Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist (P4), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Friday, 30 July 2021

Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist(P4)

( 2021/0296 (136272) )

Organization: NSRW-Control of Radiation Sources Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-07-02, 2:12:24 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

This vacancy notice may be used to fill multiple positions

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA’s nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the IAEA’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 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, patients and the environment. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.The Regulatory Infrastructure and Transport Safety Section (RIT) is responsible for providing Member States with safety standards, guidance and tools to foster regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety, for the safe transport of radioactive material and for managing information to identify the needs of Member States with a view to improving radiation, transport and waste safety.The Control of Radiation Sources Unit is responsible for the development of standards for regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety, and for providing for the application of these standards in Member States. It organizes Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) and Advisory Missions related to regulatory infrastructure in the various fields of radiation safety. It is also responsible for the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and the associated import/export guidance.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Head of the Control of Radiation Sources Unit, the Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist is responsible for providing technical support to radiation safety regulatory infrastructure development projects in line with relevant IAEA safety standards, and the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, implementing Advisory Missions and Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) programmes, as well as the overall assistance programme of the Unit and for developing/updating safety standards, guidance and tools related to strengthening national regulatory infrastructures for radiation safety and the control of radiation sources.


Reporting to the Head of Control of Radiation Sources, the Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist supports the coordination and implements activities related to improving national regulatory infrastructure. He/she is a substantive contributor, evaluating national regulatory infrastructures, and providing advice and training to national experts and to radiation infrastructure development aimed to assist participating countries at establishing or enhancing their national regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety and security of radioactive material.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Implements the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) programme, addressing all regulatory aspects of radiation safety (regulatory infrastructure, occupational, patient and public protection, waste management and decommissioning, remediation, transport safety), as well as the Advisory Mission programme, and provides technical support to regulatory infrastructure development projects managed by the Division.

Provides advice and training to Member States on the assessment of the effectiveness of national regulatory programmes for the control of radiation sources and facilities on the basis of the organization of and participation in IRRS and Advisory Missions, including coordinating the group of experts on the missions.

Develops/updates safety standards, guidance and tools related to strengthening national regulatory infrastructures for radiation safety and the control of sources, including the Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) and the Self-Assessment of Regulatory Infrastructure Methodology and Tool (SARIS) and tools related to all core regulatory functions, as described in IAEA safety standards.

Promotes the utilization of tools, such as RAIS and SARIS, in Member States through expert missions and the organization of workshops.

Analyses, evaluates and reports on the results of IRRS and Advisory Missions, and develops appropriate follow-up action plans for the Member State.

Formulates conclusions, recommendations and appropriate reports on the IRRS and Advisory Missions for use by senior management in reporting to Member States.

Identifies areas in which training of regulatory bodies in Member States is needed and implements all technical aspects of such training events.

Implements action plans resulting from assessment and appraisal missions through the IAEA’s technical cooperation fund, regular budget and extrabudgetary programmes.

Provides support and relevant expertise for the Incident and Emergency System (IES) and participates in associated training and exercises.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


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.

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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

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.

Knowledge sharing and learning

Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.

Partnership building

Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.

Technical/scientific credibility

Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Application of Safety Standards

Knowledge of the IAEA’s Safety Standards Series and experience in their application in Developing member States.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Development of IAEA Safety Standards

Knowledge and expertise in the drafting and publication processes of the IAEA Safety Standards.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure

Knowledge of the status and trends of regulatory infrastructure in IAEA Member States.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Safety of Radiation Sources

Knowledge of the safe management of radiation sources in industrial, medical and research applications.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

Knowledge of the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and the associated Guidance on Import and Export of Radioactive Sources, and the process for periodic exchange of information regarding their implementation.

Nuclear Security

National Nuclear Security Regimes

Knowledge of IAEA guidance related to the security of radioactive material.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced University degree in Radiation or Nuclear related field. A first level University degree in Radiation or Nuclear fields with an additional three years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an Advanced university degree.

Minimum 7 years of experience in radiation safety, of which at least 5 years should be related directly to radiation safety regulatory activities.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, 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 $ 38580*, 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

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1625425272214