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Safeguards Analyst (Approaches)(P4)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Security policy
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-10

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Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for some 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions\: three Operations Divisions\: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions\: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as three Offices\: the Office for Verification in Iran, the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.

The Division of Concepts and Planning is responsible for strategic planning, the development and promotion of safeguards concepts and policy, the coordination of research and development activities, the implementation of the quality management system of the Department, and the provision and development of training.

The Section for Concepts and Approaches is one of four sections in the Division of Concepts and Planning and is responsible for developing new safeguards concepts, approaches and methods to address developments in the nuclear fuel cycle and safeguards technology; and supporting the political, legal and economic framework of safeguards. The Section organizes technical meetings with representatives from Member States and provides a wide range of support to the Operations Divisions in addressing safeguards implementation issues.

Main Purpose

As a member of a team led by the Section Head, the Safeguards Analyst develops elements of the State-level concept, evaluates safeguards approaches at the facility and State level, supports operations in implementation issues of all kinds, provides technical support for State and safeguards approach evaluations, and prepares working documents for consideration within the Department of Safeguards and by international consultant and advisory groups.


The Safeguards Analyst is\: (1) an Analyst - evaluating safeguards concepts, policies and approaches, and other safeguards related information and documents; (2) a Coordinator of safeguards tasks and project work with other IAEA staff and experts from Member States; (3) a Facilitator - providing timely, accurate and efficient support to operations divisions to resolve safeguards implementation problems, and supporting safeguards inspections, training and other activities of the Department, as requested.

Functions / Key Results Expected 


  • Develop and document new or enhanced technical safeguards concepts, policies and approaches.
  • Provide technical evaluations of State evaluation reports, State level safeguards approaches, and safeguards measures, to determine their acceptability and to recommend changes necessary to increase their effectiveness and efficiency and compliance with IAEA policy and guidance.
  • Prepare reports and presentations and effectively participate in discussions on international safeguards issues during Departmental meetings, international consultant and advisory group meetings, training activities, evaluation missions, and regional technical meetings, among others.
  • Provide effective planning and coordination of technical meetings and produce accurate summaries of the proceedings and conclusions of the meetings.
  • Provide technical expertise and effectively contribute to safeguards field activities and inspections.

The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA's Radiation Safety Regulations.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
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.
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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
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 Material Accounting Nuclear material accountancy.
Safeguards Safeguards System, Advanced Knowledge of safeguards at an advanced level, which includes legal frameworks, nuclear material accountancy, international safeguards, application of the State level concept.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Design of Random Inspection Schemes Statistical knowledge.
Safeguards Non-destructive Assay Knowledge of the principles of NDA measurements.
Safeguards Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities In-depth knolwedge of the nuclear fuel cycle. Expertise in at least one of the nuclear fuel cycle processes or facilities is highly desirable.
Safeguards Safeguards Inspecting Familiarity with inspection of NFC facilities or processes at international and/or national level.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • An advanced university degree in nuclear or other engineering, physical science, mathematics, or a safeguards related discipline.
  • At least seven years of relevant working experience in the nuclear fuel cycle industry, regulations, or research with knowledge of nuclear safeguards and nuclear materials management.
  • Experience in organizing and conducting working groups and technical meetings.
  • 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 $72637 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 29854, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are 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. Staff members may be assigned to any location. 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. Testing may be part of the recruitment process

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