Senior Safeguards Analyst (Satellite Imagery)(P5)

Vienna (AT)
Tax-free salary, rental subsidies, relocation and repatriation expenses, six weeks vacation.
Nov 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020
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Organization: SGIM-State Infrastructure Analysis Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Posting Date: 2020-10-28, 7:53:20 PM

Closing Date: 2020-11-25, 11:59:00 PM

Duration in Months: 36

Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular

Probation Period: 1 Year

Please note that we only accept applications through our official job portal on the IAEA website.

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

  • Communication
  • Achieving results
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and organizing

Functional Competencies

  • Client orientation
  • Judgement/decision making
  • Resilience
  • Technical/scientific credibility

Required Expertise

  • Information Analysis
  • Safeguards System, Advanced
  • Satellite Imagery Analysis

Asset Expertise

  • Geoinformation Sciences
  • Proliferation and Network Analysis
  • Quality Management

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