Section Head (Waste Technology) (P5)
IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
As a manager and leader reporting to the Division Director, the Section Head plans, initiates, implements, guides, coordinates, and supervises the IAEA's programme activities relating to radioactive waste management.
The Section Head is: (1) a manager, ensuring the efficient and effective management of assigned staff, physical and financial resources; (2) a leader, planning, leading, co-ordinating and supervising the activities of the Section in accordance with the approved programme and monitoring their implementation; (3) a coordinator and officer responsible for the technical support provided by the Section to the IAEA's technical cooperation programme in the relevant fields; (4) an adviser to the Director on programmatic, scientific and technical issues in the relevant fields; (5) a facilitator of cooperation with other organizations and with other sections/divisions/departments in the IAEA dealing with similar or related areas of work; (6) a focal point for engaging with Member States and non-government organizations to identify opportunities of partnership and resource mobilization and (7) an active contributor to the initiatives, committees of the Division and of the Department. The Section Head is responsible for the relevant administrative matters of the Section.
Functions/Key Results Expected Broaden and deepen knowledge on radioactive waste management by organizing scientific meetings, conferences, preparing scientific programmes, contributing to the preparation and editing of scientific and technical reports, manuals, proceedings and other publications, supporting the development of digital tools such as e-learning, wiki web-based networks of professionals, databases and organizing in-house meetings in support of the Section's scientific programme. Coordinate the Section's provision of specialized technical input to technical cooperation projects in the subject area and provide technical guidance. Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the professional community by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required. Establish and maintain contacts with individual scientists and other practitioners at various centres and at other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies. Engage with Member States and non-government organizations to identify opportunities of partnership and resource mobilization. Maintain a high safety culture and ensure the development and implementation of operational safety procedures related to the work performed or supported by Section staff in member states involving radioactive sources or other radioactive material.
Competencies and Expertise
Core Competencies 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. Communication: 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. Achieving Results: 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. Teamwork: Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.
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 Nuclear Engineering, Fuel Cycle and Waste Management: Expertise in radioactive waste management including handling, treatment, conditioning and storage of radioactive wastes from all sources. Management and Programme Analysis, Guidance Development: Providing technical guidance/support for activities related to radioactive waste management. Management and Programme Analysis, Programme Management: Project management, including design, monitoring and implementation of the section programme and its regular budget and extrabudgetary contributions. Nuclear Energy, Radioactive Waste Management - DSRS (Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources): Substantive expertise in status and trends of disused sealed radioactive sources management and in developing methodologies and techniques for collection, conditioning and storage of disused sealed radioactive sources.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in chemistry, physics, engineering, geological science or similar relevant subject. Bachelor's Degree - A first level university degree in chemistry, physics, engineering, geological or other related field with additional four years of working experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree. Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, including five years in a senior position with management responsibility. Experience in disused sealed radioactive sources (DSRS) management and in developing methodologies and techniques for collection, conditioning, and storage of disused sealed radioactive sources (DSRS) is an asset. Experience in an international multidisciplinary environment. Demonstrated experience in project management, including design, monitoring and implementation as well as the management of human and financial resources and resource mobilization. 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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