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Satellite Imagery Analyst(P3)

  • Contract
  • Vienna
  • Posted 5 months ago

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

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Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards carries out the IAEA’s duties and responsibilities as the world’s nuclear inspectorate, supporting global efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The primary role of the Department is to develop and implement IAEA safeguards to ensure that there is no diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful activities and no indications of undeclared nuclear material or activities in a State as a whole.

The Department comprises nuclear safeguards inspectors, responsible for carrying out inspections and verifications of all-safeguards relevant information for nuclear facilities in over 180 States; and technical staff responsible for a wide range of activities including: developing concepts and approaches for implementing safeguards; developing and maintaining safeguards equipment; providing analytical and laboratory services for sample analysis; collecting, evaluating and analysing safeguards-relevant information; providing information and communication technology infrastructure and services; and providing programme coordination support.

The Division of Information Management (SGIM) implements state of the art methodologies and techniques for the collection, processing and analysis of a range of safeguards-relevant information, including declarations submitted by States, evaluations resulting from the analysis of samples or measurements collected during infield activities, and information from open sources, including nuclear trade-related data and satellite imagery. Staff perform data validation and complex information analysis and evaluation to support infield activities and provide key input to the State evaluation process.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Satellite Imagery Analyst works as part of a team providing quality findings as input to Departmental evaluation activities. The Satellite Imagery Analyst conducts analysis of multisensor imagery to review and assess the status of nuclear facilities and infrastructure, and supports Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors in their preparations for infield inspection activities. This involves interesting and challenging satellite imagery and geospatial analysis, the preparation of recommendations and reports, and the testing and integration of new methods and analytical techniques.


The Satellite Imagery Analyst is: 1) a professional in the analysis and exploitation of multi-sensor satellite imagery (EO, SWIR, MWIR/TIR, HSI, SAR, etc.) and geospatial data for the review of ongoing activities and in response to specific tasking requests; 2) a proficient analyst, producing or contributing to analytical reports and briefings for key partners and providing insight or advice on capabilities, imagery collection and analytical processes; and 3) a proactive contributor to projects or working groups dedicated to enhancing methodologies and technologies to advance analytical tradecraft.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Collaborating with other analysts and experts in the collection and integration of all types of safeguards-relevant information to ensure the production of the most comprehensive satellite imagery analytical products for nuclear facilities and infrastructures.

Producing comprehensive and insightful satellite imagery analytical products focused on but not limited to high-resolution panchromatic and multispectral imagery in support of the Department’s preparation of field activities and overall State evaluation process, and participating in the peer review process.

Working together with Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors for the use of satellite imagery in support of the planning of infield and evaluation activities.

Supporting continuous improvement processes for analytical tradecraft by contributing to projects or working groups dedicated to improving standard operating procedures, enhancing methodologies, and implementing new technologies or techniques.

Delivering training and presentations internally and at conferences and seminars.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

Name Definition
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 his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.
Teamwork 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
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.
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
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Information Management Geographic Information System Broad understanding and expertise in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis within imagery analysis workflows.
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Information Management Information Analysis Strong research and analytical skills with expertise in developing analytical techniques and writing complex technical reports.
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Information Management Satellite Imagery Analysis Considerable expertise in satellite imagery analysis, including demonstrated knowledge of image processing and analytical software and techniques.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
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Safeguards Safeguards System, Basic Knowledge of imagery indicators for industrial facilities and, in particular, nuclear-related facilities.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree – University degree in remote sensing, geography, science, technology, international relations, or a related field.

Minimum of five years of practical, hands-on experience in satellite imagery analysis, preferably including industrial infrastructure analysis.

Experience of effectively integrating satellite imagery analysis with diverse sources of collateral information.

Experience in routinely producing well-researched, high-quality analytical products and presenting analytical findings to decision makers and stakeholders.

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 $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 29367, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; Other benefits include 6 weeks’ annual leave, home leave travel, pension plan and health insurance. More information on the conditions of employment can be found at:

General Information

  • The IAEA’s paramount consideration in the recruitment of staff member is to secure employees of the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity.
  • Staff Members shall be selected without any unfair treatment or arbitrary distinction based on a person’s race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age, language, social origin or other similar shared characteristic or trait.
  • The IAEA is committed to gender equality and to promoting a diverse workforce. Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are strongly 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.
  • The IAEA has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and the IAEA, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Evaluation process

  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the selection criteria stated in the vacancy announcement. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection may be subject to reference and background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Appointment information

  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report.
  • Staff members may be assigned to any location.
  • Candidates appointed to posts in the Professional and higher categories are subject to IAEA rotation policy and their maximum tour of service shall normally be seven years.
  • 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.

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