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Assistant (Situational Awareness)

Shape, Mons, Belgium
Application Deadline: June 7, 2024
Shape, Mons, Belgium
Application Deadline: June 7, 2024


Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) provides an integrated Strategic Effects framework, employing a multi-domain and multi-region focus to create a 360- degree approach, with the flexibility to enable, upon direction, a seamless transition from Baseline Activities and Current Operations (BACO) up to the Maximum Level of Effort (MLE). SHAPE supports the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR) in fulfilling his terms of reference, as directed by the North Atlantic Council.

The Cyberspace Directorate directs, monitors and coordinates all Cyberspace Operations (CO), Electronic Warfare (EW), Electro Magnetic Spectrum (EMS) activity and Communications and Information Systems (CIS) functional area activities and staff functions across ACO.

The Cyberspace Operations Centre (CyOC) is NATO's only Theatre Component for cyberspace, providing persistent, centralised and comprehensive cyberspace situational awareness, Command and Control (C2) and execution. The CyOC is within the SHAPE establishment but with different roles and responsibilities.

The Cyberspace Situational Awareness Branch is to provide the Cyberspace Operations Centre (CyOC)’s ability to incorporate the various aspects of cyberspace situational wareness, from all sources, which creates the theatre-wide cyberspace situational awareness, and integrate the cyberspace perspective into a single coherent dimension of the 360-degree approach.

The Cyberspace Situational Awareness Support Section analyses technical cyberspace vulnerability assessments and instigates consequence mitigating activities.

Incumbent is one of three Situational Awareness Assistants in the SA support section.


The incumbent's duties are:

  • Support the Cyberspace Operations Centre (CyOC) by providing situational awareness assessments and reports;

  • Document and disseminate the tactics/techniques/procedures (TTPs) to create situational awareness into the Cyberspace Common Operating Picture (CyCOP);

  • Support the Situational Awareness Section Support Section in the correlation, exploitation and automation in the development of a Cyberspace Common Operational Picture (CyCOP). This includes attending stakeholder requirements gathering activities, liaising with service providers, attending activities with the view of collating, merging and collaborating various data feeds;

  • Document and disseminate the commercial cyberspace data feeds information and support the development, evaluation and improvement of data collection;

  • Support the development of Situational Awareness innovations that will improve the Cyberspace Operations Centre (CyOC) in the conduct of their work;

  • Support the Situational Awareness Support Section in the maintenance and improvement of the cyberspace Operational Centre Portal and its availability of information to the staff(s);

  • Support the Situational Awareness Support Section in the continuous improvements of the Cyber Defence Situational Awareness (CDSA) capability. This will include attending engagements with the NATO Communications Information Agency (NCIA) and other stakeholders;

  • Support the development of the Cyberspace Prioritized Asset List (CPAL). This includes working with colleagues on the development of framework and process documents, engagements with ACO stakeholders and NATO Entities such as NCIA and others.


The incumbent may be required to undertake deployments in support of military operations and exercises, and/or TDY assignments, both within and without NATO boundaries up to 180 days. The employee may be required to perform a similar range of duties elsewhere within the organization at the same grade without there being any change to the contract.

May be required to represent the CyOC Situational Awareness Section Head at meetings.

May be required to make presentations of the SHAPE position on cyberspace-related subjects/issues on behalf of the CyOC Situational Awareness Section Head.



  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in Cyber Operations and/or Command and Control organizations;

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in documenting and reporting the cyber tactics/techniques/procedures (TTPs) to build and maintain the cyberspace situational awareness into the Common Operating Picture;

  • A minimum of 3 years’ of experience in correlation, exploitation and automation of data to feed a Common Operating Picture;

  • A minimum of 3 years’ of experience in documenting and disseminating commercial cyberspace data feeds information and support the development, evaluation and improvement of data collection and analysis.


  • Higher Secondary education and intermediate vocational training in Information technology, computer science, computer networking and communications., criminology, police, public or business administration, administration of justice, criminal law, comparative general management, political theory, behavioral or social psychology or related discipline which might lead to a formal qualification with 3 years’ experience, or Secondary education and completed advanced vocational training in that discipline leading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation with 4 years post related experience.


  • English - SLP 3333 - (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).


Professional Experience

  • Experience in National CIS, Cyberspace or Cyberspace Network Operations;

  • Knowledge/experience in CIS, cybersecurity, risk management, and incident management. Knowledge/experience of military Command and Control. University degree, or equivalent, in relevant discipline.

Education and Training

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP);

  • Cyberspace Intelligence and Situational Awareness;

  • Network Security Course (M6-108) provided by NATO School Oberammergau (NSO);

  • Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Course provided by Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCoE).


Personal Attributes

The incumbent of the post should be:

  • Self-starter and analytical able to explain complex technical matters with clarity and accuracy;

  • Team worker, team builder and leadership provider;

  • Conceptual thinker who must adapt/ react to the realities of the rapidly changing nature of the cyber domain.

Professional Contacts

This incumbent of the post must be able to collaborate with various technical cyber experts at different NATO entities, counterparts in National cyberspace operations centers, and industry. He/she maintains liaison with NATO HQ C3S, NCIA, other various Host Nations, as well as CIS Operating authorities.

Contribution to Objectives

Analyses technical cyber vulnerability assessments and instigates consequence mitigating activities to include:

  • Liaises with industry partners. Works with NCIA Cyber Security Service Line cyber analysts and technical leads to synthesize, fuse and analyze;

  • Cyber indicators of compromise and warning for cyber SA dashboards, reporting and future cyber requirements.


Duration of contract

Serving staff members will be offered a contract according to the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations (NCPR). Newly recruited staff will be offered a definite duration contract of three years normally followed by an indefinite duration contract.

The salary will be the basic entry-level monthly salary defined by the NATO Grade of the post, which may be augmented by allowances based on the selected staff member’s eligibility, and which is subject to the withholding of approximately 20% for pension and medical insurance contributions.

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.

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.

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.

We believe that all people are capable of great things. Because of this, we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the criteria listed within this job description.


Applications are to be submitted using NATO Talent Acquisition Platform (NTAP) ( Applications submitted by other means (e.g. mail, e-mail, fax, etc) are not accepted.

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Shortlisted candidates will be requested to provide original documentary evidence and a set of copies supporting statements in their applications. Appointment is subject to obtaining a NS security clearance and a medical certificate.


  • Only nationals from the 32 NATO member states can apply for vacancies at SHAPE;

  • 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, re-submit the application;

  • Qualified redundant staff of the same grade interested in this post should inform this office, via their HR/Personnel Office by not later than vacancy’s closing date;

  • Candidates’ individual telephone, e-mail or telefax enquiries cannot be dealt with. All candidates will receive an answer indicating the outcome of their application.

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