Director (Chief Information Officer)(D1)

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  • Posted:
    1 week ago
  • Category:
    Information and Telecommunication Technology, Management
  • Deadline:
    December 22, 2022



Organizational Setting

The Department of Management (MT) provides a ‘platform of services’ that serves as a foundation for the successful delivery of the IAEA’s scientific and technical programmes. Its mission statement is as follows: “MT is a partner and a business enabler that champions change and efficiency, leveraging a common purpose”. Thus, among other support activities, it assists a scientific manager in recruiting the right expert, helps a technical officer coordinate the purchase of radiation equipment, and ensures that all Board documents are translated and distributed on a timely basis to Member States.

The Division of Information Technology provides support to the IAEA in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), including information systems for technical programmes and management. It is responsible for planning, developing and implementing an ICT strategy, for setting and enforcing common ICT standards throughout the Secretariat and for managing central ICT services. The IAEA’s ICT infrastructure comprises hardware and software platforms, and cloud and externally-hosted services. The Division has implemented an IT service management model based on ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) and Prince2 (Projects in a Controlled Environment) best practices.


Main Purpose


Reporting to the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Management, the Director (Chief Information Officer) provides strategic guidance for and ensures the transparent, efficient and cost-effective operations of the Division of Information Technology, fostering a data and innovation driven environment.

The Director provides leadership for the IAEA’s ICT and related services, including the development of standards, policies, procedures and guidelines for ICT and information and cyber-security issues.

The Director provides advice, expertise and leadership to managers in the technical and scientific programmes on programmatic information systems and related issues.




The Director is: (1) a leader, providing strategic direction, while inspiring the implementation of innovative solutions and best practices that address the IAEA’s priorities; (2) a manager of the human and financial resources of the Division; and (3) an advisor to the Deputy Director General for Management and other senior management on matters relating to ICT, information security and data innovation.

The Director of the Division of Information Technology is the Chief Information Officer (CIO).


Functions / Key Results Expected


The Director is accountable for:

The maintenance of the Agency’s enterprise architecture (consisting of business processes, information, data, applications, and technology);

The support to the Agency’s IT standards and policies, including the Information Security Policy and supporting documents;

Fostering innovation, organizational changes or operational improvements that could drive increased value from IT-enabled initiatives;

Overseeing the continued development, deployment and maintenance of the enterprise’s resource planning (ERP) system;

Advising IAEA executives, especially the Deputy Director General for Management, as well as Directors and other IAEA staff on issues related to information and communication technology; identifying top topics, key risks, strategies, and executive-level information items, all conveyed in language that is understandable by the specific audience;

Leading a team of technology professionals in a way that encourages advances in capabilities and careers, while also deriving best benefit for the IAEA with the existing personnel capacities;

Leading the IAEA IT governance processes, including policy promulgation and consensus building;

Taking authority and responsibility for exploiting the value of enterprise data assets and promoting the related business benefits to internal and external stakeholders;

Organizing and leading a data and analytics center of excellence, and constantly improve the IAEA’s capacity to develop insights with advanced analytics and visualizations.

Driving modernization and change in the IT infrastructure and services, including increased utilization of cloud services, enhanced mobility, retirement of legacy systems, and uptake of new and transformative technologies;

Optimising the balance between operations and development, between in-sourcing and out-sourcing, between standardization and specialization, and between centralization and decentralization.

Ensuring achievement of project goals and sustainment of operational excellence within stated budgets and schedules.
Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Client orientation Promotes an attitude of valuing clients. Advocates for the inclusion of client interests and needs in programme planning and decision making.
Commitment to continuous process improvement Leads and oversees continuous quality improvement efforts across the Department/Division through the promotion of advanced tools, resources and training.
Technical/scientific credibility Demonstrates vision, expertise and resourcefulness in developing strategies, seizing good opportunities, mastering challenges and risks, and addressing issues relevant to the programme goals.
Leading and supervising Serves as a role model to managers as well as to staff members in general. Demonstrates leadership, inspires others and provides clear direction to achieve the Agency’s mandate and priorities. Motivates and empowers staff, and recognizes individual and team contributions to the Agency’s success.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Information Technology IT Security Strong knowledge and extensive experience in IT Security and IT Security Architecture.
Information Technology Information Security Strong knowledge of Information Security and experience in Information Security Management System.
Information Technology Project Management Strong knowledge of IT Project Management following the best practices such as PMP or Prince2.
Information Technology Service Oriented Architecture Strong knowledge of IT Service Oriented Architecture.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


Advanced University degree in computer Science, Information Technology Management, Information Security, IT Security or a related field. A first level university degree with additional five years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Internationally recognized certification in IT Security and Information Security is desirable.

Minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in ICT and management information systems, strategic planning, large project management and other relevant areas. Of those, a minimum of five years of experience at the senior management or executive level in a comparable organization (international organization, public sector or non-profit organization, or equivalent).

Experience in a large computer centre serving both centralized and decentralized ICT in diverse operational environments, and in supporting the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system.
Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.




The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $103660 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 41360*, dependency benefits, rental subsidyeducation grantrelocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leavepension 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): IntegrityProfessionalism 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