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Senior Safeguards Analyst (Environmental Sampling) (P5)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Security policy
    • Statistics
    • Environment
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-13

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Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards 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 two Offices\: the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.

The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. The departmental operating environment is interactive, participative and dynamic with continuous inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy- and decision-makers, as well as counterparts in Member States and in the international development community.

The Division of Information Management comprises four Sections and provides the Department of Safeguards with data processing services, secure information distribution, information analysis and knowledge generation necessary to draw independent, impartial and soundly based safeguards conclusions.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Team Leader (Environmental Sampling), the Senior Safeguards Analyst (Environmental Sampling) plays a key role in preparing environmental sampling evaluations and State evaluations, and developing and implementing environmental sampling evaluation methodologies, together with associated information management and process modelling systems, which support the analysis of safeguards data in the drawing of conclusions on States’ compliance with their safeguards obligations.


The Senior Safeguards Analyst (Environmental Sampling) is\: 1) a specialist providing expert advice on environmental sampling and evaluation tools; 2) a subject matter expert preparing and peer reviewing environmental sampling reports, leading environmental sampling evaluations, and implementing evaluation methods to ensure the highest standards of quality; 3) a technical adviser to safeguards inspectors on sampling approaches and to senior management and analytical laboratories on evaluation methodologies and measurement techniques for safeguards verification; and 4) a mentor providing guidance and training to staff within the Section.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Lead and participate in the development of environmental sample evaluations, data quality checking and evaluation and modelling method implementation.
  • Lead the review and continuous improvement of applied evaluation approaches and the development and implementation of state-of-the-art methodologies.
  • Oversee and contribute to the timely production of high quality environmental sampling evaluation reports.
  • Contribute to State Evaluation Groups (SEGs) and provide input to State Evaluation Reports (SERs).
  • Lead the development, selection, testing and implementation of new evaluation concepts for environmental sampling.
  • Subject to approval by the Board of Governors, participate in safeguards inspections and complementary accesses and provide support to infield verification activities.
  • Train, guide and mentor staff in environmental sample evaluations.
  • Participate as a lecturer in conferences and on training courses for safeguards inspectors and State representatives.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

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
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 Environmental Samples Results Evaluation In-depth practial knowledge of data evaluation methodologies applied to safeguards environmental samples.
Safeguards Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities Comprehensive experience of the nuclear fuel cycle and related processes and nuclear materials with particular emphasis on potential pathways relevant to nuclear proliferation.
Safeguards Quality Management of Analytical Measurement In-depth practical knowledge of environment sampling measurement systems and analytical methodologies used to determine nuclear material characteristics.
Safeguards Safeguards Inspecting Good understanding of inspection activities, including verification, sampling and meteorology.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in physics, chemistry or a related scientific or technical discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in environmental sampling evaluation methodologies applied to safeguards.
  • Extensive experience of evaluating analytical results from multiple laboratories in order to corroborate observations and follow up on identified issues.
  • Experience of advising on environmental sampling approaches in nuclear fuel cycle facilities and sites.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, 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 $87108 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 35801, 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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