Employees & Staff: Strength Through Diversity
The IAEA Secretariat - the international body of staff tasked with running the Agency - is made up of a team of some 2500 multi-disciplinary professional and support staff from more than 125 countries. They come from scientific, technical, managerial, and professional disciplines.
Most of these men and women work at Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Others work at IAEA regional offices in Toronto and Tokyo, liaison offices in New York and Geneva, and research laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, and in Monaco. Six major IAEA departments - management, nuclear sciences and applications, nuclear energy, nuclear safety and security, technical cooperation, and safeguards and verification - set the organizational framework.
The work they do is as diverse as the landscape of peaceful nuclear technologies. Safeguards inspectors and analysts check and verify the whereabouts of sensitive nuclear material. Technical officers run projects that help countries bring fresh water to cities and richer harvests to farmers' fields. Others help scientists to better understand and protect the environment and medical doctors to prevent and treat diseases. Nuclear experts, radiation specialists, and engineers help countries to meet safety standards at nuclear plants, or to more safely manage and transport radioactive material.
Still other IAEA staff work behind the scenes - as computer specialists, book editors and publishers, translators and interpreters, communication professionals, accountants, financial experts, and conference organizers - to keep systems running, constituencies informed, and channels open for the valuable exchanges of information influencing the world's nuclear development.
The contributions of IAEA staff are multiple and varied. They underpin the Agency's important "atoms for peace" mission, supporting efforts for international peace and development.