Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3)

Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector P3 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 role of the Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3) is primarily an in-field verification expert performing safeguards verification activities in conformity with safeguards agreements. The incumbent will prepare for, perform, document and report on the results of these activities. This includes the analysis of data and information collected from various sources (such as State declarations and reports, inspections, results of verification of information related to the design of nuclear facilities and complementary access, nuclear material accountancy, containment and surveillance systems, satellite imagery, open source and results of non-destructive assay and environmental sampling). The incumbent will thereby provide the IAEA with objective findings for assuring the international community that States are fulfilling their safeguards obligations. The incumbent will also assume the responsibilities of being a facility/site officer or country officer after appropriate training and mentoring, and in this role will work collaboratively with analysts, technicians and other staff across the Department. The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector works independently and proactively in varied environments with different groups of people, showing organizational skills, flexibility, resilience and strong interpersonal skills.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3) carries out verification and analytical work as part of safeguards activities and inspections at nuclear facilities, other locations with nuclear material and where nuclear related research and development is performed, in order to confirm the absence of undeclared nuclear material or activities, undeclared production / processing or diversion of nuclear material.
  • The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3) in close collaboration with Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P4) will have a strong focus on 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.
  • The Nuclear Safeguards Inspector (P3) will also carry out activities in Headquarters /Regional Offices:
    • Plan and prepare for standard safeguards verification activities and complete inspection, design information review, complementary access reports and related statements with due regard to promptness, accuracy, completeness and quality of presentation.
    • Evaluate inspection and other verification results and summarize information to be used as input for future inspections and activities.
    • Review and evaluate Remote Data Transmission and surveillance information for nuclear sites and facilities (including seals, instruments and surveillance data).
    • Evaluate data and information collected from various sources and review and analyse safeguards relevant information and report and follow-up on results in liaison with relevant intra-departmental partners.
    • Analyse the consistency of declarations provided by the State and data collected through safeguards verification activities and take follow-up action where necessary.
  • As a facility/site officer, establish and maintain technical information with regard to specific safeguards facilities/sites providing reports and updates as required; assist in the preparation/coordination of relevant subsidiary arrangements, facility attachments and safeguards approaches including the application of appropriate safeguards measures, as necessary, for the effective implementation of safeguards at the specified facilities/ other locations outside facilities (LOFs).
  • As a country officer, collaboratively prepare/coordinate State evaluations to formulate conclusions, recommendations and draft reports for use by key safeguards groups and committees.

The incumbent may perform their work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, they 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

  • Planning and Organizing: Plans and organizes their own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.
  • Communication: 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 their results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.
  • Teamwork: Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

  • 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.
  • Resilience: 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

  • Data and Information Analysis and Reporting: Demonstrated ability to observe and report concisely and accurately (both verbally and in writing) with proven experience in writing analytical reports in English.
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities :Demonstrable knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and associated facilities.

Asset Expertise

  • Safeguards System, Basic: Previous experience in the area of nuclear safeguards or in safeguards inspection at a national or international level or experience in other relatable verification work is an asset.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • University degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Information Analysis or International Relations with specialization in a field relevant to nuclear engineering or nuclear technology.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience, preferably in the nuclear field.
  • Practical field experience, experience in nuclear facilities or experience of verification activities are all highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in analytical work including data analysis, analytical reporting and information management.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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