Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose:

Reporting to the Head of the Control of Radiation Sources Unit, the Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist is responsible for implementing the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) programme, as well as the overall assistance programme of the Unit and for developing/updating safety standards, guidance and tools related to strengthening national regulatory infrastructures for radiation safety and the control of sources.


The Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist is: a team leader, coordinating and implementing activities related to improving national regulatory infrastructure; and a substantive contributor, evaluating national regulatory infrastructures, and providing advice and training to national experts.

Functions/Key Results Expected:

  • Provides advice and training to Member States on the assessment of the effectiveness of national regulatory programmes for the control of radiation sources and facilities on the basis of the organization of and participation in IRRS and advisory missions, including coordinating the group of experts on the mission;
  • Develops/updates safety standards, guidance and tools related to strengthening national regulatory infrastructures for radiation safety and the control of sources, including the Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) and the Self-Assessment of Regulatory Infrastructure Methodology and Tool (SARIS);
  • Promotes the utilization of tools, such as RAIS and SARIS, in Member States through expert missions and the organization of workshops;
  • Analyses, evaluates and reports on the results of IRRS and Advisory Missions, and develops appropriate follow-up action plans for the Member State;
  • Formulates conclusions, recommendations and appropriate reports on the IRRS and Advisory Missions for use by senior management in reporting to Member States;
  • Identifies areas in which training of regulatory bodies in Member States is needed and implements all technical aspects of such training events, including training on RAIS;
  • Implements action plans resulting from assessment and appraisal missions through the IAEA's technical cooperation fund, regular budget and extrabudgetary programmes;
  • Provides support and relevant expertise for the Incident and Emergency System (IES) and participates in associated training and exercises.

Competencies and Expertise:

Core Competencies:

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.


  • 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 Result:

  • 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.


  • Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies:

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.

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.

Knowledge sharing and learning:

  • Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.

Commitment to continuous process improvement:

  • Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.

Analytical thinking:

  • Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

Required Expertise:


Transport and Waste Safety

  • Application of Safety Standards Knowledge of the IAEA's Safety Standards Series and experience in their application in Developing member States;
  • Development of IAEA Safety Standards Knowledge and experience in the drafting and publication processes of the IAEA Safety Standards;
  • Safety of Radiation Sources Knowledge of the safe management of radiation sources in industrial, medical and research applications.

Asset Expertise:


Transport and Waste Safety

  • Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources Knowledge of the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and the associated Guidance on Import and Export of Radioactive Sources, and the process for periodic exchange of information regarding their implementation.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills:

  • Advanced University Degree in Health physics or a related scientific discipline;
  • At least 7 years of experience in radiation safety, of which at least 5 should be related directly to radiation safety regulatory activities;
  • Experience in evaluating the radiation, transport and waste safety infrastructures of developing countries and in implementing a strategic approach to improvements;
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written. Knowledge of official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of the IAEA's Governmental, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Safety (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 1), International Basic Safety Standards (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 3), Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and the Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources, Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources:, and related safety standards publications. Familiarity with the IRRS and self-assessment methodologies, RAIS and regulatory training packages would be an advantage;
  • Demonstrated analytical skills in drawing well-balanced conclusions when dealing with complex issues and in interpreting procedures and guidelines in order to adapt them to cover complex situations;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare documents of a high technical quality and accuracy;
  • Demonstrated communication skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with IAEA staff at all levels and with representatives of Member States;
  • Demonstrated ability to both lead a team and serve as a member of a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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