Safeguards Evaluator, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Thursday, 3 June 2021

Safeguards Evaluator (P4) (Multiple Positions)

( 2020/0337 (016050) )

Organization: SG-Section for Safeguards Programme Coordination

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-05-06, 12:22:33 PM

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).

Within the Office of the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Safeguards, the Section for Safeguards Programme Coordination (SPC) serves as the principal advisory body in support of the entire management of the Department including formulation and execution of departmental management policies and procedures. The Section provides internal coordination and support in the areas of programme and budget, human resources, performance monitoring, effectiveness evaluation, communication, reporting and project support.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Safeguards Evaluator assesses the effectiveness of safeguards implementation activities. He/she also develops, improves, and coordinates implementation of new methods for evaluating safeguards implementation related to State evaluations, annual implementation plans and safeguards verification activities. He/she contributes to performance monitoring, carries out quality audits and provides expert advice for various Departmental sub-committees and working groups.


The Safeguards Evaluator is: (1) an evaluator of the effectiveness of safeguards implementation; (2) an analyst of complex safeguards implementation data; (3) a developer of improved safeguards implementation evaluation methods; and (4) a coordinator of monitoring or evaluation activities involving staff from SPC and other parts of the Department.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Complete detailed evaluation of safeguards implementation activities and the attainment of safeguards objectives.

Communicate evaluation results to colleagues in the Department, discussing feedback and defining issues and follow actions as necessary.

Develop and improve methodologies for the evaluation of safeguards implementation activities.

Participate in Departmental subcommittees and working groups, providing technical advice and detailed analysis as required.

Review State Evaluation Reports, Annual Implementation Plans and other technical documents, and provide input to, or act as the SPC representative to the relevant committees.

Perform internal quality audits on safeguards implementation and evaluation activities, conducting root cause analyses on complex issues.

Carry out in-field verification activities as approved by the Section Head and perform other responsibilities as requested by the Section Head.

Supervise the day-to-day work of Evaluation Assistants and junior team members contributing to work under your responsibility, mentoring staff as appropriate.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

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

Name Definition

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.

Partnership building

Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.


Maintains a high level of performance when facing pressure and uncertainty. Able to remain calm and self-controlled, and to respond logically and decisively in difficult situations.

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

Function Name Expertise Description


Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities

Solid scientific/technical background in the nuclear fuel cycle.


Quality Management

Good knowledge of Quality Management systems.


Safeguards Inspecting

Knowledge of safeguards inspection activities at a national or international level

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description


Safeguards System, Basic

Thorough understanding of policies, procedures and performance targets used in the implementation of safeguards.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced (Master’s, equivalent or higher) Degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a related technical discipline. A Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a related technical discipline with three additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the advanced degree.

At least 7 years of working experience in the nuclear fuel cycle industry, regulatory body or research with practical experience in the development and application of safeguards procedures in the nuclear fuel cycle. .

Thorough knowledge /understanding of nuclear safeguards.

Experience in data and/or information analysis is desirable.

Experience in the implementation of quality management systems or internal quality audit is desirable.

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 $ 32421*, 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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