Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Deputy Head / Senior Nuclear Safety Specialist

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Job Description

Deputy Head/Senior Nuclear Safety Specialist ( Job Number: 14108 ) Application Closing Date: 21-02-2021, 10:59:00 PM The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 37 member countries, that works to build better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and Analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.

The Nuclear Energy Agency ( NEA) is an intergovernmental agency which operates under the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development (OECD). It facilitates co-operation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, related environmental and economic matters and Law. The mission of the NEA is to assist its 34 member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international co operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally sound and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It strives to provide authoritative assessments and to forge common understandings on key issues as input to government decisions on nuclear technology policies. The NEA is looking for a highly experienced Nuclear Safety Specialist in the field of regulatory activities or research and Technical Support organisation activities to act as a deputy head of the Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation Division.

This specialist will assist the head of division in managing the division's staff and the division's work programme in the field of regulation or research and expertise. (S)he will also have a role of technical secretariat of the different committees, working groups or joint research projects, including also the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) supported by the division.

Main Responsibilities As deputy head of the division:
  • Contribute to the development of medium and long-term strategies in the fields of nuclear safety and regulation, and develop the division programme in the field of nuclear safety technology or regulation.
  • Supervise staff, junior staff and interns and external consultants, motivate and contribute to the professional development and performance of staff to ensure delivery of high-quality work within set deadlines and promote effective working methods, a constructive working atmosphere and good communication.
  • Assist the head of division to support the NEA Standing Technical Committees, as well as their Bureaux, their Working Groups or their Senior Expert Groups.
  • Promote the continuous improvement of nuclear safety through committee activities that effectively and efficiently leverage member countries' resources to address important regulatory issues or key challenges in the field of research.
  • Propose clear priorities for the activities of the relevant committee as well as organisation of meetings under the auspices of the committee, which involves the participation of top level regulators and senior scientists.
  • Coordinate the activities of the division staff in charge of the subsidiary bodies and contribute to improve the organisation and the efficiency of the division.
  • Support cross-cutting technical and policy activities by providing the perspectives of the Division of Nuclear Safety Technology and Regulation to other areas of the NEA and its standing technical committees and working groups. Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Head of Division or the NEA's Director-General. As technical secretariat of the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear installations (CSNI), workings groups or joint research projects:
  • Organise and support the regular meetings of the committee, workings groups or joint research projects as well as expert meetings.
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of technical documents and summary records, follow up of decisions taken during meetings, co-ordinate the interaction with other working groups.
  • Ensure the timely drafting and publication of well-written NEA reports on the results and conclusions of relevant committee, working group, expert meetings or joint research projects.
  • Provide regular and timely reports to the NEA management and the relevant committee. Communication and Co-ordination:
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships and close contacts with national regulatory authorities, safety experts and research community representatives.
Maintain necessary co-ordination and, as appropriate, close co-operation with other international organisations active in the field of nuclear safety and regulation.

Ensure close co-ordination with the other Units and Divisions of the NEA and cross-cutting areas with OECD Directorates as and when required.

Promote the visibility and application of committee work products. Ideal Candidate Profile Academic Background
  • An advanced university degree in nuclear engineering or applied physics, or equivalent professional training. Professional Background
  • At least eight, preferably ten years professional experience in the field of safety regulation of nuclear installations or in the field of safety-related research.
  • Proven national-level and international experience in interacting with senior officials and experts from governmental organisations, regulatory authorities and research institutions.
  • Extensive experience in the management of a team and/or international working groups
  • Strong Project Management skills and ability to manage simultaneously several programme of works with strict deadlines and within budget. Languages
  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
Core competencies
  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical Thinking, Achievement focus, Managing resources, Teamwork and team leadership, Diplomatic sensitivity.
  • Please also refer to the level 4 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.
Contract duration
  • Three year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
What the OECD offers
  • Monthly base salary starting from 8,790 EUR plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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Salary Information Please note, the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of NEA or OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.

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