Senior Nuclear Safety Officer, Vienna, Austria
Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria
Closing date: Sunday, 9 April 2023
Senior Nuclear Safety Officer(P5)
( 2023/0168 (020212) )
Organization: NSNI-Research Reactor Safety Section
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Job Posting: 2023-03-08, 9:07:07 PM
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Probation Period : 1 Year
Full Competitive Recruitment : Yes
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 security.
The objective of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations worldwide that are under design or construction or in operation. The Division does this by establishing standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities, and by providing for the application of these standards through, among other things, support for the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation programme, the rendering of safety review services, the promotion of education and training, the fostering of information exchange and the coordination of research and development. In addition, the Division helps ensure safety at nuclear installations by supporting international safety instruments such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors. NSNI comprises five Sections:
External Events Safety Section
Operational Safety Section
Safety Assessment Section
Regulatory Activities Section
Research Reactor Safety Section
The Research Reactor Safety Section (RRS) works with Member States to develop an international research reactor and fuel cycle facility safety enhancement plan and regime. Activities in this area include monitoring research reactors subject to project and supply agreements, and assisting Member States possessing such reactors in fulfilling all the relevant safety obligations. The Section also covers a wide range of topics related to research reactor and fuel cycle facility safety, including siting, design, construction, commissioning, operation, utilization and decommissioning.
Reporting to the Section Head, the Senior Nuclear Safety Officer contributes to programme plans, integrates projects, and coordinates an integrated portfolio of projects to support a wide variety of Divisional programmes and services aimed at strengthening the safety of nuclear installation through proper site selection, installation design, systems design; and regulatory and operating policies and practices.
The Senior Nuclear Safety Officer is: (1) a programme planner and project integrator, planning, developing and implementing activities aimed promoting the Divisional programmatic objectives;
(2) a scientific secretary and subject matter expert, planning and leading complex Technical Meetings and consultancies;
(3) a mission leader, planning and leading complex technical safety reviews and follow-up missions; and
(4) a technical officer, developing evaluation strategies and managing integrated project teams to implement and evaluate large and complex technical cooperation and extra-budgetary operational projects and coordinated research projects.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Depending on the Section focus, functions may include to:
Organize and lead teams of internal and external experts to strengthen safety standards and improve their implementation, including to specify the way that standards are developed, implemented and evaluated.
Lead the development of methodologies to assess safety vulnerabilities and for conducting national nuclear safety assessments including consideration of external hazards, safety margins, plant vulnerabilities, and severe accident management plans.
Coordinate Agency activities related to strengthening the nuclear safety effectiveness of operating organizations with Member State regulatory bodies and industry associations.
Consult with Member States with nuclear power programmes and those planning to embark on such a programme to identify and plan initiatives to assist them to strengthen, develop, maintain and implement their capacity building programs, including education, training and exercises at the national, regional and international levels.
Identify evolving information requirements and guide the development and management of nuclear safety information systems such as the Incident Reporting System (IRS), Incident Reporting System for Research Reactors (IRSRR), and Fuel Incident Notification and Analysis System (FINAS); provide support and relevant expertise for the Incident Emergency System (IES); and participate in associated training events and exercises.
Participate as an active member and IAEA representative in professional meetings, conferences and projects.
Competencies and Expertise
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.
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.
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.
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.
Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.
Function Name Expertise Description
Research Reactor Operational Safety
Experience in development (or assessment) of operational safety programmes for research reactors, including operating procedures, control of modification, and maintenance
Research Reactor Safety
Experience in development or application of IAEA safety standards or national regulations, and ability to assist Member States in application of IAEA safety standards for research reactors
Function Name Expertise Description
Research Reactor Infrastructure
Experience in nuclear safety infrastructure and ability to assist Member States in establishing such an infrastructure for new research reactor programmes
Safety Analysis of Research Reactors
Experience in development (or evaluation) of safety assessments throughout the lifetime of research reactors
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
An advanced university degree in engineering/physical/nuclear/chemical/mathematical/behavioural science/social psychology or a related field. A first level university degree in engineering/physical/nuclear/chemical/mathematical/behavioural science/social psychology or a related field with additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.
Minimum of ten years of relevant experience, including five years of senior level experience, and at least four years at the international level.
Experience with the application of nuclear safety principles, standards, procedures, and guidelines, judging their appropriateness and determining the necessity for adapting them.
Experience organizing and leading Technical Meetings, capacity building missions, and other expert and advisory missions.
Experience conducting and managing multiple simultaneous projects.
Experience in international projects an asset, particularly with developing countries.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
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 $92731 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 43491*, 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
Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1678391444249