Nuclear Safety Officer (P4)

Nuclear Safety Officer (P4)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Nuclear Safety Officer plans and coordinates assigned projects to support specific 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 Nuclear Safety Officer is

  • a project planner and implementer, contributing to the development and implementation of activities aimed at promoting the Divisional programmatic objectives;
  • a scientific secretary and technical expert, planning and leading Technical Meetings and consultancies;
  • a mission leader, planning and leading technical safety reviews and follow-up missions; and
  • a technical officer, leading and evaluating technical cooperation and extra-budgetary operational and coordinated research projects.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Lead projects of internal and external experts to develop, implement and evaluate safety standards;
  • Provide Member States with advice and assistance in the application of safety assessment methodologies and safety standards, including to organize peer review missions to determine the effectiveness of regulatory oversight and to formulate an action plan for the Member State to address identified deficiencies;
  • Provide advice and assistance to Member State and industry association reviews of operating organization management systems, safety culture, human resources management and scientific and technical capacity including participation as an expert advisor and technical expert on Member State and industry association review missions;
  • Organize and manage capacity building projects, including education, training and exercises at the national, regional and international levels to address all the nuclear safety related areas, including safe operation, emergency preparedness and response, and regulatory effectiveness;
  • Provide expert technical input and maintain/operate nuclear safety information systems such as the Incident Reporting System (IRS), and 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

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;
  • 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.

Required Expertise

  • International Nuclear Safety Issues and Trends: Wide ranging understanding of current nuclear safety issues and trends;
  • NPP Corrective Action Programmes: Thorough knowledge of methodologies to gather and make use of operating experience, specifically gathering, screening, reporting and analysing of operating experience and implementation of corrective action programme;
  • NPP Perfomance Improvement programmes: Event analysis technique such as root cause analysis, apparent cause analysis and other streamlined forms of using operating experience programme to improve performance;
  • Safety of Advanced Nuclear Systems: Full understanding of the International Reporting System for Operating Experience.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in engineering/physical/nuclear/chemical/mathematical/behavioural science/social psychology or a related field;
  • Other - A first level university degree in engineering/physical/nuclear/chemical/mathematical/behavioural science/social psychology or a related field, with 3 additional years of relevant experience will be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant experience, of which five years is at the international level;
  • Experience applying nuclear safety principles and state-of-the-art nuclear safety techniques;
  • Experience organizing and leading technical meetings, capacity building missions, and other expert and advisory missions;
  • Experience drafting and finalizing publication of relevant technical reports guidelines, manuals, publications and other resources;
  • 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.

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