Section Head (SGIM-ISD)(P5)

Section Head (SGIM-ISD)(P5)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

As part of the management team of the Division and reporting to the Director, the Section Head is responsible for ensuring the quality of State declared information processing, information analysis and dissemination activities, and coordinating the integration of the Section's analytical efforts in the context of the Departmental collaborative information analysis process in support of State evaluations and other safeguards evaluation and implementation efforts. The Section Head provides leadership and professional direction to the staff of the Section and drives process improvements.


The Section Head is: 1) a leader and manager, providing guidance and support to the team, and planning resources with a view to achieving efficient and effective results in accordance with Divisional objectives; 2) a substantive expert, leveraging knowledge and experience in the field of State obligations under safeguards agreements; 3) an adviser on matters of policy, strategy and complex cases; and 4) a developer, implementer and change manager of new strategies, based on improved processes and technologies.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Lead the Section, motivate the team and promote internal and external collaboration in order to optimize the outcomes from available resources in line with the SGIM strategy, including the establishment of concrete objectives, milestones and performance indicators;
  • Play a key role in State evaluations and support to the Operations Divisions for the preparation of in-field activities, specifically in relation to nuclear material accounting and information provided under additional protocols;
  • Manage the development of work plans, project planning and integration of analytical results with information from other teams, such as material balance evaluations, environmental and other sampling information, open source, nuclear trade and field results, with a view to enhancing the Department's information collaborative approach;
  • Act as a major contributor in the production of the annual Safeguards Implementation Report (SIR);
  • Ensure that services and products conform to applicable quality standards and that processes are implemented in line with information security procedures;
  • Ensure, through training and recruitment, that the Section maintains an appropriate balance of skills and resources, particularly for the collection, processing, storage, analysis and dissemination of State declared information for safeguards purposes, in support of the State evaluation process and safeguards implementation;
  • Identify questions, inconsistencies and nuclear non-proliferation issues and ensure the associated secure circulation of information products;
  • Provide advisory expertise on relevant aspects of safeguards agreements, including State supplied nuclear material accounting and additional protocol information, to other Divisions in the Department and corresponding State representatives;
  • Participate as a technical expert, scientific secretary or instructor in meetings or training courses on the processing of nuclear material accounting and the additional protocol, and assist in the preparation of policy and technical documents as required;
  • Liaise with Member States regarding the receipt of declarations; contributions to SSAC improvements; the promotion of technical assistance in relevant areas of competence; and to raise assistance in the context of Member States’ support programmes;
  • Contribute to the development of competences, methodologies, processes and tools to enhance the contribution of the Section to analytical processes, including State evaluations as well as other safeguards implementation activities.

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;
  • Resilience: Shows resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances. Is prepared and able to make difficult decisions in the best interest of the Agency and remains committed to seeing them through;
  • 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

  • Information Management: Information Analysis - Demonstrated ability to exercise unbiased, tactful and prudent judgement on sensitive issues, based on in-depth factual analysis;
  • Safeguards Nuclear Material Accounting In-depth knowledge of the principles of nuclear material accounting and State declarations;
  • Safeguards: Quality Management - Ability to conceptualize and promote the implementation of new technical concepts for safeguards enhancement as well as to keep abreast of developments in relevant information management and technologies;
  • Training: Training Implementation - Demonstrated ability to deliver briefings and training in English to Member States on State declarations and associated processes and to write analytical and policy documents.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Sciences or a closely related field relevant to the technical analysis of nuclear proliferation is required. A first level university degree in Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Sciences or a closely related field relevant to the technical analysis of nuclear proliferation with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in information management and analysis related to nuclear non-proliferation issues, nuclear material accounting and nuclear related research is required; of which, at least 7 years of demonstrable experience in information collection, processing, analysis and the use of complex databases and information systems;
  • Significant experience in developing, leading and motivating teams dedicated to information analysis; determining clear goals, roles and responsibilities; providing feedback on performance; and encouraging staff development;
  • Work experience at an international level is desirable;
  • 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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