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Head, Enterprise Architecture Section

  • International Staff, NATO HQ
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 4, 2024
  • International Staff, NATO HQ
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 4, 2024


The NATO Chief Information Officer (CIO) function brings Information and Communications Technology (ICT) coherence across more than 50 NATO Enterprise’s civil and military bodies and 25,000 users. The NATO CIO is empowered to realize the Allies’ vision for the NATO Enterprise is accountable to the Secretary General and is responsible for the development of Enterprise directives and advice on the acquisition and use of information technologies and services. The NATO CIO
provides Enterprise oversight on cybersecurity issues, and, in close coordination with all relevant NATO civil and military bodies, works towards the continual improvement of the cyber hygiene and cybersecurity posture in the NATO Enterprise.

The Office of the NATO CIO (OCIO) is an integrated staff organization comprised of International Staff and International Military Staff members.

The Enterprise Strategy Branch identifies, elicits and harmonizes NATO bodies’ ICT needs into a coherent set of Enterprise’s requirements. It supports the definition, evolution and implementation of a long-term Enterprise strategy for ICT management following NATO nation’s guidance. The branch develops and maintains the implementation strategies to meet these Enterprise requirements while respecting the diverse funding processes and sources supporting the NATO Enterprise. The branch prepares the CIO’s engagement with senior NATO boards and committees, oversees Enterprise architectural developments, monitors ICT services provision performance and maintains oversight of large ongoing projects and programs. A key objective is NATO Digital Transformation.

The mission of the Enterprise Architecture Section is to ensure coherence, security, interoperability and cost effectiveness of the current and future ICT architecture while planning its long-term evolution to best support NATO Enterprise business
requirements and customers. The Section works in close coordination with several NATO bodies, such as the Digital Policy Committee, as the owner and maintainer of NATO Enterprise architecture frameworks and methodologies, exercising a
governance role, Allied Command Transformation, NATO Communication and Information Agency and other relevant stakeholders across the NATO Enterprise. It also needs to be aligned with key NATO processes such as NATO Defence Planning Process, NATO Security Investment Programme and others as required, in order to support OCIO’s strategic management function.

The incumbent leads and coordinates the activities of the Enterprise Architecture Section, supporting the Branch Head in establishing, maintaining and exploiting an Enterprise Architecture function. This role also includes supporting the identification, proposal and consolidation of policy changes, in close coordination with other NATO policy-making bodies.



The incumbent must:

  • Have a university degree from an Institute of recognised standing, preferably in the field of ICT;

  • Have at least 6 years' experience in ICT;

  • Have practical experience (participation and/or advice) in projects on design and/or implementation of ICT services;

  • Have good understanding of enterprise architecture and strong experience with developing technical architectures, keeping abreast of new technology, including cloud computing and digital transformation;

  • Have experience in facilitating smart-sourcing to industry by using open standards, applying commercial best-practise approaches and/or introducing dual-use technologies;

  • Have experience in ICT governance and policy making;

  • Have experience in ICT projects and programmes management, including financial aspects;

  • Be able to lead a diverse team in a multi-national environment;

  • Have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;

  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills;

  • Be able to prepare and deliver convincing presentations, and to present complex information technology issues to non-technical audiences in order to facilitate consensus building and decision-making; and

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


The following would be considered an advantage:

  • Experience with data architectures, data management, data exploitation, cloud computing architectures, and in particular with migrating traditional ICT services to the cloud, in security- focused organizations;

  • Experience in introducing enterprise architecture as a practice or service in an organization;

  • Market leading certifications for enterprise architecture, such as TOGAF;

  • Relevant IT service management certification such as ITIL or SIAM;

  • Relevant project management certification such as PMP or Prince2;

  • Strong interest for information technology and latest evolution;

  • Experience with international and/or large organisations and a good knowledge of their working practices.


Policy Development

Develop high-level strategic documents and provide advice to establish the Enterprise Architecture function as a value-adding asset within the NATO Enterprise ICT. This includes domains such as cloud computing, data analytics, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Contribute to the development of policy, directive and guidance documents in the OCIO areas of responsibility as per their area of expertise. Provide advice to the Branch Head on NATO enterprise architecture matters.

Expertise Development

Support the Branch Head in managing the definition, formalization, implementation and monitoring of an ICT service strategy through the definition of enterprise architecture artefacts. Improve enterprise architecture practice across the
Organisation. Support the NATO CIO coherence role, through an oversight of the NATO Enterprise architecture, in close coordination with all relevant NATO civil and military bodies. Provide NATO Enterprise architecture’s perspective to NATO Nations, NATO civil and military bodies and partner nations and international organizations. Develop point papers and other deliverables in support of the Branch Head role for the Enterprise Strategy domain.

Project Management

Support the definition and enforcing of the section projects plan according to the OCIO role(s) in project management processes used in the NATO Enterprise. Identify main decision-makers and other stakeholders relevant for the project success, participate and contribute to project management boards as required. Maintain full understanding of project and program plans, identify and monitor project implementation risks, provide expertise and leadership in the resolution of exceptions and issues. Establish and maintain a network of relations with key project leaders in the NATO Enterprise and industry, with a specific focus on ICT and cybersecurity.

Planning and Execution

Determine input to the Enterprise Strategy Branch work plans and manage the implementation of the section tasks to achieve section objectives.

People Management

Lead, plan, direct and supervise the work of the section personnel. Cultivate a motivating, inclusive and effective workplace. Provide mentoring, coaching and training opportunities to keep the section as a centre of enterprise architecture excellence for the Office. Be available to offer guidance at critical moments. Promote transparency in decision-making, equal access to opportunities for all staff and an inclusive management culture. Ensure that all staff under their responsibility is clear on organizational, office, branch and section objectives. Provide regular and fair feedback on performance, informally as appropriate, and via the HQ Performance Review and Development system. Participate in recruitment procedures for vacant posts in the Organisation, in accordance with NATO recruitment guidelines. Identify
possible development and mobility opportunities for individuals.

Stakeholder Management

Engage and coordinate with all relevant NATO Enterprise stakeholders, ensuring a broad collaboration during the development of policies, directives, guidance, implementation plans, standards and best practices. Closely coordinate with NATO staff working on the Enterprise architecture issues. Engage with industry and academia in the post’s domain of expertise, as required. Develop close cooperation and working relationships with stakeholders, including the Digital Policy Committee, the Agencies Supervisory Boards, the Military Committee, the Resource Planning and Policy Board, and other relevant senior policy committees, in accordance with the evolution of the OCIO responsibilities and available resources. Represent and speak on behalf of the Branch Head in committees, panels or working groups industry and academia on matters pertaining to the post’s domain of expertise. Act as the focal point on those matters.

Financial Management

Provide inputs to the OCIO budget / Programme of Work and maintain an overview of assigned budgets, and their execution and reporting.

Organisational Efficiencies

Identify, plan and propose implementation of initiatives, aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness across all areas of the NATO Enterprise architecture.

Knowledge Management

Assess the enterprise architecture programs in place in NATO nations, NATO civil and military bodies, and non-NATO nations / international organizations, in order to provide support and recommendations, becoming a point of reference for the NATO Enterprise architectural approach. Draft background briefs, progress reports, prepare presentations, and other items for high-level meetings.

Information Management

Initiate, guide and advise on the information management procedures for the section, in particular on topics related to the NATO Enterprise architecture.

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the Enterprise Strategy Branch Head. They interact with senior government and military personnel in NATO and partner nations, NATO civil and military bodies, and in non-NATO entities. They liaise with leadership in relevant international organisations, industry and academia, as required.

  • Direct reports: 5;

  • Indirect reports: N/A;


The incumbent must demonstrate:

  • Achievement: Creates own measures of excellence and improves performance;

  • Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships;

  • Clarity and Accuracy: Monitors others’ work for clarity;

  • Conceptual Thinking: Applies learned concepts;

  • Costumer Service Orientation: Makes things better for the customer, addressing underlying customer needs;

  • Impact and Influence: Uses indirect influence;

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

  • Teamwork: Solicits inputs and encourages others.


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 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 (link);

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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 Pretrained 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.


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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