Deputy Political Advisor

  • Location
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Feb 13

Position description

Applications are now invited for the post of Deputy Political Advisor– TSC GSAX 0020, NATO Grade A-5 on the staff of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), SACT Representative Europe, NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium.

Applications must be made on line:

Closing date for applications: 22 March 2020 Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

  •   Notes for candidates: the candidature of NATO redundant staff at grade A-5 will be considered before any other candidates.

  •   Notes for NATO Civilian Human Resources Managers: If you have qualified redundant staff at grade A-5, please advise the HQ SACT Civilian HR Manager no later than the closing date.



In accordance with the HQ SACT Peacetime Establishment, this is a post in which turnover is desirable. 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.

If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of oneof 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 6 years.

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

Starting basic salary (effective 1 January 2020) is Euro 9224.26 per month to which relevant allowances will be added.


Principal Duties: He/she will

a) Administer political policy or guidance which affects or may affect ACT keeping POLAD and SACTREPEUR fully informed of all political level developments at NATO HQ that impact the interests and initiatives of ACT.

b) Administer current information on political affairs which occurs within and between member nations of NATO, ensuring that SACTREPEUR and POLAD are kept informed of political level developments that impact the interests or initiatives of ACT .

c) Provide political advice within the routine/ weekly reporting requirements of STRE;

d) Ensure regular liaison and engagement with the NATO International Staff (IS), engaging at DASG level.

e) Ensure regular liaison and engagement with National Delegations, engagingat Deputy Permanent Representative’s and Defence Counsellor’s level.

f) As directed by SACTREPEUR and/or POLAD, represent ACT at conferences, staff visits and meetings related to political topics or chaired by political bodies and report it;

g) Reports to POLAD and SACTREPEUR on the political developments takingplace at NATO HQ, develops any strategic proposal SACT’s engagement in NATOHQ and seeks agreement for formal engagement with North Atlantic Council (NAC) and ASGs.

h) Under direction of POLAD and SACTREPEUR, act to advocate for ACT’sstrategic engagement goals and objectives with National Delegations and the IS; promote and advertise ACT’s work at the political level and in all relevant meetings inNATO HQ.

i) Engage the IS on strategic issues under POLAD and SACTREPEUR direction.

j) Support SACTREPEUR in his duties with political advice and engagement in close coordination with the POLAD.


a. University Degree in political science, public administration, international relations or related discipline and 10 years post related experience.

b. A minimum of 10 years’ professional experience in diplomacy and/or international affairs with an emphasis on security and politico-military issues. This should include at least five years of experience as a senior civilian advisor in a national Ministry (Foreign Affairs or Defense), or related civilian posting at a strategic or political level HQ.

c. Experience working within international/multinational organisations such as NATO, EU, UN or OSCE.

d. Previous political analysis experience with a demonstrated ability to synthesise data, develop recommendations, influence partners and provide advisory documents at 4 star (or civilian equivalent) strategic level.

e. Proven experience in advising senior management and interacting with senior government officials.

f. Extensive experience in providing high-level political, policy and strategic advice, including a proven track record of success and progressive responsibility in such a role.

g. Strong written and verbal communication and advocacy skills and a proven ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors.


English - SLP 4343 - (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing)

Desirable Qualifications

Professional Experience

1. Extensive network of contacts in academia, Government, International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations and relevant Think Tanks.

2. Demonstrated experience with coordination with Governmental Agencies, IOsand NGO’s.


1. Post Graduate degree in International Affairs, International Relations, Political Science or closely related subject.


1. French - SLP 3232 - (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing)


Personal Attributes: He/she must demonstrate clarity of thought, the ability to analyse and extract information from a variety of sources and propose sound and well-reasoned solutions, clearly and articulately. He/she must also be able to work well with others. There is also a requirement for potential international travel as part of the duties and to work outside normal working hours.

Professional Contacts: The DPOLAD interacts routinely up to Deputies/DASG level, seeking agreement for formal engagement with NAC and ASGs. He/she will be required to interface with staff at all levels of NATO and Nations, representing the ACT at meetings and conferences, presenting to those groups if necessary. These contacts will be both formal and informal.

Contribution To Objectives: He/she has an important impact on the command’sability meet objectives.

Work Environment

He/she will be required to work in a normal office environment.

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