International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/033

Position and Grade: Safeguards Evaluation Analyst (P-3)
Organizational Unit: Effectiveness Evaluation Section
Department of Safeguards
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 19 April 2012
Application Deadline: 31 May 2012
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for more than 170 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 Section for Effectiveness Evaluation (SEE) is located within the Office of the Deputy Director General and provides independent quality control evaluations of the results of safeguards implementation and evaluation activities conducted by the Department of Safeguards. The goal of the evaluations is to validate that the safeguards activities meet the identified objectives and support the safeguards conclusions. SEE evaluates (i) the effectiveness of the State evaluation process; (ii) the effectiveness of safeguards implementation at the State and facility levels; (iii) annual implementation plans; (iv) goal or objective attainment; (v) safeguards conclusions and recommendations; (vi) safeguards verification activities; and (vii) safeguards verification measures. The results of these evaluations are reported to the Safeguards Management Committee and in the annual Safeguards Implementation Report (SIR). SEE prepares the SIR for submittal to the Board of Governors to support the Member States understanding of the effectiveness and efficiency of safeguards implementation and the credibility of safeguards conclusions drawn.

The operating environment is participative, interactive, analytical and dynamic. Many sensitive issues require the utmost discretion.

Main purpose

Reporting to the Team Leaders and the Section Head, the Safeguards Evaluation Analyst performs quality control tests on safeguards verification measures and supports evaluations of safeguards verification activities.


The Safeguards Evaluation Analyst is: (1) an implementer of methods for evaluating quality of safeguards verification activities and measures; (2) a developer of improved methods for evaluating quality of safeguards verification activities and measures; and (3) a communicator with his/her counterparts in the other safeguards Divisions and Offices.


The Safeguards Evaluation Analyst supports the SEE Safeguards Evaluators and interacts with staff in other Safeguards Divisions and Offices to implement quality control tests and to provide the results of the assessment. The Safeguards Evaluation Analyst works closely with SEE's Safeguards Evaluators and Evaluation Assistants.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • In support of Safeguards Evaluators, evaluate the effective implementation of safeguards verification measures (e.g. seals, surveillance and other monitoring activities; Destructive Assay, Environmental Sampling and Non-Destructive Assay measurement activities; satellite imagery; and other information collection activities).
  • In support of Safeguards Evaluators, evaluate effective implementation of safeguards verification activities (e.g. inspections, complementary access, design information verification, and other safeguards activities such as information analysis).
  • Develop and improve quality control methods.
  • Carry out quality control tests and maintain records of quality control activities and results.
  • Communicate results of tests to safeguards Divisions and discuss as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Technical expertise:
    • Technical knowledge of safeguards verification measures;
    • Practical knowledge of quality control tests and auditing techniques.
  • Analytical skills: Strong ability to draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Initiative: Ability to take initiative and make appropriate decisions.
  • Results oriented: Strong focus on results whether working independently or as a member of a team.
  • Interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Communication skills: Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise reports and procedures.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • University degree in a technical or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years of working experience in the nuclear fuel cycle industry, regulations, or research with practical experience in safeguards implementation or evaluation.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) desirable.

NOTE: The incumbent of the post will be considered to be a radiation worker and will be subject to an appropriate programme of physical and special medical surveillance arranged by the IAEA.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56 091 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $31 635*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

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. 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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