International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Team Leader (Surveillance)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Job Description

  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 Technical and Scientific Services (SGTS) is responsible for measurement systems applied in safeguards verification activities, containment and surveillance techniques and all verification logistics.

The Section for Unattended Systems (TUS) is responsible for the full development, assembly, testing, implementation and maintenance cycle of all measurement and surveillance systems to be permanently installed and operating in unattended mode at nuclear facilities worldwide. The Section is comprised of two specialized teams (technical units): Surveillance and Unattended Monitoring Systems.

Main Purpose Reporting to the Section Head, the Team Leader manages and leads a team that plans, implements and maintains Surveillance systems and related technologies required to support the implementation of IAEA safeguards. Having full responsibility for the entire life cycle (“cradle to grave”) of surveillance technologies used by safeguards he/she also manages the team’s laboratory and workshops. The Team Leader must maintain awareness of innovations and developments in surveillance technologies and strive for quality and efficiency in the provision of the services rendered by the team.

Role The Team Leader is: (1) a leader and manager, ensuring that the activities of the team are completed in a timely, effective and efficient fashion, and controlling the progress and the quality of the activities performed and the achievement of the expected goals; (2) a technical expert, contributing to and judging developments of technical solutions for the specific challenges encountered in surveillance projects assigned to the team; (3) an Adviser to the other Team Leaders and Section Heads in the Division and to the Director of the Division on surveillance related matters; and (4) a communicator and advocate for the Team's administrative matters. for the Team's administrative matters.

Functions / Key Results Expected
  • Plans the programmatic work of the Team, including the establishment of concrete objectives, milestones and performance indicators.
  • Organizes and directs the activities of the Team, and contributes to the preparation of the section’s annual work plan, budget and financial plans and conducts and reviews performance evaluations.
  • Advises and leads the Team in a manner that promotes motivation and collaboration (internal and external), maintaining a balanced workload distribution and ensuring unbiased staff assessment.
  • Builds and maintains excellent services to the customers based on a structured and measurable service delivery approach. Supports the IAEA Operation Divisions in the Analysis of needs for safeguards surveillance implementations. Develop and/or review the requirement specifications for surveillance equipment and related software tools and lead the implementation of the IAEA's current surveillance systems and the development of new surveillance systems and surveillance review technologies.
  • Plan, monitor, and control technical surveillance projects over their entire life cycle using a formal project management methodology.
  • Monitor and manage the appropriate configuration and operation of the surveillance laboratory and workshop and the laboratory’s surveillance equipment inventory.
  • Develop and maintain the team’s activities regarding technical documentation, quality management, and reporting needs.
  • Review and analyze the program to assess the quality and effectiveness of surveillance implementation and propose changes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness and to assure the quality of the services provided.
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 Client orientation Examines client plans and develops services and options to support ongoing relationships. Develops solutions that add value to the Agency’s programmes and operations.

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.

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 Safeguards Containment and Surveillance Experience in the implementation of Surveillance systems is required, similar to those used in Safeguards applications. Experience in Containment systems and technologies is an asset.

Other Technical Engineering Engineering and Technology Demonstrated skills in managing the implementation and life cycle of a large instrument base.

Physics Nuclear Instrumentation Demonstrated skills in developing, testing and implementing instrumentation systems.

Human Resources Performance Management Strong leadership and ability to manage staff required. Shows resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances.

Management and Programme Analysis Project Management Demonstrated experience in Project Management (PM), and the use of PM tools. Familiarity with formal project management principles as described by PRINCE2, PMI or equivalent formal project management methodology required, and certification is an asset.

Asset Expertise Safeguards Quality Management Knowledge of the principles of Quality Management is required, and experience in working with a Quality Management System is an asset.

Safeguards Safeguards System, Basic Familiarity with the concepts of IAEA safeguards.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in physics, engineering, business Administration or other related technical field.

Minimum of 10 years of experience in mandatory areas of expertise is required, of which 3 years shall be in managing the implementation and life cycle support of a large base of instruments, and 2 years in developing, testing and implementing instrumentation systems themselves and formal management responsibility is required.

Demonstrated expertise in organizing and improving business processes and in defining and measuring performance indicators in a service oriented organization is required.

Working knowledge and/or experience in both the nuclear field and safeguards activities is highly desirable.

Experience in an international environment is an asset.

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

Remuneration The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 47883, 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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