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Officer Land Capabilities and Standardisation Force Protection and Joint cbrn Defence

  • International Staff, NATO HQ
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: May 21, 2024
  • International Staff, NATO HQ
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: May 21, 2024


The Defence Investment Division (DI) is responsible for the development of investments in assets and capabilities aimed at enhancing the Alliance’s defence capacity, including armaments planning, air and missile air defence, aviation and Command & Control.

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.

Within the Armaments Directorate, the ISR, Land and Maritime (ILM) Section leads capability development and delivery efforts in the field of ISR, Land and Maritime within NATO’s International Staff. The section works closely with stakeholders from across the NATO enterprise as well as providing support, insight and analysis to both senior management and Allies across a myriad of groupings.

The incumbent’s main responsibility is to support NATO’s efforts to accelerate its ability to respond to critical land and joint armaments needs, including in the areas covered by Emerging and Disruptive Technologies (EDT) as well as to address the implications of environmental policies for capabilities. S/he supports and oversees the capability development regarding force protection, with an emphasis on Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) Defence and with a particular focus on material standardization. S/he supports and facilitates the work of the respective land and joint armaments communities in the Conference of the National Armaments Directors (CNAD) substructure, and provide advice to the CNAD, the NAAG, and the relevant CNAD/NAAG groups.



The incumbent must:

  • Possess a University degree from an institute of recognised standing in a relevant field of study;

  • Have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience;

  • Have a strong background in the development, standardization, and procurement of technical systems and developments affecting interoperability within the Alliance, especially relevant to land and joint armaments;

  • Possess excellent analytical skills, excellent briefing (verbal and written) skills and have the ability to provide a high degree of impact and influence across political, civil and military stakeholders;

  • Be able to present complex issues in simple terms facilitating consensus and decisionmaking;

  • Have experience of working on strategic policy and concept development, programme management, and/or standardization in a national or preferably an international environment;

  • Demonstrate strong work ethics, self-motivation and the capacity to achieve tangible results in an autonomous way;

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

  • Be willing and flexible to travel and work outside normal working hours, when requested.


The following would be considered an advantage:

  • Operational and technical land/joint experience in the areas of force protection and CBRN Defence;

  • Have an understanding of the challenges associated with adopting NATO’s EDTs in to interoperable Alliance capabilities.;

  • Committee support experience and/or experience in negotiating in a multinational environment;

  • Knowledge of NATO civilian and military defence organisations;

  • Broad knowledge of the NATO Defence Planning Process.


Expertise Development

Apply land/joint armaments and particularly force protection and CBRN Defence expertise into relevant policy development areas through analysing multiple courses of action and providing sound and justifiable recommendations in order to help drive forward land and joint capabilities.

Policy Development

Contribute to the development of concepts, policies and procedures designed to identify, initiate, and advance land and joint capability programs and projects, in coherence with NATO policies. Formulate and actively advocate specific work areas aiming to the enhancement of NATO land and joint capabilities, in particular regarding force protection and CBRN Defence.

Information Management

Monitor ongoing work in relevant committees/bodies for developments of interest.

Knowledge Management

Exchange knowledge and information with colleagues on topics affecting land and joint armaments, in particular with the CNAD Main Groups.

Project Management

Work with key members of the relevant NATO entities in order to help set the necessary political and military conditions to enable effective project/programme management with regard to land and joint capabilities.

Stakeholder Management

Use and enhance internal networks within NATO Headquarters and ensure proper coordination with subject matter experts. Develop, maintain, and expand contacts with NMAs, National Delegations, NATO bodies and agencies, individual partner nations, and other International Organizations to ensure coherence, coordination and transparency in land and joint armaments related activities. Establish the necessary liaison and coordination with the relevant NATO communities.

Representation of the Organisation

Contribute to NATO representation by developing and communicating information supportive of NATO’s interests. Be prepared to represent the ILM Section at various events when required.

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the Head of the ILM Section. S/he liaises with other groups and agencies both internal and external to NATO that work in fields related to those for which s/he is responsible. These entities will include (non-exhaustive): relevant IS Divisions, the NATO Communications and Information Agency; the NATO Support and Procurement Agency; NATO’s International Military Staff, NATO’s two Strategic Commands (ACO and ACT), and as necessary, regional and service commands.

  • 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;

  • Organisational Awareness: Understands organisational 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);

  • For all other applications:

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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 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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