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Senior Safeguards Technology Expert (Satellite Imagery)(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
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Social Affairs
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-20

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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 complex 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 primary focus of each Division of Operations, and the Office for Verification in Iran, is to perform and document safeguards verification activities and to conduct analysis and evaluations aimed at providing assurances that States comply with their nuclear safeguards commitments. The Divisions / Office implement a broad range of measures, including information analysis and in-field verification, to draw soundly based safeguards conclusions for States.


Main Purpose


The Senior Safeguards Technology Expert (Satellite Imagery) leverages his/her understanding of the various aspects of sensitive science and technology related to their area of expertise to deepen the IAEA's understanding of nuclear proliferation concerns related to both indigenous R&D and technology transfer and trading. He/she provides expertise in their field, evaluates related information and advises on verification of nuclear proliferation issues related to his/her expertise.




Reporting to the Section Head, the Senior Safeguards Technology Expert (Satellite Imagery) is\: 1) a leader in imagery analysis, coordinating activities and staff in preparation of field activities, the State evaluation process and other complex analytical tasks; 2) a subject matter expert on multi-sensor imagery analysis, facilitating inter-organizational cooperation in the development and use of satellite imagery analysis and leading the regular review of safeguards relevant information, ensuring efficient processing and dissemination within the Department; 3) a strategist, promoting innovative methods and tools to advance analytical capabilities and secure information dissemination to achieve the goals and outcomes of the IAEA.


Functions / Key Results Expected


• Provides technical evaluation of State evaluation documents and in departmental working groups, preparing technical reports and advising on technology issues, as required.
• Develops evaluation methodologies related to the early detection of the possible misuse of nuclear material or technology through undeclared nuclear activities or related trade and activities of sensitive nuclear technology.
• Guides, reviews and evaluates the work with technical consultants on specific analytical and development projects.
• Plans, implements and reports on verification activities at headquarters and in the field, when appropriate, providing technical evaluations of State-level safeguards approaches and measures in terms of their effectiveness.
• Provides authoritative technical expertise and advice concerning nuclear proliferation issues and investigations on sensitive sciences and technology related to nuclear weapons research and development.
• Oversees the work of more junior colleagues, acting as a mentor and supporting their development, developing mechanisms to support collaborative working within the team.

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
Information Management Information Analysis Demonstrated ability to exercise unbiased, tactful and prudent judgement on sensitive issues, based on in-depth factual analysis.
Information Management Satellite Imagery Analysis Extensive experience of satellite imagery analysis, including demonstrated knowledge of image processing software and techniques with an emphasis on electronic light table (ELT) capabilities.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Management and Programme Analysis Proliferation and Network Analysis Ability to provide assessments on the status of nuclear fuel cycle programmes and proliferation activities based on analysis of multi-sensor satellite imagery.
Safeguards Quality Management Ability to conceptualize and promote the implementation of new technical concepts for safeguards enhancement as well as to keep abreast of developments in relevant information management and technologies.
Safeguards Safeguards System, Advanced Demonstrated knowledge of the contribution of remote sensing to safeguards verification and conclusions and a thorough understanding of the signatures and observables related to nuclear fuel cycle activities.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


Master's Degree - Advanced university degree relevant to the technical analysis of nuclear proliferation or remote sensors (such as remote sensing, geography, science, statistics, engineering, political science) or a related field.

Bachelor's Degree - A first level university degree relevant to the technical analysis of nuclear proliferation or remote sensors, with four additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.

Minimum of 10 years of experience in satellite imagery analysis, including experience relating to nuclear proliferation and nuclear related-infrastructure analysis.
Strong background in multi-sensor satellite imagery analysis with the ability to incorporate the analytical results into an integrated and high-quality analytical product.
Proven experience in and knowledge of procedure for handling sensitive technical knowledge and issues.
Experience in the design and implementation of new analytical concepts, processes and tools 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 $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 44649, 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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