NGSI: Introduction to IAEA Careers


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IAEA Careers Presentation made by the U.S. Support Programs at Argonne National Laboratory ( and Brookhaven National Laboratory ( to the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI).

U.S. citizens are encouraged to contact Argonne and Brookhaven for more information.

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  • The purpose of this presentation is to provide information about job opportunities at the International Atomic Energy Agency. I will be assisted in this presentation by Tanya Collins (BNL) and Allison Holiski (ANL). The U.S. government strongly encourages U.S. citizens to take positions at the IAEA during their careers. Because the recruitment and selection period can be long, it is not recommended to consider the IAEA for employment if you are currently unemployed. I would also like to take this opportunity to explain that if you are currently employed in the US government or at a national laboratory, you can usually take a leave of absence for an IAEA assignment. It is also important to note that the competition for IAEA jobs can be strong since you are literally competing with candidates from all over the world. One idiosyncrasy of IAEA positions is that the IAEA does not have a lot of depth in its workforce and each position will only become vacant once every 5-7 years. Therefore, I recommend that if you see a position advertised that is a good match to your skills and professional interests, you should apply for it. Even if you don’t think the timing is exactly right. The reason is that first, it will take at least eight months and many times over a year before the position is filled. The second reason is that the position may not be vacant again for many years. This presentation follows one given by Jon Essner about the IAEA Department of Safeguards.
  • The IAEA Department of Safeguards needs a wide range of technical expertise in order to fulfill its mandate to verify States’ compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and their IAEA safeguards agreements. This slide lists the types of expertise that will be required by the IAEA in the coming years. In particular, the IAEA will need information technology experts of various kinds to assist them in implementing their “information driven safeguards” program. In addition, the IAEA hires approximately 12 safeguards inspectors each year. Candidates for safeguards inspector should have an education in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry or other fundamental sciences and would preferably have experience working in a nuclear facility.
  • The application process will be reviewed to show the audience the number of steps involved in placing a candidate in the employment of the IAEA. The unknown factor is usually how long it takes the IAEA to conduct interviews and make the final selection from the short list. A candidate should not make any life altering decisions until they receive an offer of employment from the IAEA.
  • The term cost free expert refers to the fact that the USSP or another member state support program reimburses the IAEA for the expenses associated with the position
  • The USSP reimburses the IAEA for the expenses associated with the position. There are only a few other countries that sponsor JPOs at the IAEA.
  • A candidate should not make any life altering decisions until they receive an offer of employment from the IAEA. Most of these steps can be expedited but the IAEA must conduct interviews as time permits.
  • The salary and benefits are the same for regular staff, CFEs and JPOs The education grant is provided for dependent children at the primary, secondary and college level The dependency allowance provides additional money if you are married and for each child Relocation expenses include transportation, shipment of household goods, an installment grant to help you get settled in Vienna, and a repatriation grant to help you get established back in the United States at the end of your assignment. Home leave is allowed every two years. The IAEA uses a flex schedule with core hours of 9:30 am to 3pm
  • Most Austrians in Vienna understand English enough to communicate You don’t need a clearance to work for the IAEA; in fact, people often have to give up or suspend their clearances while on assignment.
  • ANL and BNL have a number of documents that are available to candidates. Some of these are on the ISPO website and others are available upon request. ISPO and ANL are both able and willing to provide guidance to applicants on the preparation of the IAEA’s application (the Personal History Form) and can review the completed PHF to ensure that it completely represents the candidate and addresses all points in the vacancy announcement. We have also compiled questions asked by the IAEA in interviews and can distribute these to candidates preparing for interviews, and in some cases we have helped in the preparation by giving mock interviews. Also, the US Mission monitors the employment of US citizens at the IAEA. The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna is a part of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. As mentioned in the beginning of this presentation, the US strongly encourages US employment at the IAEA and the US government currently feels that it is underrepresented at the IAEA. The Mission cannot promote one US citizen over another, but it does identify the positions that it believes are important and can promote US candidates in general for the important positions. The Ambassador and other Mission staff members routinely meet with IAEA personnel officers to discuss the placement of US citizens in IAEA positions.
  • The first link is the ISPO website, which contains information about IAEA employment opportunities as well as technical support opportunities under the USSP. Candidates find that it helps with their application if they have already worked on short term projects or attended meetings with the IAEA. The USSP can provide that opportunity. The second link is to the ANL website and I will let Allison comment on the information provided there. The third link is to a LinkedIn account that was set up by ANL to provide a discussion forum for past, current and future IAEA employees. The fourth link is the IAEA website. The fifth link is to an internet bulletin board that was established to provide support to those already living in Vienna and those who are planning to move to Vienna. And finally you’ll see contact information for Tanya and Allison who should be your primary points of contact for IAEA positions.
  • NGSI: Introduction to IAEA Careers

    1. 1. Atoms for Peace Speech - President Dwight D. Eisenhower, December 8, 1953 “ So my country's purpose is to help us to move out of the dark chamber of horrors into the light, to find a way by which the minds of men, the hopes of men, the souls of men everywhere, can move forward towards peace and happiness and well-being.”
    2. 2. Prepared for the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative Videoconference Series by Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories Delivered April 6, 2011 International Atomic Energy Agency Job Opportunities at the
    3. 3. <ul><li>Introduction to IAEA </li></ul><ul><li>BNL and ANL responsibilities ( Safeguards vs. non-Safeguards ) </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for experienced professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Entry-level opportunities </li></ul>Presentation Outline
    4. 4. <ul><li>Proposed in Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 1957 </li></ul><ul><li>U.N. system organization </li></ul><ul><li>Headquarters located in Vienna, Austria </li></ul><ul><li>Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 </li></ul>International Atomic Energy Agency
    5. 5. <ul><li>Safeguards & verification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Safeguards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Safety & security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Nuclear Safety and Security </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Science & technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Nuclear Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Technical Cooperation </li></ul></ul>Three Pillars
    6. 6. <ul><li>University degree in relevant subject </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Fluency in English (oral and written) </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to work overseas in an international setting </li></ul>IAEA Employment Requirements Additional Desired Qualifications <ul><li>Multilingual proficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>International work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of IAEA mission, non-proliferation and international security </li></ul><ul><li>Good social skills </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Home of the International Safeguards Project Office (ISPO) ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>ISPO is responsible for managing the U.S. Support Program to IAEA Safeguards (USSP) </li></ul><ul><li>ISPO recruits for positions in the Department of Safeguards </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cost Free Experts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Junior Professional Officers </li></ul></ul></ul>BNL Recruitment Responsibilities
    8. 8. Safeguards Staffing Needs <ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Destructive Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Sample Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary Ion Mass Spec. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thermal Ionization Mass Spec. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calorimetry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nondestructive assay </li></ul><ul><li>Surveillance </li></ul><ul><li>Tamper indicating seals </li></ul><ul><li>Information architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Software development </li></ul><ul><li>Open source information analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Unattended and remote monitoring systems </li></ul><ul><li>Satellite imagery </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Safeguards analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Diversion path analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Safeguards approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Quality management </li></ul><ul><li>Technical writing </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Home of the International Program ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Manages the U.S. Support Program for IAEA non-Safeguards </li></ul><ul><li>Recruits for positions in all non-Safeguards departments </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cost Free Experts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Junior Professional Officers </li></ul></ul></ul>ANL Recruitment Responsibilities
    10. 10. <ul><li>Chemical, Physical & Life Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear Security ( Prevention, Detection, Response, Threat Analysis ) </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear Safety ( Regulatory Activities, Health Physics, Assessment ) </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Monitoring ( Terrestrial, Marine, Climate ) </li></ul><ul><li>Raw Materials ( Evaluation, Mining, Analysis, Processing ) </li></ul><ul><li>Power Plants ( Planning, Operation, Management, Decommissioning ) </li></ul><ul><li>Fuel & Waste Management ( Technology, Infrastructure ) </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology ( Systems, Network & Telecommunications ) </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources ( Training, Nuclear Knowledge Management ) </li></ul><ul><li>Other ( Human Health, Agriculture, Law, Communications, etc ) </li></ul>Non-Safeguards Staffing Needs
    11. 11. <ul><li>Regular Staff Positions </li></ul><ul><li>Cost Free Experts (CFEs) </li></ul><ul><li>Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) </li></ul>Job Categories
    12. 12. Regular Staff <ul><li>Regular staff are mid- to late-career professionals who work at the IAEA for 5 to 7 years to help the IAEA carry out its mission. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately 2000 IAEA Staff ( 600 in Safeguards ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately 12% from the United States </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacancies posted online ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit applications online ( ) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>P2 - college degree and 2 years of experience </li></ul><ul><li>P3 - advanced college degree and 5 years of experience </li></ul><ul><li>P4 - advanced college degree and 7 years of experience </li></ul><ul><li>P5 - advanced college degree and 10 years of experience </li></ul><ul><li>Specific requirements for each vacancy </li></ul><ul><li>3-year initial contract </li></ul>Staff Qualifications & Requirements
    14. 14. <ul><li>IAEA posts vacancy announcements on its website </li></ul><ul><li>Candidate completes application (personal history form) </li></ul><ul><li>Application is submitted online to IAEA </li></ul><ul><li>IAEA electronically reviews the application </li></ul><ul><li>Applications of “qualified” candidates are forwarded to IAEA Section for review </li></ul><ul><li>IAEA Section identifies well-qualified candidates and conducts interviews </li></ul><ul><li>IAEA selects candidates for the short list </li></ul><ul><li>The short list is forwarded to the Director General </li></ul><ul><li>The Director General selects the successful candidate </li></ul><ul><li>Note: The process will take at least 6 months and is usually longer. </li></ul>Application Process – Regular Staff
    15. 15. <ul><li>CFEs are sponsored by the U.S. government to address short term, technical projects for which the IAEA does not have the necessary expertise or manpower. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appointments from 2-5 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 200 experts placed since 1977 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently 30 CFEs in assignments ( 23 in Safeguards ) </li></ul></ul>Cost Free Experts
    16. 16. <ul><li>U.S. citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced college degree </li></ul><ul><li>5 or more years of work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Specific requirements for each vacancy </li></ul><ul><li>2-year initial contract </li></ul><ul><li>Typically placed at the P3, P4, or P5 level </li></ul><ul><li>Safeguards CFEs are advertised on the ISPO website. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications should be submitted to ISPO as directed on the website. </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates interested in non-Safeguards CFEs should contact ANL. </li></ul>CFE Qualifications & Requirements
    17. 17. Junior Professional Officers <ul><li>JPOs are entry-level employees that obtain professional experience while performing essential duties. The program is intended to introduce a new generation to international civil service and the nuclear industry, and assist IAEA with basic, yet essential work. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments from 1-2 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 31 JPOs placed since 2004 ( 24 in Safeguards ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently 14 JPOs in assignments ( 12 in Safeguards ) </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>U.S. citizens ( Safeguards also accepts permanent resident aliens ) </li></ul><ul><li>College degree in relevant field </li></ul><ul><li>0-2 years of work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 32 years of age </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to work independently </li></ul><ul><li>Typically placed at the P1 or P2 level </li></ul><ul><li>Safeguards JPOs are advertised on the ISPO website. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications should be submitted to ISPO as directed on the website. </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates interested in non-Safeguards JPOs should contact ANL. </li></ul>JPO Qualifications & Requirements
    19. 19. <ul><li>IAEA submits requests for a position to ISPO </li></ul><ul><li>ISPO recruits candidates - candidates submit resume and PHF to ISPO </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates are vetted and approved by USSP </li></ul><ul><li>Applications are forward to the IAEA for review </li></ul><ul><li>IAEA reviews applications and conducts interviews </li></ul><ul><li>IAEA notifies ISPO of its preferred candidate </li></ul><ul><li>ISPO forwards the selection to the SSTS with a recommendation to approve the position and selected candidate </li></ul><ul><li>The USSP notifies the IAEA of the position approval </li></ul><ul><li>The IAEA prepares an employment contract with the approved candidate. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: The process will take at least 4 months and is often longer. </li></ul>Application Process – Safeguards CFEs & JPOs
    20. 20. <ul><li>Salaries & benefits of UN Common System </li></ul><ul><li>( Education grant, rental subsidy, dependency allowances ) </li></ul><ul><li>Relocation expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Family support services </li></ul><ul><li>( Housing, schooling, child-care center ) </li></ul><ul><li>6 weeks annual leave & home leave </li></ul><ul><li>Compensatory time off </li></ul><ul><li>Medical insurance and pension plan </li></ul><ul><li>Training and staff development </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible working hours </li></ul>IAEA Employment Benefits
    21. 21. <ul><li>Culturally rich and close to other major European cities </li></ul><ul><li>Ranked #1 for best quality of living in the world (Mercer) </li></ul><ul><li>Very safe with low crime </li></ul><ul><li>IAEA Working language is English </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent public transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain American citizenship </li></ul>Living & Working in Vienna
    22. 22. <ul><li>Working for the IAEA: A Guidebook for U.S. Citizens </li></ul><ul><li>One-on-one consultations about opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Answers to questions about benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with applications and interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking of applications through the selection process </li></ul>Support for Potential Applicants
    23. 23. Additional Information <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tanya Collins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BNL - Bldg 197C </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 5000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upton, NY 11973-5000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone: 631-344-2380 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allison Holiski </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Argonne National Laboratory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9700 South Cass Avenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Argonne, IL 60439 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone: 630-252-5491 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail: </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Atoms for Peace Speech - President Dwight D. Eisenhower, December 8, 1953 “… the United States pledges before you, and therefore before the world, its determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma - to devote its entire heart and mind to finding the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life.”