Associate Rapid Deployment Officer

Vienna, Austria
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Associate Rapid Deployment Officer

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Organizational Background

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna 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, Equipment and Implementation Section, to:

Duties and Responsibilties
  1. Assist in the further elaboration and implementation of the On-Site Inspection (OSI) deployment and  operations support concepts covering launch, conduct and recovery of an OSI, ensuring that potential synergies between stakeholders are exploited to the full in terms of  required operations support activities;
  2. Apply a systems engineering approach to improve and refine the OSI deployment and operations support concepts especially in the areas of preparedness and rapid deployment, in-field sustainability including physical security and protection of inspection team members and equipment, and risk management;
  3. Draft, maintain and advance the OSI capability catalogue for deployment and operations support functions and the associated equipment including through identification and assessments of lessons from relevant field tests, exercises and training activities;
  4. Contribute to the design, planning, preparation, implementation, reporting and evaluation of equipment tests related to OSI deployment and operations support and review and guide the modularization of OSI equipment (including infrastructure) in cooperation with the other Sections of the Division;
  5. Initiate and monitor, in cooperation with other responsible units within the Organization, proper storage, maintenance and life cycle management activities for relevant equipment held by the organization both at headquarters and elsewhere and ensure operational readiness of this equipment (e.g. Base of Operations (BOO) equipment and the Intermodal Rapid Deployment System) including through planning and execution of required certification activities;
  6. Maintain and update asset management and planning databases for OSI purposes and collate/provide equipment configuration and operations support related data;
  7. Assist in planning and monitoring the implementation of the annual budget and provide input to annual/bi-annual resource plans;
  8. Collate and maintain rapid deployment and operations support related technical documentation and certification;
  9. In support of the OSI Training Section, contribute to the design, preparation and implementation of training courses on OSI operations support including on deployment and operations support planning, rapid deployment, Point-of-Entry activities, BOO infrastructure and logistics, in-field sustainability and field team support;
  10. Draft and review Standard Operations Procedures and Work instructions related to OSI rapid deployment and operations support;
  11. Participate in OSI activities both at headquarters or in the field – potentially including in remote areas, on short notice, and for lengthy periods – including as subject-matter expert on rapid deployment and operations support;
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.

The Associated Rapid Deployment Officer will be based at the CTBTO HQ in Vienna, Austria, with travel to off-site training, field tests, exercises and other activities as assigned.

Education and Qualifications
  • First-level university degree in logistics, military operations, engineering, or a related field.
Work Experience
  • At least three (3) years relevant working experience dealing with planning and implementation of operations support activities for deployed/remote operations;
  • Experience with air mobility/specialized air cargo operations and multimodal  transportation of technical and support equipment worldwide;
  • Experience in transport and handling of dangerous goods is desirable;
  • Computer literacy, knowledge of MS Office products, database applications – especially databases related to deployment planning and asset management – and their use.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential.
  • Knowledge of other languages 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 others 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; adjusts printouts as requested; 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;
  • Teamwork – 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 a willingness to learn new technology.

Application Closing Date – 24 November 2019

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Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.

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