Associate Project Officer (P1), Vienna, Austria 274 views

Associate Project Officer(P1)

( 2019/0584 (208657) )

Organization: NSRW-Decommissioning and Remediation Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2019-11-12, 2:12:24 PM

Contract Type : Temporary Assistance


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA’s nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the Agency’s activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the safety and security related needs of its Member States.

The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety (NSRW) develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be used while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public and patients. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.

The Waste and Environmental Safety Section is responsible for the delineation of a global waste safety framework based upon the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and the development and application of safety standards for the management of radioactive waste, decommissioning, remediation and environmental releases.

The Decommissioning and Remediation Unit of the Waste and Environmental Safety Section is concerned with the establishment and application of safety standards related to the remediation of contaminated environments, the decommissioning of facilities using radioactive material (e.g. nuclear power plants, research reactors, fuel cycle facilities) and the management of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) waste, in particular the residues and wastes from the mining and milling of uranium ores. The Unit provides leadership for services to operators, regulators and other specialized users involved in assuring safety in the decommissioning of facilities using radioactive material, the release and re-use of sites, the clearance of material and in assessing and advising on the safety of mine/mill tailings.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Waste Safety Specialist, Remediation (WSS), the Associate Project Officer contributes to the unit’s work programme by planning and implements activities related to remediation. The Associate Project Officer assists the Scientific Secretary of the Coordination Group for Uranium Legacy Sites (CGULS) with planning and implementation of the activities of the coordination group. The Associate Project Officer contributes to the objectives of CGULS through liaison with Member State counterparts, through information dissemination and management, and by assisting the Remediation Safety Specialist to plan and implement.


The Associate Project Officer is: (1) a contributor , assisting the Waste Safety Specialist (Remediation) with implementation of consultancy and technical meetings, such as those to facilitate the preparation of specialist publications, (2) supports organization of missions and, under the guidance of the Waste Safety Specialist (Remediation), communicates with multidisciplinary teams to prepare for advisory and appraisal missions; (3) an analyst, gathering information from Member States counterparts and synthesizing it to provide status reports and to identify needs and priorities, and (4) a team member, working collaboratively with multinational and multidisciplinary teams.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Assist the Waste Safety Specialist (Remediation) with review and update of the Strategic Master Plan for Environmental Remediation of Uranium Legacy Sites in Central Asia;
  • Assist the Waste Safety Specialist (Remediation) to develop a baseline document of the current status of uranium legacy sites in African Member States;
  • Provide support in the organization of events (incl. administrative aspects) with external parties to ensure that necessary documentation, logistical arrangements and facilities are timely in place and aligned with the needs of the events. Coordinates preparation of agendas and writes meeting reports in English and Russian language;

    Support the team in the production of project outputs including preparation and editing of various written outputs in English and Russian language;

  • Under the guidance of the Waste Safety Specialist, ensures the development and maintenance of the web-based applications for the Project (CGULS Connect, CLP4NET, etc).
  • Manage electronic filing of documentation for the Unit under SharePoint.

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

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.


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.


Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies


Client orientation

Establishes effective relationships with clients to understand and meet or exceed their needs. Finds ways to ensure client satisfaction.

Commitment to continuous process improvement

Identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement as well as improving current practices, increasing effectiveness and achieving efficiency gains. Actively supports the application of sound quality management standards and process improvement.

Judgement/decision making

Consults with supervisor/manager and makes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

Required Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Application of Safety Standards

Knowledge of IAEA Safety Standards related to decommissioning and remediation

Asset Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Information Management

Information Access Management

Knowledge of SharePoint and good practices for information management

Information Technology

Project Management

Knowledge of project oversight including defining tasks, setting milestones, monitoring implementation and reporting

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree

International Relations or other related field.

Prior exposure to and understanding of the technical background related to uranium legacy sites an asset.

Excellent oral and written command of English and Russian. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $37012 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 14509*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

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Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process

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