Deputy Assistant Secretary General

NATO Joint Force Command
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    Brussels, Belgium
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    Dec 20

Position description

Are you a senior leader with experience in capability development and strategic planning? Do you have experience in a multinational environment? Would you like to work in an environment with a variety of stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds? If so, then this job is an ideal opportunity for you to work in a dynamic and fast-paced international environment.


The Defence Investment (DI) Division focuses on the development of military capabilities, ranging from missile defence to IT systems. It is focused on the delivery of interoperable capabilities covering the full range of military missions. It provides policy, technical and procedural expertise relating to armaments, air defence, airspace management, and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. The Division contributes to the development of cooperation with the European Union in the field of capability delivery. The Division is also responsible for the new NATO Headquarters Project. Additionally, the Division plays a role in developing cooperation with partner countries.

Division plays a role in developing cooperation with partner countries.
The Division consists of the following: the Strategy Directorate, the Armament and Aerospace Directorate, the NATO Headquarters Consultation, Command and Control (C3) Staff, and the NATO Headquarters Project Office.

The incumbent fulfils two main functions.

Firstly and principally, he/she is the Deputy of the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment (ASG/DI), with particular responsibility for monitoring the overall output of the Division, which at present focuses on a number of high priority capability sets established by the Alliance’s Heads of States and Government, such as Missile Defence in all its characteristics (theatre missile defence, territorial missile defence, cooperation with partners), Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (including assuring delivery of Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS)), Aerospace

Capabilities and oversight of the relationship with industry. The incumbent also leads and manages the Division in the absence of ASG/DI.

Secondly, he/she is the Director of the Strategy Directorate. That Directorate accomplishes its principal responsibility for overall coherence of capability deliverables by developing and implementing policies and plans, conducting the cross-cutting coordination of capability delivery across all DOTMLPFI functions and maintaining close links with external stakeholders, including those in research and technology and in industry.

Key challenges facing the successful candidate for DASG will include skills to:

1. Today, the Alliance is faced with a security environment that is more diverse, complex, fast moving and demanding than at any time since its inception. If selected for the post, how would you organise multinational armaments cooperation among Allies and partner nations in support of NATO’s political objectives?

2. NATO is a political-military Alliance in which achieving consensus is the key to advancing projects. Most projects are rather complex and cross many organizational and staffing boundaries between the civil and military staffs. What experience has prepared you: to effectively communicate with uniformed and civilian leaders at a senior political/diplomatic/military level? And, to effectively inform senior decision makers about the policy implications of complex technical issues?

In addition to completing the application form, including the pre-screening questions, candidates will be asked to summarise their views on the two key challenges (and how they would address them if selected for the position. This essay will be evaluated as part of the shortlisting assessment (see full instructions on how to apply at the end of the vacancy notice).


The incumbent must:

  •   hold a Master’s degree or equivalent level of qualification in a relevant field from an institute

    of recognised standing;

  •   have at least 15 years’ relevant professional experience of which at least 10 must be in the

    fields of strategic planning and capability development;

  •   be conversant and have an up-to-date knowledge of current techniques and advances in

    the fields of capability development for which the Division is responsible;

  •   have recent experience in senior-level leadership positions and significant professional

    experience in managerial positions;

  •   have experience working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of

    stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds;

  •   possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V

    (“Advanced”) in one; II (“Elementary”) in the other. 


The following would be considered an advantage (by order of priority):

  •   familiarity with capability-based processes as they apply to armaments planning and


  •   strong understanding of systems engineering, development and production of defence


  •   certification in a programme management discipline (e.g. Prince 2, ITIL, PMP, etc.);

  •   a very good working knowledge of the second official language of the Organization.


Policy Development

Direct and influence policy development in armaments, aerospace and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I), including in the defence research and technology and defence industry areas.

Stakeholder Management

Promote cooperation among NATO Allies ensuring integration and alignment with other planning disciplines and NATO objectives.

Planning and Execution

Assist the ASG in managing the Division. Lead and manage the Strategy Directorate, and develop close cooperation and working relationships with stakeholders, including the activities which support and facilitate the work of the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) and its substructure, the Agency Supervisory Boards (as Secretary General’s Liaison Officer), the Defence Policy and Planning Committee (DPPC) when it is meeting in capabilities related formats and the Deputy Permanent Representatives Committee (DPRC) when it is meeting on division-related topics.

Expertise Development

Provide senior assistance, advice and recommendations on defence research and armaments matters including technological trends, long-term planning and prospects for cooperation.

Financial Management

Integrate and endorse the budgets of the Directorate. Plan, manage and ensure financial accountability for the annual budget of the assigned Programmes of Work as well as for the NATO Industrial Advisory Group’s (NIAG) pre-feasibility studies.

Representation of the Organization

Act as deputy to the ASG DI. Attend and, in the absence of ASG DI, chair meetings of the CNAD and its substructure, the DPPC and the DPRC, as necessary. Represent, as appropriate, the Division and NATO at relevant conferences and seminars.

Organisational Efficiencies

Identify, plan and implement initiatives aimed at improving efficiency and proficiency across all areas of the Directorate.

People Management

Direct and oversee the activities of the Directorate and effectively lead and manage a diverse staff that includes permanent employees, temporary staff, interns and Voluntary National Contributions (VNCs). Create a motivating and effective workplace. Provide in-depth mentoring, coaching and training opportunities and be available to offer guidance at critical moments. Ensure that all staff under his/her responsibility are clear on Organizational, Divisional and Directorate objectives. Provide regular and fair feedback on performance, informally as appropriate and via the HQ Performance Review and Development (PRD) system. Participate in a collegial review of performance to discuss possible development and mobility opportunities for individuals, identify staff with high potential and help ensure common standards are applied in the process. Contribute information to the Establishment Committee and make recommendations for contract renewal or conversion decisions with the best interests of the Organization in mind. Participate in recruitment procedure for vacant posts in the Directorate in accordance with NATO recruitment guidelines.

Vision and Direction

Develop and formulate strategic goals and objectives for the Strategy Directorate in concert with the Divisional objectives and ensure follow-up and implementation. Help to lead the consultation and decision-making process on capability development related issues for the Alliance and in its cooperation with partners

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the ASG/DI. He/she will work with all DI staff through Directors and Section Heads. He/she will interact on a regular basis with the Office of the Secretary General and with senior managers in other International Staff (IS) Divisions, in the International Military Staff and with senior advisors in the national delegations. He/she will liaise closely with flag officers in the Strategic Commands and with senior leadership in relevant International Organisations.

Direct reports: 4 Indirect reports: 11


The incumbent must demonstrate:

• Achievement: Demonstrates decisiveness based on solid considerations and trade-offs; • Change Leadership: Champions change;
• Conceptual Thinking: Creates new concepts;
• Developing Others: Provides in-depth mentoring, coaching and training;

• Impact and Influence: Uses complex influence strategies;
• Initiative: Plans and acts for the long-term;
• Leadership: Communicates a compelling vision;
• Organisational Awareness: Understands underlying issues;
• Self-Control: Stays composed and positive even under extreme pressure.


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.

Contract clause applicable:
This is a senior post of specialised political nature in which turnover is required for political reasons. 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. The maximum period of service in this post is six years.
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.
Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations.


Please note that we can only accept applications from nationals of NATO member countries. Applications must be submitted using e-recruitment system, as applicable:

  •   For NATO civilian staff members only: please apply via the internal recruitment portal (for more information, please contact your local Civilian HR Manager);

  •   For all other applications: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Please note that the competition for this post is provisionally scheduled as follows: Pre-selection testing on 29 January 2018;
    Final selection on 28 February, 1 and 2 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Please note that at the time of the interviews, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their education and professional experience as relevant for this vacancy.
    Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance (provided by the national Authorities of the selected candidate) and approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser. More information about the recruitment process and conditions of employment, can be found at our website (


NATO as employer values diverse backgrounds and perspectives and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all Member States and strongly encourages women to apply.

Building Integrity is a key element of NATO’s core tasks. As an employer, NATO values commitment to the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in accordance with international norms and practices established for the defence and related security sector. Selected candidates are expected to be role models of integrity, and to promote good governance through ongoing efforts in their work.

Due to the broad interest in NATO and the large number of potential candidates, telephone or e-mail enquiries cannot be dealt with.
Applicants who are not successful in this competition may be offered an appointment to another post of a similar nature, albeit at the same or a lower grade, provided they meet the necessary requirements.

The nature of this position may require the staff member at times to be called upon to travel for work and/or to work outside normal office hours.
The organization offers several work-life policies including Teleworking and Flexible Working arrangements (Flexitime) subject to business requirements.

Please note that the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium is a non-smoking environment. 

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