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Senior Engineer (C4ISR Services – Data Centricity)

  • IMS
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 14, 2024
  • IMS
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 14, 2024


The NATO Digital Staff (NDS) is an integrated staff composed of members of the International Military Staff (IMS) and International Staff (IS) at the heart of NATO’s Digital Transformation. The staff maintains digital subject matter expertise for providing the highest quality advice, policy and leadership to ensure the Alliance’s technological edge, enable data-driven decision-making and release the potential of multi-domain operations.

The NDS is responsible for the establishment, maintenance and evolution of NATO as a digital, data-driven decision-making organisation where the power and potential of interoperable digital technologies and a datacentricity are fully exploited for the benefit of the Alliance. Led by the Director NDS, the Staff supports different NATO senior policy committees and in particular, the Military Committee (MC), the Digital Policy Committee (DPC) and the Cyber Defence Committee (CDC). It functionally operates under the co-ordinated executive management authority of the Director General of the IMS and the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment.

The Digital Standardization and Interoperability (DSI) Branch acts as the staff lead for all procedural, terminology, data and technical standardization in support of NATO's Standardization Tasking Authorities (i.e. MC, DPC). The branch is responsible to maintain the Alliance Digital Interoperability Architecture to enable standardization activities and the delivery of coherent and interoperable digital capabilities for the Alliance. The branch also supports the Communications and Information Services Panel of the DPC by facilitating the adoption of 2000+ open ICT Standards and the development and maintenance of more than one hundred standards specifically developed for NATO.

The incumbent is a CIS/Cyber professional directly contributing to DSI’s mission with a focus on technical interoperability of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), incl. Communications and Information Systems (CIS), for all military services and for all levels of command with a focus on the development of policies, directives, architectures and standards affecting the interoperability of Community of Interest and Core Services and Data Centric capabilities to support NATO 2030 goals and objectives, particularly those concerning NATO’s Digital Transformation Implementation Strategy.


In the context of the NATO 2030 agenda, following the lines of effort on the NATO’s Digital Transformation Implementation Strategy, the incumbent is a subject matter expert responsible to the Branch Head for implementing Zero-Trust (ZT) principles and data centricity and shall fulfil part or all of the following tasks:

  • Technology Awareness: To conduct horizon scanning activities that ensure the Alliance moves toward its NATO 2030 strategic goals and targeted outcomes in the MDO/C4ISR area, contributing for the design of an Alliance-wide architecture for the Digital Backbone. Keep abreast of the latest developments regarding Data Analytics, Data Management, Core Services and ZT solutions and standards. Monitor national, multinational and NATO’s developments with a view to improve the Alliance’s ZT interoperability, Data-Centricity and Data Centric Security (DCS) maturity;

  • Policy Development: Develop, staff and maintain architectures, policies, directives, guidance, standards and other documents necessary to the enhancement of secure data exchange in federated environments. Develop advice on the Data and User pillars of a Zero Trust Architecture (e.g. Data Labelling, DCS and federated Identity and Access Management (IdAM) issues required for NATO’s Digital Backbone in support of NATO 2030 and Digital Transformation goals;

  • Representation: Represent and speak on behalf of the NDS, or sometimes a larger C3 community, in committees, panels or working groups on matters pertaining to the post’s domain of expertise. Act as the focal point and a subject matter expert for those matters related to the architecture design and implementation concerning MDO/C4ISR and Data Centricity under NATO’s Digital Transformation initiatives;

  • Coordination and Liaison: Reach out and coordinate as necessary with all relevant national and NATO Enterprise stakeholders, ensuring as broad a support as possible in the development of policies, directives, guidance and standards. As needed, engage with industry in the post’s domain of expertise;

  • Support Consensus Base Decision Making: Support the work of Allies and Partners in multiple committees, with a view to achieve consensus on policies, directives, guidance and standards in the post’s domain of expertise. This may include acting as chair or secretary of committees or ad hoc task forces. The post may also have to organize out of NATO HQ events;

  • Planning and Project Management: Produce the necessary plans for the delivery of staff products or in support of capability development efforts. Act as a Project Manager as required. Provide programme management functions and participate in the works of Integrated Project Teams involved in achieving the strategic objectives of the Digital Transformation Implementation strategy, as directed by the Branch Head for the accomplishment of NDS and DSI target activities;

  • Communication: Produce and present high quality verbal and written reports on matters pertaining to the post’s domain of expertise in the form of progress report, point paper, background brief, staff advice, etc. in support of the NDS’s chain of command;

  • Information security: Provides advice and guidance on security strategies to manage identified risks and ensure adoption and adherence to standards. Contributes to development of information security policy, standards and guidelines;

  • Enterprise and business architecture: Sets strategies, policies, standards and practices to ensure compliance between business strategies, technology strategies, and NATO’s Digital transformation activities. Ensures compliance between business strategies, digital transformation activities and technology directions, setting strategies, policies, standards and practices;

  • ICT strategy and planning: Sets policies and standards and guidelines for how the organisation conducts ICT strategy development and planning. Develops, communicates, implements and reviews the processes which ensure that the strategic management of ICT is embedded in the management and operational plans of the organization;

  • Represent the DSI Branch as directed.



  • At least 3 years of experience working in a professional Information and Communications Technology (ICT) architecture or ICT governance environment;

  • Have demonstrable experience in structured information analysis techniques or business analysis leading to the development of automated systems;

  • Demonstrate understanding of technical and semantic interoperability challenges in automated systems;

  • Possess Knowledge of Enterprise Architecture methods;

  • Have demonstrable knowledge of, and experience in working with, emerging information systems and information exchange technologies concepts;

  • Staff work experience in a national and/or international headquarters where expert analytical and conceptual thinking, as well as effective writing would have been demonstrated;

  • Have the ability to work effectively in a multinational environment;

  • Have experience in managing projects;

  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills and the ability to influence and have impact in a challenging multinational environment.


  • University degree or equivalent qualification in communications, computer science/engineering, software engineering, (information) systems engineering, electronics engineering, data science or similar discipline, from a University or institute of recognised standing or equivalent scientific qualification that requires deep analytical thinking;

  • Demonstrated ability for continual / life-long learning through relevant job related additional qualifications;

  • Languages: Candidates must have a very good level of spoken and written English. The working language in the IMS is English and therefore candidates will be required to pass a one-hour multiple-choice computer-based test in English at the required level as well as to demonstrate their abilities in the written test and interview;

  • Computer Literacy: Advanced user experience of word processors, personal computer applications, spreadsheets, databases, and SharePoint programs.



  • At least one year of recent experience in the field of military ICT and/or information security management;

  • Experience with Data Management, Data Engineering and Data Analytics;

  • Experience with a range of software engineering activities and current technological development;

  • Detailed experience of NATO structure, practice and procedures;

  • Knowledge of a range of associated IT management specialities, e.g. Configuration, Quality, Security and Data Management.


  • NATO Staff Officers Orientation Course (NSO: M5-32);

  • NATO Consultation, Command and Control (C3) Course (N5-35);

  • NATO C4ISR Orientation for Officers (A0101);

  • ArchiMate Foundation;

  • ITIL Foundation;

  • Non-specified training that will allow the incumbent to remain current or gain new skills associated with existing or emerging requirements of the post (within the context of the job description) may be provided by NATO in accordance with the IMS Training Policy;

  • Languages: An elementary level of French.


  • Be able to respond to any mission and task assigned in the most flexible and efficient manner;

  • Be able to analyse complex problems and provide realistic solutions in a timely manner;

  • Be able to conduct as chair or secretary of multinational groups, workshops and symposia.


  • 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 organisational climate and culture;

  • Teamwork: Solicits input and encourages others.


  • With Staff members of IMS, IS, SCs, Agencies and other NATO Bodies;

  • With national representatives to NATO Committees and Working Groups;

  • With Staff members of international organisations;

  • With representatives of industry and academia.


  • This post is vital for the operations of the NDS in accomplishing its mission.


  • Security Clearance: NATO SECRET (if not currently held, the incumbent must be eligible for this level of clearance);

  • Work Environment: Normal office environment


Applications must be submitted by 14 July 2024 (23:59 Brussels time) using one of the following links, as applicable:

  • For NATO civilian staff members only: please apply via the internal recruitment portal (for more information, please contact your local Civilian HR Manager);

  • For all other applications:

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, resubmit the application.


The successful candidate will fill this post as a Project Linked NATO International Civilian (PLN) with a three year definite duration contract within the NATO 2030 Agenda. On expiry of this term, the PLN will be deleted or absorbed into the ceiling pending approval or, exceptionally, will be considered for extension. The above remains applicable also if the successful candidate is seconded from a national administration. Serving NATO international civilian personnel will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations.

Appointment will be subject to the deliverance of the appropriate security clearance by the national authorities and approval of the medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser.

A written test will be held as part of the selection procedure.

Applicants who meet the necessary requirements and who prove to be competent for the post but who are not successful in this particular competition, may be considered for posts of a similar nature, albeit at a lower grade, which may become vacant in the near future.

NATO as an employer values diverse backgrounds and perspectives and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all Member States 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.

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 IMS at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is committed to providing equality in working opportunities regardless of sex, race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. The IMS is a non-smoking environment.
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