Types of employment

The IAEA offers different types of employment opportunities: for professional and general service posts; consultants and experts; junior staff, through internships; and the Junior Professional Officer programme. 

Professional posts

Professional staff members are hired internationally and occupy leadership functions or positions that require a significant level of technical expertise. 

General Service posts

General Service staff members are hired locally. Their main role is to provide assistance and support and to ensure the smooth functioning of all administrative matters. General Service positions are engaged in finance, procurement, human resources and other specialized functional areas. Technician posts in the IAEA’s laboratories also fall into the General Service category.

Junior Professional Officer Programme

Junior Professional Officers are usually sponsored by their respective Member State governments and must meet certain eligibility requirements. These positions are limited in duration and candidates must be below 32 years of age and have completed an advanced university degree.


The IAEA accepts a limited number of interns each year who are studying toward a university degree or have recently received a degree. Internships normally range from one month to one year and provide an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience in an international environment.

Consultants and experts

The IAEA frequently engages experts under individual contracts to work on short-term projects as a consultant. The functions of a consultant are results-oriented and usually assist in the delivery of Agency programmatic activities.