Duration in Months: 36
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular
Probation Period: 1 Year
The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for some 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.
The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as three Offices: the Office for Verification in Iran, the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.
The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. The departmental operating environment is interactive, participative and dynamic with continuous inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy- and decision-makers, as well as counterparts in Member States and in the international development community.
The Environmental Sample Laboratory is responsible for the receipt, screening, analysis and distribution of environmental samples submitted by IAEA safeguards inspector.
Reporting to the Director of SGAS, the Laboratory Head manages the operation of the Environmental Sample Laboratory (ESL) providing analysis of environmental samples for safeguards at ultra-low levels. He/she ensures that safeguards activities are conducted effectively and efficiently in accordance with the safeguards requirements. The Laboratory Head takes overall responsibility for implementation of ESL analytical work, including planning, setting work goals and priorities, providing technical overviews and guidance to members of the Laboratory.
The Laboratory Head is: a supervisor and manager of a group of 25 staff on issues such as budget and planning, human resources and procurement for laboratory operations; an adviser in applying the principles of quality management to the work of the laboratory, including written procedures, staff qualifications and training, calibration of instrumentation and calculation and reporting of analytical results along with uncertainties estimated wherever possible; a leader in ensuring that all ESL operations, especially those involving radioactive or dangerous materials, are performed in compliance with IAEA regulations, international and national laws and good laboratory practice.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Competencies and Expertise
|Planning and Organizing||Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.|
|Communication||Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.|
|Achieving Results||Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.|
|Teamwork||Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.|
|Analytical thinking||Applies business analytics to establish programme priorities. Makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis.|
|Knowledge sharing and learning||Identifies and establishes systems and mechanisms to facilitate development of best practice and knowledge management. Encourages staff members to learn continuously and to share knowledge through mentoring, networking and development, and training opportunities.|
|Technical/scientific credibility||Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.|
|Management and Programme Analysis||Project Management||Thorough knowledge of management principles and ability to foster an environment that promotes good performance, integrity, self-development and innovation.|
|Safeguards||Quality Management||Knowledge of quality management and laboratory practices for environmental sample analysis.|
|Safeguards||Safeguards System, Basic||Knowledge of Safeguards technologies relevant to Safeguards activities.|
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $85543 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 38922*, 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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