Energy Economist, Vienna, Austria At IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency

Closing date: Thursday, 13 April 2023

Energy Economist(P4)

( 2023/0111 (127763) )

Organization: NEPIK-3E Analysis Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2023-02-23, 10:16:47 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Full Competitive Recruitment : Yes

Organizational Setting

The Division of Energy Planning and Nuclear Information and Knowledge comprises the Planning and Economic Studies Section, Nuclear Knowledge Management Section and the Nuclear Information Section. The Division is responsible for strengthening capacities in energy and nuclear power planning, building capacities to manage nuclear knowledge and provide knowledge management services to interested member states, and to procure and provide printed and electronic information in the area of nuclear science and technology.

The Planning and Economic Studies Section has two objectives. One objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to perform their own analyses related to electricity and energy system development, energy investment planning and energy-environment policy formulation and to understand the associated economic implications. The other objective is to improve understanding of the potential role of nuclear energy in the context of mitigating climate change and contributing to sustainable energy development.

Main Purpose

To assist Member States in developing sustainable energy strategies by building capacity in comprehensive energy-economy-environment (3E) analysis; i) to evaluate through comparative assessment studies the potential role of different technology options, including nuclear power; and ii) provide objective and authoritative information and analyses on how and under which conditions nuclear power can contribute to national energy and sustainable development objectives.


The Energy Economist is: (1) an expert contributor: performing economic and sustainability analysis of nuclear energy in the context of an overall energy system; (2) an educator: disseminating and communicating to technical and professional audiences and the public about nuclear power and role in sustainable energy development; (3) an adviser: providing authoritative and objective analysis and information on energy system issues (including nuclear power) to Member States; (4) a facilitator: working with Member States to meet their national energy development objectives including their National Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals; (5) a team member: working collaboratively on studies and analyses, maintaining and developing analysis tools, preparing periodic reviews of programme implementation, maintaining and updating performance indicators, and planning future programmes.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Develop, test and apply scenario analysis tools to evaluate low carbon supply options and perform analysis on the effect of various policy instruments as a means to inform IAEA Member States making updates to their Nationally Determined Contribution pledges for reducing climate change under the Paris Agreement.

Conduct technology assessments and comparisons of energy chains for sustainable development, including use of innovative approaches to greenhouse gas mitigation and comparisons of externalities, focusing on the role of nuclear energy in comparison with other energy technologies.

Lead expert analyses of energy markets and their impact on the energy generation mix, including (de-)regulation of electricity markets, ancillary services and integration of large shares of intermittent renewable energy sources.

Support capacity building for Member States in the areas of: nuclear funding and financing; macro-economic impacts of nuclear power programmes; integrated assessments including the energy/water/land/climate nexus; and economic and statistical modeling.

Act as Scientific Secretary for technical meetings, training courses and workshops organized by the IAEA and its collaborating organizations, including the supervision of research contracts and coordinated research projects in support of capacity building in the area of novel approaches to comparative assessment of different energy options.

Prepare IAEA reports, technical papers and presentations; provide authoritative guidance on different aspects of nuclear power and sustainable energy development for use by Agency staff, for peer reviewed publication or for dissemination to Member States or other international organizations.

Competencies and Expertise

Core CompetenciesNameDefinition

Planning and Organizing

Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.


Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.

Achieving Results

Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.


Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional CompetenciesNameDefinition

Analytical thinking

Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

Client orientation

Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.

Judgement/decision making

Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.

Required ExpertiseFunctionNameExpertise Description


Advanced Statistical Methods

Proven expertise in using advanced statistical methods and mathematical analysis


Financial Analysis

Ability to apply finance/contracting methodologies and risk reduction techniques to the life-cycle financial analysis of a nuclear power programme.

Nuclear Engineering

General Nuclear Energy Development

Ability to apply economics principles to energy-economy-environmental linkages, with emphasis on the role of nuclear power in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Energy System Modelling and Analysis

Skills in developing analytical tools and conducting analysis for devising sustainable energy strategies that incorporate nuclear energy into complex energy systems including electricity and non-electricity markets.

Nuclear Engineering

Sustainable Energy Development

Ability to apply market drivers and policy instruments under various market conditions to evaluate the implications on the deployment and use of nuclear energy as part of a mix of energy technologies.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced University degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in energy economics, energy and environmental policy analysis, industrial economics, operations research, or a related field of study of direct relevance to nuclear energy analysis and economics

At least 7 years of working experience in analysis and modelling of energy and electricity markets, complex energy infrastructure development, and energy and sustainable development strategies.

Solid experience in energy system analysis and technology dynamics.

Extensive experience in contributing to, and/or coordinating international projects.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $77326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 32786*, 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


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