International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Programme Implementation Officer

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Job Description

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA's Major Programme 2, "Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection". This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and Agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme's objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes. The Division of Human Health (NAHU) is organized into four Sections whose objectives are to enhance the capabilities of Member States to address needs related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health problems through the development and application of nuclear techniques within a framework of quality assurance.

Main Purpose

The Project Implementation Officer, reporting to the Division Director, leads the implementation of the assigned activities within the planned timelines and assigned budget limitations. He/she contributes knowledge and experience to coordinate the radiation research activities and the development of guidance on risk communication strategies with the stakeholders and ways to enhance involvement and empowerment of communities living in areas affected by radiation. In consultation with the project stakeholders, he/she plans and leads consultancy and project Coordination meetings and prepares the corresponding reports for publication and/or dissemination to Member States. He/she coordinates the development of a comprehensive manual to support the recovery process He/she reviews datasets and applies appropriate statistical methods for reliable data evaluation, quality control and reporting to benefit all Member States.


Reporting to the Director of NAHU, the Project Implementation Officer is: (1) a project Coordinator of activities funded from the Nuclear Safety Action Plan (NSAP) projects including the establishment of plans, budgets and formal contribution agreements for existing and new funding; (2) a monitor and evaluator of the progress and result of work and its outcome, also ensuring the production of reports on activities implemented; (3) an Analyst of data that supports concept development; (4) a Liaison Officer with counterparts at Japanese universities / institutes and experts involved in the project; (5) a focal point for other related Division activities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Create a detailed project plan identifying and sequencing its activities and including a schedule that effectively allocates available resources.

  • Execute and coordinate implementation according to the project plan, document project activities and ensure that all project information is appropriately filed and secured.

  • Assess progress towards the achievement of project results in line with quality management standards. Identify lessons learned and propose adaptations and innovations to monitoring and assessment mechanisms and tools.

  • Perform research on STS (Science Technology Studies) and concept development of the project. Analyse data to support hypotheses on the best way to train medical professionals (e.g. physicians and medical physicists) to communicate with the public using STS techniques.

  • Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards.

  • Monitor all budgeted project expenditures with the Administrative Assistant and ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality.

  • Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase.

  • Develop and maintain networks and partnerships with national institutions and relevant stakeholders.

  • Contribute to resource mobilization activities, proposing activities/projects requiring additional funding and identifying funding options. Prepare project progress reports and publications on risk communication and Health Policy for scientific journals.

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 Client orientation Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met. Commitment to continuous process improvement Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements. Judgement/decision making Consults 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.  

Required Expertise

Management and Programme Analysis Partnership Development Ability to build relevant strategic partnerships and alliances with key stakeholders and partners. Strong knowledge of areas of common interest, opportunities for collaboration and joint initiatives.   Management and Programme Analysis Project Management Ability to plan, organize and implement activities in the context of quality improvement and management of cross-cutting topics.   Management and Programme Analysis Reporting Ability to produce accurate and timely reporting to internal and external stakeholders.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree - University degree in medical, plant or animal sciences.

  • Minimum of five years of working experience in project management, communication, scientific publishing, knowledge management or a related field.

  • Experience in international cooperation safety evaluation and environmental risk communication and regulation.

  • Experience in educational and research projects in radiation disaster medicine.

  • 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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