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Safeguards Information Analyst (Satellite Imagery)(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
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Social Affairs
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-24

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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 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 Section Head, the Safeguards Information Analyst (Satellite Imagery) contributes to the IAEA’s nuclear verification mission by conducting in-depth analysis of multi-sensor commercial satellite imagery and contributing to the State evaluation process. The Safeguards Information Analyst (Satellite Imagery) strengthens the consolidated State evaluation process using his/her expertise in satellite imagery collection and analysis, in accordance with the Department's objective with regard to nuclear verification and evaluation.




The Safeguards Information Analyst (Satellite Imagery) is\: 1) a specialist in nuclear fuel cycle-related infrastructure or industrial infrastructure analysis based on the exploitation of multi-sensor satellite imagery, contributing to the preparation of in-field activities and the State evaluation process; 2) an author of analytical products and presenter of findings to stakeholders, acting as a primary interface with key customers to provide insight and expertise in the definition of requirements, collection of imagery, and the development of analytical processes; 3) a coordinator of the integration of open source, State-declared and other safeguards-relevant information into the imagery analysis process, including the use of geospatial data and information; and 4) a contributor to innovative methods and tools to advance analytical capabilities and R&D programmes supported by IAEA Member States.



Functions / Key Results Expected


  • Conduct expert satellite imagery analysis of commercial electro-optical, synthetic aperture radar, infrared, and multi/hyper-spectral imagery to determine if there are indicators of proliferation or non-compliance with safeguards agreements in support of the Department’s preparations for in-field activities and the overall State evaluation process.
  • Author and peer review timely, well-researched and insightful satellite imagery analysis products.
  • Play a key role in integrating geospatial data with other safeguards-relevant information into comprehensive analytical products.
  • Engage with Departmental staff in the collection of safeguards-relevant information in support of imagery analysis.
  • Participate collaboratively to State Evaluation Groups contributing to the preparation of State Evaluation Reports and other Departmental working groups.
  • Lead the development of new methods and analytical techniques, pro-actively seeking new solutions to technical problems, and presenting them in workshops, conferences and training courses.
  • Train, guide and direct staff in the collection and analysis of multi-sensor satellite imagery pertinent to the nuclear fuel cycle and to the proliferation pathways.
  • Contribute to the Departmental Quality Management System-driven continual improvement process providing guidance to the Section on processes and outputs, such as report formats and content, presentations or Geographic Information Systems-based information dissemination, incorporating in-depth analysis of safeguards relevant information in support of the IAEA's nuclear verification mission, and ensuring that outputs conform to quality standards.
  • Participate in on-site inspections, as required, to improve the effectiveness of the analytical contribution.

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
Client orientation Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.
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.
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 Technology Data Analysis Extensive expertise in satellite imagery analysis including demonstrated knowledge of image processing software and techniques with an emphasis on the use electronic light table (ELT) capabilities.
Administrative Support Data and Information Analysis and Reporting Strong analytical skills and proven expertise in developing analytical techniques and writing complex technical reports.
Information Management Geographic Information System Broad understanding and expertise in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis within imagery analysis workflows.
Safeguards Safeguards System, Basic Knowledge of imagery indicators associated with the nuclear fuel cycle. Technical and geographical knowledge of nuclear proliferation and related verification.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in remote sensing, geography, information technology, sciences, engineering, international relations or a closely related field is required.

Bachelor's Degree - A first level university degree in the above-mentioned fields with three additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the advanced degree.

Minimum of seven years of practical, hands-on experience in satellite imagery analysis including experience relating to nuclear proliferation and nuclear-related infrastructure analysis.
Extensive experience in effectively integrating satellite imagery analysis with diverse sources of other safeguards-relevant information.
Demonstrated experience in routinely producing well-researched, high-quality analytical products and presenting methods, techniques, and findings to internal clients at all levels across the Department.

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 $74913 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 37157, 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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