IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA Vienna, Austria

Senior Nuclear Safety Officer (Nuclear Safety Convention) (P5)

( 2022/0381 (020210) )

Organization: NSNI-Regulatory Activities Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2022-07-15, 11:20:27 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


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 objective of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations worldwide that are under design or construction or in operation. The Division does this by establishing standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities, and by providing for the application of these standards through, among other things, support for the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation programme, the rendering of safety review services, the promotion of education and training, the fostering of information exchange and the coordination of research and development. In addition, the Division helps ensure safety at nuclear installations by supporting international safety instruments such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors. NSNI comprises five Sections:

  • External Events Safety Section

  • Operational Safety Section
  • Safety Assessment Section
  • Regulatory Activities Section
  • Research Reactor Safety Section

The main objective of the Regulatory Activities Section (RAS) is to help enhance effective regulatory infrastructures for nuclear safety in Member States based on IAEA safety standards and the use of self-assessment. The Section’s activities include safety review and advisory missions to Member States, the development and revision of safety standards, support for effective regulatory development for countries embarking on new nuclear power programmes, development of training programmes for regulators, and organizational aspects related to the Convention on Nuclear Safety.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Senior Nuclear Safety Officer (Nuclear Safety Convention) is the focal point of the Secretariat of the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS). As the Coordinator of Nuclear safety standards committee (NUSSC), the incumbent develops the policy for the review and approval of the IAEA Safety Standards related to nuclear safety of nuclear installations and promotes its implementation.


The Senior Nuclear Safety Officer (Nuclear Safety Convention) is a policy developer and coordinator in a multilateral environment comprised of diverse and potentially conflicting views on nuclear safety of nuclear installations, responsible for finding workable solutions and achieving results through the deliberation of technical and programmatic issues.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Formulates and implements the IAEA’s policy in the subject area, reflecting national and international developments in the principles and practices of nuclear safety, and their application to areas of interest to Member States.

Contributes as the IAEA’s focal point to improving the efficacy of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, maintaining close links with Member States, encouraging governments to ratify and identifying means to improve the Convention’s usefulness to the Contracting Parties. As such the Senior Nuclear Safety Officer (CNS and NUSSC) is responsible for the functioning of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, implements the decisions taken and approved by the Contracting Parties, promotes and works towards increasing the number of Contracting Parties, organizes promotional activities and organizes the Review Meeting and associated meetings of the Contracting Parties.

Leads the IAEA’s activities aimed at achieving a harmonized and complete set of nuclear safety standards by critically reviewing existing nuclear safety documents to ensure coherence and that they address the needs of Member States. Where required, proposes new or revised documents, verifies all relevant draft documents conform to the Safety Fundamentals and Standards, and ensures other IAEA documents appropriately and accurately reflect the safety standards.

Collaborates and coordinates related activities with other Divisions of the Agency and with other international organizations.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


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.

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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

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

Function Name Expertise Description

Nuclear Safety

Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS)

Knowledge of the Convention on Nuclear Safety and experience with its review process.

Nuclear Safety

IAEA Safety Standards

Expertise in the development and application of IAEA safety standards for the assistance to Member States.

Nuclear Safety

Regulation of Nuclear Installations

Experience in nuclear safety regulatory oversight of nuclear installations.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced University degree (master’s) in science or other engineering related field.

A university degree (bachelor’s or equivalent) in the above-mentioned fields with four additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced degree.

A minimum of 10 years’ experience in nuclear safety or related areas, of which at least 5five years should have been spent in regulatory activities..

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 $90664 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 32730*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance


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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