• Organization: SGIM-State Infrastructure Analysis Section
  • Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
  • Job Posting: 2018-09-18, 10:30:12 AM
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-03, 12:59:00 AM
  • Duration in Months: 36
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular
  • Probation Period: 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 some 180 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 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. The departmental operating environment is interactive, participative and dynamic with continuous inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy- and decision-makers, as well as counterparts in Member States and in the international development community.

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 Senior Safeguards Analyst (Technology) provides expert analysis of various aspects of sensitive science and technology related to the nuclear fuel cycle to deepen the IAEA's understanding of nuclear proliferation concerns associated with both indigenous R&D and technology transfer and trading. He/she contributes to the IAEA's State evaluation process and 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.

Role

Reporting to the Section Head, the Senior Safeguards Analyst (Technology) is: 1) a technical expert in the specialized field of nuclear sciences and technology; 2) a key contributor to the preparation and review of State evaluation reports; 3) an adviser to senior management for consultations and investigations arising from ad hoc requests generated from headquarters or in the field; 4) a mentor of other professionals (analysts, inspectors, …) in his/her area of competence; and 5) a liaison with representatives of other Safeguards Divisions, IAEA Departments and Member States on technological issues.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Lead or participate in analytical teams addressing particular technological issues and conducting technical assessments of State evaluation documents and prepare technical reports.
  • Conduct and coordinate multiple analytical tasks simultaneously under time pressure, seeking and developing new solutions to complex scientific problems.
  • Contribute to the development of evaluation methodologies related to the early detection of the possible misuse of nuclear material or technology through undeclared nuclear activities or related trade and activities of sensitive nuclear technology.
  • Guide, review and evaluate the work of technical consultants on specific analytical and development projects.
  • Plan, implement and report on verification activities at headquarters and in the field, providing technical evaluations of State level safeguards approaches and measures in terms of their effectiveness.
  • Provide authoritative technical expertise and advice concerning nuclear proliferation issues and investigations on sensitive science and technology related to nuclear weapons research and development.
  • Train, guide and direct other staff in the collection and analysis of technological information pertinent to the nuclear fuel cycle and to proliferation pathways.
  • Oversee the work of more junior colleagues, acting as a mentor and supporting their development, developing mechanisms to support collaborative working within the team.

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