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Staff Officer

Shape, Mons, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 1, 2024
Shape, Mons, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 1, 2024


The Allied Command Operations (ACO) Gender Advisor (GENAD), as a CG Advisor, provides strategic support and advice on the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1325, and related Resolutions, and the integration of gender perspectives as per the NATO/EAPC Policy and Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). This includes, but is not limited to, advice related to operations/missions, crisis/conflict analysis, concepts, doctrine development, education, training, and exercises in areas such as counter-terrorism, human security, and strategic communications. The SHAPE GENAD Office coordinates and contributes to capacity building efforts on gender perspective-integration at all stages of the implementation (planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation) as well as other processes related to fulfilling the GENAD role. The integration of gender perspective and the WPS Agenda is to be carried out into all three core tasks of the Alliance as a cross-functional/cross-domain discipline.


  • Support the ACO Gender Advisor in providing strategic advice to senior leadership on operationalizing the NATO Women, Peace and Security Agenda;

  • Support the ACO Gender Advisor in the integration of gender perspective as a crosscutting function throughout the system and work in close coordination with different SHAPE Directorates/Divisions/Branches;

  • Contribute to the development of gender doctrine and policies, as well as the mainstreaming of gender in existing NATO publications, policies and regulations;

  • Provide technical support to the ACO GENAD in the implementation of the NATO WPS Policy and Action Plan, and related NATO policies;

  • Contribute to the strengthening of existing reporting and monitoring mechanisms for instances of sexual exploitation and abuse and conflict-related sexual violence;

  • Leading and guiding gender analysis that informs the various stages of the planning of missions, operations, and activities;

  • Conduct military gender analysis on any other events that might have an impact on the Alliance and facilitate reporting of results to internal (Senior Management);

  • and external (Partners, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, and other stakeholders) audiences as required;

  • In close cooperation with ACT and Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM), organize and conduct trainings;

  • Collect, manage and disseminate gender-related information, guidelines, and documents throughout NATO;

  • Contribute to knowledge-building and capacity-building in synergies between gender and different areas, including human security, strategic partnerships, counter-terrorism/violent extremism; strategic communications, new and emerging technologies, climate change;

  • Participate in Command Group- and Directorate-meetings, and give gender briefs to divisions and other stakeholders with, or on behalf of, the ACO GENAD;

  • Identify entry points for integrating gender within specific functions;

  • Participate actively in NATO exercises;

  • Assist in the management and/or chairing of conferences/meetings/working groups;

  • Liaise with Gender Advisors and Gender Focal Points (both in HQs and in Operations), as well as external stakeholders for technical and substantive support;

  • Exercise project management functions with specific long-term office tasks and objectives;


The employee may be required to perform a similar range of duties elsewhere within the organisation at the same grade without there being any change to the contract.

The incumbent may be required to undertake deployments in support of military operations and exercises, and/or TDY assignments, both within and without NATO boundaries up to 180 days. The employee may be required to perform a similar range of duties elsewhere within the organization at the same grade without there being any change to the contract.

Be prepared to contribute in any inquiry or investigation concerning a breach of NATO Code of Conduct and/or Standards of Behaviour, or gender based violence, including sexual exploitation and abuse.

The risk of injury is categorised as No risk / risk might increase when deployed.


  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in working on foreign or security affairs including within International Organisations (IOs), Governmental Organisations (GOs), and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs);

  • Minimum 1 year of experience in Women, Peace and Security and/ or Gender Perspective within an organizational setting;

  • Knowledge of the WPS Agenda at NATO, also in connection to the NATO Human Security Agenda and other NATO strategic priorities;

  • Previous experience in policy and/or doctrine development;

  • Experience working in a diverse and multicultural environment dealing with multiple stakeholders;

  • University Degree in sociology, behavioural science, political science, public administration, international relations or related discipline and 2 years post related experience, or Higher Secondary education and completed advanced vocational training leading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation with 4 years post related experience.


  • Excellent knowledge of English (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).


  • Experience in applying gender perspectives in a military setting;

  • Experience at the tactical and operational level of command, preferably in NATO;

  • Experience in the field and/or military operations;

  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Political Science, Law, International Relations or related, and completed vocational training in Genderrelated topics;

  • Gender Advisor Course (GENAD) provided by Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM) or equivalent.

  • NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course provided by NATO - School Oberammergau (NSO) or equivalent.


  • Personal Attributes: Motivated, flexible, highly collaborative team player and effective communicator. Able to address and convey complex topics in a simple manner and in front of varied audiences. Open to new analytical and problem solving techniques. Advanced public-speaking skills and readiness to assist in the conduct/organization of conferences/trainings/briefs. Respect for diversity and inclusion, integrity and professionalism;

  • Professional Contacts: Collaborates as required with subject matter experts and personnel across SHAPE staff, ACO-subordinate commands and other partners (i.e. international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, centres of excellence, and academia) to obtain necessary information/analysis to support ACO's knowledge


  • You will have the opportunity to work in an international and multi-cultural environment;

  • You will be able to work on interesting projects;

  • You will receive the Basic Monthly Salary (12x per year): 6,118.54 €, tax free.


Pending Approval. Serving staff members will be offered a contract according to the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations (NCPR). Newly recruited staff will be offered a definite duration contract of three years normally followed by an indefinite
duration contract.

The salary will be the basic entry-level monthly salary defined by the NATO Grade of the post, which may be augmented by allowances based on the selected staff member’s eligibility, and which is subject to the withholding of approximately 20% for pension and medical insurance contributions.

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.

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.

Applicants who prove to be competent for the post but who are not successful in this competition may be offered an appointment in another post of a similar nature, which might become vacant in the near future, albeit at the same or lower grade, provided they meet the necessary requirements.

We believe that all people are capable of great things. Because of this, we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the criteria listed within this job description.


Applications are to be submitted using NATO Talent Acquisition Platform (NTAP) ( Applications submitted by other means (e.g. mail, e-mail, fax, etc) are not accepted.

More information to be found on these links:

Shortlisted candidates will be requested to provide original documentary evidence and a set of copies supporting statements in their applications. Appointment is subject to obtaining a NS security clearance and a medical certificate.


  • Only nationals from the 32 NATO member states can apply for vacancies at SHAPE;

  • 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, re-submit the application;

  • Qualified redundant staff of the same grade interested in this post should inform this office, via their HR/Personnel Office by not later than vacancy’s closing date;

  • Candidates’ individual telephone, e-mail or telefax enquiries cannot be dealt with. All candidates will receive an answer indicating the outcome of their application.

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