Energy Systems Analyst (P4), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Energy Systems Analyst(P4)

( 2021/0160 (127754) )

Organization: NEPIK-Planning and Capacity Building Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-03-16, 1:15:40 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 Energy Planning and Nuclear Information and Knowledge comprises the Planning and Economic Studies Section, Nuclear Knowledge Management Section and the Nuclear Information Section. The Division is responsible for strengthening capacities in energy and nuclear power planning, building capacities to manage nuclear knowledge and provide knowledge management services to interested member states, and to procure and provide printed and electronic information in the area of nuclear science and technology.

The Planning and Economic Studies Section has two objectives. One objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to perform their own analyses related to electricity and energy system development, energy investment planning and energy-environment policy formulation and to understand the associated economic implications. The other objective is to improve understanding of the potential role of nuclear energy in the context of mitigating climate change and contributing to sustainable energy development.

Main Purpose

To assist Member States in developing sustainable energy strategies by building local capacities in comprehensive energy planning; i) to conduct technical, economic and environmental assessments of energy options and the potential role of different technology options, including nuclear power; and ii) to enhance and update IAEA’s analytical energy system planning tools to address emerging energy issues.


The Energy Systems Analyst is: (1) an expert contributor: developing, and providing to Member States, analytical tools (energy planning models), training on how to use these tools, and information on energy systems issues including nuclear power; (2) an educator: capacity building in Member States in the area of energy system modelling, analysis and planning; (3) an adviser: providing current, authoritative information to Member States and international organizations on the role of nuclear power as part of a sustainable energy system; (4) a scientific secretary: supporting workshops and international meetings, preparing trainings on the IAEA computer tools, contributing to peer-reviewed papers and brochures and (5) a team member: working collaboratively on studies and analyses, maintaining and developing analysis tools, preparing periodic reviews of programme implementation, maintaining and updating performance indicators, and planning future programmes.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Provide technical support to Member States for capacity building for sustainable energy development and for conducting national energy studies using IAEA’s energy models.

Develop, enhance and maintain analytical tools/software and information resources for energy power planning; oversee maintenance and upgrade of computer codes and user interfaces; update documentation, manuals, users‘ guides and related training materials as well as provide technical support to end-users.

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Implement specific energy, electricity and nuclear power planning and project feasibility studies. This includes designing new innovative approaches to capacity building and training methodologies, and participation in training courses and missions in developing Member States under the IAEA’s Technical Co-operation Programme.

Lead expert energy and electricity supply-demand analyses, evaluation of energy technologies including the potential role for nuclear power for sustainable energy development, and coordination and data compilation of annual nuclear power growth projections.

Prepare reports, country case studies and background papers; and make presentations on special topics related to energy, electricity and nuclear power.

Act as Scientific Secretary for symposia, seminars, workshops and other technical meetings (technical meetings, consultancy meetings, training) conducted by the IAEA in connection with the above activities.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

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

Name Definition

Analytical thinking

Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

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.

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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Energy System Assessment Methods

Ability to perform multi-objective analysis (technical, economic and environmental) of energy options and evaluate different energy mixes.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Energy System Modelling and Analysis

Skills in modelling and analysis of energy systems and evaluation of energy technologies, energy modelling, energy technology/innovation.

Nuclear Engineering

Sustainable Energy Development

Proven expertise in modelling and analysing sustainable energy options, including greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.


Training Design

Ability to design and deploy new training approaches for capacity building including electronic learning.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description


Advanced Statistical Methods

Proven expertise in using advanced statistical methods and mathematical analysis

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced University degree in (nuclear) energy engineering, energy economics, industrial economics, operations research, or a related field of study of direct relevance to nuclear energy analysis and economics.

Minimum of 7 years in energy system planning at national and/or international level, preferably with emphasis on energy-modelling, energy technology/innovation in a national laboratory, research institute, an electrical utility organization or university environment; or in international development organizations with emphasis on energy and sustainable development issues, emission control or energy technology assessment.

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 $74913 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 39704*, 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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