NATO Civilian Liaison Officer to the United Nations

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 28

Position description


1.  SUMMARY   

The NATO Civilian Liaison Officer (LO) to the United Nations (UN) is the Point of Contact for all New York based UN institutions/agencies. He/she coordinates closely with the Military Liaison Officer to the UN, and provides the leadership of NATO’s Liaison to the UN in New York, with the Military LO acting as Deputy. Based on guidance from NATO Headquarters, he/she is responsible for further reinforcing liaison between NATO and the United Nations Secretariat and facilitates mutual transparency and liaison between the UN and NATO on all relevant politico-military issues. He/she liaises with the staffs of the UN Secretariat and with national representations of the Allied and partner countries and contributes to the advice provided by PASP on developing and implementing co-operation between the two organizations. This includes facilitating efforts to implement the Joint Declaration on UN/NATO Secretariat Co-operation. The NATO Civilian Liaison Officer to the UN is based in New York, and is expected to travel to NATO HQ for consultations and briefings, as appropriate. He/she is responsible for managing the practical arrangements of NATO’s Liaison to the UN. 



The incumbent must:

  • have a university degree, preferably in the area of international relations, security policy or a related field;

  • have at least 8 years’ related professional experience preferably in International Public Organisations;

  • have a thorough knowledge of NATO’s organisation, procedures, policies and programmes, including its political and military consultative processes, and have a sound understanding of the key political and security issues on NATO’s agenda;

  • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of international security affairs, including UN policies and procedures, and have a well-developed knowledge of UN institutions, as well as relevant UN policies of importance to NATO;

  • have a proven record of networking with International Public Organisations;

  • be conversant with the substance of UN-NATO co-operation, including in the context of the Alliance’s contribution to a comprehensive approach of the international community;

  • have a good political judgment, together with strong communications and drafting skills;

  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): VI(“Proficiency”) in one; and II (“Elementary”) in the other.


The following will be considered an advantage: 

  • good management skills and policy development experience;

  • previous experience in NATO and/or the UN. 


        Expertise Development

Provide advice and assistance to ASG PASP and, through him/her, the Secretary General, other Assistant Secretaries General and NATO officials on UN issues prior to, and during, their meetings with UN officials. Provide regular reports, and advice, on current activities and future potential areas of co-operation. 

Policy Development

Complement and contribute to PASP/ NATO and Multilateral Affairs’ (NAMA’s) advice and support to ASG PASP and, through him/her, to the Secretary General on UN and NATO-UN-related issues and policies.  

Representation of the Organization

Represent NATO in various fora in New York with the aim of reinforcing the Organization’s profile and relationship with the United Nations. Represent NATO, as appropriate, to UN bodies. Liaise with the UN Secretariat and its bodies to carry forward NATO’s contribution to a comprehensive approach.  

Project Management

Contribute to assessments of progress in NATO-UN relations, including in specific programmes; assist in the development and implementation of future cooperation projects. 

Stakeholder Management

Build a network of contacts with the UN Secretariat, including its related agencies, think tanks and experts in order to better monitor and analyse current affairs and key policy issues. Maintain and enhance network of relationships, as circumstances evolve. 

Coordinating and Information-Sharing Role: Work to increase the level of coordination and information sharing between Allied Missions to the UN and NATO HQ, including through briefings to Allied Missions on relevant developments in NATO’s agenda. 

Knowledge Management

Convey information of interest between NATO and UN stakeholders. On the basis of briefings, discussions and investigation, draft working papers and other documents for appropriate NATO officials on relevant issues. 

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent is organizationally part of the NATO and Multilateral Affairs Section in PASP and coordinates regularly with the Section on the overall NATO-UN institutional relationship. He/she reports through the Head NAMA to the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. He/she will work in close cooperation with the International Staff and International Military Staff. He/she will serve a variety of internal customers within the Organization, and other staff officers at the HQ, working on UN-related matters. 

Direct reports: N/a

Indirect reports: N/a


The incumbent must demonstrate:

  • Achievement: Creates own measures of excellence and improves performance;

  • Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships;

  • Change Leadership: Expresses vision for change;

  • Impact and Influence: Uses indirect influence;

  • Initiative: Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation;

  • Organisational Awareness: Understands organisational politics;

  • Teamwork: Solicits inputs and encourages others.       


Contract to be offered to the successful applicant (if non-seconded): Definite duration contract of three years; possibility of renewal for up to three years, during which the incumbent may apply for conversion to an indefinite duration contract.

Contract clause applicable:

In accordance with the contract policy, this is a post in which turnover is desirable for political reasons in order to be able to accommodate the Organisation's need to carry out its tasks as mandated by the Nations in a changing environment, for example by maintaining the flexibility necessary to shape the Organisation's skills profile, and to ensure appropriate international diversity.

The maximum period of service foreseen in this post is 6 years. The successful applicant will be offered a 3-year definite duration contract, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years. However, according to the procedure described in the contract policy the incumbent may apply for conversion to an indefinite contract during the period of renewal and no later than one year before the end of contract.

If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of one of NATO’s member States, a 3-year definite duration contract will be offered, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years subject also to the agreement of the national authority concerned. The maximum period of service in the post as a seconded staff member is six years. 

Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Régulations.

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