Organization: SGTS-Equipment Handling and Storage Team
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Job Posting: 2018-10-11, 10:09:52 AM
Closing Date: 2018-11-09, 1:59:00 AM
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 Division of Technical and Scientific Services (SGTS) is the departmental branch for nuclear and other measurement systems applied in verification activities, containment and surveillance techniques and all verification logistics. Within the Department of Safeguards, the Division of Technical Support is responsible for the development and implementation of the Department's equipment systems.
The Section for Verification Logistics (TVL) provides the Department with support and services (including equipment contamination monitoring and decontamination) in connection with the receipt, shipment, warehousing, physical verification, procurement and provision of equipment and supplies.
The main purpose of the Radiation Monitoring Technician (EHST) is to perform radiation contamination measurements on safeguards equipment in the ISO17025 accredited Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory (ERML). This includes the performance of equipment calibration, acceptance testing and periodical quality control as well as decontamination of contaminated items. The incumbent coordinates the activities and is the responsible staff member in ERML for the SG equipment inventory process of tracking, accounting, receiving, follow-up reporting and problem resolution.
Functions / Key Results Expected
- Perform contamination checks of SG equipment and items returned from facilities and on obsolete SG equipment to be written off; ensure released items are distributed to their custodian, items that are contaminated are decontaminated or, in case of fixed contamination, are properly characterized and provided with handling instructions, and organize the safe disposal of radioactive waste in accordance with existing procedures.
- Coordinate daily activities of the Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory including the coordination of daily task assignment.
- Provide support in analysing, reviewing contamination measurement results and identify patterns of contamination, reporting them to the SGTS Radiation Protection Officer.
- Perform regular checks and draft reports on contamination monitoring and workplace monitoring equipment, analyse equipment performances and their possible trends, including development of simple IT tools for data collection, and report on the findings to the ERML management.
- Contribute to ensure ISO 17025 requirements are met and that the accuracy and integrity of documentation is maintained and, in the framework of the existing Quality Management System, identify areas of possible improvement and propose recommendations.
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
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.
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.
Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.
Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.
Maintains a high level of performance when facing pressure and uncertainty. Able to remain calm and self-controlled, and to respond logically and decisively in difficult situations.
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety
Calibration and Use of Survey Meters and Alpha/Gamma Spectometry
Good understanding and experience in instrument acceptance testing, calibration and quality control.
Data and Information Analysis and Reporting
Ability to analyse data sets and draft technical reports, procedures and working instructions.
MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Proficiency in MS Office, in particular Access and Excel. Good operational understanding of database management, data retrieval applications and document management.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Very good operational understanding of radiation detection and measurement, including basic understanding of statistical tools for data analysis and processing.
Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety
Accreditation to ISO Standards for Testing and Calibration Laboratories
Ability to perform laboratory activities in compliance with established Quality Management System, in particular ISO17025.
Information Technology and Data Processing
Ability to develop simple software tools to automate data collection and analysis.
International Public Sector Accounting Standards
Understanding of asset management principles, including asset identification, physical counting and reconciliation. Basic understanding of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
- Completed secondary education, emphasis on a scientific/technical area an asset.
- Minimum of six years of working experience, in all of the expertise areas listed, preferably in an international environment.
- Minimum of five years of experience in ionizing radiation measurements, including gamma spectroscopy and decontamination techniques.
- Working experience in a laboratory with a Quality Management System in place.
- Minimum of two years of working experience in drafting technical reports, procedures and working instructions.
- Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
- English language test (level 2) and Typing test (level 2) to IAEA standard.
The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at EUR 52689 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), 6 weeks' annual vacation, pension plan and health insurance
Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report. Recruitment will be on a LOCAL BASIS only. Outside applicants are required to supply to the IAEA or to authorize it to seek all information relevant to their suitability for employment by the IAEA. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.
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.