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Professional Staff At IAEA

Professional Staff at the IAEA

A Professional Career in a Multicultural Environment

Professional staff members of the IAEA are experts in their field who carry out the functions of the IAEA by two different means. First, they contribute as individual experts. Second, they organize input from experts to deal with specific tasks, such as preparing standards. They work in international and multidisciplinary teams. The skills needed by the Professional staff are usually very specific to the nature of the IAEA's work. Approximately 900 of the Agency's 2200 staff are Professionals.

Staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director General. As such, they may not seek or accept instructions in regard to the performance of their duties from any government or other authority external to the Agency. While all staff members are subject to the laws and regulations of the duty station country, they are entitled to certain privileges and immunities in the interests of the IAEA.

Rotation Policy

For Professional positions, the IAEA follows a policy of rotation out of the organization. This policy allows Member States to benefit from the return of their nationals after gaining expertise at the IAEA, and it allows the IAEA to have a continuous influx of fresh knowledge and experience at all levels. This increase in international capacity is also of benefit to staff members, who get a second-to-none opportunity to be part of the team facing the IAEA's challenges.

Regular fixed-term appointments are typically for an initial three-year period. Based on requirements such as programmatic need, availability of funding and satisfactory work performance, the initial fixed-term appointment may be extended or renewed, normally for periods of two years, subject to the IAEA's maximum tour of service, i.e. 7 years.

Post Grades

Similarly to the other United Nations agencies, the IAEA offers to its international professional staff the following career steps:

Professional Staff at the P1-P3 Levels

At the P-1/P-2 junior level, staff members' principal goal is to demonstrate expertise by participating in the execution of programmes and projects, moving in the course of apprenticeship to higher levels of responsibility. As a P-3 professional, staff members launch and develop particular facets of the IAEA programme and gain further professional experience.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • University degree (or equivalent graduate degree);
  • No/2/5 years of experience in a field of relevance to the post, respectively;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Computer skills: standard Microsoft Office software;
  • Languages: Fluency in English. Working knowledge of other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) advantageous;
  • Ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

Professional Staff at the P4-P5, D Levels

Two paths are open at the P4 and P5 levels: taking on managerial responsibilities, or carrying out functions in a highly specialized field of expertise. Those with managerial responsibilities function as head of a unit or section, or as director (D level) of a division. They directly participate in the preparation and execution of the IAEA's strategy, manage a budget and assume a leadership role.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree (or equivalent post graduate degree);
  • 7/10/15 years of experience in a field of relevance to the post;
  • Resource management experience;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Computer skills: standard Microsoft Office software;
  • Languages: Fluency in English. Working knowledge of other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) advantageous;
  • Ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

Applicant Data Verification

Appointment as professional staff at the IAEA is subject to verification of academic qualifications and employment background, to satisfaction of the Agency. Only applicants with academic qualifications from accredited or officially recognized universities or institutions are considered eligible. The accreditation status of an educational institution is verified by the Agency.

For candidates under closer consideration, reference checks will be conducted and they will be notified accordingly. If candidates had indicated in their application that they have objections to contacting their current employer, this employer is not contacted without their prior agreement.

Temporary Assistance Assignments

Applicants interested in short term staff assignments or consultancies, ranging in length from 1 month to less than 1 year, may submit a general application in the administrative or scientific/engineering fields by filling out an Online Job Application. When a Division has a need for specific skills, the Recruitment Unit runs a query among those applications. This is an excellent opportunity to be exposed to an international environment and work with specialists from various countries in one's field of work.

Life as Part of Professional Staff

Conditions of Employment

The IAEA offers a competitive package of benefits and entitlements.

For more information, see Conditions of Employment for Professional Staff →

Working at IAEA

Being part of the IAEA's staff is a unique experience.

For more information, see Working at IAEA →

How to Apply

Internal and external applicants need to complete the IAEA Personal History Form. Internal candidates must apply on-line. External candidates are also strongly encouraged to do so here. If this should not be possible, a Personal History Form can be obtained from national nuclear energy commissions, ministries of foreign affairs, or directly from the IAEA either via mail or by downloading it.

Applications must QUOTE THE VACANCY NOTICE NUMBER and should be addressed to the Division of Human Resources, IAEA, Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O. Box 100, A-1400 Vienna, Austria. Please do not send additional documentation at this stage. All application material should be typewritten and in English.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in due course. Applications received after the application deadline will NOT be considered. Applicants who do not comply with the aforementioned application guidelines or do not meet the essential requirements specified in the relevant Vacancy Notice will not be considered. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

Human Resource Booklets

Published January 2013 Internship Programme: Get Real World Experience

Internship Programme: Get Real World Experience Download pdf →

Published September 2011 Women At IAEA

Women At IAEA Download pdf →

Published June 2011 IAEA Leadership Blueprint

IAEA Leadership Blueprint Download pdf →

Published September 2011 Inviting Commitment: Working for IAEA

Inviting Commitment: Working for IAEA Download pdf →