Section Head (Nuclear Knowledge Management), Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Monday, 22 August 2022

Section Head (Nuclear Knowledge Management)(P5)

( 2022/0543 (127731) )

Organization: NEPIK-Nuclear Knowledge Management Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2022-07-25, 9:31:41 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Division of Energy Planning and Nuclear Information and Knowledge comprises the Planning and Economic Studies Section, Nuclear Knowledge Management Section and the Nuclear Information Section. The Division is responsible for strengthening capacities in energy and nuclear power planning, building capacities to manage nuclear knowledge and develop nuclear workforce and provide knowledge management and human resource development services to interested member states, and to procure and provide printed and electronic information in the area of nuclear science and technology.

The Nuclear Knowledge Management Section assists Member States by developing methodology and guidance documents in nuclear knowledge management and human resource development; implementing knowledge management and human resource development initiatives; facilitating sustainable education, training and information exchange in nuclear science and technology; and assisting Member States in maintaining and preserving nuclear knowledge and developing nuclear workforce.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Director of NEPIK, the Section Head plans and prepares the programme and budget for the Subprogramme 1.3.3 and ensures the implementation of nuclear knowledge management related activities including education, training, succession planning, preservation of knowledge, and knowledge transfer in the IAEA and Member States.


The Section Head is: (1) a manager and team leader to ensure that programmes and projects are developed and implemented in the most efficient and effective manner in line with quality management standards and the results based approach; (2) an advisor to the Director of NEPIK on programmatic issues related to nuclear knowledge management and human resource development; and (3) an analyst of mechanisms to identify ways to assist Member States.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Plan, manage and implement activities related to the nuclear knowledge management and human resource development activities in the IAEA including education, training, succession planning, preservation of knowledge and knowledge transfer.

Develop, maintain and improve the terminological knowledge base of Nuclear Taxonomies and Knowledge maps.

Act as a Scientific Secretary for conferences, advisory group meetings, symposia, seminars, workshops and other technical meetings related to nuclear knowledge management and human resource development.

Develop and establish collaborative mechanisms (networks) to preserve and disseminate nuclear knowledge and information and establish and maintain nuclear workforce in specific areas of nuclear science and technology.

Provide support and technical guidance for TC related activities on nuclear knowledge management and human resource development, including project development, participation in training courses and workshops and Assist Visits on nuclear knowledge management and preparation of reports.

Develop new guidelines and other technical documents for the adequate representation of nuclear knowledge management and human resource development for use in the IAEA Secretariat and in interested Member States.

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

Client orientation

Examines client plans and develops services and options to support ongoing relationships. Develops solutions that add value to the Agency’s programmes and operations.

Commitment to continuous process improvement

Assesses the effectiveness of functions and systems as well as current practices; streamlines standards and processes and develops innovative approaches to programme development and implementation.

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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Management and Programme Analysis

Guidance Development

Ability to provide technical guidance for TC activities on nuclear knowledge management and human resource development, and develop new guidelines for the adequate representation.

Nuclear Engineering

Human Resource Development

Extensive experience in managing activities and projects related to capacity building, education and training and knowledge transfer.

Nuclear Engineering

Management Systems for Nuclear Facilities

Thorough knowledge of information systems and services, competency and learning management systems, and organizing information resources.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Knowledge Management

Ability to guide and implement activities related to the nuclear knowledge management, e.g. preservation and transfer of knowledge.

Management and Programme Analysis

Programme Management

Extensive experience in managing large teams and complex projects; design, monitoring and implementation of nuclear knowledge management programme and its budget.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in nuclear science, nuclear engineering or related technical field.

At least 10 years of relevant working experience in nuclear industry or research and development sector including five years involvement in activities related to education, training, human resource development or knowledge transfer.

Proven experience in managing large teams and projects in an international environment, notably capacity building, leading and developing cohesive teams, determining clear goals, roles and responsibilities and providing feedback on performance, and encouraging staff development.

Familiarity with the current issues in nuclear knowledge management and human resource development and previous involvement in international projects, networks, etc. is an important advantage.

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 $90664 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 32730*, 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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