Coordinator: Nuclear Safety

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 16

Position description

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 needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and security.

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 

Main Purpose

As a member of the project management team and reporting directly to the Director of NSNI, the Coordinator will coordinate requests for contribution or information to streamline reporting in all relevant areas of divisional activities. This includes, but is not limited to, the nuclear safety report, the annual report, the omnibus resolutions and the nuclear safety strategy. The Coordinator assists also in facilitating the working relationship with the extra budgetary contributors to the work of NSNI that is vital for the development and implementation of the projects aimed enhancing nuclear safety globally. The Coordinator will interact with staff throughout the Department and other Departments and Offices of the IAEA, including the Director General’s Office for Coordination and the Office of Safety and Security Coordination, and act as a point of contact for the ongoing coordination and integration of Departmental and Divisional activities.


The Coordinator is: (a) a contributor, developing and coordinating information for reporting in all relevant areas of NSNI activities such as the nuclear safety report, the annual report, the omnibus resolutions and the nuclear safety strategy; (b) a focal point, maintaining a general technical and schedule knowledge of major Division work underway; (c) a team member, identifying major issues requiring the attention of the Director to improve office effectiveness in completing assigned work, and coordinating with and remaining cognizant of key Division interfaces with internal and external groups; (e) a coordinator of activities related to the communication and outreach within the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety and (e) representing the Division on various task groups.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Develop and coordinate information for reporting in all relevant areas of NSNI activities such as the nuclear safety report, the annual report, the omnibus resolutions, the nuclear safety strategy, and external channels such as the agency website.
  • Provide technical expertise in special Division projects requiring technical coordination among various groups.
  • Assist in planning, developing and implementing activities aimed at strengthening nuclear safety in Member States and, as necessary, and coordinating their integration into the NSNI regular programme of work.
  • Maintain inputs to the DG Briefing System, and represent the Division on the NS Communication Team.


  • University degree (bachelor’s) in Engineering, engineering, science, international relations, international law, or other areas related to the nuclear fieldor other relevant field.
  • Minimum five years of experience in nuclear safety of which at least four should be related to nuclear safety regulatory activities.
  • Knowledge of IAEA’s Governmental, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Safety (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 1) and as well as of other IAEAs General Safety Requirements such as GSR Part 2 (Leadership and Management for Safety) and GSR Part 4 (Safety Assessment for Facilities and Activities) would be an asset.
  • Experience in coordinating inputs from a wide range of technical groups and developing written analyses and summaries of those inputs.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Familiarity with the IAEA mission, activities, and approaches.
  • 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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