Director, Incident and Emergency Centre, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: D-1

Closing date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Director, Incident and Emergency Centre(D1)

( 2021/0346 (223616) )

Organization: NS-Incident and Emergency Centre

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-06-09, 12:41:43 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

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 Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) is part of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security and reports to the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department. The IEC serves as the IAEA’s focal point for preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies regardless of their cause, and for strengthening Member States‘ preparedness for response.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Deputy Director General, the Director leads the Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC), the implementation of the IAEA’s policy and programme in the area of incident and emergency preparedness and response, in line with a result - based programmatic responses to Member States. He/she leads the Centre’s activities to ensure efficacy of the implementation of the IAEA’s programme on a global level, and manages the Centre’s financial and human resources in the most effective and efficient manner.


The Director is: (1) the principal adviser to the Deputy Director General overseeing the management, planning, coordination and supervision of the human and financial resources, and the activities of the Centre in accordance with Member States‘ needs and ensuring that these activities are implemented effectively and in cooperation with relevant stakeholders within the Agency, with Member States and other organizations; (2) a leader, providing strategic direction to the staff to efficiently and effectively deliver quality products by promoting good performance and teamwork; (3) a manager acting in accordance with the IAEA’s values and ethical standards in making decisions regarding financial, human, information and knowledge resources.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Lead the planning, development, implementation, guidance, coordination and supervision of the activities of the Centre.

Manage the IEC, including its staff (encouraging teamwork and cooperation), work programme, facilities, assets and systems to efficiently and effectively deliver quality products in accordance with legal obligations, standards and decisions of the Policy-Making Organs.

Lead the IEC’s response actions during a nuclear/radiological incident/emergency.

Participate as an Emergency Response Manager in the on-call response system.

Develop, maintain and communicate a vision and strategy for, and associated policies for implementation of, the IAEA’s programme on incident and emergency management.

Stay aware of developments, and identify, assess and prioritize new issues relevant to incident and emergency management, and, where appropriate, develop initiatives and obtain resources as part of the continuous development of the programme on incident and emergency management.

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Ensure coordination of IEC activities with other IAEA activities related to incident and emergency management, particularly with respect to Technical Cooperation projects. Ensure effective communication of relevant initiatives among stakeholders.

Liaise with Member States, competent authorities, experts and other international organizations on matters related to incident and emergency management; represent the Agency in relevant national and international fora; make presentations to key decision-makers with a view to developing needed consensus.

Prepare documents for the Policy-Making Organs, experts, Agency staff and Member States related to implementation of the programme.

Build and maintain strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States and international and other governmental organizations to ensure acceptance of the IAEA’s relevant standards.

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

Core Competencies

Name Definition


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 Centre 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 Centre and the Agency as a whole. Acts as a role model when handling disagreements.

Planning and Organizing

Sets clearly defined objectives for the Centre 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 Centre level.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Commitment to continuous process improvement

Leads and oversees continuous quality improvement efforts across the Centre through the promotion of advanced tools, resources and training.

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

Management and Programme Analysis

International Relations

In-depth knowledge of regulatory framework for both nuclear security and nuclear safety.

Physical Protection

Regulatory Framework

Awareness of the international trends and issues in the area of incident and emergency response.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in science (physics, chemistry, medicine), nuclear science or other related field. A first level university degree with additional five years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Minimum 15 years of progressively responsible experience in nuclear safety/radiation protection in a national and/or international environment, with experience in a broad spectrum of incident and emergency related management areas and/or in human and financial resource management, programme planning and organizational development. At least 5 of these years should have been at the senior management or executive level.

Proven track record of excellent leadership.

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 $ 53925*, 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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