Deputy Head of Division or Senior Nuclear Safety Specialist

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD
  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 10

Position description

The NEA is looking for a highly experienced Nuclear Safety Specialist to support the work of the Agency in addressing the challenges associated with policies, strategies, regulations and technical issues related to regulatory activities of Nuclear Power Reactors and to act as a deputy head of the Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation Division. (S)he will work under the supervision of the Head of Division, assist him/her in managing the division’s staff and the division’s work programme and cooperate closely with other NEA divisions as required in this objective. The candidate should be able to lead and coordinate policy discussions and dialogues in addition to technical projects.

(S)he will also have the role of technical secretariat of the different committees, working groups or joint projects, including also several initiatives for which the Division provides technical secretariat services.

Main Responsibilities

Strategic leadership and management

  • Contribute to the development of medium and long-term strategies in the fields of nuclear safety and regulation, and develop the division programme in these fields with a focus on Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) under operation, the associated supply chain and on advanced nuclear reactors under development and implementation like SMRs.
  • Anticipate the implications of trends and identify the specific needs of member countries in his/her area of expertise, and advise the Head of Division on how to respond.
  • Promote the continuous improvement of nuclear safety through committee activities that effectively and efficiently leverage member countries’ resources to address important regulatory issues or key challenges in several fields (e.g. licensing, operation, supply chain, codes and standards, etc.). 
  • Propose clear priorities for the activities of the relevant committee as well as organise meetings under the auspices of the committee, that involves the participation of top level regulators and experts. 
  • Coordinate the activities of the division staff in charge of the subsidiary bodies and contribute to the improvement of the organisation and the efficiency of the division.
  • Support cross-cutting technical and policy activities by providing the perspectives of the Division of Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation to other areas of the NEA and its standing technical committees and working groups.
  • Supervise staff and external consultants, motivate and contribute to the professional development and performance of staff to ensure delivery of high-quality work within set deadlines and promote effective working methods, a constructive working atmosphere and good communication
  • Assist the Head of Division in supporting the NEA Standing Technical Committees, as well as their Bureaux, their Working Groups or their Senior Expert Groups.
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Head of Division or the NEA’s Director-General.

Facilitation of Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA), workings groups, joint projects and databases:

  • Organise and support the regular meetings of the committee, workings groups or joint research projects as well as expert meetings.
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of technical documents and summary records, follow up of decisions taken during meetings, co-ordinate the interaction with other working groups. 
  • Ensure the timely drafting and publication of well-written NEA reports on the results and conclusions of relevant committee, working group, expert meetings or joint research projects.
  • Provide regular and timely reports to the NEA management and the relevant committee.

Communication and Co-ordination:

  • Develop and maintain good working relationships and close contacts with national regulatory authorities, safety experts and research community representatives.
  • Maintain necessary co-ordination and, as appropriate, close co-operation with other international organisations active in the field of nuclear safety and regulation. 
  • Ensure close co-ordination with the other Units and Divisions of the NEA and cross-cutting areas with OECD Directorates as and when required. 
  • Promote the visibility and application of committee work products; represent the NEA at conferences and international meetings, summarising relevant activities at the NEA, and provide reports on such events.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in nuclear engineering or applied physics or other fields or equivalent work experience relevant to nuclear safety assessment and regulatory activities

Professional Background

  • At least eight, preferably ten years professional experience in the field of safety regulation of nuclear installations or in the field of safety-related technical issues.
  • Proven national-level and international experience in interacting with senior officials and experts from governmental organisations, regulatory authorities and technical institutions. 
  • Extensive experience in the management of a team and/or international working groups
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage simultaneously several programme of works with strict deadlines and within budget.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

Contract duration

  • Three year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

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