IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA Vienna, Austria

Emergency Preparedness Officer(P3)

( 2021/0465 (018639) )

Organization: NS-Incident and Emergency Centre

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2022-07-19, 7:51:12 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term

Regular

Probation Period : 1 Year

This is a re-opening of the vacancy. If you have already applied there is no 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 IAEA’s activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and nuclear security. The Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) is part of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security and reports to the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department. The IEC serves as the IAEA’s focal point for preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies regardless of their cause, and for strengthening Member States’ preparedness for response.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, the Emergency Preparedness Officer is responsible for implementing different activities to support Member States preparedness to respond to nuclear or radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies. In particular, he/she is expected to contribute to the development and maintenance of safety standards and associated technical guidance on various aspects of emergency preparedness and response, especially those related to the development of decision-making criteria and associated protective actions, as well as their basis associated with radiation doses-health effects relationship, to organize and implement training and other capacity building activities in emergency preparedness and response, implement relevant peer reviews and advisory missions, and provide technical advice for the design, implementation and follow up of projects in emergency preparedness and response at national and regional levels.

Role

The Emergency Preparedness Officer is: (1) a technical specialist providing high-quality professional inputs for the development of Safety Standards, technical guidance, tools and training materials in the area of preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies, as well as for the implementation of training and capacity building activities and peer review missions in this area, including development of associated guidelines and tools for assessing and improving the efficiency of those activities; (2) an expert, advising on the radiation doses-health effects relationship, decision-making criteria and on the justification of protective actions; (3) an analyst, evaluating feedback from application of Safety Standards and various capacity building activities; and (4) a trainer, lecturing at courses and workshops and representing the IAEA at topical seminars and workshops and meetings with Member States.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Develop safety standards, technical guidelines and tools on emergency preparedness and response, especially those related to the decision-making criteria and associated protective actions, as well as their basis associated primarily with radiation doses-health effects relationship, to provide adequate reference to Member States for development, and continuous improvement of robust arrangements for preparedness for and response to nuclear and radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies.

Provide for the application of safety standards, technical guidelines and tools by conducting training courses, workshops, exercises and networking activities and participating in relevant meetings.

Contribute to the continuous improvement of activities aimed at application of safety standards by developing, implementing and maintaining different tools to assess and streamline efficiency of those activities.

Provide technical inputs and background information required for the organization of training courses, workshops and exercises, such as training materials and exercise scenarios.

Participate in the delivery of training events and workshops on various aspects of emergency preparedness and response to support application of safety standards, by lecturing and facilitating discussions.

Organize and implement peer review and advisory missions related to preparedness for and response to nuclear and radiological safety and security related incidents and emergencies.

Provide technical inputs and background information required for the design, implementation and follow up of projects on emergency preparedness and response, especially those related to development of decision-making criteria and associated protective actions, as well as their basis associated primarily with the radiation dose

health effects relationship.

Provide support and relevant expertise for the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency System (IES) and participate in response activities, training and exercises within IES.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

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

Name Definition

Commitment to continuous process improvement

Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.

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.

Knowledge sharing and learning

Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Planning

Proven knowledge and experience in planning to response to nuclear and radiological emergencies.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Proven knowledge and experience in various aspects of EPR including in addressing functional and infrastructure requirements of EPR.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Radiation Protection

Proven knowledge of radiation protection aspects of emergency exposure situations.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Health Physics

Knowledge of health physics in application to the area of emergency preparedness and response. Knowledge of medical aspects of emergency preparedness and response to nuclear or radiological incidents and emergencies.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • University degree in natural sciences, nuclear engineering or a related field. Advanced university degree is an asset.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in preparedness for and response to nuclear or radiological emergencies at the national level.

  • Experience in developing and implementing of safety standards, technical guidance and tools in the area of emergency preparedness and response at the national and international levels as well as of emergency response plans at the national or facility levels.
  • Knowledge of background information of radiation induced health effects and radiation dose

    health effects relationship as well as experience in applying this knowledge in development, justification and explanation of decision-making criteria and associated protective actions.

  • Knowledge of radiobiological concepts and their application to nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response is an asset.
  • Experience in developing the training materials and in conducting of the training in the area of emergency preparedness and response.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $62120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 30501*, 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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