Safeguards Information Analyst (Geospatial Analysis), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Thursday, 23 July 2020

Safeguards Information Analyst (Geospatial Analysis)(P4)

( 2020/0316 (179404) )

Organization: SGIM-State Infrastructure Analysis Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2020-06-25, 4:08:03 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


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 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 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

Reporting to the Section Head, the Safeguards Information Analyst (Geospatial Analysis) supports the IAEA’s nuclear verification mission and State evaluation process by overseeing the collection, pre-processing, storage, integration and dissemination of all types of SGIM geospatial data, including satellite imagery, required for the Division’s contribution to the drawing of safeguards conclusions and support of field activities. The Safeguards Information Analyst (Geospatial Analysis) strengthens the consolidated State evaluation process by implementing and further developing Geospatial Information System (GIS) processes that enhance the overall analysis and dissemination of safeguards-relevant data including satellite imagery and geospatial data resulting from multi-senor imagery analysis in accordance with the Department’s objectives with regard to nuclear verification and evaluation.


The Safeguards Information Analyst (Geospatial Analysis) is: 1) an expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geodatabase management, generating, conducting and reviewing analysis based on geospatial data and its integration with other information sources, and authoring and peer reviewing geospatial products; 2) a leader of in-house geospatial (GIS) activities, supervising and ensuring quality control of all geospatial deliveries, including digitizing vector features, generating site (infrastructure) plans, and producing geospatial products and derived products for nuclear sites worldwide; 3) a supervisor of the multi-sensor satellite imagery pre-processing chain and associated procedures, ensuring optimal integration with all types of geospatial data; 4) an innovator, providing guidance and insight for the development of geospatial data management, integration and dissemination and associated analytical processes and technology to leverage the highest GIS standards; and 5) a contributor to R&D programmes supported by IAEA Member States, presenting methods and analytical techniques at conferences, workshops and training courses.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Lead the integration of geospatial data with other information sources to produce timely, well-researched and insightful analytical reports.

Supervise the GIS workflow and the generation of geospatial imagery-driven products to support the work of analysts within the Section, Division and Department.

Perform quality control on geospatial output and lead the identification and implementation of value-added post processing techniques to further enhance the multi-sensor imagery (satellite imagery, electro-optical, synthetic aperture radar,...) exploited by the imagery analysts.

Contribute to business process improvements related to geospatial analysis, including analytical and technological enhancements and geospatial dissemination of safeguards-relevant information.

Conduct in-depth geospatial analysis for nuclear sites and facilities in support of the Department’s preparation of field activities and the overall State evaluation process.

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Contribute to the Departmental QMS-driven continual improvement process through establishing standard operating procedures for geospatial analysis, and testing and integrating new methods and analytical techniques.

Lead, guide and mentor more junior staff in the collection, processing and analysis of geospatial data.

Participate upon request in collaborative Departmental working groups on information management and analysis matters.

Participate as a lecturer in conferences, seminars and training courses for safeguards inspectors and State representatives.

Subject to approval by the Board of Governors, participate in safeguards inspections and complementary accesses and provide support to in-field verification activities, if required.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies


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.


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.


Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies


Client orientation

Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.

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.

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

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Information Management

Geospatial Semantics and Ontology

In-depth knowledge of advanced geospatial analytical techniques (e.g. Structured Observation Management


Information Management

Information Architecture

Expertise in integrating analytical business needs through designing and managing geospatial databases, including acquiring and preparing geospatial data for integration within GIS systems and existing IT infrastructure.

Information Management

Remote Sensing

Expertise in incorporating image processing and image enhancement algorithms to optimize the visual interpretation of all commercial satellite imagery, including, short-wave infrared, thermal infrared, SAR and satellite video

Asset Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Information Management

Geographic Information System

Familiarity with developing automated routines for processing and altering large geospatial datasets to produce indices, metrics or analysis of patterns and trends.

Information Management

Information Analysis

Knowledge of analytical processes related to imagery analysis and expertise in developing data collection processes, advanced techniques, and methodologies to collect, validate, and manipulate corporate data.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in remote sensing, image science, GIS, image processing, photogrammetry, computer science, or closely related field.


First level university degree in remote sensing, image science, GIS, image processing, photogrammetry, computer science, or closely related field with 3 additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Minimum of seven years of experience with commercial, industry-standard desktop software for imagery and GIS analysis, for example, ESRI ArcGIS Enterprise (Portal), ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server, SDE.

Working experience in remote sensing, image processing, and managing complex algorithmic development and GIS data integration projects.

Experience in the nuclear industry or international/government service with an understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle 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 $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 33891*, 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