Junior Radiological Protection Specialist
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Closed on 5 Oct 2020
Location: Paris (France)
Grade: Entry Professional
Occupations: Peace and Security
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Job Description

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 37 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Its mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.


The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is an agency within the framework of the OECD that supports its 33 member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international co-operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally-friendly and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful uses. It strives to provide authoritative assessments and to forge common understandings on key issues, as input to government decisions on nuclear energy policy, and to broaden OECD policy analyses in areas such as energy and sustainable development.


The NEA division of Radiological Protection and Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety (RP-HANS) conducts a range of activities and technical research in coordination with experts from participating countries in order to enhance public health, radiological protection, stakeholder engagement, education and nuclear safety culture.


The division is now looking for a Junior Radiological Protection Specialist to support the work of the NEA Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH), which includes radiological protection aspects of the public, the workers, the environment, including emergency management and related issues.

This position will need to integrate the multidisciplinary dimension of radiological protection challenges. It will contribute to the identification of significant topics and emerging issues, analysing their possible implications for radiological protection regulation and practices and, finally, supporting radiological protection development and implementation in member countries.


The successful candidate  will work under the supervision of the Head of the Division of Radiological Protection and Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety (RP-HANS) and co-operate closely with other NEA divisions as required. S/he will carry out various scientific, technical and policy-related activities in support of the NEA programme of work as defined in the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) and and its working groups, in the areas of radiological protection and nuclear emergency management.  

Main Responsibilities

Support to Working groups

  • Participate in the preparation of reports, data, analysis, and meetings related to technical committees, working groups and specialist meetings addressing radiological protection  matters (e.g., advances of sciences underlying radiological protection, evolution of the international radiological protection system, improvement of regulatory applicability in several areas,  holistic risk assessement and decision making, preparedness for nuclear emergencies, development of post-emergency recovery matters, stakeholder involvement and participatory process, occupational exposure of nuclear facility workers, knowledge management).
  • Review and analyse published materials on supporting sciences and policies of radiological protection aspects in many application fields. Identify opportunities to further enhance the impacts of the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) findings and outcomes worldwide, and provide informed input to NEA committees and working groups. Emphasis might be placed on reviewing information related to the recovery process after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident as well as the similarities and differences of decision making to manage preparedness, response and recovery between the COVID-19 situation and a nuclear emergency.
  • Contribute actively to assist the present transformation of radiological protection from a purely science-based area to a more integrated and holistic approach where social sciences and humanities and socio-economical inputs are more and more needed. This could be accomplished by promoting the inclusion of stakeholder and social science input to the activities of the relevant NEA standing technical committees, mainly the CRPPH.
  • Provide a technical secretariat service to NEA standing technical committees where input from the radiological protection area is needed. In addition to the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH), these include e.g., the Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA), the Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI), the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC), the Committee on Decomissioning and Legacy Mangament (CDLM). 
  • Prepare summaries and documentation based on technical information available, co-ordinate and participate in the preparation of state-of-the-art reports and technical notes.   
Planning and co-ordination
  • Plan and organise Division activities to support committee work programmes, provide administrative guidance to the technical groups, analyse data, prepare working documents and maintain liaison and co-ordination with relevant national administrations and international organisations.
  • Ensure close co-ordination with the other units of the NEA and cross-cutting areas with OECD Directorates as and when required.  
Representation and meetings 
  • Under the guidance of the manager, represent the NEA at conferences and international meetings, summarising relevant activities at the NEA, and providing reports on such events.
  • Anticipate the implications of trends and identify the specific needs of member countries and advise the Head of Division on how to respond.
Ideal Candidate profile
Academic Background 
  • An advanced university degree, in a relevant field such as radiological protection, physics, engineering, chemistry, biology/human health sciences, possibly with good technical background on human and environmental health risk assessment, management,and communication. 

Professional Background

  • At least two years of experience in planning and co-ordinating projects and studies in the areas of human and environmental risk assessment and related policy, research or expertise in the areas of radiological protection, communication and participatory process, stakeholder engagement,  or other related areas.
  • Experience working in a governmental organisation, regulatory body, or technical support organisation is an asset, as well as experience working within areas where radiological protection is implemented (e.g., nuclear or non-nuclear industries, medical areas). 
  • Proven experience in interacting with national and international experts, regulatory authorities, research institutions and the general public to understand and resolve conflicting viewpoints. 
  • Demonstrated abilitity to cooperate cross-disciplinary in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Experience working as part of a team, and the demonstrated ability to manage assigned activities within deadlines and budget. 
  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.

Core competencies
  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical thinking, Achievement focus, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking (including innovation), Communication, Teamwork.

  • Please also refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies

Contract duration 
  • Three-year fixed term appointment, with possibility of renewal.  
What the OECD offers  
  • Monthly base salary starting from 4 675 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax. 
 Please note, the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of NEA or OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.

About OECD

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

We also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

Drawing on facts and real-life experience, we recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people's lives. We work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). We have active contacts as well with other civil society organisations. The common thread of our work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the wellbeing of all citizens. 

Today, we are focused on helping governments around the world to:

  • Restore confidence in markets and the institutions that make them function. 
  • Re-establish healthy public finances as a basis for future sustainable economic growth. 
  • Foster and support new sources of growth through innovation, environmentally friendly ‘green growth’ strategies and the development of emerging economies.
  • Ensure that people of all ages can develop the skills to work productively and satisfyingly in the jobs of tomorrow.

The OECD’s core values

  • Objective: Our analyses and recommendations are independent and evidence-based.
  • Open: We encourage debate and a shared understanding of critical global issues.
  • Bold: We dare to challenge conventional wisdom starting with our own.
  • Pioneering: We identify and address emerging and long term challenges.
  • Ethical: Our credibility is built on trust, integrity and transparency.