Transport Safety Specialist, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Thursday, 19 May 2022

Transport Safety Specialist(P4)

( 2022/0208 (020215) )

Organization: NSRW-Transport Safety Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2022-03-31, 11:20:03 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 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 Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public, patients and the environment. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.

The Regulatory Infrastructure and Transport Safety Section (RIT) is responsible for providing Member States with safety standards, guidance and tools to foster regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety, for the safe transport of radioactive material and for managing information to identify the needs of Member States with a view to improving radiation, transport and waste safety.

The Transport Safety Unit is responsible for establishing and maintaining safety standards related to the worldwide safe transport of radioactive material, including the IAEA’s Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, and to appraise the application of the safety standards in Member States. This includes efforts to foster the harmonized incorporation of the Transport Regulations and other associated safety standards by international organizations. In addition, the Unit manages projects concerned with key aspects of the Transport Regulations, provides training related to the safe transport of radioactive material, and operates and maintains databases relating to transport issues. The Unit convenes meetings to guide its activities, involving experts from Member States and associated international organizations, including the periodic convening of the Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC). It is also involved in the provision of technical cooperation to Member States, including training activities.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Unit Head, the Transport Safety Specialist is responsible for implementing activities related to the safe transport of radioactive material.


The Transport Safety Specialist is: (1) a substantive expert, developing and reviewing international recommendations and guidance related to the safe transport of radioactive material and; (2) an adviser, working with Member States and international organizations to identify means of improving the safe transport of radioactive material at the international level.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Develop, review and revise safety standards documents and guidance material on specific areas, ensuring they reflect international consensus and state-of-the-art knowledge and information and that they can serve as a basis for achieving a harmonized approach to the safe transport of radioactive material at the international level.

Provide advice to Member States and other international organizations on the safe transport of radioactive material with the aim of achieving harmonized application of the international regulations for the safe transport of radioactive material.

Strengthen appropriate forums in order to increase awareness in Member States and relevant international organizations of topical issues related to the safe transport of radioactive material.

Plan, organize, and lead complex technical meetings in the area of Transport Safety.

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

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

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Development of IAEA Safety Standards

Knowledge and experience in the drafting of the IAEA Safety Standards related to Package design and evaluation.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

International Transport Regulations for Radioactive Material

Knowledge of the International Transport Regulatory Requirements relating to radioactive material.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Transport Safety

Indepth knowledge national/international regime for safe transport of radioactive material, regulatory practices or industrial experience in the safe transport of radioactive material.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Application of Safety Standards

Knowledge of the IAEA’s Safety Standards Series and experience in their application in Member States.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Education and Training Development in Transport Safety

Knowledge and experience in the design and delivery of training and education in Transport Safety and Regulatory requirements.

Management and Programme Analysis

Project Management

Project management skills for managing transport safety related projects.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced University Degree(master’s) in a relevant discipline in science, technology or engineering. U niversity Degree (bachelor’s) in a relevant discipline in technology or engineering with additional three years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Minimum of seven years of regulatory or industry experience in the safe transport of radioactive material and radiation protection.

Experience in the development and/or application of national or any other standards of Transport of Radioactive Material and supporting documents essential.

Experience to prepare technical documents.

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 $75602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 31753*, 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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