Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management

Brussels, Belgium
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Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management

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LOCATION: NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

DIVISION: Executive Management (EM)

TITLE: Assistant Secretary General (ASG)

GRADE: Unclassified

COMPENSATION: shortlisted candidates will be provided with a simulation of the compensation package for this post


Closing date for applications: 14 April 2019, 23h59 CEST


The Executive Management Division provides human resources, information technology, facilities and conference management, budgetary planning and guidance, and change management to enable NATO HQ to function effectively and efficiently in support of the North Atlantic Council, its subordinate committees and to the International Staff (IS).

The Assistant Secretary General of Executive Management (ASG/EM) will report to the Secretary General of NATO and advises him/her on internal and broader NATO-wide management issues. He/she will have broad delegated authority from the Secretary General on a number of topics related to his/her areas of responsibility. He/she will manage NATO’s largest Division (approximately 390 staff members) and will be supported by Deputies and Office Directors in the fields of Human Resources, Headquarters Support, Financial Resources and Information Technology.

There are 8 Assistant Secretaries General, all of whom report to the NATO Secretary General and are also accountable to the North Atlantic Council. As a member of the Secretary General’s senior management team, each Assistant Secretary General is also expected to contribute to overall policy development and delivery, including in areas beyond their direct set of responsibilities.


The candidate must:

  • have a strong background in human and financial resources, preferably with both private and public sector experience, developed through 10-15 years of experience;
  • have a university degree (Master’s level preferred) in a relevant field;
  • have experience working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds;
  • have a proven track record of experience in progressively senior posts, recent experience in senior-level leadership positions and significant professional experience in managerial positions;
  • have experience facilitating high-level dialogue and consensus;
  • have experience championing organisation-wide change and revitalisation projects in IT, finance, HR, and/or facilities
  • the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): VI (“Proficiency”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.


The ASG/EM is responsible for effectively and efficiently managing the human, financial, information and structural resources of the Organization. He/she will be required to lead the identification and implementation of efficiencies and management reform initiatives on an on-going basis.

When required, the ASG/EM will speak in public fora and to the Press on behalf of the Secretary General. There is a representation function associated with this appointment within NATO HQ, NATO-wide, with nations and with the public. He/she has primary responsibility for relations with staff in the IS and NATO-wide, as well as for addressing staff- related issues with stakeholder nations.

In his/her role as manager of the Division, the incumbent will lead and oversee a team of international staff who are under the direct supervision of the Heads of Section. Specifically, he/she will:

  • Attract Staff: Ensure recruitment panels for posts in his/her Division are fair and objective; Serve on the Establishment Committee and make selection recommendations with the best interests of the Organization in mind;
  • Develop Staff: Adhere to sound management principles with staff, and provide in- depth mentoring, coaching and training opportunities; Be available for guidance at critical moments; Ensure that all Divisional staff are clear on Organizational and Divisional objectives; Provide regular and fair feedback on performance, informally as appropriate and via the performance management system;
  • Monitor and Promote Performance: Participate in a collegial review of performance at divisional level to discuss possible development and mobility opportunities for individuals, identify high potentials and help ensure common standards are applied in the process across the Organization;
  • Foster Continual Improvement: Serve on internal strategy, policy, and coordination boards, as required. Actively contribute to the improvement of the Organization; Participate in the Senior Leader Orientation Programme, the Chairman Training Programme, and other programmes related to the successful execution of his/her duties.


Candidates must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Achievement
  • Change Leadership
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Clarity and Accuracy
  • Developing Others
  • Impact and Influence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Awareness


Key challenges facing the successful candidate for ASG/EM during the next 3 years will likely include:

  1. Implementing an ambitious programme of change mandated under the NATO Headquarters Functional Review;
  2. Leading the International Staff in improving working methods, making best use of the new NATO Headquarters, and improving Alliance-wide coherence in management;
  3. Ensuring NATO hast he necessary human capital and HR policies to meet all Alliance priorities.
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