Project Manager - Radionuclide (P-4)
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
Grade: P-4, Mid-level Professional
Occupations: General Support, Management and Strategy, Nuclear Sciences, Programme and Project Management
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Job Description
VA ID: 887
Grade Level: P-4
Division: International Monitoring System Division
Section: Engineering and Development Section
Type of Appointment: Fixed Term Appointment
Date of Issuance: 07 December 2020
Deadline for Applications:
Vacancy Reference: VA31-887-2020
Reporting Date: As soon as possible

Please note that all candidates should adhere to CTBTO Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

A roster of suitable candidates may be established for similar positions at the same level as a result of this selection process for a period of two (2) years.

Organizational Background

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance.

This position is located in the International Monitoring System (IMS) Division that applies engineering and science to develop and operate measurement stations around the world and to receive, process and disseminate the data collected by these stations as well as related analysis products.

Under the supervision of the Chief, Engineering and Development Section:

  1. Manage projects of the Radionuclide Group within the Engineering and Development Section and provide supervision of other members of the Group;

  2. Provide scientific, engineering and technical advice on all matters relating to the establishment and sustainment of the radionuclide component of the IMS;

  3. Liaise with government officials, designated institutions and contractors on all matters related to contractual arrangements and agreements for services required to: a) complete radionuclide station site surveys, b) install and implement radionuclide stations and c) test and maintain radionuclide facilities;

  4. Supervise, coordinate and conduct, whenever necessary, site surveys, site preparation, installation, certification and post-certification support of radionuclide stations and laboratories, including preparing and presenting scientific and technical reports;

  5. Supervise, coordinate and conduct activities to support radionuclide monitoring station operation with emphasis on long term sustainment of high data quality and high data availability:

  6. Supervise and coordinate the IMS related activities within the International Noble Gas Experiment with emphasis on development, testing and evaluation of new noble gas monitoring technologies;

  7. Coordinate, supervise and conduct efforts to develop engineering solutions for monitoring station sustainment and improvement;

  8. Coordinate, supervise and conduct, as required, data quality assessments, data analysis and assessment of other operational metrics;

  9. Coordinate, supervise and participate in scientific, engineering and technical meetings aimed to the further development and improvement of the performance of the radionuclide facilities of the IMS;

  10. Prepare and present scientific material for Working Group B, The Preparatory Commission, IMS training programs as well as for technical workshops and conferences;

  11. Perform other duties as assigned.

  • An advanced university degree in nuclear physics, engineering or a related field.
  • At least seven years of relevant working experience in radionuclide monitoring or a related field, including experiments and surveys aimed at the monitoring of nuclear explosions;
  • Demonstrated experience in radionuclide monitoring technology development and project management is essential; Experience in development of noble gas monitoring technologies is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated supervisory and team management experience is essential;
  • Proven ability to build relevant strategic partnerships and alliances with key stakeholders and partners is essential;
  • Ability to design and manage complex, result-based technical assistance programmes/projects, preferably in the radionuclide field, is essential.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential;
  • Working knowledge of other official CTBTO languages is desirable.
  • Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations;
  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Planning and organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts printouts as requested; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Team work - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings
  • Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
  • Client orientation - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive relationships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.
  • Commitment to continuous learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
  • Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks, shows willingness to learn new technology.


CTBTO offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, see link: The salary offered may be subject to deductions to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and Health Insurance Scheme.

Additional Information:

  • All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
  • The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • The CTBTO reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process or be requested to provide performance assessments.
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