The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)


The most important players in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are the member countries themselves.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Close Protection Units

The Joint Intelligence and Security (JIS) Division, under the leadership of the Assistant Secretary General (ASG) for Intelligence and Security, comprises two principal pillars: Intelligence headed by the Deputy ASG for Intelligence; and the NATO Office of Security (NOS) headed by the Deputy ASG for Security (DASG-S) / Director NOS.

Within the NOS, the mission of the Close Protection Unit (CPU) is to protect the Secretary General (SG) and Deputy Secretary General (DSG) at NATO Headquarters or any other location, in Belgium or abroad, armed or otherwise, as the environment and circumstances instruct. The CPU ensures a secure environment for the SG and DSG to include personal and physical protection against all forms of actual or potential threats.

In the CPU, we are comprised of a management structure and a number of teams. You will work as part of a team, on a shift system basis, carrying out Close Protection (CP) duties for the SG and DSG, comprising escort, residence and driving duties. You will report through a Team Leader and a Deputy Head, to the Head, CPU. The fitness requirements, depending on gender and age, and minimum shooting standards that you need to meet are outlined here:


Working Together for Peace and Security

NATO offers you more than a job. It gives you a mission: building peace and security for one billion people in Europe and North America.

Our work is challenging and meaningful, and you’ll develop your skills as part of a diverse and dynamic international team of civilian and military professionals.

Join us and be part of the most successful alliance in history. Together, we are NATO.

NATO is at the forefront of current affairs, international politics and security. We offer challenging and rewarding employment opportunities in various fields, with positions predominantly located in Europe and the USA, supporting the organization’s mission of peace and security.

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.

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.

Experience shows that increasing diversity enhances the quality of decision making, therefore we especially encourage qualified female candidates to apply.

What can you expect?

  • Opportunity to work alongside professionals from diverse backgrounds, helping us fulfil 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

Employee Spotlights

Eralda Vahidi (ALB)

Principal Finance Officer, Central Europe Pipeline System (CEPS) – Finance Directorate. NSPA

I came to learn about the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) during the NATO intervention in the Kosovo crisis. At that time I set a goal for myself that one day, when Albania joins NATO, I will become part of this great Organisation. I did not think for a moment that my goal might be hindered by the fact that I am a woman or that I do not have a military background. And I was right. Today I am proud to be a senior executive in a NATO Agency of 1314 staff members – of which 377 are women. NATO’s purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means and comprises a diverse range of international civilian and military experts. Employees are hired on merit from among the member nations.  If you feel that your experience matches the requirements of a job opportunity at NSPA; and if you believe in the values and the role of NATO and the work of NSPA, and you are a woman, then do apply.

My education and professional experience is in finance and I have been living and working in different countries with people from different backgrounds. This experience has taught me something very important: understanding, accepting and respecting diversity is key to greater performance, increased creativity, reduced employee turnover, better decision-making and much more, no matter which area of expertise one has. If you believe in this, come join NSPA.

Gender equality has not reached its absolute levels; though we have led the way for many years with equal pay and terms and conditions. Much still needs to be done. But I am not discouraged. The increasing number of women in politics, government, military, police forces, and in management and leadership positions shows that we must believe, encourage and support gender equality. I feel I am first of all a valuable member of staff in NSPA and, yes, I am a woman, too.  I hope you will consider sitting next to me in my Agency as a member of staff whatever your gender, NATO nationality, culture, language or faith. Because as a professional you can make a highly valuable contribution to NATO.

Chelsey Slack – Deputy Head, NATO Cyber Defence

Clare Hutchinson – NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security – NATO International Staff

Manisha Parmar – Senior Scientist, Cybersecurity


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Date Established

4 April 1949; 70 years ago


Brussels, Belgium