Nuclear Security Officer (Detection Architecture Dev) (P3), Vienna, Austria 311 views

Nuclear Security Officer (Detection Architecture Dev)(P3)

( 2019/0360 (080355) )

Organization: NSNS-Nucl.Security of Materials outside of Reg.Control Sec.

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2019-11-11, 5:46:46 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

This is a re-opening of the vacancy. Candidates who already applied do not need to re-submit an application.

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 Nuclear Security (NSNS) is responsible for coordinating and implementing the IAEA’s nuclear security programme to protect against, detect and respond to criminal acts or acts of nuclear terrorism and threats thereof. NSNS comprises four Sections:

  • Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section
  • Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section
  • Information Management Section
  • Programme Development and International Cooperation Section

The Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section is responsible for activities that assist States in establishing and maintaining nuclear security systems and measures for the prevention and detection of, and response to, nuclear and other radioactive material outside of regulatory control. These activities include developing nuclear security guidance that is consistent with the relevant binding and non-binding international legal instruments, as well as providing assistance, upon request, to States in implementing the nuclear security framework. In addition to the development of nuclear security guidance, the Section provides evaluation and assessment services, education and training activities, develops methodologies, and assists in security upgrades relating to nuclear and radioactive material detection and response capabilities. The Section organizes a large number of evaluation missions, training courses and workshops, and convenes technical meetings for methodology development.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision and guidance of the Section Head, the Nuclear Security Officer (Detection Architecture Development) will assist the implementation of the IAEA programme on security for nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control. The Nuclear Security Officer (Detection Architecture Development) will work with technical officers to support the establishment of national legal and regulatory frameworks for the activities involving nuclear and other radioactive material, support the establishment and upgrading of national infrastructures for the security of nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control.

In addition, the Nuclear Security Officer (Detection Architecture Development) will be responsible for carrying out portions of certain implementation activities such as assisting with the preparation of technical and international guidance documents, conducting training events, and participating in assessment and advisory missions. He/she is also responsible for assisting in the definition, planning and evaluation of separate projects and tasks as well as supporting the implementation of the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSP) for individual countries for enhancement of nuclear security infrastructure, systems and measures at national level and worldwide.


The Nuclear Security Officer (Detection Architecture Development) is: (1) a specialist, contributing to planning, preparing, executing and documenting nuclear security detection activities, in accordance with Member States’ needs, and monitoring their implementation; (2) a coordinator of projects involving IAEA-wide efforts and the participation of experts from Member States and other relevant international organizations and/or initiatives as well as inter-agency collaborative projects, and; (3) a task officer, implementing nuclear security projects for the detection of and response to criminal and unauthorized acts involving nuclear and other radioactive material; (4) a scientific secretary to international scientific meetings related to nuclear security, and (5) a team member to work with other Nuclear Security Officers to help implement a program.

Functions / Key Results Expected

The Nuclear Security Officer (Detection Architecture Development) contributes to the programmatic goal to improve global security of nuclear material and other radioactive material, nuclear facilities, locations and transport. He/she supports the Division of Nuclear Security in the implementation of the programme for strengthening Member States’ abilities to detect and respond to criminal and unauthorized acts involving nuclear and other radioactive material. In particular:

  • Conceptualize country specific nuclear security detection systems and measures projects and lead assessment and improvement activities related to Member States’ nuclear security systems and measures for detection of nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control, including the desirable national infrastructure through nuclear security advisory missions and other activities;
  • Implement Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSP) based on Member States’ needs and provide assistance according to the IAEA and international recommendations and guidelines as scheduled in the plans;
  • Contribute to the application of the technical recommendations and guidelines relevant to the development of methodology used in the nuclear security work; Plan, coordinate, and monitor implementation results and supervise activities as requested by the team leader including, for example, the development of nuclear security guidance.

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


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

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Management and Programme Analysis

Analysis of Best Practices

Proven project management skills for management for planning, evaluation and implementation of security related projects

Material Out of Regulatory Control

Detection Systems and Measures

Knowledge of nuclear security detection instruments used to detect Material out of regulatory contol and on information alerts management.

Nuclear Security

National Nuclear Security Regimes

In depth knowledge of national nuclear security regimes, regulatory practices and methodologies, international nuclear security-related legal instruments


Training Implementation

Experience with developing training material and conduct of training courses to national and international audiences

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • A university degree in Nuclear Science or Information Management or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the area of nuclear security.
  • Experience in the development and application of international guidelines and tools in nuclear security systems and measures at national and international levels.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $60233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 24816*, 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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