Section Head (SG-Operations), Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Sunday, 12 February 2023

Section Head (SG-Operations)(P5)

( 2022/0588 (018315) )

Organization: SGOC-Section OC4

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2023-01-16, 8:27:57 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

This Vacancy will be used to fill multiple positions in Operations Divisions / Offices. This is a re-opening of the vacancy. Previous applicants need not re-apply as their applications are still being considered.

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for over 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. Safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically complex environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political and cultural diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions (Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services); and three Offices (the Office for Verification in Iran, the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services).

Within the Office of the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Safeguards, the Section for Safeguards Programme Coordination serves as the principal advisory body in support of the entire management of the Department including formulation and execution of departmental management policies and procedures. The Section provides internal coordination and support in the areas of programme and budget, human resources, performance monitoring, effectiveness evaluation, communication, reporting and project support.

The primary focus of each Division of Operations, and the Office for Verification in Iran, is to perform and document safeguards verification activities and to conduct analysis and evaluations aimed at providing assurances that States comply with their nuclear safeguards commitments. The Divisions / Office implement a broad range of measures, including information analysis and in-field verification, to draw soundly based safeguards conclusions for States.

Main Purpose

As part of the management team of the Division and reporting to the Division Director, the Section Head is responsible for the effective and efficient implementation of all relevant safeguards verification activities in all States assigned to his\her Section, either in the field or at headquarters, in accordance with the relevant safeguards agreements and additional protocols with those States.


Reporting to the Director, the Section Head is: a) a coordinator on issues related to the implementation of safeguards in States under the responsibility of the Section;
b) a leader promoting good performance and teamwork and creating an environment where staff can develop their skills and share knowledge and experience; and

c) a manager of the human, financial and material/equipment resources assigned to the Section.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Management and organization:

Manage, organize, direct and supervise the work and deliveries of the Section and optimize the utilization of human, financial and material/equipment resources.

Ensure that inspectors assigned to the Section are capable to perform their assignments and that on-the-job training is provided for new inspectors.

Perform quality control for all tasks carried out by the Section.

Planning and implementation of inspections:

Ensure the implementation of effective and efficient safeguards verification activities for a broad range of nuclear fuel cycle facilities.

Monitor and provide the necessary input for scheduling duty travel and preparing for in-field verification activities; ensure that travel policies and procedures are adhered to; perform and oversee the performance of in-field activities; evaluate and supervise the staff and performance of the Section’s functions; ensure that appropriate reporting procedures and practices are maintained.

Prepare administrative and technical correspondence with respect to the routine implementation of safeguards and ensure correct management of all associated documentation.

Analyse and manage the implementation of the Section activities in accordance with approved work plans; ensure the necessary input is in place regarding procedures and instrumentation, as well as technical and computer equipment for the Section;
Safeguards evaluation

Ensure that accounting reports, notifications and State declarations in connection with safeguards implementation are properly evaluated for correctness and completeness; review, evaluate and approve reports on verification activities and statements on results and conclusions;
Coordinate and provide input to the negotiation of safeguards agreements and additional protocols thereto, Subsidiary Arrangements (General Part) and Facility Attachments, and participate as necessary in negotiations and liaison meetings;
Supervise the Section’s staff in their preparation and implementation of State work plans, facility safeguards approaches, state level approaches and in the preparation of State evaluation reports.


Provide the necessary contribution to the inputs of the Section of Coordination and Support for the preparation of the Divisional and Departmental programmes, budgets, financial plans and inspection schedules;
Conduct Section meetings and participate in Divisional and Departmental coordination meetings;
Maintain contacts with State authorities and participate in consultations and meetings with them;
Ensure that the staff of the Section adhere to the quality management system/principles as well as safety, health and radiation protection procedures in force;
Carry out other tasks related to the operation of the Section or Division, as may be assigned by the Director.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


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.

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.

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.


Shows resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances. Is prepared and able to make difficult decisions in the best interest of the Agency and remains committed to seeing them through.

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 Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities

In depth knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle


Safeguards System, Advanced

In depth knowledge of Safeguards and technologies relevant to Safeguards activities.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree

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

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering or a related science.

At least 10 years of experience in the nuclear field at the national and/or international level.

Experience in international safeguards including the preparation of State/site evaluation reports or similar documents, planning and performance of inspections, design information visits, technical visits, complementary access and data analysis and reporting the results thereof is desirable.

Demonstrated experience in responsible positions of a supervisory/managerial nature and ability to manage human, financial and material resources towards the achievement of stated objectives, to provide feedback and to encourage staff development.

Demonstrated analytical skills in drawing well-balanced conclusions when dealing with complex issues and in interpreting procedures and guidelines in order to adapt them to cover complex situations.

Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with IAEA staff at all levels and with representatives of Member States.

Experience in technologies used in safeguards activities or in similar technologies.

Fluency and ability to communicate effectively in English, including drafting technical documents.

Demonstrated experience with the ‚Quality Management‘ concept and ‚Process Based‘ Organizations.

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 $ 36991*, 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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