Section Head (Research Reactor)(P5)

Section Head (Research Reactor)(P5)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

As a manager and leader reporting to the Director, the Section Head initiates, leads, co-ordinates, and supervises the Agency's work related to RRs in order to deliver a results-oriented programmatic response to Member States' priorities in all aspects of RRs lifecycle: operation and maintenance, fuel cycle, utilization and access to RRs and RRs’ technologies.


The Section Head is:

  • a manager and leader planning, leading, co-ordinating and supervising the activities of the Section in accordance with Member States' needs and monitoring their implementation; (2) a substantive expert contributor managing projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity;
  • a Scientific Secretary to international scientific meetings related to a specialized field, overseeing preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals proceedings and other scientific publications; (4) a coordinator and adviser to the Director on programmatic, scientific and technical issues in the relevant fields; and
  • a facilitator of cooperation with other organizations and with other sections/divisions/departments in the IAEA dealing with similar or related areas of work in particular with Nuclear Applications and Nuclear Safety and Security Departments. The Section Head is responsible for the relevant administrative matters of the Section.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Plans, leads, coordinates, monitors implementation, and supervises the activities of the Section to deliver concrete results in accordance with Member States' needs, including but not limited to: access to research reactors, infrastructure development, operation and engineering review services;
  • Broadens and deepens the field of knowledge by organizing scientific meetings related to research reactors and serves as scientific secretary; prepares scientific programmes, oversees the preparation of scientific and technical reports, manuals, proceedings, eLearning material; prepares and organizes in-house meetings in support of the Section's scientific programme;
  • Coordinates the Section's provision of specialized technical input to Technical Cooperation Projects in the subject area and provides technical guidance; evaluates proposals, develops work plans; provides support in planning and implementing training courses and workshops;
  • Liaises with the Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences (NAPC) and the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) and with other international organizations on topics of mutual interest and provide assistance, as required, in other activities of the Division and to other IAEA units on subjects of relevance to decommissioning and environmental remediation;
  • Ensures the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the scientific community by representing the Agency at national and international meetings as required; establishes and maintains contacts with individual scientists at various centres and other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • 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.

Functional Competencies

  • Judgement/decision making: Consults with and seeks advice at the appropriate managerial level when making complex decisions. Facilitates dialogue and development of best practice to support judgement/decision making, in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules;
  • Partnership building: Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders;
  • Technical/scientific credibility: Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.

Required Expertise

  • Management and Programme Analysis: Guidance Development - In-depth understanding of geopolitical, social and managerial issues on research reactor development, operation and application;
  • Nuclear Engineering: Nuclear Engineering and Technology - Providing technical guidance for activities/publications/eLearning related to all aspects of RR;
  • Management and Programme Analysis: Programme Management - Managing teams, budget and capacity building projects in the subject area; evaluate proposals, plan and implement activities;
  • Nuclear Engineering: Research Reactors - Knowledge of RR operation, utilization, infrastructure, and fuel cycle.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university (or equivalent) degree in science, engineering or related field;
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience including dealing with technical and/or scientific aspects of Research Reactors, of which 5 years in a senior position with management responsibility;
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, including design, monitoring and implementation as well as the management of human and financial resources;
  • Experience in an international multidisciplinary environment desirable;
  • Awareness of the specific situation and needs of nuclear developing countries;
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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