Senior Safeguards Analyst
Vienna, Austria
vor 6 Tg.

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 Head of the State Infrastructure Analysis Section, the Senior Safeguards Analyst (Satellite Imagery) provides expert multi-sensor satellite imagery analysis 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 Analyst (Satellite Imagery) is : 1) a team leader of imagery analysts and support staff contributing to the 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

  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams, including imagery and geospatial analysts, conducting multi-sensor imagery analysis focused on but not limited to high-resolution panchromatic and multispectral imagery in support of the Department’s preparation of field activities and overall State evaluation.
  • Conduct and coordinate multiple analytical tasks simultaneously under time pressure, and pro-actively seek and develop new solutions to complex scientific problems.
  • Provide guidance to the Section on processes and outputs, such as report formats and content, presentations or GIS-based information dissemination, incorporating in-depth analysis of safeguards relevant information in support of the IAEA's nuclear verification mission;
  • ensure that outputs conform to quality standards.

  • 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 multi-sensor satellite imagery 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 topics relevant to the contribution of overhead multi-sensor imagery to safeguards objectives.
  • Competencies and Expertise

    Core Competencies

    Name Definition 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.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.

    Functional Competencies

    Name Definition Client orientationHelps 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 makingConsults 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.ResilienceMaintains 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 credibilityEnsures 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 ManagementInformation AnalysisDemonstrated ability to exercise unbiased, tactful and prudent judgement on sensitive issues, based on in-depth factual analysis.

    SafeguardsSafeguards System, AdvancedDemonstrated knowledge of the contribution of remote sensing to safeguards implementation and conclusions and a thorough understanding of the signatures and observables related to nuclear fuel cycle activities.

    Information ManagementSatellite Imagery AnalysisExtensive 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 Information ManagementGeoinformation SciencesExtensive experience of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis within imagery analysis workflows.

    Management and Programme AnalysisProliferation and Network AnalysisAbility to provide assessments on the status of nuclear programmes and proliferation activities based on analysis of multi-sensor satellite imagery.

    SafeguardsQuality ManagementAbility 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.

    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 4 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 substantial 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 $88162 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 44257 *, 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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