International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/007

Position and Grade: Geospatial Analyst (P-2)
Organizational Unit: State Infrastructure Analysis Section
Division of Information Management
Department of Safeguards
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 28 January 2013
Application Deadline: 10 February 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for more than 175 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; and three Technical Divisions, (i) Division of Concepts and Planning, (ii) Division of Information Management, and (iii) 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 Division of Information Management (SGIM) comprises four sections and provides the Department of Safeguards with services of data processing, secure information distribution, information analysis and knowledge generation necessary to draw independent, impartial and credible safeguards conclusions.

Main purpose

The Geospatial Analyst contributes to the data processing workflow for raster and vector data within the Section. This work is critical for operational effectiveness. She/he will contribute to the implementation and maintenance of data, services and applications to support the Department's Geospatial Exploitation System (GES). The GES currently distributes imagery and geospatial products to users across the Department.


The Geospatial Analyst is: 1) an analyst - conducting analysis based on Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. This involves pre-processing imagery, digitizing vector features, generating site plans, and producing geospatial products for nuclear sites worldwide; 2) a technical specialist, providing advice on GIS standards, productgeneration, geodatabase management. This also involves presenting methods and analytical techniques at conferences, workshops and training courses; and 3) a team member, working closely with the Section Head and imagery analysts in the Section on spatial data and products, and with Department staff on requirements for spatial data.


The Geospatial Analyst will:
  • In concert with developing and disseminating imagery-derived analysis products, build partnerships with other analysts and staff in the Section and Department, staff of Operations Divisions, Division of Technical Support, Division of Concepts and Planning; and
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external vendors, commercial firms, consultants and researchers in order to communicate the requirements of imagery and geospatial analysis processes.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Contribute to GIS activities in the Section; digitizing buildings and features to produce standard site plans for nuclear sites and facilities worldwide.
  • Generate geospatial (imagery-derived) products to support the Section, Division, and Department.
  • Contribute to imagery collection and processing.
  • Participate in Department and Agency working groups on GIS technologies and capabilities.
  • Present methods and analytical techniques in IAEA-sponsored training courses.
  • Present recommendations/analytical findings within the Division and Department, as requested.
  • Participate with Department staff on the development of integrated analytical products.
  • Participate in on-site inspections, as requested and required to understand the process.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Technical knowledge:
    • Extensive knowledge in satellite imagery and geospatial analysis;
    • An in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of commercial image processing software and techniques and geographic information system (GIS) technologies, emphasizing ERDAS and ESRI software suites;
    • Knowledge and experience in establishing and managing of geodatabases;
    • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to produce high-quality geospatial products and reports and present methods, techniques, and findings to customers and inter Agency training programs; and
    • Knowledge of nuclear facility monitoring, with an emphasis on the nuclear fuel cycle preferred.
  • Project management skills: A demonstrated ability to work and independently manage GIS projects.
  • Strong analytical skills in the field of work.
  • Focus on quality: Accuracy and ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to deal effectively with counterparts and to work in a team setting within a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Communication skills: Demonstrated.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • University degree in Remote Sensing, Geography, Information Technology or closely related field.
  • Minimum of two years of practical hands-on experience in GIS processing and analysis, of which at least one year being of recent experience in multisensor imagery, including familiarity with panchromatic, multispectral, and radar imagery.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including the demonstrated ability to draft technical documents, analytical reports, and produce final products and publications. Knowledge of other IAEA official languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $46 730 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $27 851*, 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. 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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