Consultant - Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit, Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021


Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit

( TAL-NSRW20210319-002 )

Organization: NSRW-Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-04-20, 12:20:08 PM

Contract Type : Special Service Agreement


This is a re-advertisement. Applicants who have already submitted their application do not need to resubmit an application. All existing applications are still under consideration.

Organizational Setting

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 safety and security related needs of its Member States.

The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public and patients. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.

The Waste and Environmental Safety Section is responsible for the delineation of a global waste safety framework based upon the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and the development and application of safety standards for the management of radioactive waste, decommissioning, remediation and environmental releases.

The Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit develops safety standards for the management of all types of radioactive waste and spent fuel and promotes their application among Member States, and provides the Secretariat for the Joint Convention and the Waste Safety Standards Committee (WASSC). The Unit fosters the exchange of information among Member States through the organization of meetings, conferences and dedicated projects on the management of radioactive waste, and the sharing of insights gained from advisory and peer review missions with other Member States. It provides leadership for review and training services to operators, regulators and other specialized organizations involved in the safety of radioactive waste and spent fuel management. The Unit provides technical support to a substantial number of projects supported by the IAEA’s technica l cooperation programme and the Asian Nuclear Safety Network, including training courses and dedicated workshops.

Main Purpose

The Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit (RWSFMU) was granted an extra budgetary project to support the regulatory body of one of its Member States in reviewing the proposal and safety aspects for the management and disposal of historical radioactive waste in the Member State country. As part of the implementation of this project the RWSFMU is recruiting a consultant for providing the technical expertise and administrative assistance to successfully carry out the project. As project manager in charge of the project, under the supervision of the Head of the Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management Unit, the consultant will carry out all duties for the successful achievement of the project as per below.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Defining and developing the detailed workplan of the project including the timeline (milestones) for its implementation to ensure a successful and timely achievement of the project.

Successfully implementing the project workplan within the budgetary envelope of the project.

Defining the profile of and recruiting the experts that will be involved in the project according to the tasks and duties to carry out for its successful achievement.

Reporting on the implementation of the project including for financial aspects, among others things by developing and submitting interim and final reports.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of IAEA safety standards on radioactive waste management, decommissioning and remediation.

Technical competence in project management, ability to drive the project and guide the work of experts involved in the project.

Qualifications and Experience

Advanced university degree in Engineering, Chemical or related Science.

Minimum of 7 years of experience in the management of projects at the international level, ideally in the fields related to radioactive waste and spent fuel management and radiation safety.

Experience in regulatory or safety aspects of the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel. Knowledge of bituminised waste and in the development and/or review of safety case for waste management facilities and activities is an asset.

Experience in working in an international setting, international projects, organization of meetings, including virtual ones.

Experience in writing technical reports and documents, interim and final progress reports.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The remuneration for this consultancy is a daily fee of up to a maximum of 300, based on qualifications and experience. In case duty travel is required within the assignment, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health coverage and pension fund are the responsibility of the incumbent.

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