Section Head (State Factor Analysis), Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Section Head (State Factor Analysis)(P5)

( 2021/0245 (009863) )

Organization: SGIM-State Factor Analysis Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-04-28, 8:28:40 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 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 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

As part of the management team of the Division and reporting to the Director, the Section Head is responsible for ensuring the broadest collection, processing, quality analysis and dissemination of safeguards-relevant open source information, including from research and development publications and nuclear trade and procurement databases. He/she coordinates the integration of the Section’s analytical efforts in the context of the Departmental collaborative information analysis process in support of State evaluations and other safeguards evaluation and implementation efforts. In line with the strategic directions of the Division, the Section Head provides leadership and professional direction to the staff of the Section and drives process improvements. He/she also contributes to the improvement of the effectiveness of Departmental-wide analytical processes and other related implementation activities.


The Section Head is: 1) a leader and manager, providing guidance and support to the team, and planning resources with a view to achieving efficient and effective results in accordance with Divisional objectives; 2) an expert, leveraging knowledge and experience in the field of advanced nuclear proliferation analysis, including with the use of the broadest range of safeguards-relevant open sources; 3) an adviser on matters of policy, strategy and complex cases; and 4) a developer, implementer and change manager of new strategies, processes and technologies.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Lead the Section, motivate the team and promote internal and external collaboration in order to optimize the outcomes from available resources in line with the SGIM strategy, including with the establishment of concrete objectives, milestones and performance indicators.

Play a key role in State evaluations and support to the Operations Divisions for the preparation of infield activities, resulting from analysis of the broadest range of safeguards-relevant open source information.

Manage the development of work plans, project planning and integration of analytical results with information from other teams, such as State declared information, satellite imagery, material balance evaluations, environmental and other sampling information, and other relevant field results, with a view to enhancing the Department’s information collaborative approach.

Ensure that services and products conform to the applicable quality standards and that processes are implemented in line with information security procedures.

Ensure through training and recruitment that the Section maintains an appropriate balance of skills and resources, particularly for the collection, processing, storage, analysis and dissemination of safeguards-relevant open source information, in support of the State evaluation process and safeguards implementation.

Identify questions, inconsistencies and nuclear non-proliferation issues and ensure the associated secure circulation of information products.

Provide advisory expertise on specific aspects of analytical methodologies to other stakeholders in the Department.

Participate as a technical expert, scientific secretary or instructor in committees, meetings or training courses in areas relevant to the Section’s areas of competence, and assist in the preparation of policy and technical documents as required.

Liaise with Member States regarding the promotion of technical assistance in relevant areas of competence and to raise assistance in the context of the Member States‘ support programmes.

Contribute to the development of competences, methodologies, processes and tools to enhance the contribution of the Section to analytical processes, including State evaluations as well as other safeguards implementation activities.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

Planning and Organizing

Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.


Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.

Achieving Results

Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.


Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Judgement/decision making

Consults with and seeks advice at the appropriate managerial level when making complex decisions. Facilitates dialogue and development of best practice to support judgement/decision making, in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.


Shows resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances. Is prepared and able to make difficult decisions in the best interest of the Agency and remains committed to seeing them through.

Technical/scientific credibility

Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Management and Programme Analysis

Development of Analytic Methodologies and Processes

Expertise in overseeing the development of analytical methodologies and processes with a view to promoting best practice and ensuring the delivery of high-quality analytical products.

Information Management

Information Analysis

Excellent analytical skills combined with thorough understanding of all-source analysis, the ability to identify inter-relationships in information relevant to nuclear proliferation, and to integrate information into analytical products.


Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities

In-depth knowledge of nuclear safeguards, the signatures and observables related to complex nuclear fuel cycles, and nuclear proliferation indicators.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree relevant to the analysis of nuclear proliferation (physics, chemistry, engineering, political science, economics).

Bachelor’s Degree

A first level university degree relevant to the analysis of nuclear proliferation with four additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the advanced degree.

Minimum of 10 years of experience, including at international level, in information management and analysis related to nuclear non-proliferation issues, and nuclear related research, at least seven of which with demonstrable experience in information collection, processing and analysis.

Significant experience in developing, leading and motivating teams dedicated to information analysis; determining clear goals, roles and responsibilities while promoting best practices such as team work and peer reviews; providing feedback on performance; and encouraging staff development.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, 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 $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 42403*, 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

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