Applications closing date – 11 April 2019
The mission of the Operations Division of the International Staff is to prepare NATO for the defence of Alliance territory, to respond to crises at home and abroad, and to strengthen the capabilities of partners. The Operations Division advances the core tasks of the Alliance (Collective Defence, Crisis Management, Cooperative Security) by providing situational awareness, advance planning, well-exercised and executed crisis-response, and outcome-oriented defence and related security cooperation programmes.
Within the Operations Division, the Director, Defence Institution and Capacity Building facilitates political-military decision-making and programme implementation with partner nations to strengthen resilience, promote integrity, transparency, accountability and good governance in the defence and related security sector, and enhance the institutional and defence capabilities of partner nations so that they can better respond to crises at home and abroad. As the focus for NATO defence and related security cooperation initiatives, the Directorate uses an integrated set of planning and programme implementation tools to develop effective and efficient state defence institutions under democratic control that comply with international norms and practices, and to develop forces and capabilities that can operate effectively with NATO forces when and where appropriate. The Directorate plays a substantial role in the NATO “one country team” concept to ensure coherence of programme implementation, and it collaborates closely with the Political Affairs and Security Policy (PASP) Division which leads on partnership policy and political engagement with partner nations.
The Defense Institution and Capacity Building Directorate fulfils the following key functions:
- partner nation capacity building – provides practical, tailored support, including education, training and exercises for civilian and military personnel, to assist partner nations strengthen resilience, promote integrity, transparency, accountability, and good governance in the defence and related security sector, and enhance the institutional and defence capabilities of partner
nations so that they can better respond to crises at home and abroad;
- partner nation defence planning – assists partners to develop forces and capabilities that can
operate effectively with NATO forces, when and where appropriate.
The capability to perform tasks at short notice and under pressure are fundamental requirements for the post holder to successfully perform her/his responsibilities.
Key challenges facing the successful candidate for the Director during the next 3-5 years will include:
- unifying the development, planning, implementation and assessment of NATO’s partnership programmes;
- aligning NATO’s partnership programmes with the core interests and priorities of the Alliance, as well as with the available resources;
- developing objective measurement tools for assessing the effectiveness of NATO’s partnership programmes.
- Candidates are requested to send their essay by latest 11 April 2019, 23h59 CEST.
- The title of the email must include the vacancy reference (190222) and the words “Key challenges”.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The incumbent must:
have a university degree (Master’s level preferred) in a relevant field; have civilian experience in defence and related security policy matters working in an
International Organisation, at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or at a Ministry of Defence; 2
As part of this application, candidates are kindly requested to send by email – to
email@example.com – one MS Word document summarising their views on the key challenges (see p. 2) and how they would address them if selected for the position. Essays should be limited to
maximum one A4 page (800 words per page) per challenge.
- have at least 15 years of experience in progressively senior posts, including recent experience in senior management and leadership positions;
- have a proven track record in the development, planning, implementation and assessment of partner capacity building and good governance initiatives;
- have experience of financial management and programme budgeting;
- be familiar with NATO policies and partnership programmes;
- have experience in partner defence planning;
- have a proven track record of creating a high-level vision and directing organisations to develop
and implement the necessary policies;
- have experience in developing and maintaining a network of stakeholders drawn from
International Organisations, national administrations, the private sector, as well as from
academia, Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society;
- have experience working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of
stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds;
possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V
(“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.
Provide advice and political-military assessments to the Secretary-General, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) Operations and Deputy Assistant Secretary General (DASG) Operations on defence institution and capacity building.
Planning and Execution
Oversee the development, planning, implementation and assessment of NATO’s defence institution and capacity building programmes.
Lead and oversee a team of international staff. Set objectives and establish priorities, taking corrective action when necessary. Encourage the professional development of all Directorate staff. Coach and mentor relevant staff to improve and develop their managerial skills.
Coordinate closely with other Divisions of the International Staff (IS), the International Military Staff (IMS), Allied delegations, and partner nations on matters related to defence institution and capacity building.
Apply knowledge and experience to support the Secretary-General and the ASG and DASG Operations in the management of NATO defence institution and capacity building. Present clearly, concisely and effectively to senior NATO and national officials.
Representation of the Organization
Support the Secretary-General and the ASG and DASG Operations by carrying out representational tasks on their behalf associated with defence institution and capacity building.
Vision and Direction
Play an important role in the decision-making process on the development, planning, implementation and assessment of NATO’s partnership programmes and contribute to the development of NATO’s overall partnership policy.
Oversee the development of programmes of work, concept or options papers and strategies in the area of defence institution and capacity building and prepare items to be discussed at the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and subordinate groups and committees.
Ensure that the Directorate meets its objectives through successful preparation for and execution of programmes with regard to defence institution and capacity building.
Integrate and endorse the long-term financial plans and the annual budgets of the Directorate under her/his supervision, setting and allocating funding for the strategic priorities, as directed by the ASG and DASG Operations, and in accordance with the Financial Regulations. Ensure budget priorities are established and followed, and take corrective action as necessary.
Provide appropriate support to the Directorate and seek further development and improvement in the delivery of advice on defence institution and capacity building. Allocate resources efficiently and effectively.
Perform any other related duty as necessary.
The incumbent reports to the DASG Operations and manages the work of the Directorate. S/he will maintain close working relationships within the Operations Division and liaise with other NATO divisions, NATO Military Authorities, NATO delegations, partner nations, and the International Military Staff in order to ensure proper coordination and communication regarding work activities and accurate development, planning, implementation and assessment of NATO’s defence institution and capacity building programmes. The incumbent will also maintain regular contact with officials from other International Organisations, national administrations, the private sector, as well as from academia, Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society.
Direct Reports: 2 Indirect Reports: 15
The incumbent must demonstrate:
- Achievement: Sets and works to meet challenging goals;
- Change Leadership: Champions change;
- Conceptual Thinking: Creates new concepts;
- Developing Others: Provides in-depth mentoring, coaching and training;
- Impact and Influence: Uses complex influence strategies;
- Initiative: Plans and acts for the long-term;
- Leadership: Communicates a compelling vision;
- Organisational Awareness: Understands underlying issues;
- Self-Control: Stays composed and positive even under extreme pressure.
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