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Staff Officer (EDT and Horizon Scanning)

  • IMS
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 5, 2024
  • IMS
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 5, 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, datadriven decision-making organisation where the power and potential of interoperable digital technologies and a data-centricity 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 Strategy and Policy Branch (DSP) acts as the lead branch for C3 Governance including Digitalization of NATO. This includes development of Alliance C3 strategies, policies and the promotion of a coherent application of architectural expertise and methodologies within NATO to enable the Alliance to conduct multidomain operations and ensure interoperability across all domains. In addition, DSP supports the work of the C3 Board substructure’s capability panels and teams in order to coordinate their efforts and programmes of work.

In the context of the NATO 2030 agenda, the investigation of Emerging and Disruptive Technologies (EDT) is paramount to allow the identification of cutting-edge solutions for NATO. The Staff Officer (EDT and Horizon Scanning) supports the work of relevant NATO committees, carrying out horizon scanning and foresight analysis activities to inform Allies on forecasted opportunities and challenges in the technology dimension.


The incumbent responsibilities are as follows:

  • Contribute to emergency disruptive technology analysis to identify emerging technologies that could impact our organization's operations;

  • Participate in technology horizon scanning to identify emerging technologies that could be relevant to our organization's operations;

  • Advise on the selection of technology solutions that will best meet the needs of the organization through integrated foresight analysis;

  • Contribute to the management of information and data within the Branch, and with associated committee and board structures;

  • Participate in meetings, seminars and workshops as required;

  • Represent, when appropriate, DSP in committees and working groups and participate in meetings at NATO Staff level, NATO committee level and with relevant external bodies and partners;

  • Participate in the process of creating briefings to NATO Staff and National representatives;

  • Contribute to the staffing of policy documents for committees’ approval;

  • Act as NDS representative to NATO and multinational groups as required.

Fulfilment of the responsibilities assigned to him/her for specific NDS goals, as appointed by the Branch Head.



  • At least 3 years of working experience in the combination of the areas listed below:

  1. Horizon Scanning and Analysis of technology trends;

  2. Management of IT programmes and projects.

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to interpret data to inform decisions;

  • Technical expertise and the ability to provide guidance on the selection of technology solutions;

  • Excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written;

  • Excellent presentation skills.


  • University degree either in the field of Information Technology, Computer Science or Electronic Communications, or in the field of Political Science, is required.


  • 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

  • Use of MS-Office applications in crucial to the effective and successful execution of daily duties. Advanced user experience with Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint.



  • Having performed similar duties in the military, private or governmental sector;

  • Understanding of portfolio, programme and project management;

  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a highly complex organisational context.


  • Formal project management qualification;

  • Formal IT management qualification;

  • 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;

  • NATO Consultation, Command, and Control (C3) Course – NSO (N5-35).


  • An elementary level of French.


The incumbent should be able:

  • To respond to any mission and task in the most flexible and efficient manner;

  • To analyse complex problems and provide realistic solutions in a timely manner;

  • To conduct as chair or secretary of multinational groups, workshop and symposia.


  • Analytical Thinking: Makes complex plans or analyses;

  • Clarity and Accuracy: Checks own work;

  • Conceptual Thinking: Applies learned concept;

  • 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: Understanding 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, such as the European Commission and Eurocontrol;

  • With representatives of industry and academia.


  • This post is vital for the operations of the 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 working environment.


Applications must be submitted by 04 August 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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