The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA’s Major Programme 2, “Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection”. This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme’s objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes. The Division of Human Health is organized into four Sections whose objectives are to enhance the capabilities of Member States to address needs related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health problems through the development and application of nuclear techniques within a framework of quality assurance. The Nutritional and Health-Related Environmental Studies Section’s (NAHRES) aim is to assist Member States in combating malnutrition throughout the human lifecycle by contributing technical expertise in the use of nuclear techniques, in particular stable isotope techniques, for the development and evaluation of nutritional interventions. Malnutrition covers a wide spectrum, the priority areas of which include maternal and child nutrition, obesity and non-communicable disease prevention, and food based strategies to combat micronutrient deficiencies.
Reporting to the Section Head, the Associate Nutrition and Environmental Officer (JPO) participates in analysis and identification of priority areas where nuclear techniques may be relevant in addressing health-related environmental issues. The incumbent contributes to the implementation of actions and tasks relating to health effects of the environment and nutrition.
The Associate Nutrition and Environmental Officer is: 1) an analyst reviewing, analysing and collating scientific evidence on health effects of the environment and nutrition; 2) a technical specialist identifying gaps, needs and research opportunities and providing support and advice on the role of nuclear techniques to address priority issues particularly in low and middle income countries.
The Associate Nutrition and Environmental Officer consults with staff members within the Section and the Division and interacts with other staff members from other sections/divisions working on environmental-related health issues.
Functions / Key Results Expected
With guidance and support provided by the Section Head, and in close collaboration with the team members, the JPO will:
• Contribute to identifying gaps and research needs and to coordinated research projects on the use of nuclear techniques to monitor health effects of the environment, and nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries;
• Assist with advising and guiding national and regional Technical Cooperation projects on health effects of the environment and nutrition;
• Organize interlaboratory comparison studies for analysis of deuterium, doubly-labelled water and other stable isotope labelled compounds;
• Contribute to the development of education material on the use of nuclear techniques to assess and monitor effects of the environment on health risks and nutrition;
• Contribute to the integration of the work of the section on effects of the environment on health issues into related projects (e.g., food safety, health and nutrition) at the IAEA and at other international organisations.