Unit Head (Nuclear Material Security) (P5)

Unit Head (Nuclear Material Security) (P5)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

Under the supervision and guidance of the Section Head, Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section, the Unit Head (Nuclear Material Security) will establish and implement the IAEA programme on security for nuclear material and nuclear facilities. The Unit Head will support the work related to establishing and sustaining nuclear security regimes based on threat characterization and risk informed approaches and promotion of the implementation of INFCIRC/225/Rev-5. The Unit Head will ensure implementation of IAEA activities related to physical protection including accounting and control of nuclear material and facilities and development and implementation of physical protection measures and systems at facilities.

In addition, the Unit Head will be responsible for carrying out certain implementation activities, in their role as Scientific Secretary, including International meetings, Workshops and Conferences and methodologies for security of nuclear material and nuclear facilities. Further, he/she will be expected to provide considerable support to the implementation of actions to support State's Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSP).


The Unit Head (Nuclear Material Security) is: (1) a programme planner and project integrator, leading programme planning, design and delivery of nuclear security of materials and facilities related subjects including regulatory framework, physical protection inspections, systems effectiveness; and accounting and control of nuclear material activities related to nuclear security of nuclear material in use and storage during their lifetime; (2) a specialist, implementing IAEA activities related to improving the nuclear security of materials and facilities; (3) a coordinator, identifying gaps and developing appropriate international guidance on nuclear security of nuclear material and nuclear facilities; and (4) a project manager, implementing physical protection upgrades at nuclear facilities.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Lead a team of professionals to develop and implement the programme within the Division of Nuclear Security for the security of nuclear fuel cycle.
  • Coordinate IAEA activities related to improving the security of nuclear material and nuclear facilities in States.
  • Lead the implementation of NSS 13 (INFCIRC/225/Rev5) by developing further guidance and delivering training courses.
  • Establish or improve States legal and regulatory frameworks for security of nuclear material and nuclear facilities
  • Lead the review and assessment of physical protection designs of the nuclear facilities where the IAEA is supporting Member States on the security upgrades.
  • Analyse the Input from INSSPs for the structured planning of future support activities for security of nuclear material and nuclear facilities and to develop annual work plans and identify funding needs.
  • Carryout funded work plan activities, including advisory and assessment missions, technical support and human resource development activities.
  • Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required; establish and maintain contacts with relevant international organizations, initiatives, committees and scientific societies.
  • Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the Unit, continuously reviewing effectiveness, focusing on priorities and driving for excellence in line with the IAEA’s quality management and results-based programming approach.

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 Security, National Nuclear Security Regimes: Substantial, in-depth knowledge of national nuclear security regimes, regulatory practices and methodologies, international nuclear security-related legal instruments.
  • Physical Protection, Nuclear Material Accounting and Control for Nuclear Security: In depth knowledge of good practices in accounting and control methodologies for nuclear materials and facilities.
  • Management and Programme Analysis, Project Management: Proven ability in planning, evaluation and implementation of security related projects for large nuclear facilities, with focus on protection of nuclear power plants and research reactors.
  • Physical Protection, Regulatory Framework: Knowledge of regulatory approaches for regulating nuclear security of materials and facilities, review and assessment of nuclear security design and evaluations.
  • Physical Protection, Security Management: Knowledge of the fuel cycle technologies, in particular for nuclear power plants systems important for security: Instrumentation and control, Safety, Security and Emergency systems.
  • Physical Protection, System Designs and Assesments: In-depth knowledge of nuclear security principles and designing of physical protection systems for nuclear facilities.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced University degree in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Physics or other relevant engineering field.
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience at a senior managerial and operational level in nuclear security related or other relevant areas.
  • Experience in leading small teams is desirable.
  • Experience in working with national and international organizations or institutes is desirable.
  • Extensive international or national experience in nuclear security activities.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the challenges for the implementation of IAEA's Nuclear Security Plan are highly desirable.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) an asset.
  • 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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