International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Safeguards Information Analyst (Environmental Sampling)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Job Description

  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

Under the supervision of the Team Leader and Section Head, to contribute to the IAEA's overall objective to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system through the development and implementation of statistical methodologies and tools for safeguards.


The Safeguards Information Analyst (Environmental Sampling) is: 1) a specialist, providing statistical methodologies and tools and statistical evaluations of safeguards data, preparing routine and special evaluation reports on verification results, quality of measurements, effectiveness of verification activities and consistency of sampling results with nuclear fuel cycle materials and processes; and 2) a team member, collaborating with colleagues to identify the best methods for verification activities and the timely interpretation and evaluation of analysis results on the basis of State declarations and verification data.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Contribute directly to the IAEA's ability to draw timely and sound safeguards conclusions through, inter alia, timely acquiring and processing of information from State declarations and verification activities and obtaining satisfactory and timely responses to questions regarding the correctness and completeness of State declarations and the implementation of safeguards measures.
  • Evaluate data consisting of accounting records from about 100 nuclear fuel cycle facilities and verification results from environmental samples (ES), destructive analysis (DA) samples and non destructive assay (NDA) measurements, based on information about nuclear material and activities, and using nuclear fuel cycle modelling tools and statistical evaluation tools.
  • Prepare reports on the results of such evaluations, recommending follow-up actions when appropriate, participate in the preparation of verification sampling plans, and contribute to improvements in sampling procedures.
  • Compare and reconcile measurement data from multiple laboratories and analytical techniques.
  • Relate analytical results to nuclear or non-nuclear material in order to identify the associated nuclear activity.
  • Implement nuclear fuel cycle modelling tools and databases within the Division.
  • Document and report data evaluation results to Divisions in the Safeguards Department.
  • Assist in the development of sampling campaigns and ensure the efficient and effective implementation of the environmental sampling programme for safeguards.
  • Participate in the State evaluation process and contribute to State evaluation reports (SER).
  • Identify user requirements, suitable algorithms and designs for software components and databases to support verification activities and the timely evaluation of results.
  • Perform safeguards inspections, carry out complementary access and undertake other in-field verification activities on a limited basis.
  • Participate in conferences, seminars and training programmes as instructor for the team's areas of competence.
Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies 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 Analytical thinking Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

Commitment to continuous process improvement Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.

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.

Required Expertise Information Technology Data Analysis Knowledge of the nuclear materials and proliferation indicators associated with nuclear fuel cycle.

Safeguards Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities Strong analytical skills to accurately compare, reconcile, and interpret results of verification data from multiple sources in order to identify associated nuclear activities.

Nuclear Science Nuclear Sciences and Applications Knowledge of the analytical methods used to determine nuclear material quantities and composition in order to accurately interpret the results of verification data related to the nuclear fuel cycle.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor's Degree - University degree in chemistry, physics, nuclear engineering or a related discipline.

Minimum of five years of working experience relevant to nuclear fuel cycle analysis.

Experience in evaluating nuclear data sets and modelling of nuclear processes.

Experience in analytical methods used to determine nuclear material quantities and composition is an asset.

Experience in Software Development and maintenance, in particular for mathematical/statistical, scientific and/or Data Visualization applications (e.g. EXCEL, Mathematica, Matlab, .SAS, Statistica, databases: ORACLE, MS SQL Server) 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 $62120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 31992, 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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