Team Leader (NPP Operation and Engineering Support)(P5)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

As a member of the Section led by the Section Head, the Team Leader (NPP Operation and Engineering Support) manages, coordinates and supervises the IAEA's projects in engineering support for design, operation, maintenance, and plant life management for safe long term operation under the guidance from the Section Head and the leadership of the Director.


The Team Leader (NPP Operation and Engineering Support) is: (1) a leader, planning, directing, co-ordinating and supervising the activities in the areas of engineering support for design, operation, maintenance, and plant life management for safe long term operation in accordance with Member States' needs and monitors their implementation; (2) a substantive expert, managing projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity; (3) a Scientific Secretary to international scientific meetings including the Technical Working Group on PLiM/LTO, overseeing preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals proceedings and other scientific publications, and (4) as coordinator of inter-agency collaborative projects with other international organizations, revieings and providing a systematic overview and preparation of technical documentation.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Plans, directs, coordinates, monitors implementation, and supervises the activities for the integrated programme 1.1.1., Integrated support for operating facilities, and optimization of nuclear power plant safety, performance and service life by means of the improved understanding of the related engineering and management areas associated with plan life management in accordance with Member States' needs, including but not limited to nuclear power engineering and compliance of Member States with the requirements and recommendations of the IAEA's standards in these same areas;
  • Coordinates the provision of specialized technical input to Technical Cooperation Projects ensuring safe long term operation of nuclear power plants, including ageing management and refurbishments and replacements, maintenance, Non-destructive test (NDE), configuration management, Instrumentation and control (I&C) implementation and modernization, and provides technical guidance; evaluates proposals, develops work plans; provides support in planning and implementing training courses and workshops;
  • Broadens and deepens the field of knowledge by organizing scientific meetings related to the development and continuous improvement of engineering support for design, operation, maintenance, digital I&C system, plant life management and serves as scientific secretary; prepares scientific programmes, contributes to the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications; prepares and organizes in-house meetings in support of the Section's scientific programme;
  • Lead two or three coordinated research projects on strengthening capabilities for nuclear power performance and service life per year as scientific secretary;
  • Contributes to an integrated delivery of activities through coordination of inter-IAEA collaborative projects, promotes the exchange of information on safety related experience gained worldwide. Propose and develop technical guidelines, technical documents and reports for publication on all important aspects NPP operation and advise Member States in these areas;
  • Ensures the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the scientific community by representing the Agency at national and international meetings as required; establishes and maintains contacts with individual scientists at various centres and other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • 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;
  • Communication: 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;
  • Teamwork: Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Leading and supervising: Demonstrates initiative and role model behaviour. Is proactive and works toward supporting an achievement oriented culture and performance excellence;
  • 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;
  • Analytical thinking: Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

Required Expertise

  • Nuclear Power Plant Life Cycle Management: Sound knowledge of plant life management, ageing management, system integrity, and material degradation in nuclear power plants;
  • Nuclear Power Plant Operation and Maintenance: Planning, directing, coordinating in the areas of design, operation, maintenance, plant life management for safe long term operation;
  • Project Management: Comprehensive experience in the management of scientific projects, budgeting and staff.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in nuclear or chemical engineering or in a related technical discipline;
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in nuclear power activities, of which at least 5 at the international level;
  • Experience working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute desirable;
  • Demonstrated scientific and managerial skills to lead an expert team; comprehensive experience in the management of scientific projects, budgeting and staff recruitment;
  • Comprehensive and current knowledge of plant life management, ageing management, system integrity, and material degradation in nuclear power plants;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team of professional and support staff and provide effective guidance to them;
  • Comprehensive understanding of the specific needs and conditions of developing countries to promote research and development programme;
  • An understanding of all Reactor Types and the importance of ageing issues in each design in an effort to coordinate international reviews and activities;
  • Knowledge of the effects of plant degradation issues in the operating units and future improvements for new designs and application for developing new NPPs;
  • An understanding of growth activities in Asian NPPs and the importance of Plant Life Management issues;
  • Experience in a strategic operational leadership role, such as plant manager or engineering manager is 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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