In October 2008, the United States Support Program to IAEA Safeguards (USSP) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Next Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI) held a Workshop on Enhanced Recruitment for International Safeguards (ERIS) in the U. S. at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The ERIS Workshop resulted in a number of recommendations; to increase the awareness of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the U.S., identify the technical areas in which the U.S. has difficulty in identifying experts, and to alleviate the obstacles to recruiting well-qualified U.S. citizens for positions at the IAEA.
The workshop revealed that human resources are a major asset in promoting safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear technologies. In lieu of these recommendations, it is also realized by the U.S government that technical experts face many difficulties in accepting a foreign assignment. Most are accompanied by domestic partners who are accustomed to working outside of the home. Therefore, it is important to address the issue of spousal employment, as well as other difficulties in working abroad, as a contributing factor to the overall success of an international appointment.
As a follow-up to the ERIS Workshop, the International Safeguards Project Office (ISPO), on behalf of the United States DOE’s NGSI and the USSP, in collaboration with the Department of State (DOS) and ANL, will be holding a free two-day workshop in Vienna, Austria on October 3-4, 2011, at the NH Danube Hotel, Vienna, Austria, for "U.S. Citizens Working in International Organizations (I/O) in Vienna."
The October 2011 Workshop is intended to benefit U.S. citizens working in international organizations at the Vienna International Center (VIC), by helping to improve proper dissemination of information to U.S. citizens preparing to arrive, live and work in Vienna, as well as U.S. citizens currently stationed in Vienna, and to support the U.S. government as a means to address the following recommendation from the ERIS Workshop related to alleviating the obstacles to recruiting well-qualified U.S. citizens for international positions; by
This workshop will bring together U.S. citizens working in I/O’s directly affected by these specific issues, and also, experts to help solve and recommend ways to enhance living and working experiences in Vienna. The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE) has also expressed similar concerns and suggested a meeting with as many U.S. citizen employees of the various I/O’s in Vienna, as logistically possible, to exchange ideas, share experiences and seek advice as to how UNVIE can better promote employment and advancement opportunities for these individuals living in Vienna.