.
Consult with Member States with nuclear power programmes and those planning to embark on such a programme to identify and plan initiatives to assist them to strengthen, develop, maintain and implement their capacity building programs, including education, training and exercises at the national, regional and international levels
Tags civil servants emergency preparedness information exchange information systems nuclear power nuclear power plants nuclear safety power plants radiation protection radioactive materials research and development safety and security safety regulations safety standards subject matter expert technical cooperation
Identify evolving information requirements and guide the development and management of nuclear safety information systems such as the Incident Reporting System (IRS), Incident Reporting System for Research Reactors (IRSRR), and Fuel Incident Notification and Analysis System (FINAS); provide support and relevant expertise for the Incident Emergency System (IES); and participate in associated training events and exercises
Participate as an active member and IAEA representative in professional meetings, conferences and projects.
The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA’s Radiation Safety Regulations.
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.
NPP Conduct of Operations
Experience in the conduct of operation of nuclear power plants, including operation, maintenance, operating experience, radiation protection, operating experience feedback, accident management and emergency preparedness and response.
NPP Nuclear Oversight OR Ageing Management and Long-term Opertaion of Nuclear Power Plants
Practical experience in performing nuclear oversight in nuclear power plants OR Thorough knowledge and practical experience in aging management and long-term operation of nuclear power plants, including experience in using relevant IAEA safety standards in these areas at international level
Nuclear Installation Safety
Expertise in aspects of safety of nuclear installations, including commissioning and operation.
Operational Safety Assessment
Practical experience in conducting operational safety assessments in nuclear power plants, including these at international level.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
Advanced university degree in engineering/physical/nuclear/chemical/mathematical/behavioural science/social psychology or a related field.
Minimum of ten years of relevant experience, including five years of senior level experience, and at least four years at the international level.
Experience with the application of nuclear safety principles, standards, procedures, and guidelines, judging their appropriateness and determining the necessity for adapting them.
Proven experience in NPP nuclear oversight OR ageing management and long-term operation of nuclear power plants.
Experience organizing and leading Technical Meetings, capacity building missions, and other expert and advisory missions.
Experience conducting and managing multiple simultaneous projects.
Experience in international projects an asset, particularly with developing countries.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
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 $88162 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 46373*, 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