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Working At IAEA

Working at IAEA

Staff Experiences at IAEA

The IAEA is the world's center of nuclear co-operation. Its mission, as stated in its Statute, is to assist governments in ensuring the safe and peaceful global development of nuclear energy and related technologies.

The Agency is headed by a Director General and organizationally structured into six Departments, each headed by a Deputy Director General. Its. Its policymaking organs are the General Conference and the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors.

All told, the IAEA has about 2200 staff members from more than 90 countries with expertise in a variety of scientific, technical, managerial, and professional disciplines. Most of these men and women work at Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with others working at IAEA regional offices in Toronto and Tokyo, liaison offices in New York and Geneva, and research laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, and in Monaco.

In terms of language skills, IAEA staff are typically multi-lingual. Agency business is usually conducted in English, but knowledge of other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) is an advantage. At Agency headquarters in Vienna, knowledge of German is an additional asset, both for professional contacts and for life outside of office hours.

Living and Working In Vienna

Vienna International Centre (VIC)

The VIC, home of the IAEA, as well as several other United Nations organizations, was inaugurated on 23 August 1979. Also called UNO City, the complex is easily accessible from central Vienna and provides a variety of services and facilities to all IAEA staff members. It is a handicapped-accessible facility.

For more information about the VIC, see Vienna International Centre →

Services and Facilities At VIC

The IAEA provides a variety of benefits and services in order to ensure a family-friendly work environment. The VIC, home of the IAEA, as well as several other UN organizations, also provides such services and facilities as a post office, restaurant and cafeteria, travel agents, commissary with duty-free shopping, language training, medical service and pharmacy, among many others.

For more information, see Quality of Life at IAEA →

Living and Working in Vienna

New to Vienna?

Below is a list of sources, providing information to help candidates interested in IAEA positions with regards to socialisation opportunities with national societies in Vienna. (Please note that the list is not exhaustive and that the IAEA is not liable for the content of these websites or Facebook pages):


Worldwide Quality of Living Survey

In the 2014 world-wide quality of living survey conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting (MERCER), Vienna was ranked first for overall quality of life.

Some 223 cities were analyzed for Mercer's survey, revealing Vienna, Austria, in top position for overall quality of life, followed by Zurich, Switzerland, in second place and Auckland, New Zealand, in third place. Munich, Germany, was in fourth place, followed by Vancouver, Canada.

The analysis was based on an evaluation of 39 quality of living criteria. These included political, economic, social, and environmental factors, together with personal safety, health, education, entertainment, transport, and other public services. The research is conducted annually to assist multinational companies in assessing international hardship allowance for employees stationed abroad. The Cities are ranked against New York, with a base index score of 100.

"Political instability, high crime levels, and elevated air pollution are a few factors that can be detrimental to the daily lives of expatriate employees their families and local residents," said Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer, of the 2014 survey. "In a world economy that is becoming more globalised, cities beyond the traditional financial and business centres are working to improve their quality of living so they can attract more foreign companies."

-- The worldwide rankings list is produced from the most recent worldwide quality of living survey, conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting (MERCER). For further information, see MERCER website.

General Information About Vienna

Time Zone: Austria follows the Central European Time, which is the Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) +2 in winter and +1 in summer.

Electricity: The electricity voltage is 220 volts (50 cycle). A standard voltage converter and an adapter should be sufficient for conversion. Normally, the electricity outlet in Vienna requires a two-prong plug with round prongs. Computers require a European plug adapter and phone jack adapter that can be purchased at appliance stores.

Shopping in Vienna: Shops are generally open from 9:00 - 19:00 on weekdays and from 09:00 - 18:00 on Saturdays. Shops are closed on Sundays, except for supermarkets at railway stations, some suburban railway stations (Schnellbahn), some underground stations ("U-bahn"), as well as at the airport.

For further Information about Vienna, see City of Vienna →

Human Resource Booklets

Published January 2013 Internship Programme: Get Real World Experience

Internship Programme: Get Real World Experience Download pdf →

Published September 2011 Women At IAEA

Women At IAEA Download pdf →

Published June 2011 IAEA Leadership Blueprint

IAEA Leadership Blueprint Download pdf →

Published September 2011 Inviting Commitment: Working for IAEA

Inviting Commitment: Working for IAEA Download pdf →