Officer, Country Coordinator - job post

  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 28

Position description


The mission of the Operations Division of the International Staff is to prepare NATO for the defence of Alliance territory, to respond to crises at home and abroad, and to strengthen the capabilities of partners. The Operations Division advances the core tasks of the Alliance (Deterrence and Defence, Crisis Prevention and Management, and Cooperative Security) by providing situational awareness, advance planning, well-exercised and executed crisis-response, and outcome-oriented defence and related security cooperation programmes. 

Within the Operations Division, the Defence Institution and Capacity Building Directorate (DICB) facilitates political-military decision-making and programme implementation with partner nations to strengthen resilience, promote integrity, transparency, accountability and good governance in the defence and related security sector, and enhance the institutional and defence capabilities of partner nations so that they can better respond to crises at home and abroad. 

As the focus for NATO defence and related security cooperation initiatives, DICB uses an integrated set of planning and programme implementation tools to develop effective and efficient state defence institutions under democratic control that comply with international norms and practices, and to develop forces and capabilities that can operate effectively with NATO forces when appropriate. The Directorate plays a substantial role in the NATO Individually Tailored Partnership Programme (ITPP) approach to ensure coherence of programme planning and implementation. 

The Officer supports the development and implementation of the Tailored Support Packages for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia, and other assistance as needed. S/he also acts as back-up for the respective country leads. S/he is required to apply a sound understanding of the security needs of BiH, Moldova and Georgia for the further development and implementation of the respective Tailored Support Measures as agreed by Allies and the partner concerned. S/he is required to analyse, advise and report on the plans and policies for the armed (and other security) forces of other partner countries as required, including in the context of the Planning and Review Process (PARP). The Officer also leads the development of, and/or contributes to, the Individually Tailored Partnership Programmes for other partner countries as required. 

Together with her/his coworkers, s/he analyses, advises, and reports to NATO staffs and Allies on relevant plans and policies; and ensure the integration of activities, as appropriate, into related work streams across the NATO civilian and military structure. 

In addition, s/he is responsible for the coordination of assigned Defence and related security Capacity Building (DCB) packages and other security cooperation programmes for other partner countries. 



The incumbent must: 

  • possess a University degree from an institute of recognised standing, preferably in the field of political science, international relations, security studies, or another relevant discipline; or have attended a NATO or national military staff college or equivalent; 

  • have at least 5 years’ experience in the field foreign/security/defence affairs from an International Organisation or a national administration, including experience and good understanding of transformation and reform in the defence and security sector; 

  • have in-depth knowledge of international affairs and defence policy issues; 

  • have considerable knowledge and experience in defence planning, the preparation of military force plans and associated financial, staffing, and procurement planning; 

  • be able to communicate concisely, clearly, logically and persuasively, orally and in writing; 

  • possess cultural awareness enabling her/him to work and collaborate effectively in a multinational environment; 

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

  • be available to travel frequently and to work outside normal business hours. 


The following would be considered an advantage: 

  • higher level of the NATO’s second official language; 

  • experience in security or defence related cooperation with Bosnia Herzegovina, Moldova and/or Georgia; 

  • knowledge of and experience with the NATO Defence Planning Process and/or national defence planning processes; 

  • knowledge or experience related to NATO’s partnership programmes and tools, in particular PARP, DCB, and ITPP; 

  • knowledge of other NATO or partner languages; 

  • experience in transformation, reform and defence institution building processes in the post-Soviet space; 

  • knowledge and experience in all aspects of capability development, encompassing doctrine and policies, organisation, training, materiel, leadership/education, personnel, facilities, and interoperability. 


Expertise Development 

Follow and advise on the different steps of PARP, DCB, and ITPP. Keep abreast of the NATO Defence Planning Process and the developments in the different domains. Assess these against the corresponding national plans of partner nations. Be responsible for the analysis of defence and related security capabilities and subjects of a military nature, including the interpretation, analysis and assessment of the military force plans of selected partner countries. 

Project Management 

Support the development and implementation of the Tailored Support Packages for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia. Act as back-up for the respective country leads. Apply a sound understanding of the security needs of BiH, Moldova and Georgia for the further development and implementation of the respective Tailored Support Measures as agreed by Allies and the partner concerned. Coordinate related work strands as required. 

Manage other projects and/or programmes as directed by Deputy/ Director, Defence Institution and Capacity Building. Perform any other related duty as assigned. 


Policy Development 

Contribute to the development and reform of NATO’s partnership policies and their interaction with NATO’s defence policies and security cooperation programmes. Support the drafting of policy papers related to NATO’s cooperation programmes. Through the analysis and assessment of information received from nations on best practice and lessons learned on defence transformation issues, contribute to the further development of NATO concepts, policies and procedures to underpin and guide efforts by partners, to (i)promote the development of forces and capabilities that, if the partner nation agrees, are able to operate effectively with NATO forces, when and where appropriate; (ii)promote transformation and reform in the defence and related security sector; (iii)offer substantial transparency in defence planning. 

Prepare and co-ordinate advice to individual nations, and assistance to multinational groupings, on defence transformation issues and country-specific reform issues and requirements. 

Representation of the Organization 

Regularly represent the Defence Institution and Capacity Building Directorate in various meetings with national authorities of both NATO and partner nations, including during meetings with Defence Ministers, Chiefs of Defence and Political Directors. Represent, as appropriate, the Alliance at conferences and other activities on issues falling within Defence Institution and Capacity Building Directorate’s area of competence. Help enhance NATO’s public diplomacy and information efforts on these issues. 

Knowledge Management 

Contribute to the drafting of reports and studies on the longer-term perspectives of NATO’s partnership security cooperation programmes, including PARP, DCB, ITPP, etc. Prepare reports, briefing material, press statements and other material. Draft progress assessments based on an analysis of the assigned partner nations’ requirements and relevant information, and contribute to regular reports on implementation. Act as country officer for designated countries in ITPP and other security cooperation programmes, including drafting staff assessments on partners’ requirements and NATO’s potential assistance, preparing/updating DCB packages, and preparing regular reports of the implementation. 

Stakeholder Management 

Develop relations with national defence transformation experts in Allied and partner capitals, in the NATO structures, and staff from the European Union, in order to support and encourage a culture of consultation and cooperation. Liaise with Allies and partners to build a network of experts on defence transformation issues and set up contacts between national experts and nations undergoing transformation in order to facilitate the exchange of best practices. Collaborate with staff in the Defence Policy and Planning Division (DPP), Political Affairs and Security Policies Division (PASP), Defence Investment Division (DI), the International Military Staff (IMS), Allied Command Operations (ACO), Allied Command Transformation (ACT), NATO Centres of Excellence, and national planning staffs, in order to understand, analyse and interpret the strategic environment, country-specific reform issues and requirements. 


The incumbent works under the day-to-day guidance of the PARP Team Leader. S/He shares responsibilities and works closely with the other staff officers in the Operations Division. S/He maintains a good working relationship with members of other Divisions of the International Staff and the International Military Staff. S/He works closely with the staffs of the NATO Military Authorities, national delegations and liaison officers and, through the delegations, with authorities of both NATO and partner countries. 

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.

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