Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP) (P3), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Monday, 11 October 2021

Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP)(P3)

( 2021/0459 (080014) )

Organization: NSNS-Needs Assessment Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-09-13, 11:23:28 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 needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and nuclear security.

The Division of Nuclear Security (NSNS) is responsible for establishing, coordinating and implementing the IAEA’s nuclear security programme to protect against, detect and respond to criminal acts or acts of nuclear terrorism and threats thereof. NSNS comprises four Sections:

Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section

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Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section

Information Management Section

Programme Development and International Cooperation Section

The Information Management Section (INMA) is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the mechanisms required to collect, collate and analyse nuclear security related information required for the effective implementation of activities to strengthen the international nuclear security framework. The Section is responsible for managing and maintaining the Incident and Trafficking Database and related information, as well as the system to develop and coordinate the implementation of Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans. For this purpose, it liaises with other international organizations and Member States to enhance cooperation in and increase the outreach of nuclear security information. The Section is also responsible for managing and maintaining the information technology systems necessary for implementing the work of the Division and providing for information exchange through internal and external information portals. Additionally, the Section is responsible for managing and implementing the programme of activities for raising States‘ awareness of the threat of cyber-attacks, and their potential impact on nuclear security. The Section is also responsible for implementing arrangements to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.

The Needs Assessment Unit supports the general nuclear security needs assessment activities of the Division of Nuclear Security (NSNS). It primarily carries out its responsibilities through the management and implementation of the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan (INSSP) programme of activities and the Nuclear Security Information Management System (NUSIMS) Nuclear Security Self-Assessment Tool. The Unit supports the identification of and planning for nuclear security assistance activities of the Division. The Unit liaises with NSNS technical officers and other IAEA Departmental organizations to ensure coordination and cooperation of nuclear security assistance activities with other IAEA technical activities, in specific States or regions.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP) contributes to the development and management of Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSP) within an assigned portfolio of countries and maintains information related to the conduct of activities in Member States intended to enhance nuclear security. The Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP) also contributes to the overall planning and coordination of the INSSP work of the Section including the development of presentations, analysis of information and activities associated with managing the INSSP Programme and related information.


The Nuclear Security Officer (INSSP) is: 1) an analyst, reviewing and interpreting nuclear security information from a broad range of sources to keep the Member States‘ needs database up-to-date and to manage the related Nuclear Security Information Management (NUSIMS) tool, and country specific nuclear security information required for Divisional needs; 2) a project manager responsible for managing an assigned portfolio of specific country INSSPs and following-up on their implementation; 3) a facilitator/coordinator, working in close collaboration with the Division’s implementing sections in order to facilitate the development of annual work plans in line with the identified Member States‘ needs.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Assess and interpret nuclear security information in order to contribute to the development of INSSPs addressing Member States‘ needs and coordinate and integrate assistance provided by other organizations in order to ensure cost-effective use of the Nuclear Security Fund (NSF). Subsequently, provide substantive input to the Nuclear Security Information Management System (NUSIMS) and maintain Divisional Country Profiles.

Serve as a focal point

both in-house and with Member States

for the coordination of all activities related to the INSSP of Member States within assigned portfolio of States.

Maintain the Member States needs‘ database accurate and up-to-date.

Coordinate with the Division’s implementing sections in order to facilitate the structured planning of future support activities based on needs identified and assist in the development of sections‘ annual work plans.

Follow-up on and track INSSPs‘ implementation in close collaborative relationships with technical officers of the Division, other relevant IAEA Departments and Offices as well as Member States institutions and other nuclear security related UN organizations.

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

Client orientation

Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.

Commitment to continuous process improvement

Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.

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.

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

Physical Protection

Regulatory Framework

Knowledge of the IAEA’s role and responsibilities in assisting Member States to establish a sustainable national nuclear security regime

Security of Radioactive Sources

Security Management

Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of global nuclear security

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree

University degree in Science, Engineering, International Relations or other relevant fields.

At least five years of relevant experience. Experience at the international level desirable. Experience in working with national and international organizations or institutes, an asset.

Comprehensive knowledge of the Africa region, and more particularly, of the French-speaking countries in Africa, and understanding of important cultural and political factors, an asset.

Experience in cross-cutting coordination and project management methodology desirable.

Experience in providing technical assistance an advantage.

Experience in working in small teams advantageous.

Experience in diplomatic settings and a high sense of responsibility and discretion, an asset.

Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of global nuclear security, an asset.

Knowledge of the IAEA’s role and responsibilities in assisting Member States to establish a sustainable national nuclear security regime.

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 $62120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 30501*, 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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