Deputy Political Advisor

  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 02

Position description

Based at the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s (SACT) ‘embassy’ in NATO Headquarters, Brussels, this position offers a unique opportunity for a dynamic political networker with experience at strategic level in the international environment. 

Post Context 

ACT contributes to preserving the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading, at Strategic Command level, Warfare Development required to enhance NATO’s posture, military structures, forces, capabilities and doctrines. 

The Command Group provides general support, coordination, management, administrative service and specialist advice to SACT, DSACT and COS. 

Chief of Staff (COS) is responsible to SACT and DSACT for the staff activity necessary to execute ACT’s mission. It is the focal point for the implementation of the Commander’s direction and guidance as well as the initiation and co-ordination of all ACT staff efforts. 

The Staff Advisory Group (SAG) is comprised of different competencies grouped into several offices (Political Advisor, Legal Advisor, Gender Advisor, Financial Controller, Command Auditor, Communication Branch and Pentagon Liaison). It works under the direction and guidance of COS and provides general staff support, coordination, management, administrative service, and specialists’ advice to SACT. 

The International Affairs Advisor and the staff of the International Affairs Office, as part of the Staff Advisory Group, advise SACT on relevant political, diplomatic and political military matters. 

The Deputy Political Advisor will support SACT’s Representative in Europe (SACTREPEUR) and the Political Advisor (POLAD) by engaging and interfacing with Deputy Permanent Representatives and their subordinates, and focus on Defence Advisors and, as needed Deputy Defense Policy Directors, Deputy Assistants Secretary General and the teams reporting to them. As tasked by SACTREPEUR and POLAD, the incumbent may engage with and interface with Permanent Representatives and Assistants Secretary General as required. 

In fulfilling their principal duties, the Deputy Political Advisor has direct access to SACT, DSACT, COS and POLAD as appropriate to provide advice and seek direction, in particular on political handling and on ACT and SACT’s political visibility at the NATO HQ. 

Reports to: - SACTREPEUR 

Principal Duties: He/she will 

  • Administer political handling policy or guidance which affects or may affect SACT, keeping SACTREPEUR and POLAD fully informed of all relevant political level developments at NATO HQ with implications for the interests and initiatives of ACT. 
  • Administer current information on political affairs which occur within and between member nations of NATO, ensuring that SACTREPEUR and POLAD are kept informed in a timely fashion of all relevant political level developments with implications for the interests and initiatives of ACT. 
  • Provide political advice within the routine/weekly reporting requirements of SACTREPEUR, and report informally on a regular basis to POLAD on all ACT relevant and political aspects of NAC discussions. 
  • Ensure regular liaison and engagement with the NATO International Staff (IS), engaging at DASG level. 
  • Ensure regular liaison and engagement with National Delegations, engaging at Deputy Perm Rep and Defence Counsellor’s level. 
  • 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. 
  • Inform and assess SACTREPEUR and POLAD on all relevant political developments taking place at NATO HQ, develop adequate strategic proposals for SACT’s engagement in NATO HQ and seek agreement for SACT formal engagement with the NAC and the NATO HQ Senior Leadership, including ASGs. 
  • Under direction of SACTREPEUR and POLAD, act to advocate for ACT’s strategic engagement goals and objectives with National Delegations and the IS; promote and advertise ACT’s work at the political level and pol-mil level in all relevant meetings in NATO HQ. 
  • Engage the IS on strategic issues under SACTREPEUR and POLAD direction. 
  • Support SACTREPEUR in his duties with political and diplomatic advice and engagement in close coordination with the POLAD.


Essential Qualifications 

  • University Degree and 10 years post related experience. 
  • A minimum of 10 years’ professional experience in international affairs and/or political influence and diplomacy with a strong emphasis on security and politico-military issues. This should include at least five years of experience as a senior civilian political and policy advisor, ideally to a Senior Leader (i.e. General Officer / Director / Ambassador and above) in a national Ministry (Foreign Affairs or Defence), or related civilian posting at a strategic or political level HQ. 
  • Experience working within and/or with international/multinational organisations such as NATO, EU, UN or OSCE. 
  • 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. 
  • Proven experience in advising and influencing senior management and interacting with senior government officials. 
  • Extensive experience in providing high-level political, policy diplomatic and strategic advice, including a proven track record of success and progressive responsibility in such a role. 
  • 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 

a. Professional Experience 

  • Extensive network of contacts in Government, International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, academia, and relevant Think Tanks. 
  • Demonstrated experience with coordination with Governmental Agencies, IOs and NGO’s. 

b. Education/Training 

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

c. Language 

French - SLP 3232 - (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). French is useful in engaging with francophone delegations and partners.

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