Primary Location: Belgium-Brussels

NATO Body: NATO International Staff (NATO IS)

Schedule: Full-time

Salary (Pay Basis): 7,964.85Euro (EUR) Monthly

Grade A.4



The Defence Policy and Planning (DPP) Division has the lead role on the defence-related aspects of NATO’s fundamental security tasks at the political-military level. Within the DPP Division, the Nuclear Policy Directorate (NPD) is responsible for all aspects of NATO nuclear deterrence.

The incumbent is responsible for assisting the Director, Nuclear Policy Directorate, including in her/his role as Chair of the Nuclear Planning Group (NPG) Staff Group, in the development and implementation of NATO’s plans, policies and defence activities related to nuclear deterrence.  S/he will take a lead role in public outreach on NATO nuclear deterrence policy, including teaching senior NATO courses as well as the planning and execution of the annual Nuclear Policy Symposium.

The incumbent will act as Deputy to the Director Nuclear Policy, as required, including representing NPD at meetings and conferences, chairing the NPG Staff Group as needed, and managing the output of the Directorate.  S/He will work closely with Allies, other sections of the NATO International Staff, and with NATO Military Authorities.



The incumbent must:

  • possess a university degree, or have an equivalent level of qualification such as a high-level military (e.g. general staff) education, preferably with a specialisation in political science, international affairs or defence policy;
  • be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and at least five years’ experience in the field of nuclear deterrence, policy and planning;
  • demonstrate a general understanding of current political and defence issues and priorities affecting the Alliance;
  • have experience in presenting to senior audiences and the general ability to communicate clear, logical, persuasive and succinct arguments;
  • be able to draft quickly, clearly and concisely in one of the official languages of the Organization with commonly used office software packages;
  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other;
  • be willing to travel and to work outside normal working hours.


The following would be considered an advantage:

  • understanding of NATO policies and procedures; the civil and military structure of the Alliance, particularly the responsibilities and roles of the NATO civil and military bodies involved in nuclear policy and planning;
  •  experience working in a multi-national environment;
  •  a relevant post graduate degree;
  •  similar work experience gained through service at a national administration or international organisation or in the military
  •  possess a “Proficiency” level (VI) in one of the NATO official languages.

In addition to the application form, candidates are expected to submit a Word document, maximum of one A4 page, explaining their expertise in nuclear policy, including their understanding of NATO’s nuclear deterrence as applicable, and how they have obtained their expertise.


Policy Development

Take a lead role in the development of NATO nuclear deterrence policy, strategy, consultation and strategic communications, including drafting policy documents, strategic communications messaging, speech-writing, and studies on nuclear policy and posture.

Expertise Development

Keep abreast of current issues and developments within the NATO nuclear deterrence mission and maintain general knowledge of the Organization and its structure, together with political awareness and familiarity with current developments in international affairs and deterrence and defence in general. Apply professional experience in order to advise and assist Committee Chairs and officers so as to ensure the prompt and orderly conduct of Committee business. Mentor newcomers as required.

Stakeholder Management

Maintain close and frequent contact with NPG Staff Group members, including Allies, IS, and the NATO Military Authorities relevant to the accomplishment of Committee work and related projects. Support activities of NATO committees concerned with nuclear policy and posture matters and other divisions within the IS as required. Co-ordinate closely with colleagues in DPP and other Divisions to ensure nuclear policy developments align with other defence and deterrence activities.

Project Management

Prepare meetings of the NPG Staff Group, the NPG, and other relevant committees. Plan and organise NATO nuclear symposia, seminars and exercises, including the annual Nuclear Consultation Meeting. Support meetings for NPG Ministers, Permanent Representatives and the High Level Group (HLG). Manage workflow and output of NPD staff, as requested by Director Nuclear Policy.  Ensure high quality policy and products are developed and delivered from NPD.

Knowledge Management

Lead in the preparation of documents and publications relating to nuclear policy as directed, and exchange knowledge and information with colleagues on relevant issues. Work with Allies, other IS Directorates, and NATO Military Authorities to ensure timely and appropriate implementation of NPG decisions and directives.

Representation of the Organization

Plan, participate in and contribute to conferences, seminars and exercises related to NATO nuclear policy and posture and related issues. Give presentations and lectures on subjects related to NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy and posture as required. Draft and develop public-facing materials, including press points, speeches, and strategic communications on NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy.

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the Director, Nuclear Policy and acts as Deputy as required. S/He will work closely with Nuclear Policy Directorate colleagues, as well as other International Staff, NATO Military Authorities, national Delegations and international organisations undertaking activities relating to the field of nuclear policy, arms control, proliferation and related international defence and deterrence matters.

Direct reports: N/A

Indirect reports N/A


The incumbent will 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 organizational climate and culture;
    • Teamwork: Solicits inputs & 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.


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 (for more information, please contact your local Civilian HR Manager);
  • For all other applications:

Please note that at the time of the interviews, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their education and professional experience as relevant for this vacancy.

Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance (provided by the national Authorities of the selected candidate) and approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser. More information about the recruitment process and conditions of employment, can be found at our website (


NATO as an equal opportunities 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.

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.