North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Section Head (Policy) / Standardization Policy Coordinator

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Job Description

OPEN TO NATIONALS OF NATO MEMBER STATES ONLY   STAFF VACANCY              200701                                                                        DIVISION: NATO STANDARDIZATION OFFICE Policy and Coordination Branch TITLE: Section Head (Policy)/Standardization Policy Coordinator GRADE: A-4 We are seeking an experienced and motivated leader for the Policy Section in the NATO Standardization Office (NSO).  Can you lead multinational negotiations and inter-organisational cooperation?  Can you create synergies between defence policy and military capability development activities?   Are you motivated to strengthen the glue that binds the Allies’ and Partners’ forces together?  If so, then this may be an excellent opportunity to further your career in international defence and security. Please note that the final competition for this post will take place on line and is provisionally scheduled for February 2021 1.         Post Context. A post in the NATO Standardization Office (NSO), the Section Head (Policy)/Standardization Policy Coordinator acts as the focal point with Nato Headquarters for matters concerning development and maintenance of the NATO Policy for Standardization, NATO policy on Civil Standards and on Intellectual Property Rights for NATO Standardization Documents.  He/she will contribute to harmonizing standardization aspects of NATO policies, including military and defence policies.  He/she is responsible for the initial drafting of policy related documents to the Committee for Standardization (CS) and North Atlantic Council (NAC). 2.         Principal Duties.
  • Promoting coordination between NATO bodies and staffs involved in standardization to maintain the NATO Policy for Standardization for CS agreement and foster its implementation;

  • Monitoring NSO activities in support of standardization tasking authorities (committees) other than the Military Committee (MC);

  • Contributing to the development and updating of NATO defence policy and standardization processes, advising NSO leaders on these and related topics;

  • Preparing and supporting CS meetings as Secretary, and supervising such activities for subordinate groups;

  • Drafting the CS objectives and the CS Reports to the NAC;

  • Maintaining the policy and management documents for NATO’s Civil Standards activities;

  • Maintaining policy guidance on Intellectual Property Rights for NATO Standardization Documents;

  • Liaising with standards developing organisations and coordination bodies, including those for civil standards;

  • Monitoring NSO staffing for the NATO Standardization Staff Group and subordinate Working Groups (WGs) and acting as chairman of such WGs as required;

  • Supervising the work of the Policy Section;

  • Assisting the Branch Head (BH) in the efficient and effective management of the Branch;

  • Acting as BH in his absence;

  • Performing other duties as may be required.

3.         Special Requirements and Additional Duties.
  • Perform a similar range of duties elsewhere within the Organisation in the same grade without there being any change to the contract;

  • Travel both within and outside of NATO boundaries and work irregular hours whenever necessary;

  • Perform duties in the NATO HQ Crisis Management Organisation.

4.         Essential Qualifications. Professional/Experience. A minimum of 6 years of relevant experience in national or international defence capability development activities (examples: Design, procurement, exercises, evaluations, lessons learned; across the DOTMLPFI framework) and managing related programmes;
  • A minimum of 2 years of demonstrated success in performing similar duties in an international organisation, comprising both military and civilian personnel (preferably NATO);

  • An understanding of the role that standardization and interoperability play in supporting the implementation of the Alliance’s defence policies;

  • Excellent written and oral communication and analytical skills;

  • The ability to lead and cooperate productively with both military and civilian staff in and international environment;

  • Knowledge of civilian standardization organisations (ISO, CEN, etc.) and their procedures;

  • Good personal qualities including leadership and good managerial and organisational skills.

Education/Training.           The applicant must be educated at least to university Bachelor Degree level or equivalent (at least level 64/65/66 in sub-categories 6/7/8 of ISCED levels) from a University or Institute of recognised standing or national military equivalent or to Higher Secondary level and have completed advanced vocational training leading to a professional qualification or accreditation with 6 years post related and 2 years function related experience. Languages.  The applicant must have an advanced command of spoken and written English. The working language in the NSO is English and therefore candidates will be required to pass a one-hour multiple-choice computer-based test in English at the required level as well as to demonstrate their abilities in the written test and interview. Information and Communications Technologies.    Use of MS-Office applications is crucial to the effective and successful execution of daily duties. Advanced working user experience with Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Basic working user experience with Excel. 5.         Desirable Qualifications. Professional/Experience.
  • Familiarity with relevant European institutions (EU, EDA, etc.);

  • Experience as a moderator/host using web-based collaboration tools (e.g. forums, portal, vtc, webcasts).

  • University degree at Master’s level or equivalent qualification from an institute of recognised standing;

  • A graduate of a National Staff/Defence College and/or the NATO Defense College.

Languages.  An intermediate level of French. 6.         Personal Attributes.
  • Ability to lead and exercise personal authority in his/her field of activity;

  • Supervision of others to work in harmonious cooperation in a demanding environment with people of different nationalities and opinions;

  • Dedication to the objectives of NATO Standardization, personal integrity and willingness to assume responsibility of meeting tasks;

  • Good judgement and good negotiating skills and a high degree of tact, integrity and discretion;

  • Ability to edit and draft clear and concise papers, including policy, advice and reports;

  • Ability to cooperate effectively with key stakeholders such as international military and civilian staffs, counterparts in other organisations, and national specialists in a dynamic, demanding environment;

  • Flexibility to respond effectively to new challenges.

  • The applicant must demonstrate the following competencies:
    • Achievement: Creates own measures of excellence and improved 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.

7.         Managerial Responsibilities.  Supervises the Staff Officer, Standardization Management and Civil Standards as well as Policy Section interns. 8.         Professional Contacts.     Staff level contacts with NATO bodies as well as the relevant national and international standardization entities and users. 9.         Contribution to the Objectives.  Regularly supports and contributes to the mission of the MC through coordinating standardization activities across the staffs of the MC and NATO’s Strategic Commands.  Responsible for the regular execution of the roles and responsibilities of the CS through managing its own and subordinate groups’ activities, directly supporting their chairpersons, synthesizing and delivering reports, coordinating NATO standardization management across the Alliance. Regularly supports both the MC and the CS through editing and coordinating draft policies, advising senior NATO military leaders both orally and in writing. 10.       Remarks.
  • Security Clearance – NATO SECRET (if not currently held, the incumbent must be eligible for this level of clearance).

  • Work Environment –  Normal office environment.

11.       How to apply. Applications must be submitted by 30 November 2020 (23:59 Brussels time) using one of the following links, 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:

Applications are automatically acknowledged within one working day after submission.  In the absence of an acknowledgement please make sure the submission process is completed, or, resubmit the application. 12.       Additional Information. The successful applicant will be offered a three-year definite duration contract which may be renewed.  If the successful candidate is seconded from a national Administration, public institution or the Armed Forces of a NATO member state, he/she will be offered a three-year definite duration contract which may be renewed for a further period of up to three years. The maximum time of service in post for seconded staff is six years. Serving NATO international civilian personnel will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations. Appointment will be subject to the deliverance of a NATO SECRET security clearance by the national authorities of the selected candidate and approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser. A written test will be held as part of the selection procedure. Applicants who prove to be competent for the post but who are not successful in this competition may be offered an appointment in another post of a similar nature, which might become vacant in the near future, albeit at the same or lower grade, provided they meet the necessary requirements. The NSO at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is committed to providing equality in working opportunities regardless of sex, race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. The NSO is a non-smoking environment.
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