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(Cyber)Security support officer, NATO Liaison Office, Georgia

  • International Staff, NATO HQ
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: July 21, 2024
  • International Staff, NATO HQ
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: July 21, 2024

SUMMARY:

The Political Affairs and Security Policy (PASP) Division leads on the political aspects of NATO’s core tasks and is the International Staff’s (IS) political hub for partnerships. Within the Partnerships and Global Affairs Directorate (PGAD) of the Division, the Partnership West (PW) Team is responsible for NATO’s relations with the South Caucasus, the West European Partners, and the Western Balkans, as well as leading on the development of NATO’s Partnership Policy, including the Open Door Policy. PW is also responsible for managing the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia (NLO GEO), which is based in Tbilisi and also covers Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The Mission Security and Safety Team (MSST) is a combined security and human resources team that serves as a focal point for all security and safety requirements for staff travelling and working abroad. The officer will be based within the NATO Liaison Office in Tbilisi, Georgia. Under the overall direction of the Head Partnership West, and the direct supervision of the Head of the NLO GEO, the (Cyber) Security support officer in the NLO implements the guidance provided by the Mission Security and Safety Team (MSST) in the NATO Office of Security (NOS) in Brussels.

Taking a risk-based approach, s/he provides technical advice, oversight and support to the NLO leadership and staff on cybersecurity and other security/safety matters, ensuring that personnel, information and infrastructure are appropriately protected, in accordance with NATO security standards.

The incumbent is the primary focal point to coordinate Communication & Information Systems (CIS) security management and NCIA, and provide cyber security and CIS support to staff.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

Essential

The candidate must:

  • Possess a university degree, from an institution of recognised standing or an equivalent level of qualification, in a relevant field;

  • Have at least 3 years’ experience working on security and/or cybersecurity in relevant organisations;

  • Possess experience in a relevant field such as security systems, the protection of personnel, premises and CIS abroad;

  • Possess relevant experience in incident/crisis planning;

  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills;

  • Be willing to operate in semi/non-permissive environments, and to work outside of normal office hours as required; and

  • Possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one I (“Beginner”) in the other.


Desirable

The following would be considered an advantage:

  • A relevant Master’s degree;

  • Experience in security and/or cybersecurity in a NATO Member State’s government foreign, military or security services (foreign affairs, intelligence/security, police or military); in a governmental or non-governmental international organisation; or in an international corporate security environment;

  • Relevant field work experience abroad (e.g. diplomatic mission, company field office or international organisation);

  • Broad knowledge of security issues, including counter-intelligence / insider threat;

  • Experience in budget management;

  • Experience in the use of open-source intelligence and how to draw from publicly available information to gather and promulgate security and safety information;

  • Good understanding of the link between security and business continuity; and

  • Proficiency in Georgian and/or Russian languages.


MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Project Management

Ensure the maintenance and correct use of all NLO GEO security systems, including any secure communication systems. Provide support for the use of all NLO Information Technology (IT) systems and devices, supporting data backup. Establish relationships with NATO HQ IT services to ensure timely fault finding, recover of IT systems and business continuity. Keep up-to-date with security related software and advise on appropriate protection measures, in coordination with the relevant stakeholders. provide education and training for information security and other aspects of security. Lead the initial management of security incidents, particularly affecting CIS and other security systems, and undertake any subsequent investigations. Ensure protection of CIS as well as availability and resilience of emergency communications systems. S/he will participate and contribute in the definition of security projects, by developing technical specifications, preparing
requests for proposals and contributing to all security-related procurement requirements.

Knowledge Management

With a particular focus on CIS security, undertake research and analysis of the threats, risks and vulnerabilities to produce associated assessments, define adequate protective measures, provide security advice, prepare and implement security measures, where appropriate. Conduct regular IT/cyber security risk assessments and analysis of the security situation in locations where staff is operating or intends to operate/visit. In coordination with the MSST, enable appropriate security responses with regard to safety and security of staff. Beyond IT/cyber, assess prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising staff on potential security problems as well as prevention and mitigation measures.

Policy Development

Advise the Head and Deputy Head of the NLO with regard to (cyber)security matters, and develop tactics, techniques and procedures in accordance with the provisions of NATO Security Policy, under the guidance of the MSST and other NOS branches. Initiate, formulate or amend policies, plans and procedures to underpin operational delivery for (cyber)security at the NLO, to protect NATO personnel, information and infrastructure. Ensure robust contingency procedures are in place and quickly implementable to respond to serious incidents. Ensure adherence to the NATO Security Policy and supporting directives.

Stakeholder Management

Contribute to creating new, and developing the existing, local contact networks to support the security and safety of staff, information and infrastructure. Maintain continuing lines of communication with security focal points, including within the NATO Enterprise, to ensure maximum security coordination on matters linked to the security of information. Maintain close working relationships with wider NOS teams, the NATO Communication and Information Agency (NCIA), parent divisions and other relevant stakeholders. Contribute to the security working relationships with host nation, partner nations, commercial entities and International Organisations.

Expertise Development

Apply expertise, interpret existing policies and advise in the implementation and delivery of NATO Security Policy related the protection of information, facilities and Supervise the operations and maintenance of technical security systems, such as CCTV, intrusion detection system, access control system or fire alarm system. Keep abreast of revisions to applicable regulations, fire prevention and emergency procedures, which may affect the physical security systems operation, maintenance and improvements. Assist with office security by conducting physical security and safety to continuously ensure the Duty of Care given by the Organisation to its employees.

Planning and Execution

Develop and maintain the security and safety plan (SSP) for the NLO, including all aspects related to development, implementation and updating of the plan. Contribute, oversee and manage security tenders and delivery by providers to enable the continued secure operation of the NLO. Conduct reconnaissance of possible routes to be used in case of country evacuation. Contribute to designing and conducting simulation exercises; security and safety training; and any other tasks that underpin security and safety of staff, including advising on residential security measures. Undertake any other related tasks as required.

INTERRELATIONSHIPS:

The officer will report to Head of the NLO GEO. They maintain a dotted reporting line with the MSST, within the NOS, which serves as the entry point for all NOS support and engages with other NOS Officers and Branches as appropriate. The incumbent will also work closely with other relevant divisions, as well as the NCIA.

  • Direct reports: N/a;

  • Indirect reports: N/a.


COMPETENCIES

The officer must demonstrate:

  • Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships;

  • Flexibility: Adapts to unforeseen situations.

  • Clarity and Accuracy: Checks own work;

  • Impact and Influence: Takes multiple actions to persuade;

  • Initiative: Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation;

  • Organisational Awareness: Understands organisational climate and culture;

  • Teamwork: Expresses positive attitudes and expectations of team or team members.


CONTRACT:

Contract to be offered to the successful applicant (if non-seconded): Definite duration contract of 3 years; possibility of renewal for up to 3 years.

Contract clause applicable

As employment in this post is required for a limited period, the successful applicant will be offered a definite duration contract of 3 years’ duration, which, if required, may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years.

If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of one of NATO’s member States, a 3 years definite duration contract will be offered, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years if required, and subject also to the agreement of the national authority concerned.

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

USEFUL INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION AND 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 (link);

  • For all other applications: www.nato.int/recruitment


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Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance (provided by the national Authorities of the selected candidate), approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser, verification of your study(ies) and work experience, and the successful completion of the accreditation and notification process by the relevant authorities.

NATO will not accept any phase of the recruitment and selection prepared, in whole or in part, by means of generative artificial-intelligence (AI) tools, including and without limitation to chatbots, such as Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer (Chat GPT), or other language generating tools. NATO reserves the right to screen applications to identify the use of such tools. All applications prepared, in whole or in part, by means of such generative or creative AI applications may be rejected without further consideration at NATO’s sole discretion, and NATO reserves the right to take further steps in such cases as appropriate.

Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance (provided by the national Authorities of the selected candidate), approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser and the successful completion of the accreditation and notification process by the relevant authorities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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.

For information about the NATO Single Salary Scale (Grading, Allowances, etc.) please visit our website. Detailed data is available under the Salary and Benefits tab.
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