Section Head (Regulatory Activities Section) (P5), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Thursday, 7 October 2021

Section Head (Regulatory Activities Section)(P5)

( 2021/0461 (012944) )

Organization: NSNI-Regulatory Activities Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-08-23, 10:49:41 AM

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 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 objective of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations worldwide that are under design or construction or in operation. The Division does this by establishing standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities, and by providing for the application of these standards through, among other things, support for the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation programme, the rendering of safety review services, the promotion of education and training, the fostering of information exchange and the coordination of research and development. In addition, the Division helps ensure safety at nuclear installations by promulgating international safety instruments such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors. NSNI comprises five Sections:

External Events Safety Section

Operational Safety Section

Safety Assessment Section

Regulatory Activities Section

Research Reactor Safety Section

The main objective of the Regulatory Activities Section (RAS) is to help enhance effective regulatory infrastructures for nuclear safety in Member States based on IAEA safety standards and the use of self-assessment. The Section’s activities include safety review and advisory missions to Member States, the development and revision of safety standards, support for effective regulatory development for countries embarking on new nuclear power programmes, development of training programmes for regulators, and organizational aspects related to the Convention on Nuclear Safety.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Division Director, the Section Head manages and leads the team of the Regulatory Activities Section, initiating, developing and implementing the IAEA’s policy and programme aim at strengthening the regulatory infrastructures for nuclear facilities and installations. The Section Head leads the Section’s activities to ensure the efficacy of the IAEA’s programme on a global level, and manages the Section’s financial and human resources.


The Section Head is: (a) a programme manager in a specialized, multilateral environment, finding practical solutions and presenting arguments that can achieve results; (b) an adviser, providing analysis and background information to the Division Director on the formulation of strategies and policies related to the Section’s technical responsibilities and facilitating their implementation; (c) a manager, planning, managing, coordinating and supervising the activities of the Section in accordance with IAEA policies and programmes and Member States‘ needs and ensuring that programmes and tasks are implemented effectively; (d) a promoter, conveying to multiple audiences the IAEA’s vision and mission in this area; and (e) a substantive technical expert contributor, managing and implementing projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Provide technical and managerial leadership of the Section in the following areas: enhancing the capability of Member States in relation to the application of the IAEA’s safety standards by carrying out regulatory review services to assess the effectiveness of the governmental and national regulatory infrastructure, taking into consideration technical and policy issues. enhancing the capability of Member States in establishing and maintaining regulatory processes for self-assessment of their compliance with the IAEA’s safety standards; coordinating and supporting Member States in the areas of education and training, including conducting coordinated research projects to enhance technical skills in Member States.

Broaden knowledge of the core regulatory functions applied to nuclear installations, including authorization, review and assessment, inspection and enforcement and development of regulatory frameworks, through: organizing scientific meetings, preparing scientific programmes, contributing to the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications, and organizing in-house meetings in support of the Section’s scientific programme; establishing and maintaining contacts with individual scientists in relevant organizations, committees and scientific societies.

Plan, manage and lead the development, review and publication process of safety standards for all the nuclear installation types which are under the responsibility of the Section.

Plan, organize and lead complex safety review missions, including preparatory and follow up visits and assessments of Member States‘ needs. Provide technical input and coordinate the preparation of mission reports.

Identify strategies and analyze information to enhance the capability of the Section’s programme to address Member States‘ needs, and lead the IAEA’s activities related to supporting the further strengthening of the international safety regime in the assigned technical areas.

Coordinate the Section’s provision of specialized technical input to technical cooperation projects in the subject area.

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

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

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.


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.

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

Nuclear Safety

Management System for Regulatory Bodies

Experience in establishing the appropriate management system for the effective and efficient implementation of the fundamental regulatory functions such as development of regulations, authorization, inspection and public communication.

Human Resources

Project Management

Extensive experience in leading multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.

Nuclear Safety

Regulation of Nuclear Installations

Experience in development and implementation of the regulatory framework to assure safety of nuclear installations during lifetime stages such as site evaluation, design, construction, and/or operation.

Nuclear Safety

Regulatory Oversight of Nuclear Installations

Experience in regulatory oversight of nuclear installations during lifetime stages with particular focus on authorization, inspection, and enforcement.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in nuclear engineering, science, technology or related technical areas.

Bachelor’s Degree

A first level university degree in nuclear engineering, science, technology or related technical areas with additional four years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.

Minimum 10 years of experience in the field of regulatory activities, including the development and implementation of the regulatory framework for the safety of new and operating nuclear power plants, out of which five should be in a senior or managerial level in a regulatory authority.

Experience at the international level, including the development of the IAEA safety standards (either directly or indirectly) and providing for their implementation through participation in IAEA peer reviews and in particular IRRS (Integrated Regulatory Review Service) missions.

Knowledge of complementary fields such as nuclear physics, and reactor design and operation.

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 $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 44110*, 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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