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Safeguards Information Analyst (Open Source)(P3)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Nuclear Technology
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-25

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\: Please note that the closing date for submission of applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant's location.


Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards carries out the IAEA’s duties and responsibilities as the world’s nuclear inspectorate, supporting global efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The primary role of the Department is to develop and implement IAEA safeguards to ensure that there is no diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful activities and no indications of undeclared nuclear material or activities in a State as a whole.

The Department comprises nuclear safeguards inspectors, responsible for carrying out inspections and verifications of all-safeguards relevant information for nuclear facilities in over 180 States; and technical staff responsible for a wide range of activities including\: developing concepts and approaches for implementing safeguards; developing and maintaining safeguards equipment; providing analytical and laboratory services for sample analysis; collecting, evaluating and analysing safeguards-relevant information; providing information and communication technology infrastructure and services; and providing programme coordination support.

The Division of Information Management (SGIM) implements state of the art methodologies and techniques for the collection, processing and analysis of a range of safeguards-relevant information, including declarations submitted by States, evaluations resulting from the analysis of samples or measurements collected during infield activities, and information from open sources, including nuclear trade-related data and satellite imagery. Staff perform data validation and complex information analysis and evaluation to support infield activities and provide key input to the State evaluation process.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head and in close collaboration with the Senior Safeguards Analyst (Open Source), the Safeguards Information Analyst (Open Source) contributes to the IAEA's nuclear verification mission by collecting, processing and analysing the most comprehensive set of safeguards relevant open source information to be consolidated with other types of information available to the Department of Safeguards. These analyses directly contribute to the State evaluation process and the preparation of field activities.


The Safeguards Information Analyst (Open Source) is\: 1) an analyst, contributing to the strengthened safeguards system by working in close collaboration with other staff in the Section, Division and Department to collect, process and analyse open source information in support of the safeguards verification mission; 2) a team member of or contributor to various projects, including State evaluation, identifying and following up on issues and areas of interest relevant for safeguards implementation; and 3) a leader of analytical project teams, addressing specific analytical or tools development tasks, and advising other Divisions on information collection, processing and analysis.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Participate in State Evaluation Groups for assigned States and contribute to the State Evaluation process by identifying, processing and evaluating the quality and reliability of safeguards-relevant information, including open-source data, nuclear material accounting data, satellite imagery and environmental sampling data.

Conduct analyses of open-source information relevant to the verification mission of the Department of Safeguards in assigned States, including from scientific and technical information sources and nuclear trade and procurement data.

Assist in the evaluation of State declarations, including Additional Protocol declarations, where appropriate, for assigned States.

Conduct further research on identified issues or inconsistencies by acquiring additional relevant information, applying appropriate analytical methodologies, and documenting results in analytical reports.

Ensure effective and timely communication and dissemination of analytical results to Operations Divisions and other departmental counterparts.

Lead and participate in project teams in accordance with the requirements of the Divisional annual work plan.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

Name Definition
Planning and Organizing Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.
Communication Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.
Achieving Results Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.
Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Analytical thinking Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.
Client orientation Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.
Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.
Resilience Maintains a high level of performance when facing pressure and uncertainty. Able to remain calm and self-controlled, and to respond logically and decisively in difficult situations.
Technical/scientific credibility Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities Knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, with a special emphasis on nuclear proliferation pathways, proliferation indicators, trade analysis and nuclear material accounting.
Management and Programme Analysis Proliferation and Network Analysis Ability to provide assessments and produce analytical reports on the status of nuclear programmes and proliferation activities based on the analysis of open source data.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Safeguards System, Basic Knowledge of the concepts of strengthened safeguards, verification processes and Additional Protocol evaluation.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree - University degree in science (e.g. physics, chemistry), technology (e.g. nuclear, mechanical or other engineering), or in an area of relevance to non-proliferation studies.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in nuclear non-proliferation or safeguards information collection and analysis, or in nuclear research related to non-proliferation issues.
  • Experience in the use of information collection, processing and analysis techniques, including advanced text retrieval techniques and databases.
  • Experience in the use of advanced software for information analysis an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 37447, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; Other benefits include 6 weeks' annual leave, home leave travel, pension plan and health insurance. More information on the conditions of employment can be found at\: https\://

General Information

  • The IAEA's paramount consideration in the recruitment of staff member is to secure employees of the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity.
  • Staff Members shall be selected without any unfair treatment or arbitrary distinction based on a person's race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age, language, social origin or other similar shared characteristic or trait.
  • The IAEA is committed to gender equality and to promoting a diverse workforce. Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are strongly encouraged.
  • Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values)\: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity.
  • The IAEA has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and the IAEA, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Evaluation process

  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the selection criteria stated in the vacancy announcement. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection may be subject to reference and background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Appointment information

  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report.
  • Staff members may be assigned to any location.
  • Candidates appointed to posts in the Professional and higher categories are subject to IAEA rotation policy and their maximum tour of service shall normally be seven years.
  • The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above.

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