Section Head (Nuclear Knowledge Management) P5

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

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 provide knowledge management 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; implementing KM initiatives; facilitating sustainable education, training and information exchange in nuclear science and technology; and assisting Member States in maintaining and preserving nuclear knowledge.

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 (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 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;
  • Develop and establish collaborative mechanisms (networks) to maintain and preserve nuclear knowledge and information in specific areas of nuclear science and technology;
  • Provide support and technical guidance for TC related activities on nuclear knowledge management, 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 for use in the IAEA and in interested Member States.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

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

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.

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.

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.

Leading and supervising

Serves as a role model when leading and supervising others. Provides his/her team with clear direction, promotes a dynamic working climate and empowers others. Is open to new ideas and demonstrates creativity in search of excellence.

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

Management and Programme Analysis

Guidance Development

Ability to provide technical guidance for TC activities on nuclear knowledge management, and developing new guidelines for its 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

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering or related technical field;
  • At least 10 years of relevant working experience in nuclear industry or research and development including five years involvement in activities related to education, training 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 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, English, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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