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Health and Safety Officer (P-3)


  • Organization: CTBTO - Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-29

VA ID:  2027
Grade Level:  P-3
Division:  On-Site Inspection Division
Section:  Policy Planning and Operations Section
Type of Appointment:  Fixed Term Appointment
Date of Issuance:  14 June 2024
Deadline for Applications:
29 July 2024
Vacancy Reference:  VA305-2027-2024
Reporting Date:  As soon as possible

Please note that all candidates should adhere to CTBTO Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 A roster of suitable candidates may be established for similar positions at the same level as a result of this selection process for a period of two (2) years.

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Organizational Background

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the treaty banning any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including a network of 337 stations worldwide, a communications system, an international data centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance.

Organizational Setting

This position is located in the On-Site Inspection Division (OSI). The On-Site Inspection (OSI) Division develops operational capabilities to undertake inspections in line with the provisions of the CTBT. After the treaty enters into force, an on-site inspection (OSI) is launched to establish whether or not a nuclear explosion has been carried out. During such an inspection, facts might also be gathered to identify a possible violator of the Treaty. It thus constitutes the final verification measure under the CTBT.

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the Chief, Policy Planning and Operations Section, to:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the continued establishment of an On-Site Inspection Division (OSI) work health and safety environment in which risks are actively managed, and in which there is prompt and effective response to incidents or illness;
  • Review and analyze information to identify health and safety issues, including processes involved;
  • Assure that the OSI Division is aware of, and complies with, all legislation in relation to the use of its premises, equipment and substances, as well as in all OSI activities;
  • Using system engineering approach, develop, implement and maintain OSI Health and Safety concepts and health and safety policy and program for OSI, aimed at control of identified hazards to acceptable levels of risk (including fire, radiation and other safety issues);
  • Prepare and incorporate health and safety planning, briefings/debriefings, availability for consultations before/during/following conduct of the OSI-specific trainings, tests and exercises;
  • Identify, acquire and maintain required medical/health and safety/personal protective equipment and instrumentation, and pharmaceuticals for the planned activities and tasks; provide advice and assistance regarding health and safety aspects of equipment;
  • Develop and/or enhance ways of conducting activities from a health and safety perspective, incorporate the principles of risk management into all applicable OSI activities;
  • Develop, review and maintain policy and procedural documentation to guide implementation of the OSI health and safety policy, ensuring ready availability of current health and safety documentation;
  • Implement incident prevention initiatives, take part in incidents, investigations and unsafe working conditions; study possible causes and implement recommendations to prevent recurrence;
  • Promote occupational health and safety across the PTS by serving as a health and safety focal point in coordination with other divisional focal points;
  • Maintain contact and co-operate with relevant international organizations regarding radiation safety issues (e.g. IAEA) and general health and safety issues (WHO, VIC Medical Services);
  • Maintain and update relevant medical and health and safety databases of the Operations Support Centre and Databank relevant to the needs of OSI, collate and provide health and safety information on request;
  • Support continuous knowledge and skills development needed to work with minimized risk; contribute to the development of training programs aimed at showing health and safety proficiency standards relevant to work for OSI and other PTS staff, if required; when required, conduct specialized health and safety training;
  • Provide health and safety support, first aid and emergency assistance during OSI day-to-day work and training activities;
  • Participate in OSI trainings, tests and exercises both at headquarters or in the field, which could be in remote areas, on short notice, and, if necessary, for lengthy periods;
  • Contribute to the implementation of lessons learned from field exercises and  training activities in the area of health and safety; 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


University degree in occupational safety, safety engineering, safety management, medicine, science of nursing, labor protection, occupational hygiene, environmental management or a related field.

Work Experience and Qualifications

  • At least five years of relevant working experience in the health and safety field, part of which should have been in an international environment;
  • Detailed knowledge of the interpretation of local, and international occupational health and safety and radiation safety regulations, guidelines, standards and norms;
  • Detailed knowledge of, and skill in applying, radiation safety, detection, monitoring and decontamination procedures and methods and instrumentation related to radiation safety; 
  • Stress resistance and proven work ability in emergency situations;
  • Additional Paramedic/Medical Nurse/Emergency medical assistant experience is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, organize, analyze, process and report qualitative and quantitative data; 
  • Proficiency in computer skills, solid knowledge of MS Office products, database applications and their use.


Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential; Knowledge of other official CTBTO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is desirable. 


  • Professionalism - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations;
  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from other and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Planning and organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Team work - Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
  • Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches; 
  • Client orientation - Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive relationships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients;
  • Commitment to continuous learning - Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve;
  • Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks, shows willingness to learn new technology.


CTBTO offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in accordance with the policies of the International Civil Service Commission. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, see link: The salary offered may be subject to deductions to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and/or Health Insurance Scheme.

Additional Information

  • All applications must be submitted through the CTBTO e-Recruitment system before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Incomplete applications and submission of employment history in formats other than the CTBTO Employment Information Form will not be considered.
  • The CTBTO Preparatory Commission retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy; to make an appointment at a lower grade in particular if the candidate has less than the qualifications required; to make an appointment with a modified job description, or to offer a contract term for a shorter duration than indicated in the vacancy announcement.
  • Please note that the CTBTO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • The CTBTO reserves the right to undertake correspondence only with shortlisted candidates.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process.
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