Associate Safeguards Information Analyst
IAEA
Vienna, Austria
vor 26 Tg.

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

    Under the supervision of the Team Leader (Statistical Analysis) and as a member of the data management and quality (DMQ) group, the Associate Safeguards Information Analyst (Statistical Data) contributes to the IAEA's overall objective to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system through the quality control, stewardship, processing and evaluation of safeguards data, in particular the results of laboratory analyses of inspection samples and in-

    field verification measurement results and through their comparison with associated operator declarations.

    Role

    The Associate Safeguards Information Analyst (Statistical Data) is : 1) an associate, providing, inter alia, statistical evaluations of safeguards data and preparing regular and special evaluation reports on : measurement uncertainties in the form of relative standard deviations (RSD), paired operator-

  • inspector differences, material unaccounted for (MUF), shipper receiver differences (SRD), d statistics and sampling plans, as a service to Departmental partners;
  • and 2) a team member, collaborating with colleagues to identify the best methods for analyzing verification measurement data and corresponding State / facility declarations and for the timely peer-

    review and supply of evaluation results to Departmental partners.

    Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Acquire and process verification measurement data, inspection data and State declared data in support of the IAEA's ability to draw timely and credible safeguards conclusions.
  • Perform quality control (QC) of the data, including seeking to obtain satisfactory and timely responses to questions regarding the correctness of State declarations and verification results.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of safeguards data consisting of State declarations and independent measurements by non-destructive assays (NDA) and destructive analysis (DA) by assessing the quality of plant operators' measurement and accounting systems and of inspectors’ verification methods and deriving the associated measurement uncertainties in the form of relative standard deviations (RSD) in support of field activities (e.
  • g. verification sampling plans) and material balance evaluations.

  • Provide technical recommendations to safeguards inspectors and / or State or regional authority (SRA) and plant operators regarding the performance of their measurement and accounting systems.
  • Contribute to improvements in stratification and sampling procedures, as well as measurement procedures.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of methods, procedures and software, in particular the Section’s ongoing re-engineering project for evaluation databases and software.
  • Participate in conferences, seminars and training programmes as an instructor for the team's areas of competency.
  • Provide in-field support as requested by Operation Divisions.
  • 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 Planning and OrganizingPlans 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. CommunicationCommunicates 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 ResultsTakes 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. TeamworkActively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

    Functional Competencies

    Name Definition Judgement / decision makingConsults with supervisor / manager and makes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

    ResilienceAble to remain calm in emotionally charged situations. Accepts constructive feedback in a positive manner and is able to cope with setbacks.

    Technical / scientific credibilityAcquires and applies new skills to remain up to date in his / her area of expertise. Reliably applies knowledge of basic technical / scientific methods and concepts.

    Required Expertise

    Function Name Expertise Description StatisticsMathematical AnalysisCompetence in mathematical analysis of measurement-related data, in particular the calculation of measurement uncertainties SafeguardsNuclear Fuel Cycle / Nuclear FacilitiesKnowledge of the operational characteristics and nuclear material encountered in major types of nuclear fuel cycle facilities

    Asset Expertise

    Function Name Expertise Description SafeguardsNuclear Material AccountingPractical knowledge of the principles of nuclear material accounting and State reporting obligations for nuclear material accountancy data Information TechnologySoftware EngineeringExperience in software development or maintenance, in particular for mathematical / statistical, scientific, and / or data visualization applications SafeguardsUncertainty QuantificationPractical knowledge of uncertainty quantification techniques applied to safeguards verification measurement data and State / facility declared nuclear material accounting data

    Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • University degree in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, applied statistics, computer science or disciplines requiring strong analytical skills.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience as a nuclear fuel cycle analyst or in a related field.
  • Experience in statistical measurement error estimation and propagation is an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
  • Remuneration

  • The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $46472 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 21609 *, 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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