Senior Officer, Science & Technology (S&T)

  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 28

Position description


The mission of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) is to help position the Nations and NATO’s S&T investments as a strategic enabler of the knowledge and technical advantage for the defence and security posture of NATO Nations and partner Nations, by (a) conducting and promoting S&T activities (b) contributing to NATO’s ability to enable and influence security and defence related capability development, and (c) supporting decision-making in the Nations and NATO. 

The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) is chartered to provide executive and administrative support to the Chief Scientist in fulfilling his/her roles as the Chair of the STB and the senior scientific advisor at NATO Headquarters. 

Accordingly, the Chief Scientist has a Chartered responsibility to be the senior scientific advisor to NATO leadership, and is mandated to ensure that appropriate and timely S&T advice is provided to NATO senior decision makers. 

The Senior Officer, S&T Advice, provides support to the Chief Scientist in his/her role of scientific advisor to NATO leadership. The post requires the proactive identification of opportunities for the provision of advice (often in the form of written papers and briefings) and well as responding rapidly to requests for advice from NATO leadership. 

The advice section in the Office of the Chief Scientist is small, and the post of Senior Officer will involve both the ability to work independently, and also in collaboration with others. 


Deputizing for the Branch Head S&T Advice. 

Performing other related functions, as directed by the Chief Scientist. 

The functions involve irregular working hours and frequent travel abroad, including on weekends. 



The incumbent must : 

  • hold a University degree from an institute of recognised standing or an equivalent qualification from a defence/military institution, in a scientific, technical, engineering or mathematical discipline, or relevant field; 

  • have at least 7 years, of experience in a Science & Technology environment, in progressively responsible positions, at different management levels; 

  • have 3 years of experience in working in an international environment with demonstrated the capability of working in a multinational and multicultural environment with scientific and military personnel at all levels; 

  • have knowledge of research and development organisations; 

  • have thorough knowledge of strategic planning concepts and methods; 

  • have knowledge of programmes and activities within NATO member states’ S&T communities; 

  • have broad operational knowledge of military technology; 

  • have practical experience in the conduct of international relations and demonstrated ability to work effectively in an international environment with scientific and military personnel at all levels. 

  • have working knowledge in office word processing, spreadsheet, graphics presentations and database software; 

  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other; 

The work in the STO is mainly conducted in the English language. 


  • experience in operational research and analysis, or related scientific, technical, engineering or mathematical discipline; 

  • practical management experience in planning, programming and budgeting; 

  • working knowledge of analytical or mathematical software; 

  • coding experience; 

  • a state or university post-graduate degree in a scientific, technical, engineering or mathematical discipline of interest to defence and/or security; 

  • a higher level (II or above) of French and/or knowledge of other NATO Nations’ language(s). 


In coordination with and in support of the Branch Head Science & Technology Advice, the incumbent is responsible for: 

Expertise Development 

Supporting the Chief Scientist in advising on policies in the scientific and/or technological domains. Providing strategic scientific assessment on scientific & technical matters. 

Conducting S&T foresight activities relevant to security and defence, and developing appropriate methodologies. 

Supporting the Chief Scientist in systematically integrating S&T-based advice in NATO decision-making processes, including political, military, and enterprise. 

Policy Development 

Assessing the development and impact of emerging technologies and their potentially disruptive effects on military capabilities and associated policy choices. 

Representation of the Organisation 

Participating actively in fostering knowledge exchange on S&T matters with the Nations, disseminating NATO S&T results to NATO and Allied as well as Partner Nations. 

Financial Management 

Supporting strategic programme analysis and budget planning. 


  • S/he works closely with the Chief Scientist and other staff members in the OCS, who are International Military Personnel or NATO International Civilians. 

  • The incumbent deals with high-level scientists, engineers and military personnel from NATO and Partner nations. 

  • Co-ordinates activities with members of the NATO Science & Technology Board, National Co-ordinators, Chairs of the STO Panels and Group, and Directors and Staff of the STO Executive Bodies. 

Direct reports: N/A 

Indirect reports: N/A 


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. 

Organizational 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.

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