Section Head (P5), External Events

Section Head (P5), External Events

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Division Director, the Section Head manages and leads the team of the External Events Safety Section, initiating, developing and implementing the IAEA's policy and programme aim at strengthening the safety of nuclear installation through proper site selection, installation design, systems design; and regulatory and operating policies and practices. He/she leads the Section's activities to ensure the efficacy of the IAEA's programme on a global level, and manages the Section's financial and human resources.

Role

The Section Head is: (a) a programme manager in a specialized, multilateral environment, finding practical solutions and presenting arguments that can achieve results; (b) an adviser, providing analysis and background information to the Division Director on the formulation of strategies and policies related to the Section's technical responsibilities and facilitating their implementation; (c) a managerial team leader, planning, managing, coordinating and supervising the activities of the Section in accordance with IAEA policies and programmes and Member States' needs and ensuring that programmes and tasks are implemented effectively; (d) a promoter, conveying to multiple audiences the IAEA's vision and mission in this area; and (e) a substantive technical expert contributor, managing and implementing projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity.

Functions/Key Results Expected

Plan, initiate, develop, implement, guide, coordinate and supervise the activities of the Section.

  • Provide technical and managerial leadership of the Section in the following areas: site selection and evaluation processes for new and existing nuclear installations, including site-related environmental aspects; seismic safety of new and existing nuclear installations, including all aspects of hazard assessment, design and qualification, and safety re-evaluation; safety of new and existing nuclear installations against other external natural and human-induced events, including those of malevolent origin and covering all aspects of hazard assessment, design and qualification, and safety re-evaluation, from the point of view of the site, plant layout, structural mechanics and geotechnical and civil engineering aspects; design safety of new and existing nuclear installations against external and similar internal events.
  • Collect and disseminate experience, findings and lessons learned from the occurrence of extreme external events including the organization of related databases, implementation of topical research projects and assistance in the aftermath of major natural events through: organizing scientific meetings, preparing scientific programmes, and contributing to the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications; establishing and maintaining contacts with individual scientists at various centres and in other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.
  • Plan, manage and lead the development, review and publication process of the safety standards for all the nuclear installation types which are under the responsibility of the Section.
  • Plan, organize and lead complex safety review missions, including preparatory and follow up visits and assessments of Member States' needs. Provide technical input and coordinate the preparation of mission reports.
  • Identify strategies and analyse information to enhance the capability of the Section's programme to address Member States' needs, and lead the IAEA's activities related to supporting the further strengthening of the international nuclear safety regime in the assigned technical areas.
  • Coordinate the Section's provision of specialized technical input to technical cooperation projects in the subject area.
  • Provide support and relevant expertise for the Incident Emergency System (IES) and participate in associated training events and exercises.
  • The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA's Radiation Safety Regulations.

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.
  • Communication 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.
  • Teamwork 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

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Nuclear Safety Design Safety Assessment Experience in assessing the safety of new and existing nuclear installations against external and similar internal events.
  • Nuclear Safety External Hazards Safety Assessment Experience in assessing all aspects of external natural and human-induced events, including those of malevolent origin, relevant to the safety of new and existing nuclear installations.
  • Human Resources Project Management Excellent project management skills and work experience in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
  • Nuclear Safety Site Evaluation for Nuclear Installations Experience in site selection and evaluation processes for new and existing nuclear installations, including site-related environmental aspects.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - In engineering or physical/nuclear sciences.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the field of site selection and evaluation, and design and protection of nuclear installations against external events, of which 5 should be in a senior or managerial level in industrial or regulatory settings
  • Experience at the international level, including the development of the IAEA safety standards (either directly or indirectly) and providing for their implementation through participation in IAEA Safety Review Service or IAEA Technical Workshops.
  • In-depth knowledge of such complementary fields as nuclear physics, and reactor design and operation.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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