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Officer, IAMD Capabilities – Standardisation and Interoperability

  • International Staff, NATO HQ
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: March 10, 2024
  • International Staff, NATO HQ
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: March 10, 2024


The Defence Investment (DI) Division is responsible for facilitating the development and adoption of cutting-edge, innovative and interoperable capabilities, critical to ensuring the Alliance’s ability to undertake the full spectrum of missions and operations. Key lines of effort include:

  • Leading the development of major complex capability programmes in the land, maritime, air and space domains - including on Air and Missile Defence, Alliance Future Surveillance and Control capability (follow on to AWACS), Air Command and Control (Air C2), Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) assets and other critical Consultation, Command & Control (C3) networks – and in doing so addressing all policy, political-military, technical and practical aspects;

  • Leading NATO’s policy and engagements in the aviation domain;

  • Pursuing interoperability through prioritised standardisation efforts, developing with Allies new approaches to operational challenges, supported by a commitment to operational experimentation and innovation;

  • Maintaining the Alliance’s technological edge through exploring and driving adoption of emerging and disruptive technologies, with a particular focus on autonomous systems;

  • Facilitating multinational cooperation in capability development through a series of specific initiatives tackling critical capability requirements;

  • Understanding, adapting to, and pro-actively addressing climate change;

  • Informing and responding to the Alliance’s evolving capability needs through the NATO Defence Planning;

  • Providing oversight to NATO Agencies involved in capability development and delivery (in particular NATO Communication and Information Agency and NATO Support and Procurement Agency);

  • Working with a range of key stakeholders within NATO including the Strategic Commands and externally with NATO Partners and relevant international and regional organisations including the EU, as well as with industry and academia.

The Armament and Aerospace Capabilities Directorate (A&A Cap) supports consensus decision making at NATO Headquarters on a wide range of joint, land, air and maritime capabilities required for the full range of the Alliance’s missions. The Directorate supports NATO Defence Planning activities and related capability initiatives. To that end, it provides capability-related advice to NATO committees and the Organization’s senior management. Specific responsibilities include policy and capability development, support and oversight in the areas of Integrated Air and Missile Defence, Aerospace, Joint Intelligence, Reconnaissance, Surveillance (JISR) as well as multinational armaments cooperation and projects.

The IAMD Section is responsible for policy guidance, programmatic support, capability development and delivery and cooperation on all IAMD-related matters, including relevant space and other air power topics, as well as the development of integrated air and missile defence capabilities within the framework of the NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP). The Section supports the IAMD Policy Committee (IAMD PC), the Joint Capability Group on Surface Based Air and Missile Defence (JCG SBAMD), IAMD-related aspects of CNAD work and the programmatic governance of NATO Ballistic Missile Defence and Air C2 programs. The Section is responsible for coordinating all space, Joint Air Power and IAMD entities, in particular the NATO Military Authorities (NMAs) and other relevant NATO bodies and agencies and external stakeholders.

The incumbent ensures the Alliance objectives are met through coordination of all capability projects developed in the framework of the implementation of the NATO IAMD policy. He/she supports the Head of Section in all Section activities. In particular, he/she supports the interoperability and standardization aspects of IAMD and other JAP related armaments.

The incumbent is responsible for managing, promoting and coordinating all assigned activities. This includes: working with nations, NMAs and Partners to develop and implement relevant IAMD policies to ensure a comprehensive approach to Alliance IAMD; establishing work priorities to support Directorate, Division, Committee and Alliance goals and objectives; providing advice to senior personnel and the Private Office on JAP and IAMD related interoperability and standardization issues; anticipating requirements and providing similar inputs to other Divisions or entities; perform any other related duty as assigned.



The incumbent must:

  • Hold a degree from a university, college, institute or defence institution of recognised standing;

  • Have at least three years of relevant professional experience;

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of military interoperability requirements, NATO standardization and terminology;

  • Demonstrate knowledge of NATO’s methods and structures to develop capability requirements and related planning processes;

  • Demonstrate knowledge of operational aspects of NATO IAMD;

  • Have experience with work in an international environment, including technical groups, symposia, workshops and seminars;

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

  • Be prepared to travel and to work outside working hours.


The following would be considered an advantage:

  • Experience with NATO Standardization and terminology processes;

  • Experience in IAMD exercises and experiments;

  • Knowledge of NATO’s Emerging and Disruptive Technology areas;

  • Knowledge of political-military and operational aspects of IAMD within NATO context.


Policy Development

Contribute to the development of concepts, policies and procedures designed to identify, initiate, and advance IAMD capability projects, in coherence with NATO policies. Develop NATO JAP and IAMD related policy, planning documents, and conceptual working papers, with a special focus on interoperability and capability standards. Prepare, study and/or implement NAC decisions on JAP and IAMD policy development as required.

Expertise Development

Follow closely NATO political and military developments and the continuous evolution of JAP and IAMD processes and technologies to contribute to the development of NATO policy and programmes on JAP and IAMD interoperability and standards. Coordinate the implementation of agreed policies including the impact and relevance to other policy documents; follow and advise bodies in the political and military arena on relevant activities. Draft clear and concise reports, background briefs and speaking notes related to NATO JAP and IAMD interoperability and capability standards.

Project Management

Work in close coordination and cooperation with NATO nations and military authorities, contributing to the development and oversight of concepts, capabilities, and plans to provide or enhance JAP and IAMD related interoperability and standards within NATO.

Stakeholder Management

Establish and maintain a broad network of contacts inside and outside NATO. Liaise extensively with all stakeholders with the IAMD PC, CNAD and their substructures, NATO Standardization community and Centres of Excellence, as well as the NATO Science and Technology Organisation.

Information Management

Monitor ongoing work in other relevant committees/bodies for developments that may be of interest to IAMD PC and CNAD with regard to JAP and IAMD capabilities. Initiate the necessary follow-up action concerning the decisions of the various relevant committees and their supporting bodies.

Knowledge Management

Exchange knowledge and information with colleagues on topics affecting JAP and IAMD capabilities and standardisation portfolio.

Representation of the Organization

Contribute to NATO representation by developing and communicating information supportive of NATO’s interests. This may involve collaboration with NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. In addition, be prepared to deputise the Section’s Head and represent the IAMD section at various events when required. Participate and represent DI in meetings, conferences, and other events as required.

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the Head of the IAMD Section, but will be responsible for conducting a large amount of work independently. He/she will liaise with members of other Divisions of the International Staff, the International Military Staff and with national delegations. He/she will also work closely with staff from the Bi-Strategic Commands and their subordinate Headquarters and with NATO Agencies/Centres of Excellence as required.

  • Direct reports: N/A;

  • Indirect reports: N/A.


The incumbent must demonstrate:

  • Analytical Thinking: Makes complex plans or analyses;

  • Clarity and Accuracy: Checks own work;

  • Conceptual Thinking: Applies learned concepts;

  • Customer Service Orientation: Takes personal responsibility for correcting problems;

  • Impact and Influence: Takes multiple actions to persuade;

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

  • Organizational Awareness: Understands organizational climate and culture;

  • 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.

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.

Note: Irrespective of previous qualifications and experience, candidates for twin-graded posts will be appointed at the lower grade. Advancement to the higher grade is not automatic, and will not normally take place during the first three years of service in the post.

Under specific circumstances, serving staff members may be appointed directly to the higher grade, and a period of three years might be reduced by up to twenty four months for external candidates. These circumstances are described in the IS directive on twin-graded posts.


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 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.


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 email 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 nonsmoking 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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