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Safeguards Officer (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: 2020-03-27

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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 over 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. 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. Safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political and cultural diversity of the countries.


The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions\: three Operations Divisions 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); and 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.

Main Purpose

The Safeguards Officer supports DDG-SG with regard to developing strategies and policies to increase coordination on safeguards implementation practices; he/she helps implement performance monitoring in the Department; he/she liaises with senior staff in the Department, within the Secretariat and with Member States to ensure the effective and efficient application of safeguards on a non-discriminatory basis.


Under the supervision and guidance of the Section Head, the Safeguards Officer is\: (1) a management officer, providing analysis and background information to the SH-SPC on the formulation of safeguards strategy and policy, facilitating their implementation and staying aware of projects and work related to safeguards involving other IAEA staff and experts from Member States; (2) a facilitator, providing timely, accurate, and efficient support to facilitate the approval of relevant documents by the DDG, the IAEA Policy-Making Organs and key advisory bodies and contributing to cross cutting activities with other IAEA Departments.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Participate in the Departmental review process for safeguards related policies, approaches, procedures, with the view of supporting DDG with regard to document approval; ensure that documents submitted to DDG for approval meet the highest quality standard.
  • Participate in analyzing practices of safeguards implementation and provide analyses notes considering practical problems of safeguards implementation.
    Contribute to the implementation of Departmental performance monitoring,
    Coordinate Department's responses to requests made by the Office of the Director General. Contribute, as deemed necessary, to the preparation of documents for the Board of Governors and the General Conference.
  • Contribute/prepare briefing notes for DDG and DG as required.
  • Support DDG's participation in DG's meetings and other meetings inside and outside the IAEA (suggesting/preparing DDG's key notes, talking points) and coordinate with the Communication Advisor.
  • Contribute to policy coordination with the Policy-Making Organs, the Office of External Relations and Policy Coordination and the Office of Legal Affairs in matters related to safeguards implementation.
  • Participate in the implementation of cross-cutting Major Programme 4 activities among the implementing organizational units inside and outside the Department.
  • Participate in the Departmental technical Safeguards committees and sub-committees as requested.
  • Represent the Department in internal IAEA meetings, working groups and other assignments as required.

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 IAEA'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
Management and Programme Analysis Information Collection and Analysis Experience in information analysis and in the technologies used in safeguards activities.
Legal Non-proliferation and Safeguards Law and Treaty Experience in SG implementation practices, policy and procedures.
Safeguards Nuclear Material Accounting Special focus on Departmental Outreach on SSACs (State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material).
Safeguards Safeguards System, Basic Knowledge of safeguards systems and basic nuclear fuel cycle.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Advanced University degree in physics, chemistry, engineering or international relations/political science.
  • Minimum 7 years of working experience in the nuclear field, preferably including experience with safeguards implementation practices, policies, and support. 
  • 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 $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 30950, 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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