Laboratory Head (Marine Environmental Studies Lab), Monaco

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Monaco

Field location: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Office: IAEA-EL - Environment Laboratories Monaco

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Sunday, 8 August 2021

Laboratory Head (Marine Environmental Studies Lab)(P5)

( 2021/0281 (018565) )

Organization: NAEL-Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory

Primary Location: Monaco-Monaco-Monaco-IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco

Job Posting: 2021-06-11, 7:38:01 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA’s Major Programme 2, "Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection". This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme’s objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.

The IAEA Environment Laboratories Division consists of four laboratories, three of which are located in Monaco and one in Seibersdorf. The Division supports Member States in enhancing their capacity to use nuclear and isotopic techniques to understand marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environmental processes and dynamics, and to identify and address environmental problems caused by radioactive and non-radioactive pollutants and climate change.The Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory (MESL) is the analytical support centre for isotopic and elemental analysis of trace elements, organic contaminants and long lived radionuclides in the marine environment. It provides reference materials, recommends procedures and carries out proficiency tests and interlaboratory comparisons for quality assurance programmes for the determination of non-nuclear contaminants. It implements marine monitoring programmes in collaboration with regional laboratories, and provides training in analytical techniques and metrology in chemistry.

Main Purpose

As a manager and team leader reporting to the Division Director, the Laboratory Head develops and implements the IAEA’s policy and programme on providing technical support to Member States for monitor and assessment of marine pollution. The incumbent leads the Section’s activities in these areas to ensure the efficacy of the IAEA’s programme on a global level, and is responsible for the management of the Section’s financial and human resources.


The Laboratory Head has several roles. (a) team leader and manager in a specialized, multilateral environment with diverse views on the issues, finding practical solutions and presenting arguments that can achieve results; (b) adviser, providing analysis and background information to the Director on the formulation of strategies and policies related to the Section’s technical responsibilities, and facilitating their implementation; (c) coordinator and officer responsible for the technical support of the Section to the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme in the relevant fields; (d) facilitator of cooperation with other organizations and with other Departments in the IAEA dealing with this area of work.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Plan, coordinate, monitor and supervise the implementation of activities of the Laboratory in accordance with Member States‘ needs: ensure innovative policies and strategies, quality management standards and a results based approach are part of overall management of the Laboratory.

Propose and develop new initiatives with IOC, EU, World Bank, GEF focused on emergent contaminants affecting Member States.

Liaise with and respond to the priorities of Member States and International Organizations requiring expertise and assistance in marine environmental pollution.

Cooperate with the other Laboratory Sections in the integration of nuclear and isotopic techniques for marine pollution.

Contribute and evolve UNEP’s Regional Seas projects with updated Reference Methods and Materials for Marine Pollution Studies.

Continue development of related technical support programmes including AQCS, equipping, training and pilot monitoring studies, together with interagency partners.

Secure the necessary extrabudgetary funds from these agencies in order to cover the costs of these collaborative projects.

Publish reports, manuals and scientific papers associated with the above activities, and to represent the IAEA and the Inter-Agency programme on Marine Pollution at International meetings.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.

Achieving Results

Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.


Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.

Planning and Organizing

Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Judgement/decision making

Consults with and seeks advice at the appropriate managerial level when making complex decisions. Facilitates dialogue and development of best practice to support judgement/decision making, in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

Partnership building

Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders.

Technical/scientific credibility

Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Management and Programme Analysis

Analytical Writing Skills

Ability to write technical reports, scientific publications and communication material.

Management and Programme Analysis

Development of Analytic Methodologies and Processes

Ability to develop analytical methodologies and processes to assess marine pollution


Environmental Chemistry

Thorough knowledge of environmental chemistry. Knowledge of marine environmental processes.

Management and Programme Analysis

Partnership Development

Ability to develop partnerships with international, national and regional authorities and organisations

Management and Programme Analysis

Project Management

Expertise in project management, including results-based budgeting, reporting, monitoring expenditures and human resources management

Management and Programme Analysis

Resource Mobilization

Ability to raise funds to support programmatic activities

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in marine sciences or a related science, doctorate an advantage

Minimum of 10 years of experience in environmental marine sciences with at least five at the managerial level.

Extensive work experience at the international level.

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 $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 49321*, 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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