Safeguards Training Officer
Vienna, Austria
vor 2 Tg.

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for over 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements.

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.

Safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically complex environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political and cultural diversity of the countries.

  • The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions : three Operations Divisions 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);
  • and 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 Concepts and Planning (SGCP) is responsible for strategic planning, the development and promotion of safeguards concepts and policy, the coordination of research and development activities, the implementation of the quality management system of the Department, and the provision and development of training.

    The Section for Training, one of four sections in the Division of Concepts and Planning, is responsible for the development, coordination and provision of safeguards related training for the Department and for personnel of Member States in relation to their obligations under safeguards agreements with the IAEA.

  • The principal functions and responsibilities of the Section include : the organization and implementation of the training of safeguards staff and Member State personnel;
  • the preparation, coordination and maintenance of documentation required for training; and the maintenance of training facilities.

    Main Purpose

    Reporting to either the Team Leader, Member States Training Team or the Team Leader, Safeguards Staff Training Team, the Safeguards Training Officer manages, plans, develops, implements and evaluates training courses to meet identified training needs, both individual and Departmental.

    The courses include formal training courses, workshops and on-the-job training, in both a technical and staff development oriented approach.

    He / she evaluates the effectiveness of training and ensures that courses are technically credible and in line with new developments and trends in the field of safeguards approaches, verification techniques and equipment.


  • The Safeguards Training Officer is (1) a trainer, integrating a systematic approach to training (2) a technical adviser to inspectors at headquarters and in the field on the use of safeguards equipment and techniques;
  • and (3) a specialist for the development of training courses on new safeguards approaches, equipment and techniques as well as in the preparation of related procedures.

    Functions / Key Results Expected

    The Safeguards Training Officer designs, develops, implements and evaluates safeguards training courses delivered by the Section.

    In particular, the Safeguards Training Officer :

  • For all courses as assigned, implements the five key steps of the Systematic Approach to Training : training needs analysis, design of training courses, development of training materials ensuring technical credibility, implementation of training and evaluation of training effectiveness, including regular review and updating of courses to ensure that course delivery addresses the participants’ training needs and different learning styles;
  • Provides training related information for the preparation of training tasks through Member State Support Programmes (MSSPs) and programmatic elements for the elaboration of the budget of the Training Section and acts as Task Officer for tasks conducted through MSSPs as assigned;
  • Contributes to the preparation, writing and editing of safeguards reference documents and reports as needed; and

    Collaborates with technical consultants on training related projects.

    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

    Core Competencies

    Name Definition Planning and OrganizingPlans 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.CommunicationCommunicates 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.Achieving ResultsTakes 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.TeamworkActively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

    Functional Competencies

    Name Definition Client orientationHelps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.

    Judgement / decision makingConsults with supervisor / manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

    Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.Partnership buildingIdentifies and builds partnerships.

    Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.

    ResilienceMaintains 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.

    Technical / scientific credibilityEnsures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods.

    Provides scientifically / technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

    Required Expertise

    Function Name Expertise Description Management and Programme AnalysisPartnership DevelopmentExcellent customer orientation, including the ability to develop and nurture effective working relationships with counterparts.

    SafeguardsSafeguards InspectingKnowledge of international safeguards and experience in safeguards inspection activities as defined and carried out by the IAEA.

    Ability to keep abreast of technological developments on safeguards verification techniques and to share knowledge.TrainingTraining ImplementationDemonstrated ability to prepare and deliver presentations and facilitate interactive training.

    Ability to assess training needs and translate them into effective training courses as well as to evaluate trainees' performance.

    Asset Expertise

    Function Name Expertise Description Human ResourcesNegotiationAbility to gain agreement and commitment from others.SafeguardsSafeguards System, BasicKnowledge and hands-on experience in using and / or developing safeguards verification techniques and equipment desirable.

    TrainingTraining DesignKnowledge of a training methodology and experience in planning nuclear safeguards related training courses desirable.

    Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

    Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in science, physics, engineering, a safeguards related discipline, education, or other related field.

    At least seven years of combined research, industrial and nuclear safeguards experience, including experience in designing and presenting training courses.

    Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


  • The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 29553 *, 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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