Director, Division of Nuclear Power, Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: D-1

Closing date: Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Director, Division of Nuclear Power(D1)

( 2021/0073 (013080) )

Organization: NENP-Division of Nuclear Power

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-03-10, 3:47:41 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The department has a dynamic, participative and interactive operating environment with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.

The Division of Nuclear Power comprises the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section and the INPRO (International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles) Section. The Division provides core engineering, technological, human resource development and management support to interested Member States in the field of nuclear power.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, the Director ensures that the Division of Nuclear Power provides results based programmatic responses to Member States‘ priorities by initiating, developing and implementing the IAEA’s policy and programme in the area of Nuclear Power.


The Director is: (1) a leader, providing strategic direction towards development and implementation in the corresponding programme area in line with a results based approach, as well as promoting good performance and teamwork, and creating an environment where staff can develop their skills and share knowledge and experience; (2) an adviser and coordinator to the Deputy Director General on issues such as strategy and policy, as well as trends impacting the nuclear power programme; (3) a principal adviser to the Deputy Director General on positioning the programme to deliver in response to the needs of Member States; (4) a manager of the human and financial resources assigned to the Division, responsible for the efficient and effective development and implementation of the nuclear power programme in line with the results based approach.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Lead the Division of Nuclear Power, by providing direction and guidance to staff, and establishing and monitoring standards of excellence in performance.

Direct the deployment and coordination assistance provided for nuclear power programme development, in line with the expressed needs of Member States and the results-based approach.

Coordinate and guide programme monitoring and assessment, ensuring that outcomes are fully in line with stated programme objectives.

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Conduct and coordinate missions and cross-cutting activities for technical support to Member States on implementation of Nuclear Power Programmes.

Foster international and regional cooperation, networking and sharing of practical experience and the effective use of nuclear technology between Member States.

Represent the IAEA’s scientific standing at international conferences and forums and liaise with senior level representatives in scientific institutions and other international organizations to gain awareness of emerging trends.

Strengthen IAEA cooperation with other international organizations through synergetic activities.

Build and maintain strategic institutional partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

Planning and Organizing

Sets clearly defined objectives for the Department/Division in line with the priorities of the Agency. Works toward Agency-wide efficiencies with a view to strengthening and harmonizing planning systems and capacities at the Departmental/Divisional level.


Promotes an environment of open communication within and outside of the Agency, ensuring that sensitive information is protected. Inspires staff at all levels through his/her communication.

Achieving Results

Sets the overall direction for the Departmental/Divisional goals, and promotes a results based management culture that focuses on the achievement of programme results in an effective and efficient manner.


Motivates and empowers staff, and fosters a collaborative approach across the Department/Division and the Agency as a whole. Acts as a role model when handling disagreements.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Judgement/decision making

Ensures that the judgements and decisions that are taken promote the Agency’s strategic goals, the one-house approach, and are in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

Partnership building

Develops strategic partnerships and alliances. Leverages combined network resources to support the Agency’s programmes and priorities in achieving Agency-wide results.

Technical/scientific credibility

Demonstrates vision, expertise and resourcefulness in developing strategies, seizing good opportunities, mastering challenges and risks, and addressing issues relevant to the programme goals.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering and Technology

Technical expertise in nuclear power technology and in-depth knowledge of the worldwide status of nuclear power development and deployment.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Power Plant Life Cycle Management

Knowledge and experience associated with nuclear power planning, operations and advanced technologies.

Human Resources

Performance Management

Expertise in establishing and monitoring standards of excellence in performance.

Management and Programme Analysis

Programme Management

Monitoring, assessing and coordinating programmes related to Division of Nuclear Power and managing staff and financial resources.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced University degree in nuclear engineering, nuclear science or other related field. A first level university degree with additional 5 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.

PhD degree in nuclear engineering, or nuclear related engineering science is an asset.

Minimum of 15 years of relevant working experience in nuclear research and development, of which a minimum of five years of management experience associated with nuclear power planning, operations and advanced technologies at the national/international level.

Proven track record of excellent leadership and experience in managing staff and financial 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 $102715 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 53617*, 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

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