Safeguards Information Analyst

International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th April, 2021

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

The Safeguards Information Analyst contributes to the IAEA's nuclear verification mission by conducting analyses using all the sources of safeguards relevant information available to the Department. These analyses are incorporated into annual State evaluation reports.


The Safeguards Information Analyst is a (1) a leader of Divisional teams for State evaluation; (2) a seasoned analyst, leading the regular review of open source information and ensuring that the information is efficiently processed and disseminated within the Department and (3) a developer of open source and knowledge management strategies, a researcher and an analyst, identifying, synthesizing, and analysing information from open and other sources of relevance to international nuclear safeguards activities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Collect, analyse and report on information for designated States, including the review of scientific and technical, as well as nuclear trade-related, information sources for information relevant to the verification mission of the Department of Safeguards.
  • Provide expert analysis in the form of analytical reports to the Department by evaluating all safeguards-relevant information, including nuclear material accounting data, additional protocol declarations, open-source, satellite imagery, environmental sampling evaluations, and results of infield activities.
  • Develop open source and knowledge management strategies, new information collection techniques, and evaluation methodologies, identifying new information sources and evaluating them for reliability.
  • Participate in Departmental working groups on the preparation of State Evaluation Reports and assist inspectors in the planning of field activities, maintaining a close working relationship with partners in the Operations divisions.
  • Present analytical findings within the Division and the Department, as requested.
  • Participate in the development of new analytical methodologies to optimize the use of information and associated data management systems.
  • Lead, train and mentor other staff in the collection and analysis of information of relevance to international safeguards.
  • Lead and participate in project teams to develop new software tools for information collection, processing and assessment.

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

  • Management and Programme Analysis Development of Analytic Methodologies and Processes Expertise in developing new methodologies for the assessment of large volumes of complex data.
  • Information Management Information Analysis Advanced knowledge in methods for identification, collection, and analysis of proliferation-relevant open-source information, to include: expertise in search strategies and tools, information and source evaluation, and analytical techniques and software.
  • Management and Programme Analysis Proliferation and Network Analysis Ability to provide assessment on the status of nuclear programs and proliferation activities based on analysis of all safeguards relevant information
  • Safeguards Safeguards System, Advanced Advanced expertise in the concepts of strengthened Safeguards, verification processes and evaluation of declared information.

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 in fields of relevance to non-proliferation studies and analysis.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in nuclear non-proliferation or safeguards information collection and analysis, or in nuclear fuel cycle-related research.
  • Strong background in multi-source analysis with the ability to incorporate the results of disparate analyses into an integrated analytical product.
  • Recent experience in the analysis of the proliferation risks associated with globalization, such as academic research networks, scientific cooperation, nuclear-related procurement, etc.; experience related to export controls or customs activities associated with nuclear or dual use items and services for civilian or military applications an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish), particularly Arabic, a strong asset.


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