North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Head (Eastern Partnership Section)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Job Description


The PASP Division leads on the political aspects of NATO’s core tasks and is the International Staff’s hub for partnerships.
The incumbent will act within the overall competence of PASP and in accordance with NATO-wide standards as well as with PASP Standing Operating Procedures. S/He will help develop, and be responsible for the implementation of political guidance related to NATO relations with Russia and Ukraine (including in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) and the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) respectively), Belarus, Republic of Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. On those issues, s/he will organise and lead the work of the Section and guide the work of the NATO Representation in Kyiv, Ukraine and the NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. S/He will manage staff under her/his supervision in accordance with the principles of team-work, transparency, and delegation of authority. S/He will engage with country representatives, NATO staff, and representatives of other international organisations and NGOs.
Key challenges facing the successful candidate for the first three-five years will include:
  1. Managing the Partnership East Team on a busy set of files using sound management principles.

  2. Taking account of the evolving security situation in the Euro-Atlantic area in the framework of NATO's dual track approach to Russia.

  3. Providing oversight for the cooperation framework between NATO and Ukraine.

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")



The incumbent must:
  • possess a university degree or equivalent qualification, preferably in the field of political science, public or international relations or another relevant discipline;

  • have at least 10 years of relevant professional experience;

  • have proven experience in managing and leading a diverse team, both onsite and remotely;

  • demonstrate a strong understanding of security issues in the Euro-Atlantic area;

  • have experience in programme/project management;

  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other, with the demonstrated capacity to draft clearly, concisely and rapidly in one of the official languages;

  • have good oral and written knowledge of Russian;

  • be ready to travel and work outside of normal office hours.


The following would be considered an advantage:

  • experience of work in/with one of the countries under the responsibility of the Section;

  • diplomatic experience in the foreign service of a member country or in an international organisation;

  • strong analytical skills;

  • strong presentational skills.


Policy Development

Support relevant policy development work in North Atlantic Council (NAC), NRC, NUC and the respective subordinate committees, in preparation for key meetings and related discussions and decisions. Assist senior NATO officials in developing relevant policy points and documents. Ensure that political contacts and cooperation activities are consistent with and support NAC decisions. Provide advice to Allied and Partner representatives on policy questions related to the countries under the Section’s responsibility.

Project Management

Coordinate on-going work within the Alliance on Understanding Russia Better. Facilitate Allied work on the Annual National Programme under the NATO-Ukraine Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, together with the Individual Partnership Action Plans or relevant Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programmes for the countries under the responsibility of the Section. Manage the NATO-Ukraine Platform for Countering Hybrid Warfare. Oversee and support the development and implementation of other specific cooperation programmes and projects that promote reform in, and cooperation with, the countries under her/his responsibility. Oversee and guide the work of the NATO Representation in Ukraine and the NATO Liaison Office in Republic of Moldova, help politically inform the work of other teams in NATO working in partnership issues, assign related activities to Country Officers and guide their progress. Provide oversight to, manage and liaise with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to ensure implementation of the Counter-Narcotics Training Project for Afghan, Central Asian and Pakistani personnel.

Stakeholder Management

Support the Alliance's initiatives by collaborating with allied and partner officials. Prepare, support, and chair – if/when appropriate – meetings of the, the Partnership and Cooperative Security Committee, including in a NUC format, the Political Committee, the Management Board of the NATO-Ukraine Platform on Countering Hybrid Warfare, and relevant task forces. Oversee and guide the work of Country Officers in chairing NATO Country Teams, which aim to create a “One NATO” approach to cooperation with each partner. Assist in the organisation, preparation and follow-up of meetings and official visits involving senior NATO officials. Liaise with managers and/or senior staff across NATO and with partner missions. Liaise with other international organisations at equivalent level, as well as NGOs as necessary. Promote team spirit, transparency, flexibility and collegiality and ensure full cooperation and transparency within and between sections.

Expertise Development

Provide guidance and advice to SPPD Country Officers.

Representation of the Organization

Visit concerned countries as necessary. Meet partner officials and members of partner missions to NATO. Conduct briefings and presentations to senior level groups visiting NATO HQ. Represent NATO at international conferences and towards other international organisations, as appropriate.

Financial Management

Assist management in the proper allocation and recording of programme and project funds under the Section’s responsibility. Work with the PASP Division Administrative Officer to ensure all resources dedicated to the section are used in accordance with NATO financial regulations, and work to prepare performance management reports of budget expenditure.

Knowledge Management

Monitor and analyse political developments in the regions under the Section’s responsibility, along with other related developments affecting security, stability and cooperation in the Euro-Atlantic region; advise on their implications for Alliance policies. Provide policy recommendations, as appropriate. Advise other staff and senior NATO officials on all aspects of NATO's relations with the countries under the Section’s responsibility.

Other: People Management

Manage the Section in accordance with NATO-wide standards as well as with PASP Standing Operating Procedures. In particular, delegate down authority for individual portfolios and empower officers to take responsibility for their own work while keeping management informed and seeking guidance or approval as appropriate. Adhere to sound and inclusive management principles, and provide in-depth mentoring, coaching and training opportunities as well as regular feedback on performance. Be available to offer guidance at critical moments.
Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the Director of Security Policy and Partnerships. S/He oversees the distribution of tasks related to SPPD activities to the responsible officers and support staff that operate on a relatively autonomous basis. S/He will interact with managers and senior officers throughout the IS, International Military Staff, allied delegations and partner missions and represent the Section and Directorate on a frequent basis.

Direct Reports: 7

Indirect reports: N/A


The incumbent must demonstrate:

  • Achievement: Sets and works to meet challenging goals;

  • Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships;

  • Change Leadership: Personally leads change;

  • Impact and Influence: Uses complex influence strategies;

  • Initiative: Plans and acts up to a year ahead;

  • Organisational Awareness: Understands underlying issues;

  • Teamwork: Works to build commitment.


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.

Contract clause applicable:

In accordance with the contract policy, this is a post in which turnover is desirable for political reasons in order to be able to accommodate the Organisation's need to carry out its tasks as mandated by the Nations in a changing environment, for example by maintaining the flexibility necessary to shape the Organisation's skills profile, and to ensure appropriate international diversity.

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. However, according to the procedure described in the contract policy the incumbent may apply for conversion to an indefinite contract during the period of renewal and no later than one year before the end of contract.

If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of one of 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 six years.

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


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 (see point 1) 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 21 June 2020, 23h59 (CET Brussels time)
The title of the attachment must include the vacancy reference (200478) 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 (


NATO as an equal opportunities employer values diverse backgrounds and perspectives and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all Member States 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.

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.

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.

Salary value as per 2020. Subject to future adjustments in accordance with North Atlantic Council decision.

Please note that the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium is a non-smoking environment.

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