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The ITER Project Associate (IPA) Scheme allows Home Institutes (HI) from the ITER Members to assign employees on technical as well as support activities to the ITER Organization (IO). Through this scheme, HI employees can contribute with their expertise to strengthen international cooperation and integration between the IO Central Team (IO-CT) and the Domestic Agencies (DA) / ITER Members.

The IPA scheme is open to any HI who has signed a Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement (MoA/MoU) with the IO, defining areas of common interest. The IPA(s) will perform activities for the IO for a period of time defined by an Implementing Agreement (IA) signed between the HI and the IO.

Click for more detailed information on ITER Project Associate Scheme (PN7SU5)

IPA opportunities are limited to nationals from countries participating in the ITER Project (China, the European Union plus Switzerland, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States).

About IPA
An IPA can work on all types of non-core and non-managerial activities in the ITER Project. IPA can be given some technical responsibility under the supervision of an IO Responsible Officer.

The IPA will perform activities for the IO for a period of time defined in an Implementing Agreement (IA) signed between the HI and the IO. These activities will be performed for the IO, on or off the ITER site. IPAs are assigned by the HI to IO to carry out these activities on a full time or part-time basis.
Any organization (DA, Institutions, Universities, Industrial Enterprises) in one of the ITER Members. The Home Institute remains the main employer of the IPA during the IPA assignment, and continues paying the IPA salary.
IPA Profiles are advertised by IO, under a call for expressions of interest, on this website and HIs submit Proposals in reply, using the IO template.

Click here to download the IO template(will be soon available)

Only Proposals from HIs which have signed a MoA or MoU with the IO can be considered for selection. To know if such MoA or MoU already exists, please contact the HI internal services or the IO Legal Affairs. In case there is no MoA or MoU, then it shall be mentioned in the Proposal and the IO may decide to sign a MoA or MoU with the HI in the frame of the selection process before its conclusion.

The HI Proposal shall include, with justification:

(i) Details of resources to be nominated as IPA with proposed skill sets in answer to the EoI;

(ii) Any administrative costs requested from the IO by the HI to cover the execution of the IA;

(iii) Any other relevant information required for the implementation of the IA.

The HI Proposal should be sent by email from a HI authorized representative to the following address: IPA-application@iter.org.

Upon selection by IO, the selected HI and the IO sign an Implementing Agreement that covers scope of activity, timeframe, nominated IPA(s), financial conditions, other implementation aspects, etc.
Indicative overall average Time Frame: 6-7 months

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In accordance with the IPA process time frame (see question above), the ITER Organization will duly contact the HI at each step in the selection process.
IPA assignments shall, in principle, not exceed 4 years in total. Part-time IPA assignments can be arranged.
IPAs are not IO staff members and they are not subject to Privileges and Immunities. However, they benefit from certain facilities and arrangements. IO provides support for administrative formalities to stay and work in France.
The Director-General may decide to grant the IPA a monthly Living Adjustment Allowance in addition to the salary paid by the HI, an Installation Allowance to be paid upon arrival, and to reimburse IPA's travel costs upon arrival to and departure from IO. In addition, Implementing Agreements may include other financial provisions.