Professional Officer Program
In 2006, the
U.S. Mission to Internal Organizations in Vienna concluded
a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) to support a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program at
the International Atomic Energy Agency. This agreement makes it possible
for the United States to prepare young professionals for careers in the nuclear
industry and international civil service and to reinforce the multilateral
co-operation activities of the U.S. Government. Other Member States including France,
the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Italy also have JPO programs. This employment mechanism promotes U.S.
interests by providing basic yet essential support
to the IAEA in conjunction with our Cost Free Expert program.
JPOs can be funded by the
U.S. Support Program to IAEA Safeguards or by individual U.S. government
agencies. IAEA program managers are
required to initiate requests for JPOs in a manner similar to how CFEs are
requested including the preparation of a job description. Current
vacancies are advertised at www.bnl.gov/ispo/jpo/jpo.asp.
Key features of this program
JPOs shall be persons with
suitable academic and professional qualifications who, as a rule, are not over
32 years old and lack the practical experience required for employment as
safeguards experts or as regular IAEA staff members in accordance with IAEA
standards for recruitment.
Assignments are expected
in the areas of engineering, equipment development and maintenance, technical
writing, information collection and analysis, software development,
information security, and other technical areas.
Letters of Appointment
establish JPOs as members of the staff of the IAEA, subject to the IAEA Staff
Regulations and Rules and entitled to most staff benefits. As such they will
have the status of international civil servants and will be subject to the
authority of the Director-General of the IAEA and will be responsible to
him/her in the exercise of their functions.
The U.S. expects to fund
approximately ten JPOs per year, subject to the availability of funding. Each
JPO would normally be assigned for a period of twelve months.
JPOs would be recruited on
the basis of salary grade P-1 or P-2 as full-time staff of the IAEA. Two
years of relevant work experience, after graduation of first university
degree, is for a P2 salary grade.
JPOs may be assigned to
mission/program critical tasks that cannot be assigned to interns.
information about the program is available from the
or the ISPO Task Monitor assigned to a specific vacancy.