Job: Librarian/Communication Specialist

10/20/15 –  Librarian/Communication Specialist (P3)
International Atomic Energy Agency (UN), Vienna, Austria

Sarah P’s comments:  Traditionally, the UN is the place most people think about when wishing to be employed internationally by an organization designed to better humankind. UN jobs are posted at and Librarian and Public Information Officer positions are posted in the Department of Public Information category (choose from the list in the Department/Office field).

FYI: there are few librarian positions posted and the UN openly states that they are seeking a balance in nationalities which means that a ‘western’ librarian can be at a disadvantage, and being a librarian from an under-represented country can be an advantage (for once!)  depending on the job applied for and the skill set needed. Also, the hiring process is slow and tedious and many librarians I know who applied have never received a response.


Closing date: Monday, 2 November 2015

Type and duration of Appointment: Fixed Term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; in catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; in developing indigenous capabilities for national energy planning; in deploying new nuclear power plants; in preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and in advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The Nuclear Information Section (NIS) consists of the IAEA Library Unit, the INIS Unit and the Systems Development and Support Group. It foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology; increases awareness in Member States of the importance of maintaining efficient and effective systems for managing such information; provides information services and support to Member States and to the IAEA; and assists with capacity building and training.

Main Purpose

The Librarian/Communication Specialist provides nuclear information services to the IAEA Secretariat, Member States and partner institutions. He/she undertakes activities to promote awareness and understanding of information services, including analyses and reports on the impact of these activities. In addition, the Librarian/Communication Specialist ensures an efficient and effective web presence of nuclear information services and contributes to the evaluation and implementation of the IAEA Library’s training programme.


The Librarian/Communication Specialist is

  1. a nuclear information specialist, providing complex information services to customers;
  2. a communication specialist, contributing to communication and outreach efforts through research, analysis of assigned topics and timely preparation and distribution of communication and information products (web and others) to target audiences,
  3. a trainer, managing and enhancing the IAEA Library’s training programme, and,
  4. a public relations professional establishing and developing business relationships and collaborative networking with key stakeholders.


The Librarian/Communication works closely with other managers and members of the Nuclear Information Section, the Nuclear Energy and other IAEA departments. He/She liaises regularly with Library customers, Members of Permanent Missions in Vienna, researchers in Member States and members of the International Nuclear Library Network (INLN).

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Develop and keep updated the web presence of the IAEA Library. This includes ongoing updating of the existing web pages; facilitation of all aspects of the Web presence and initiating enhancements based on user feedback;
  • Conduct and regularly update the IAEA Library communication and training policies;
  • Manage the online communications of the Library, including social media;
  • Produce marketing communication materials (e.g. brochures, articles, reports, content for web platforms, event kits) for Library customers and other key stakeholders: propose topics, undertake research, compile and prepare data, determine appropriate format and target audience, prepare drafts, obtain clearances, conduct photo and graphic research, edit and coordinate design approval, printing procedures and distribution;
  • Review, manage and enhance the IAEA Library training agenda;Review and enforce brand and library messaging guidelines across Library web sites, social media, print and e-publications;
  • Plan and coordinate partnership functions; contribute to the management of the International Nuclear Library Network (INLN);
  • Research, analyse and synthesize information into accurate answers or actionable information and ensure that customers have the tools or capabilities to apply them.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Library and Information Science, Communication or closely related field
  • First level degree in library or information science, communication or closely related field is required. An advanced degree would be an advantage.
  • At least 5 years of experience in information services and communications with increasing responsibilities.
  • Experience in a multicultural environment desirable.
  • Knowledge of trends and issues and experience in the use of web tools and technologies including electronic reference services.
  • Experience in nuclear science and technology would be an advantage.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential. Working knowledge of official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56766 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 24126*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process


2 thoughts on “Job: Librarian/Communication Specialist

  1. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for posting this. Just a point for clarification – whilst librarian jobs are often posted under DPI (as is the case with UNHQ in New York), they are also sometimes placed elsewhere, depending on the department / agency and their organisational structure. However, librarian roles are typically defined within the “Information Management” job family at a P-level, which is how I keep track of new vacancies.


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