Radiation Protection Health & Safety Coordinator (P4)

Radiation Protection Health & Safety Coordinator (P4)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

Under the general supervision of the Team Leader Equipment Handling and Storage Team, the Radiation Protection Health & Safety Coordinator is responsible for establishing Departmental health and safety policies and for overseeing, driving and coordinating the implementation of radiation protection regulations and the health and safety programme in the Department of Safeguards. In addition, the incumbent has the responsibilities of Quality Manager of the Safeguards Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory (ERML) within the framework of the ISO17025 accreditation.


The Radiation Protection Health & Safety Coordinator is (1) a technical chair of the Safeguards Health and Safety Subcommittee (SHS), planning, preparing, coordinating and organizing the implementation of the authorized divisional radiation protection programmes and the development of health and safety procedures, (2) a substantive and recognized expert, acting as a central point of reference for radiation safety matters and all operational health and safety activities in the Department of Safeguards, (3) an adviser, providing advice, training, guidance and up to date information on policies and processes for radiation protection and health and safety compliance (4) a facilitator of cooperation within the Department of Safeguards and with other Departments in the IAEA dealing with this area of work (5) a quality manager, managing the quality management system established for ERML in compliance with ISO17025 requirements.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Develop, implement, monitor and review health and safety procedures and guidance to ensure satisfactory working conditions, in compliance with the Departmental Health & Safety Programme;
  • Establish internal policies, procedures and organizational arrangements required for the implementation of the IAEA radiation safety regulations and the Departmental Health & Safety Programme with priority given to design and technical measures to control radiation hazards;
  • Oversee the implementation of the authorized radiation protection/health and safety programmes, ensuring that appropriate radiation monitoring of staff and of the facilities/workplaces is carried out;
  • Ensure the consistency of radiation, health and safety programme and practices across the department;
  • Act as the Departmental focal point on radiation, health and safety matters. Establish and maintain a collaborative environment with the Agency Radiation Safety Regulator, Directors in charge and divisional Radiation Protection Officers as well as other VIC and Seibersdorf based partners involved in radiation safety, health and safety matters;
  • Arrange for accredited technical support services on health, safety and radiation protection for Safeguards staff with respect to the nature of the relevant hazards, protection and safety, as needed (e.g. for individual monitoring, workplace monitoring, staff training, calibration of radiation monitoring devices, safe transport of radioactive sources, etc.) and that personal protective equipment provided is suitable and adequate for the intended purpose and meets the requirements of any relevant standard or specification;
  • Ensure that local radiation/health and safety emergency response arrangements are in place, and that adequate provisions are made for generating information promptly in the event of an emergency;
  • Perform and provide guidance on risk assessments; target areas of improvement for health and safety and prevention of accidents, delivering projects in a timely manner reducing areas of risk and accidents;
  • Drive a cultural change in the area of health and safety through health and safety sub-committee reviews, lessons learned and knowledge sharing within the Department;
  • Establish and manage systems for maintaining accurate and accessible records, as required by the radiation safety regulations and the health and safety programme; compile safety statistics, analyse trends, support and carry out incident investigations as required and resolve issues;
  • Provide qualified technical support and advice to Directors in charge and divisional Radiation Protection Officers;
  • Fulfil the duties of Quality Manager of the ISO17025 accredited ERML;
  • Represent the Department of Safeguards for all matters related with health and safety.

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

  • Safety Accreditation to ISO Standards for Testing and Calibration Laboratories: Demonstrated quality management system experience;
  • Safety Occupational Radiation Protection: Thorough knowledge of radiation safety principles, operational safety practices and the science and technology on which they are based;
  • Project Management: Demonstrated ability to set clearly defined objectives and plan project activities, taking into account possible changing circumstances, to identify and organize required resources and to monitor performance against deadlines and milestones.

Asset Expertise

  • Safety Development of Radiation Protection Policy: Knowledge of the organisational structure of the IAEA and the ability to coordinate existing divisional programmes to ensure the consistency of policies at the Departmental level.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in Radiation Safety or Physical Sciences;
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant experience including occupational radiation protection, of which at least three should have been concerned with the provision of a technical support service for workplace monitoring;
  • Excellent command of both spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of German and of any other official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian) is an asset;
  • Good understanding of international guidelines associated with all health and safety aspects;
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, including the ability to write technical documents in a structured manner and to deliver effective oral presentations to diverse target audiences.

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