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Senior Safeguards Analyst (Open Source)(P5)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Nuclear Technology
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-28

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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

The Senior Safeguards Information Analyst (Open Source) provides expert open source analysis on the nuclear fuel cycle to the IAEA's State evaluation process and for the IAEA’s in-field verification activities, which provide the basis for the implementation of safeguards and the drawing of conclusions on States' compliance with their safeguards obligations.


The Senior Safeguards Information Analyst (Open Source) is\: 1) a leader of teams contributing to the State evaluation process and other complex analytical tasks; 2) a subject matter expert on open source collection and assessment, leading the regular review of safeguards relevant information and ensuring that it is efficiently processed and disseminated within the Department; and 3) a strategist, promoting innovative methods and tools to advance analytical capabilities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Lead or participate in analytical teams comprising members of, inter alia, the Division of Information Management, the Division of Concepts and Planning and the Operations Divisions. These teams focus on solving particular science and technology problems.

Conduct and coordinate multiple analytical tasks simultaneously under time pressure, and pro-actively seek and develop new solutions to complex scientific problems.

Produce reports that incorporate in-depth analysis of safeguards relevant information in support of the IAEA's nuclear verification mission.

Use expertise on open source techniques and the nuclear fuel cycle to assess the correctness and completeness of State declarations, paying special attention to whether there are indications of diversion of declared nuclear material or the presence of undeclared nuclear material or activities.

Contribute to the State evaluation process by determining if there are indicators of proliferation or noncompliance with safeguards agreements.

Participate in State evaluation working groups and contribute to the drafting of State evaluation reports.

Train, guide and direct staff in the collection and analysis of information pertinent to the nuclear fuel cycle and to proliferation pathways.

Lead the Section in developing, selecting, testing, and implementing new analytical concepts for the Department of Safeguards.

Mentor the Section staff on a broad range of open source topics relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle.

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
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Management and Programme Analysis Partnership Development Broad subject matter expertise in the nuclear fuel cycle.
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Management and Programme Analysis Proliferation and Network Analysis Ability to provide assessment on the status of nuclear programmes and proliferation activities based on analysis of all safeguards relevant information.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
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Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities Ability to proactively engage Member States, UN organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders to foster cooperation on safeguards issues.
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Safeguards Safeguards System, Basic Knowledge of the concepts of strengthened safeguards and the process of additional protocol evaluation.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry), technology (e.g. nuclear, mechanical or other engineering), or related to non-proliferation and analysis.

Bachelor's Degree - First level university degree in sciences, technology, or related to non-proliferation and analysis with four years of additional relevant years of experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.

Minimum of 10 years of experience in the nuclear industry or in nuclear non-proliferation, with a demonstrated ability to produce high-quality analytical reports.

Training or qualifications relevant to nuclear non-proliferation developed within a commercial, national authority, or international organization environment.

Strong background in multi-source analysis with the ability to incorporate the results of disparate analysis into an integrated analytical product.

Proven experience in and knowledge of procedures for handling sensitive technical knowledge and issues on a State level.

Experience with dual-use technologies relevant to nuclear non-proliferation, the potential applicability of nuclear research to nuclear weapons development, and delivery systems an asset.

Experience in the use of advanced software for information analysis (e.g. network or link analysis) 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 $ 39888, 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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