The most important players in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are the member countries themselves.
A POLITICAL AND MILITARY ALLIANCE
Security in our daily lives is key to our well-being. NATO’s purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.
POLITICAL – NATO promotes democratic values and enables members to consult and cooperate on defence and security-related issues to solve problems, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.
MILITARY – NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military power to undertake crisis-management operations. These are carried out under the collective defence clause of NATO’s founding treaty – Article 5 of the Washington Treaty or under a United Nations mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organisations.
NATO is committed to the principle that an attack against one or several of its members is considered as an attack against all. This is the principle of collective defence, which is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.
So far, Article 5 has been invoked once – in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001.
THE TRANSATLANTIC LINK
NATO is an alliance of countries from Europe and North America. It provides a unique link between these two continents, enabling them to consult and cooperate in the field of defence and security, and conduct multinational crisis-management operations together.
THE 2010 STRATEGIC CONCEPT
Strategic Concepts lay down the Alliance’s core tasks and principles, its values, the evolving security environment and the Alliance’s strategic objectives for the next decade. The 2010 Strategic Concept defines NATO’s cores tasks as: collective defence, crisis-management and cooperative security.
DIVERSITY AT NATO
A diverse workforce is our asset
As an international organization, NATO is characterized by diversity. It is made up of people with different backgrounds, cultures, work styles, values and ways of thinking. We benefit greatly from this variety of thought, energy and insight in fulfilling our mandate, and thus we invite differences and seek them out. We strive to create an environment that maximizes potential and appreciates the diversity of every employee. This is all the more important as the changing international security environment broadens the range of competencies and skills required.
Differences need to be managed
For diversity to live up to its full potential, it needs to be managed. To achieve the right mix of competencies, strategic human resource management ensures that skilled and competent staff are available, and assesses their merit using objective, relevant and transparent criteria. We strive to optimize both performance and staff satisfaction. NATO offers equal opportunities to all members of staff based on individual merit.
Diversity is about us
Diversity refers to the differences between human individuals. It recognizes the benefits and contributions provided by a mixed workforce. Valuing diversity means respecting and appreciating those who are different from ourselves.
Equal opportunities make professional advancement equally available to all staff, regardless of any characteristics unrelated to the skills and abilities required for job performance. To provide equality of opportunity it is often necessary to treat people differently, in ways that are fair and tailored to their needs.
To make this a reality the International Staff of NATO adopted a Policy on Diversity and Equal Opportunities in 2003.
NATO is an employer that values its people. Our staff comprises of both civilian and military colleagues.
In Human Resources at NATO, we strive to recruit well-qualified, motivated civilians who can represent the diversity of our member States and who are able to make a difference.
We offer excellent employment conditions that can be adapted to meet the needs of everyone. Our strength is our people and we encourage all who demonstrate our core values of integrity, impartiality, loyalty, accountability and professionalism to apply, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, religion, belief, or sexual orientation.
What can you expect?
- Opportunity to work alongside with professionals from diverse backgrounds, helping us fulfill our mission: preserving peace and protecting our nearly one billion citizens
- Development and training opportunities (including executive and management development programmes, as well as a mentoring programme for women)
- Merit based recruitment process
- Flexible working hours and teleworking possibilities
- A generous leave package (including parental and home leave)
- Tax-free salary with various benefits, dependent on personal circumstances
- An investment based pension scheme
- Private medical and life insurance
- Social events and activities (e.g. Bring Your Child To Work day, sporting activities, Children Holiday Camps)
Did you know that worldwide, some 6,000 civilians work for NATO in different entities?
NATO is for Women Too
Natalie Brely (CAN)
Principal Logistics Officer – Lifecycle Management Directorate. NSPA
I have been always willing to work into international organizations. NATO has the ability to bring countries together, one country at a time. By working jointly, nations can see each other’s perspective and understand each other better, so common grounds is reached and Peace & Security maintained. NATO and Nations should lead by example towards Women & Diversity. Being a NATO civilian, I feel I am able to make a difference. It takes a lot of efforts and energy, but when we get people to work towards a common goal; we can build on change and move forward into the new world challenges.
NATO is not only a men environment; I see the value of women working in our organization. However, we are still far from gender balance; the percentage of women in lower ranks is higher, but slowly it will come and we need to be proactive on this. It takes the women at the top, to pay attention to the women at the bottom. On the other hand, change comes also from the men. It is very important not only to raise our voice, but also to change how coworkers see us. It is a team effort: Men and women, we are two complementary pieces of the same puzzle.
I strongly encourage other women to apply to our organization, to be part of this diverse environment, to add value and bring new ideas. Diversity makes us stronger, so if you are thinking about joining NATO, then you should. Women represent 50% of the population, why limit ourselves by not taking advantage of 100% of the Global Workforce? We need more women to join the workforce that is dedicated to making our World a Better, Safer place for Generations.
Carol Macha (USA), Service Integration Management
Branch Head, Service Management and Control NCI Agency
I joined NATO, and specifically NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency), so I could work toward collective defense of all Alliance nations. As a US career civil servant, I have worked in the Veteran and Defense sectors my whole career, from field units, to regional headquarters and to the Pentagon. But now at NCI Agency, I can extend this scope to the Alliance level. Working with multiple Nations and nationalities–all whom have the same goal–is exhilarating. I was attracted to NCI Agency so I could be a part of a multi-national team and work toward a collective objective. There are challenges at NATO, but they are far outweighed by the rewards of working with Allies to achieve a common goal. I highly encourage NCI Agency as an employer. Working at NATO, living in Europe and having my family experience more of the world has been an invaluable experience.
I have fought against stereotypes of being a woman in IT, in the Defence sector, my whole career. In certain ways, NCI Agency is no different. However, in many ways NCI Agency is more reflective and thoughtful than other organizations in which I have worked. There are wonderful opportunities here for everyone, and especially women. Our NCI Agency leadership is serious and committed to working toward greater gender equality at NCI Agency; it is fully recognised that teams with greater diversity are stronger, more productive team, and many aspects of diversity, including gender, contribute to this success. We’re working hard to examine our equality efforts and creating opportunities for greater gender balance. If you like being a part of change, and like being a trailblazer—come join us!
Clare Hutchinson – NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security – NATO International Staff
Manisha Parmar – Senior Scientist, Cybersecurity