Senior Inspector, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Monday, 11 October 2021

Senior Inspector(P5)

( 2021/0476 (007764) )

Organization: SGOB-Section OB3

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-09-13, 4:34:21 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).

The primary focus of each Division of Operations, and the Office for Verification in Iran, is to perform and document safeguards verification activities and to conduct analysis and evaluations aimed at providing assurances that States comply with their nuclear safeguards commitments. The Divisions / Office implement a broad range of measures, including information analysis and in-field verification, to draw soundly based safeguards conclusions for States.

Main Purpose

As part of the management team of the Section and reporting to the Section Head, the Senior Inspector ensures that safeguards activities are conducted effectively and efficiently in accordance with the relevant safeguards agreements and additional protocols with States and that all necessary administrative and technical support and the required human and financial resources and equipment are available to all staff of the Division, to allow them to perform their respective safeguards activities in an effective and efficient manner. He/she also assists the management team of the Division to implement the Departmental quality management programme in view of a continuous technical and administrative process improvement.


The Senior Inspector is: (1) a management team member, providing Section staff with leadership, guidance and advice based on technical and administrative expertise;
(2) a substantive expert contributor and adviser to the Section Head and the Division Director on the analysis, evaluation and interpretation of safeguards relevant data for the purpose of planning and implementing safeguards activities and drawing safeguards conclusions;
(3) a Divisional resource coordinator, contributing to programme and budget planning, monitoring the Division’s present expenditures against approved budget and financial plans and ensuring that the future resource requirements of the Operations Sections are met;
(4) an experienced safeguards inspector, providing support to the Division’s Operations Sections in the preparation of the Safeguards Implementation Report and participating in negotiation teams and technical working group meetings on safeguards related matters;
(5) a Divisional quality management coordinator, monitoring all actions taken that relate to the implementation of the Departmental quality management programme for technical and administrative process improvement

Functions / Key Results Expected

The assignment of Senior Inspector covers a broad spectrum of nuclear safeguards issues and requires a thorough understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle, safeguards technologies and policies, and the underlying administrative standards, procedures and rules. In addition, it includes comprehensive managerial responsibilities. Senior Inspectors will be assigned a specific focus in one of three areas: implementation, state level coordination, or divisional coordination. Duties include:

Ensure that facility and site safeguards approaches are prepared and remain up to date. Plan inspection activities in accordance with safeguards implementation requirements. Reviews and develops proposals for verification activities and the development of State level safeguards approaches.

Prepare, in cooperation with other Senior Inspectors, annual implementation plans for States in the Section. Monitor their implementation, and update them if necessary in accordance with the State-level safeguards approach, to ensure that adequate activities are conducted to draw and maintain the safeguards conclusion for each State.

Prepare for, and participate in, inspections, complementary accesses and design information verifications on a limited basis. Coordinate actions for the identification and resolution of anomalies as necessary.

In cooperation with the Section Head, supervise the Section’s human resources with regard to the processes for which he/she is responsible in a matrix management structure performing. Perform supervisory functions in this a matrix management environment and carrying out tasks assigned by the Section Head.

Organize and participate in negotiation meetings with regional/State authorities. Represent the Section/Division in Department meetings, working groups and other assignments as required.

Identify the training and development needs of Section staff and monitor the implementation thereof (e.g. in safeguards verification methods). Guide and support on-the-job training for Section staff.

Provide the lead technical advice regarding equipment, financial and human resources planning for the Section/Division. Assess and plan budget and procurement needs for the Section/Division and map future resource requirements.

Lead work to ensure that existing policies, processes and procedures related to safeguards implementation are continuously adapted to take into account the latest requirements/developments. Ensure the effective and efficient implementation and evaluation of safeguards activities at nuclear facilities, sites and locations in cooperation with relevant officers in accordance with Divisional practices, liaising with support Divisions as required

Facilitate and lead change management initiatives anticipating needs, fostering innovation and dedicating the appropriate resources and monitoring implementation.

Lead work within the Section/Division to compile information needed for the Safeguards Implementation Report (SIR) and the IAEA’s Annual Report.

If requested by the Section Head or Divisional Director, the Senior Inspector may also act as the Divisional Quality Manager and / or Divisional Radiation Protection Officer (ensuring that activities are carried out safely in accordance with the provisions of the IAEAs Radiation Safety Regulations (RSR-RPO.01-06.2007) and any applicable national legal provisions and regulations).

The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA’s Radiation Safety Regulations.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


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.

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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

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.


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

Detailed understanding of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.


Safeguards Inspecting

Expertise in the planning and performance of inspections and complementary accesses (CAs), design information verification, data and information analyses, preparation of inspection and CA reports, and the development of follow-up action plans.


Safeguards System, Advanced

Recognised experience in the development of safeguards approaches at the facility-level and at the State-level.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Studies and/or experience should be supplemented by in-depth theoretical and practical training in areas relevant to safeguards.

Master’s Degree

Advanced degree in science, physics, chemistry, engineering, information analysis, international relations with an emphasis on a nuclear discipline. A bachelor’s degree with 4 additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of Master’s Degree.

At least 10 years of combined relevant experience in the nuclear field (nuclear research, nuclear industry, nuclear facility or in nuclear process design) at national and/or international level.

He/she should have proven experience in leading teams and in managing resources towards the achievement of stated objectives.

It is required that the incumbent has extensive experience in non-proliferation activities, including in the planning and performance of inspections and complementary accesses (CAs), design information verification, data and information analyses, preparation of inspection and CA reports, and the development of follow-up action plans.

He/she should have demonstrated experience in drafting technical documents.

He/she should have recognized experience in the development of safeguards approaches at the facility-level and at the State-level.

It is desirable that the incumbent has experience in the handling of administrative processes according to the IAEAs policies and procedures.

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 $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 44110*, 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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