Technical Lead (Uranium Resources and Production)(P5)

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Organizational Setting

The Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology (NEFW) comprises the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section, the Waste Technology Section, the Decommissioning & Environmental Remediation Section and the Research Reactor Section. The Division seeks to support Member States in building their capacity to access technologies, to share good practices and to develop safe and effective approaches across all aspects of research reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, decommissioning, radioactive waste management and environmental remediation.


The Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section (NFCMS) assists interested Member States in the development of safe, environmentally friendly, economically viable, proliferation-resistant and sustainable fuel cycle options and it encourages information exchange on the exploration, mining and processing of uranium and thorium, on the design, manufacturing and performance of nuclear fuels, on the management of spent fuel, and on the development of advanced and innovative nuclear fuels and fuel cycles.


Main Purpose

As the lead technical expert in a team reporting to the Section Head, the Technical Lead manages, co-ordinates, and supervises the IAEA’s projects on uranium exploration and production.



The Technical Lead (Uranium Resources and Production) is: (1) a substantive expert contributor, managing projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity; (2) a Scientific Secretary to international technical meetings related to a specialized field, overseeing preparation and editing of technical reports, manuals proceedings and other technical publications; (3) a manager planning, leading, coordinating, monitoring and supervising the activities of a Sub-Section in accordance with Member States’ needs; (4) a coordinator of inter-agency collaborative projects with the UN system and other international organizations, reviewing and providing a systematic overview and preparation of technical documentation and papers for discussions.


Functions / Key Results Expected

Broadens and deepens the field of knowledge by organizing technical meetings related to the specialized field and serves as scientific secretary; prepares technical programmes, contributes to the preparation and editing of technical reports, proceedings, e-tools development and other scientific publications; prepares and organizes in-house meetings in support of the Section’s scientific programme.
Contributes to an integrated delivery of activities through coordination of interagency collaborative projects within the UN system; promotes the exchange of information on operational and safety related experience gained worldwide.
Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the scientific community by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required; establishes and maintains contacts with individual scientists at various national centres, relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.
Plans, leads, coordinates, monitors implementation, supervises the activities of the Uranium Resources and Production Team in accordance with Member States’ needs, including but not limited to uranium resources and processing, and ensures compliance of Member States with the requirements and recommendations of the IAEA’s standards in these same areas.
Coordinates the Team’s provision of specialized technical input to Technical Cooperation Projects in the subject area and provides technical guidance; evaluates proposals, develops work plans; provides support in planning and implementing training courses and workshops.
Advises the IAEA LEU Bank Project Manager on technical aspects of the project; planning, preparing and implementing technical tasks relating to the project (such as the re-certification of the LEU filled cylinders); obtaining inputs and negotiating activities and scheduling with contributing Divisions, contractors and counterparts; and preparing regular reports for the project governance focusing on the project results, outputs and deliverables.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

Name Definition
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.
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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
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.
Partnership building Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
Technical/scientific credibility Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Chemical Engineering Professional experience in the field of exploration, mining and production of raw materials for the fuel cycle and evaluation of raw materials in relation to the supply and sustainability of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Management and Programme Analysis Project Management Planning the work of the subprogramme, leading, organizing and conducting scientific and technical meetings and project work.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in mining engineering, economic geology or a similar field.

A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in the field of uranium resources exploration and processing. Experience at the international level.
Experience working in a national/international nuclear organisation or institute desirable. Knowledge and practical experience in organizing and conducting scientific and technical meetings.

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 $92731 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 46366*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; Other benefits include 6 weeks’ annual leave, home leave travel, pension plan and health insurance. More information on the conditions of employment can be found at:


General Information

  • The IAEA’s paramount consideration in the recruitment of staff member is to secure employees of the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity.
  • Staff Members shall be selected without any unfair treatment or arbitrary distinction based on a person’s race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age, language, social origin or other similar shared characteristic or trait.
  • The IAEA is committed to gender equality and to promoting a diverse workforce. Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are strongly 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.
  • The IAEA has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and the IAEA, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Evaluation process

  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the selection criteria stated in the vacancy announcement. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection may be subject to reference and background checks as part of the recruitment process.


Appointment information

  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report.
  • Staff members may be assigned to any location.
  • Candidates appointed to posts in the Professional and higher categories are subject to IAEA rotation policy and their maximum tour of service shall normally be seven years.
  • 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.