Safety Officer (P3)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Safety Officer contributes to the management and implementation of the activities related to the global and regional safety networks in Asia, Arab and Africa: such as Asian Nuclear Network (ANSN), Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR) and the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA) under the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN), the main purpose is to promote the cooperation, coordination and collaboration among the different networks from different regions, to further strengthen the capacity building and safety infrastructure development nationally, regionally and globally.


As a team member of the Networks Management and Partnership Section, the Safety Officer is (1) a developer and implementer of the work programme and activities of safety networks (2) a coordinator within the departments and the Member States in the field of regional networks; (3) an expert, supporting the missions and other high profile activities in the whole Department.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Develop the work programme for the networks; manage and implement the regional and national activities from the networks;
  • Contribute to other relevant activities performed by the Department (networking, advisory and review services, education and training etc.) from the point of view of identifying those that should be proposed to the Member States with regard to their current and future national nuclear safety and security infrastructure development and capacity building;
  • Collaborate with other Departments and Offices of the Agency with a view to continuous improvement of the services provided by the Department, in synergy with the services offered by other Departments, particularly for countries embarking on nuclear power programmes;
  • Contribute to the capacity building of the Member States as well as the Department’s staff, in synergy with all the Department core activities;
  • Promote the networks with Member States in order to attract extra-budgetary contribution to support the networks activities.

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

  • 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;
  • 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'
  • 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

  • Management and Programme Analysis - Analytical Writing Skills Ability to edit newsletter of regional networks and draft relevant document.

Asset Expertise

  • Management and Programme Analysis External Cooperation - Ability to establish contact with Member states, relevant organizations and key persons to implement activites smoothly;
  • Management and Programme Analysis  - Reporting Ability to report in writing.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • University degree in nuclear engineering, science, technology or related technical areas;
  • At least 5 years of working experience in developing capacity building programmes, education and training programmes, human resource development plans, knowledge management and establishment of management systems, preferably in international organizations;
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience in the scientific/technical principles and developments relating to the field radiation and nuclear safety;
  • Excellent project management skills and work experience in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment;
  • 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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