Nuclear Safeguards Inspector, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Monday, 9 May 2022

Nuclear Safeguards Inspector(P4)

( 2022/0259 (142051) )

Organization: SG-Section OVI2

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2022-04-11, 3:10:37 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

This vacancy notice will be used to fill multiple positions in various Operations Divisions.

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 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.

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

The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P4) will be assigned to one of the Divisions of Operations or the Office for Verification in Iran and, under the supervision of a Section Head and a Senior Inspector, will participate in the implementation of the IAEA’s safeguards activities and, subject to the approval of the Board of Governors, function as a safeguards inspector.


The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P4) is: (1) a lead and experienced inspector with in-depth expertise in nuclear technology and the nuclear fuel cycle, performing safeguards activities and acting as a facility/site officer for significant facilities and/or as a country officer for States with large-scale or more complex nuclear activities; (2) a co-ordinator, providing technical and administrative coordination of the IAEA’s safeguards verification activities for specified countries in the field and at headquarters, developing reports for key safeguards groups and committees and participating as an expert or project manager in technical working groups; (3) an analyst undertaking in-depth evaluations and analysis of safeguards relevant information in order to compile reports, with a view to identifying future actions and recommending safeguards procedures and approaches; and (4) a mentor, coaching, training and supporting less experienced Inspectors in their day-to-day work.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Activities: The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P4) will take the lead in carrying out verification and analytical work at nuclear facilities, other locations with nuclear material and places conducting nuclear related research and development in order to evaluate indications and verify the absence of undeclared nuclear material or activities, undeclared production / processing or diversion of nuclear material.

This will include leading groups of inspectors in the field and in state evaluation groups at HQ and acting as facility/site officer for significant facilities and as country officer for States with large-scale or complex nuclear activities.

The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P4) will carry out in-field activities, including:

Verify nuclear material accountancy, examine records and reports prepared by the facility operator and/or State or regional safeguards authorities.

Verify material and activities with assessment of the scope and purpose of nuclear related activities at facilities or locations involved in the nuclear fuel cycle.

Perform complementary access activities and collect nuclear material samples and environmental samples.

Routinely service containment and surveillance equipment, calibrate and operate instruments for measuring nuclear material.

Verify design information to confirm information provided by States.

Assess the applicability of safeguards approaches.

Negotiate with State or facility representatives.

The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P4) will also have a strong focus on activities at Headquarters/Regional Offices including:

Lead complex analytical work including the analysis, review and evaluation of data collected from various sources such as State declarations and reports, inspection results, facility design information, complementary access, computerized databases and open source in order to formulate conclusions and produce appropriate reports and recommendations for use by senior management in communications to States and to the Board of Governors.

Complete inspection reports (including design information and complementary access reports and related statements) with due regard to promptness, accuracy, completeness and quality of presentation.

Work on the development of safeguards approaches, designing, developing and implementing new safeguards processes with a focus on efficiency gains and the quality of verification activities.

Establish, review and evaluate inspection-related data (including Remote Data Transmission and surveillance information), specific safeguards technical data and associated information and follow up on results in liaison with relevant intra-departmental partners.

As a facility/site and country officer, or acting senior inspector, provide technical and administrative coordination of safeguards in specified countries at specified nuclear facilities, plan and prepare safeguards activities and provide reports and updates to senior managers and key safeguards groups. Establish and lead highly effective cross-departmental teams to collect and review information from across the Department and draw credible safeguards conclusions for States.

Mentor new P3 Inspectors, supporting their induction and development with targeted on-the-job training and guidance.

When required by the Section Head or Senior Inspector, represent the Senior Inspector or the Section / Division at Departmental meetings, consolidating and presenting technical issues from a Divisional perspective.

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

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

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

Information Management

Information Analysis

Demonstrated experience in analytical work including data analysis, analytical reporting and information management with the demonstrated ability to produce detailed and complex oral presentations and written reports in English..

Human Resources


Proven expertise in negotiation during meetings and in handling unexpected situations.


Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities

In depth knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and associated facilities.


Safeguards Inspecting

Proven knowledge / experience with safeguards or safeguards inspection at a national or international level.


Safeguards System, Advanced

A comprehensive understanding of the nuclear safeguards system and of safeguards agreements at an international level.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree

First level university degree with 3 additional years of experience may be accepted in lieu of Advanced University Degree.

Master’s Degree

Advanced University degree in Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Information Analysis or International Relations with specialization in a field relevant to nuclear science, nuclear engineering, nuclear technology or nuclear non-proliferation.

Minimum of seven years of relevant experience in the nuclear field or other relevant field verification work, with at least four years of safeguards verification experience at a state or international level.

Proven ability in leading collaborative teams, working independently and proactively in varied environments with different groups of people.

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 $75602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 31753*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

Additional Information:

Working conditions require excellent health and physical abilities. Inspectors will need to work in a variety of local field conditions (sometimes involving extreme conditions, long hours, working at height or in a confined space and using protective clothing and equipment) and may be required to carry, set up and service cumbersome equipment.

Inspectors may perform their work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. As radiation workers, they are subject to an appropriate monitoring programme in accordance with the IAEA’s Radiation Protection Rules and Procedures.

The work involves extensive travel and time away from the duty station (potentially more than 100 days a year), including travel and work on weekends and IAEA holidays.

A valid driving license is required.

Inspectors are expected to demonstrate a cultural awareness and respectfulness to the customs of different countries.

Inspectors will receive mandatory training (Introductory Course on Agency Safeguards (ICAS) upon appointment. Successful completion of ICAS is a prerequisite for subsequent contract extensions.

The majority of Inspector positions are based at Headquarters located in Vienna, Austria. However candidates may be appointed to positions in a regional office (Tokyo or Toronto) and Inspectors may be reassigned to different locations and work areas based on programmatic need.


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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