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Safeguards Information Analyst (Statistical Data Analysis)(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
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Social Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2020-06-03

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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 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 (Statistical Analysis), the Safeguards Information Analyst (Statistical Data Analysis) contributes to the IAEA's overall objective to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system through the implementation and development of statistical and probabilistic methodologies for safeguards applied to declared nuclear material accounting data and verification measurement data. The Safeguards Information Analyst (Statistical Data) contributes directly to the IAEA’s ability to draw timely and sound safeguards conclusions through the prompt acquisition and analysis of data from safeguards activities and State declarations.


The Safeguards Information Analyst (Statistical Data Analysis) is\: 1) a specialist, providing, inter alia, statistical evaluations of safeguards data and preparing evaluation reports; 2) a key player in developing and improving sampling plans and random inspection strategies, and in assessing the quality of measurements and the effectiveness of inspection results as a service to the Department; and 3) a team member, collaborating with colleagues to identify and apply the best methods for the evaluation and timely interpretation of analysis results from State declarations and verification measurement data, and for offering sound methodological advice on sampling plans and random verification activities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Perform complex evaluations of data consisting of accounting records and independent verification measurement results obtained by NDA (non-destructive assay) and DA (destructive analysis).
  • Perform quality control on the data and provide expert statistical evaluation reports to the Department, thereby contributing to the annual Safeguards Implementation Report.
  • Estimate nuclear plant operators’ and inspectors’ measurement uncertainties from accounting records and NDA and DA verification results or by error propagation from documented measurement systems uncertainties and international standards.
  • Supervise the evaluation of the DA analytical results provided by the Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL) including the SAL, as well as the timely reporting of the related conclusions to relevant Departmental stakeholders and liaise with SGAS in the framework of nuclear material analysis matters.
  • Evaluate and report the results of IAEA-SSAC-Operators’ inter-laboratory comparisons of DA results.
  • Implement near real time accountancy (NRTA) systems for large plutonium bulk handling facilities (BHFs) and interpret the results.
  • Participate in the preparation of verification sampling plans, contribute to improvements in stratification and sampling procedures, as well as to the broader implementation and evaluation of random inspection schemes.
  • Develop methodologies supporting State level and facility level nuclear material flow analysis and material balance evaluation under the State level concept and participate in State Evaluation Groups for assigned States to contribute to the State Evaluation Process.
  • Serve as a task officer for Member State Support Programme tasks to investigate, develop and/or improve statistical techniques and sampling procedures, as well as verification and evaluation methodologies.
  • Subject to approval by the Board of Governors, participate in safeguards inspections and complementary accesses and provide support to in-field verification activities.
  • Participate as a lecturer in conferences, seminars and 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
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.
Commitment to continuous process improvement Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.
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.


Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Statistics Advanced Statistical Methods Strong expertise with statistical sampling methodologies and familiarity with nuclear material accountancy and reporting schemes.
Safeguards Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities Comprehensive knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, potential nuclear proliferation pathways, nuclear materials present in facilities and measurement methods used by operators and inspectors to determine quantities.
Safeguards Safeguards Inspecting Understanding of inspection activities, including verification, sampling and experience of nuclear fuel cycle metrology.
Safeguards Uncertainty Quantification Proven expertise with statistical methods, particularly as they pertain to statistical inference and to the estimation and propagation of measurement errors.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, applied statistics, computer science or a related discipline.

Minimum of seven years of professional experience in mathematics, statistics and /or data analysis.

Experience with nuclear fuel cycle metrology and in measurement error estimation and propagation, and statistical sampling methodologies.

Knowledge of mathematical and statistical programming languages.

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 $ 30068, 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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