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Section Head (P-5)

Vacancy Notice No. 2012/077
Position and Grade: Section Head (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section, Office of Legal Affairs, Offices reporting to the Director General
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 17 July 2012
Application Deadline: 30 September 2012
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting
The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), which reports directly to the Director General, was established to provide legal services of the highest possible standards to the Director General, the Secretariat and to the organs and bodies of the IAEA, as well as to Member States, regarding the implementation of the IAEA's activities. There are three Sections in OLA with responsibility for different topics: the General Legal Section, the Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section and the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section. The incumbent is the Head of Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section.

The Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Section provides legal services mainly to the Department of Safeguards, the Secretariat of the Policy-Making Organs and to the Director General's Office for Policy in support of programme implementation in the areas of non-proliferation and IAEA safeguards.

Main purpose
Reporting to the Director, the Section Head leads a professional team that ensures that the IAEA's non-proliferation and safeguards activities are carried out in accordance with the Statute, applicable agreements, as well as resolutions and decisions of the Policy-Making Organs.

The Section Head is: (1) a leader and manager, providing guidance and managerial support to the team, and planning resources with a view to achieving efficient and effective results; (2) a substantive expert, leveraging knowledge and experience in the field to policy development and operations; (3) an adviser on matters of policy, strategy, and complex cases.

The Section Head establishes the trust of senior management, staff in OLA and staff throughout the IAEA by providing dependable advice and guidance on all issues within the purview of the Section. Additionally, she/he ensures consistency and coordination of efforts in the provision of the highest quality legal services for the Department of Safeguards, the Secretariat of the Policy Making Organs and the Director General's Office for Policy through appropriate liaison and consultations within the IAEA.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Lead and manage an effective team of professionals and staff, promoting internal and external collaboration, and ensuring, through learning opportunities, work assignments and recruitment, an effective balance of skills and resources.
  • Negotiate and provide advice on the interpretation and implementation of international conventions, agreements and other instruments related to the work of the Section, in the area of non-proliferation and Agency safeguards.
  • Provide legal advice and interpretations in connection with the IAEA's Policy-Making Organs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to demonstrate IAEA ethical standards and competencies, and support IAEA values.
  • Strong understanding of the working environment in international organizations.
  •  Knowledge of the IAEA mandate, history, current role and main activities.
  • Thorough knowledge of management principles and the ability to manage a multicultural staff and foster an environment that promotes good performance, integrity, self-development and innovation.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently assign, monitor and manage financial, human, information and knowledge resources.
  • High degree of independent, mature judgment and initiative.
  •  Problem solving skills.
  • Planning and organizational skills, and ability to work under pressure of time and urgent deadlines.
  •  In depth knowledge of several areas of international, public and private law.
  •  Ability to apply legal knowledge to practical issues and to develop alternative acceptable approaches in order to achieve desire outcomes.


  • Excellent presentation, communication and negotiation skills, including the ability to deliver briefings to diverse target audiences and to conduct effective meetings.
  • Ability to deliver sensitive advice with tact and persuasiveness.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Significant experience in drafting legal opinions, agreements and correspondence.
  • Ability to foster a culture that values, shares and preserves legal knowledge and best practice.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university degree (at Masters level) in law with excellent academic record.
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience at international level.
  • Significant experience in non-proliferation and safeguards.
  • Significant experience in treaty and nuclear law.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of another official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) desirable.

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $80 734 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $40 851*, dependency benefits, diplomatic status, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

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. 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.

Posted August 3, 2012

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