Chief, Software Applications Section, P-5

Vienna, Austria
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Full-time position

Chief, Software Applications Section, P-5

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VA ID: 450
Grade Level: P-5
Division: International Data Centre Division
Section: Software Applications Section
Type of Appointment: Fixed Term Appointment
Deadline for Applications: 27/09/2018
Reference No.: 283/02 (20250206)







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

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 International Data Centre (IDC) Division that collects, processes and analyses monitoring data originating from the facilities of the International monitoring System (IMS). These are based on four different sensor technologies (seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound and radionuclide).

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Director, International Data Centre Division, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

Duties and Responsibilties

  1. Manage development, and sustainment of the processes, algorithms, and software used by the International Data Centre in the areas of  seismology, hydro-acoustics, infrasound, radionuclide monitoring and atmospheric transport modeling;
  2. Lead the section in providing expert technical assistance to the operational divisions of the Commission;
  3. Formulate the work programme for the section and related budget;
  4. Develop long-term plans for further developing and maintaining IDC scientific methods and applications software and lead the Section in implementing the plans through a combination of external service providers, consultants and staff;
  5. Maintain balance between inside and outside development and maintenance efforts to support an advanced scientific and software Section;
  6. Engage experts from inside and outside the Organization to focus on research and development that will advance the IDC capabilities and performance;
  7. Prepare and present documentation and reports to the Policy-Making Organs;
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced university degree in physics, geophysics, computer science, engineering or a related field with emphasis on scientific software management and development for use in seismology, geophysics, hydroacoustics, nuclear, or atmospheric transport.

Work Experience

  • At least ten (10) years relevant working experience in management and development of software to process large volumes of environmental data, using the UNIX operating system, C programming languages, and relational databases, especially Oracle.


  • 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;
  • 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.
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