North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Deputy Assistant Secretary General (Security)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Job Description

1. SUMMARY Within the Joint Intelligence and Security Division, the NATO Office of Security (NOS) is responsible for the overall coordination of NATO security among member Nations and NATO civil and military bodies as well as International Organisations and partner countries with which NATO cooperates. It is also responsible for the security of the NATO Headquarters and its personnel in Brussels and abroad on mission and in satellite offices, and for the protection of the Secretary General. Its functional areas address: personnel security, physical security, security of information, communication and information systems security (including cyber defence), security awareness, industrial security, counter intelligence, counter espionage, threats from terrorism, close protection, security force services, fire and first aid. Under the leadership of the Deputy Assistant Secretary General (DASG) for Security / Director NOS, the NOS comprises the Office of the DASG, the Policy Oversight Branch, the Security Intelligence Branch, the Protective Security Branch and the Close Protection Unit. The responsibilities of the DASG for Security are derived from the Terms of Reference for the NATO Office of Security promulgated by the North Atlantic Council (NAC) in C-M(2002)49, C-M(64)39 and C-M(68)41(8th Revise), and as directed by the Secretary General in his capacity as Head of the NATO International Staff (IS). The DASG for Security deals with all aspects of security, which includes counterintelligence. S/He acts as Chair in high level committees, interacts with senior government officials, military officers and discerns the possible political ramifications of NOS’s work. S/He is responsible for negotiating and implementing Security Agreements with non-NATO nations and International Organisations participating in or with NATO or the European Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) and within other NAC cooperative activities, to include Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), the Istanbul Cooperative Initiative (ICI), the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) and NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). Key challenges facing the successful candidate for the DASG Security will likely include: • Advancing NATO’s security culture – People are the key element to the success of any security program. The DASG Security will need to use a diverse set of tools to make “security by design” a key feature of work within NATO, increase employees’ ability to confront security challenges (especially in counterintelligence and cybersecurity), and improve the organization’s resilience; • Supporting secure computer networks – NOS is responsible for Communications and Information Systems (CIS) accreditation and operational cybersecurity at headquarters. The complexity of NATO CIS and the challenges presented by malign cyber actors require a robust cybersecurity posture and significant outreach to stakeholders across the NATO enterprise; • Increasing the reach of NOS across the NATO Enterprise – NOS, through the Security Committee, develops and updates security policy for the Alliance. The DASG Security will need to influence and interact with other key security leaders to better standardize the approach to security across the Alliance. In addition to the application form, candidates are expected to attach a Word or pdf document summarizing their views on the key (and possible other) challenges, and how they would address them if selected for the position. This essay will be evaluated as part of the longlisting assessment (see full instructions on how to apply below 7.Recruitment Process)” 2. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE ESSENTIAL The incumbent must: • possess a university degree or equivalent level of qualification • have significant (at least 15 years’) experience as a senior manager in the security organisation of a NATO member Nation; • have security management experience in a major international organisation or international environment or in a foreign environment. • have a comprehensive knowledge of security issues; • have had formal training and extensive practical experience, at a senior management level, in physical, procedural, and protective security as well as counterintelligence matters and dignitary protection; • have the vision and leadership skills to manage inclusively, develop and motivate staff, and to seek continuous improvements; • be mature and of high integrity, with a proven ability to readily interact with the most senior government and military officials; • possess the necessary aptitude to chair senior international committees; • have diplomacy, tact and good judgement to deal with staff and other stakeholders at all levels; • possess good consensus building and negotiation skills to promote collaborative relationships; • have strong organisational skills, problem solving, change management and decision-making attributes, as well as a strong service orientation; • be concise and clear in written and in oral presentations; • possess the following minimum levels of NATO's official languages (English/French): V ("Advanced") in one; II ("Elementary”) in the other. DESIRABLE The following would be considered an advantage: • civilian or military government experience in a foreign diplomatic setting or conflict zone. 3. MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES Expertise Development Act as the Principal Security Adviser to the Secretary General and to the Chair of the NATO Military Committee as well as to the NATO Civilian and Military Intelligence Committees. Supervise the application of the security programme for the protection of ATOMAL information throughout NATO member nations and NATO Commands and Agencies under the provisions of C-M(64)39 and C M(68)41(8th Revise). Financial Management Develop and implement the budget for the NOS, in conjunction with the priorities of the Division. Organisational Efficiencies Manage the organisational structures of the NOS and other related parties to ensure that the needs of the Organization on security matters are met. Direct the optimisation of processes and interactions between parties on security issues to improve Alliance agility and responsiveness. Direct and monitor work across NOS staff and ensure that cross-cutting issues are dealt with effectively and efficiently. People Management Lead a team of approximately 177 international staff members, through her/his direct reports. Ensure the development of staff through sound and inclusive management principles. Create a motivating and effective workplace. Champion diversity and inclusion, provide in-depth mentoring, coaching and training opportunities and be available to offer guidance at critical moments. Monitor and promote performance by ensuring that common standards are applied across the NOS and by fostering continuous improvement. Planning and Execution Act for the Secretary General in matters of security and counterintelligence for the IS, be responsible for Headquarters security and ensure that the planning for and implementation of appropriate security measures at the new NATO Headquarters is adequately undertaken. Direct surveys and inspections of the security systems for the protection of NATO classified information and NATO installations, including counter-terrorist arrangements for the protection of NATO personnel, facilities and information. Direct the work of the NOS for a timely and accurate execution of the tasks and supervise such other projects related to security and counterintelligence as directed by the Secretary General and/or ASG for Intelligence and Security, including conference security at Ministerial meetings as necessary. Policy Development Direct NOS staff to develop: counterintelligence policy for approval and promulgation through the appropriate committees and the NAC; NATO security policy covering personnel security, physical security, information security, technical security, CIS Security, industrial security and counterterrorism for approval and promulgation through the NATO Security Committee and the NAC, while ensuring its implementation throughout the Alliance. Supervise the implementation of NATO security policies and procedures in the NATO Agencies. Representation of the Organization Act as the Chair of the NATO Security Committee and direct the secretariat for the Security Committee. In this capacity, coordinate the relationships of the Security Committee with member states participating in the EAPC and the NRC. Chair the NRC Ad Hoc Working Group on the Terrorist Threat to the Euro-Atlantic area. Stakeholder Management Maintain intelligence liaison with security and intelligence Services of NATO and EAPC member states, non-NATO nations participating in NATO sponsored activities and NATO Commands' Intelligence Authorities to ensure that security policy adequately responds to relevant threats. Maintain liaison and coordinate security and counterintelligence matters throughout NATO, partner member nations, NATO Commands and Agencies, and National Authorities of those nations participating in NATO-sponsored activities. Vision and Direction Communicate NOS’ perspective and impact on determining the future course and focus of the Organization on policies relating to security and intelligence. Ensure that NOS’ advice supports the Alliance and Division in reaching its goals. Perform any other related duty as assigned. 4. INTERRELATIONSHIPS The DASG for Security reports to the Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security. S/He has direct working relationships with the 30 Permanent Representatives accredited to NATO and the 22 member states of the EAPC as well as with the Heads of National Security/Intelligence Services of approximately 50 countries that have dealings or relationships with NATO. The DASG for Security is a member of the Headquarters Management Board. Direct reports: 6 Indirect reports: 171 5. COMPETENCIES 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. 6. CONTRACT: Contract to be offered to the successful applicant (if seconded): Definite duration contract of three years; possibility of renewal for up to three years. Contract clause applicable: It has been decided that for political reasons, this post is reserved for staff seconded from a national administration and that turnover is required in this post.  The maximum period of service in the post is six years. The successful applicant will be offered a definite duration contract of 3 years’ duration, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years, subject to the agreement of the national authority concerned. Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Régulations. 7. RECRUITMENT PROCESS: 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:

As part of this application, candidates are kindly requested to attach one MS Word document summarizing their views on the key challenges and how they would address them if selected for the position. Essays should be limited to maximum one A4 page (800 words per page) per challenge. Candidates are requested to attach their essay to their application on Taleo, by latest 19th July 2020, 23h59 (CET Brussels time). The title of the attachment must include the vacancy reference 200510  and the words “Key challenges” Selection of candidates for NATO posts is based upon the merit principle. 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 ( 8. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Salary value as per 2020. Subject to future adjustments in accordance with North Atlantic Council decision. NATO is committed to diversity and inclusion, and strives to provide equal access to employment, advancement and retention, independent of gender, age, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, cultural background, sexual orientation, and disability. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all member Nations, 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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