Director (Chief Financial Officer), Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: D-1

Closing date: Thursday, 7 October 2021

Director (Chief Financial Officer)(D1)

( 2021/0482 (000312) )

Organization: MTBF-Division of Budget and Finance

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-09-09, 3:34:23 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Division of Budget and Finance manages the financial resources essential for full implementation of the IAEA’s scientific and technical programmes. The Division provides financial services and solutions for programme budgeting, treasury, payments, payroll, financial accounting and reporting to support the IAEA’s mandate.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Deputy Director General for Management, the Director (Chief Financial Officer) plays a key role in budget development, monitoring and reporting and in financial planning, accounting and management. He/she provides leadership and professional direction to the staff of the Division and drives the planning and implementation of the IAEA’s financial management strategy. Also, the Director leads central budget and financial management services, and sets and ensures the integrity of budget and financial management standards.


The Director is: (1) a leader, encouraging and inspiring the identification and implementation of innovative solutions and best practices that address the Agency’s priorities; (2) the Chief Financial Officer of the organization, providing authoritative budgetary and financial advice to stakeholders and senior management, and; (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

Provide direction for, lead and manage budgeting, payment and accounting services, including the development, implementation, coordination and monitoring of policies, procedures, guidelines and standards, as well as the related information systems.

Ensure that managers have access to timely, accurate and useful information with regard to the financial status of their fields/programmes and projects, enabling them to make sound management decisions.

Serve as the principal advocate for prudent, consistent and accountable management of financial assets and build an informed and shared management culture with regard to financial management issues.

Provide advice and reporting on the state of the IAEA’s finances to intergovernmental deliberations by the IAEA Member States, Board of Governors and its subsidiary bodies and decision-making on IAEA programme budgeting, finance and accounts.

Ensure the alignment of financial management policies, systems and processes with programmatic and organizational structures and design. Ensure that financial management policies, systems and processes reflect and are consistent with the IAEA’s tolerance for risk.

Keep the IAEA positioned to put forward and evolve policies that capture developments in financial management, sustaining the relevance of the Agency and demonstrating effective stewardship of resources.

Lead and manage an innovative and effective team of senior managers and staff, and efficiently and effectively manage the related resources.

Support change initiatives, promote quality management and foster innovative reforms.

Ensure compliance with financial regulations and rules.

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 Departmental/Divisional 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 Department/Division and the Agency as a whole. Acts as a role model when handling disagreements.

Planning and Organizing

Sets clearly defined objectives for the Department/Division 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 Departmental/Divisional level.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Analytical thinking

Takes an analytical approach to building strategies across the Department/Division and translates them into strategic programmatic plans.

Judgement/decision making

Ensures that the judgements and decisions that are taken promote the Agency’s strategic goals, the one-house approach, and are in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

Leading and supervising

Serves as a role model to managers as well as to staff members in general. Demonstrates leadership, inspires others and provides clear direction to achieve the Agency’s mandate and priorities. Motivates and empowers staff, and recognizes individual and team contributions to the Agency’s success.

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.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in finance, accounting or related fields. A first level university degree with additional 5 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience. At least 5 of these years should have been at the senior management or executive level in a comparable organization (international organization, public sector or non-profit organization, or equivalent).

Ability to formulate policies and procedures and develop and implement new strategies.

Proven track record of excellent leadership, with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and motivate large teams in a multicultural environment, applying management principles and practices, change management and promoting open communication and collaboration, self-development, innovation and high performance.

Excellent presentation and communication skills, including the ability to deliver briefings to diverse target audiences as well as to conduct effective meetings with senior management and representatives of Member States and other stakeholders.

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 $ 50433*, 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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