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Nuclear Safeguards Inspector(P3)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Non-Proliferation of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear weapons
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-28

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards carries out the IAEA's duties and responsibilities as the world's nuclear inspectorate, supporting global efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The primary role of the Department is to develop and implement IAEA safeguards to ensure that there is no diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful activities and no indications of undeclared nuclear material in a State as a whole.

The Department comprises nuclear safeguards inspectors, responsible for carrying out inspections of nuclear facilities in over 180 States; and technical staff, responsible for a wide range of activities including\: developing concepts, approaches and methods for implementing safeguards; designing, developing and maintaining safeguards equipment; providing analytical and laboratory services for sample analysis; collecting, processing, evaluating and analysing safeguards-relevant information; and providing information and communication technology infrastructure and services. In addition, the Department benefits from staff providing support in the areas of human resources, finance, communication and administration. 

The Division of Information Management (SGIM) implements state of the art methodologies and techniques for the collection, processing and analysis of a range of safeguards-relevant information, including declarations submitted by States, evaluations resulting from the analysis of samples or measurements collected during infield activities, and information from open sources, including nuclear trade-related data and satellite imagery. Staff perform data validation and complex information analysis and evaluation to support infield activities and provide key input to the State evaluation process. 


Main Purpose

The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3) undertakes infield inspection and verification activities in a designated region to ensure that States are in compliance with their safeguards agreements with the IAEA. This involves interesting and varied analytical work in verifying the peaceful use of nuclear materials, identifying issues for follow up actions, and contributing objective findings to the State Evaluation Process so that the IAEA can assure the international community that States are fulfilling their safeguards obligations.



The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3) conducts a range of inspection activities at nuclear facilities and other locations with nuclear material or where nuclear related research and development is performed. The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3) is responsible for preparing, performing, documenting and reporting on the results of these activities. As part of this process, the Nuclear Safeguards Inspector conducts analysis of data and information collected from various sources, working collaboratively with analysts, technicians and other staff across the Department to ensure the provision of objective findings. After appropriate training and mentoring, the Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3) will also assume the responsibilities of facility/site officer or country officer.


Functions / Key Results Expected

In-Field Verification Activities
• Conduct inspections and other safeguards activities at nuclear facilities and other locations with nuclear material or where nuclear related research and development is undertaken.
• Perform verification and analytical work in order to confirm the absence of undeclared nuclear material or activities, and the undeclared production, processing or diversion of nuclear material.
• Audit facilities’ nuclear material accountancy and operating records and compare these with records and reports submitted to the IAEA by the State.
• Assess the scope and purpose of nuclear related activities at facilities or other locations involved in the nuclear fuel cycle.
• Collect nuclear material samples and environmental samples for analysis.
• Routinely service containment and surveillance equipment, and calibrate and operate instruments for measuring nuclear material.
• Verify that facility design and construction conform to design information provided to the IAEA by the State.
• Assess the applicability of the IAEA’s safeguards approach within a State.

Headquarters / Regional Office Activities
• Plan and prepare for safeguards inspection and verification activities by conducting reviews of all relevant background information, including design information questionnaires, complementary access reports, related statements, and other relevant-safeguards information.
• Prepare post-inspection evaluations and other verification results and summarize information to be used as input for future inspections and activities.
• Review and evaluate remote data transmission and surveillance information for nuclear sites and facilities, including seals, instruments and surveillance data.
• Evaluate safeguards-relevant data and information collected by collaborators within the Department, including declarations submitted by States, evaluations resulting from the analysis of samples or measurements collected during infield activities, and information from open sources, including nuclear trade-related data and satellite imagery.
• Participate in State Evaluation Groups to analyse the consistency of declarations provided by the State and data collected through safeguards verification activities and to take follow-up actions where necessary.
• As a facility/site officer, assume responsibility for establishing and maintaining technical information and for ensuring the effective implementation of safeguards at specific safeguards facilities/sites. This involves preparing and coordinating subsidiary arrangements and safeguards approaches, and providing reports and updates, as required.
• As a country officer, collaboratively prepare and coordinate State evaluations to formulate conclusions, recommendations and draft reports for use by key safeguards groups and committees.


Additional information\:

• All new inspectors will attend the IAEA’s Introductory Course on Agency Safeguards (ICAS). This comprises an extensive series of training courses, workshops and seminars, covering the nuclear fuel cycle, the IAEA’s safeguards role and responsibilities, and the skills and competencies required to be effective in the job.

• Upon appointment, Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors (P3) are assigned to one of the Divisions of Operations or the Office for Verification in Iran, subject to approval by the IAEA’s Board of Governors. Assignments may be to Headquarters in Vienna or to a Regional Office in Toronto or Tokyo.

• Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors (P3) report to a Section Head and Senior Inspector and will work in close collaboration with a Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P4).

• During their tenure, Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors (P3) will rotate to different Divisions in order to broaden their experience, promote a shared culture, and ensure impartiality is maintained.  Reassignments may to be Headquarters or to Regional Offices.

• Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors (P3) will undertake around 100 days of duty travel per calendar year and will require a valid driving licence.

• Working conditions require excellent health and physical abilities as Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors will work in a variety of field conditions, e.g. working at height, confined space, extreme temperature and may carry cumbersome verification equipment.

Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors may perform their work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as Occupationally Exposed Workers, they must be medically cleared by the VIC Medical Service and are subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA's Radiation Safety Regulations. During inspections, they must also abide by the regulations for each State and facility.

The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA's Radiation Safety Regulations.

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
Administrative Support Data and Information Analysis and Reporting Demonstrated ability to observe and report concisely and accurately (both verbally and in writing) with proven experience in writing analytical reports in English.
Safeguards Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities Demonstrable knowledge and / or experience of the nuclear fuel cycle or related activities.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Safeguards System, Basic Previous experience in the area of nuclear safeguards or in safeguards inspection at a national or international level or experience in other relatable verification work is an asset.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor's Degree - University degree in physics, chemistry, engineering, information analysis or international relations, with specialization in a field relevant to nuclear engineering or nuclear technology.

Minimum of five years of relevant experience, preferably in the nuclear field.

Practical field experience, experience in nuclear facilities or experience of verification activities are all desirable.

Demonstrated experience in analytical work including data analysis, analytical reporting and information management.

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 $62692 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 23510, 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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