Faculty Research Advisor

Rome, Italy
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Faculty Research Advisor

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Application closing date: 17 October 2018

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

NATO Body: NATO Defense College

Schedule: Full-time

Salary (Pay Basis): 7,578.38Euro (EUR) Monthly

Grade: A.4

Principal Duties

The Faculty Research Advisor supports the academic activities of the NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC) by devising and implementing the various academic modules that comprise the 10 week course. She/he serves as Faculty Advisor to the committee while the course is in session. Conducts general research related to MD/ICI security issues and supports NATO Outreach efforts. The post incumbent is responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining expertise in MD/ICI areas related to the MEF Academic Programme. In this expert function, design, prepare and execute Study Periods and/or Short Courses and related activities, including:
  • Preparation of Syllabi, Instructional Guides and other course material, including reading, lecturers’ biographies and consolidation techniques.
  • Acting as a moderator during post-lecture discussion periods.
  • Arranging for/hosting lecturers and producing post lecture evaluations and a study period review.
  • Instructing/briefing of other Faculty Members.
  • Developing, planning and implementing new short Courses or academic activities as directed.
  • Preparing and presenting lectures and briefings on topics included in the Syllabus or other topics as required.
  • Assisting in planning, supervising and conducting College-sponsored activities, including symposia, workshops, exercises and meetings, conferences, and seminars.
  • Representing the College at international symposia, scientific fora and related meetings by delivering lectures and writing reports.
  • Conducting general research related to MD/ICI security issues, coordinating with Research Division planning;
  • Directing the academic activities of a committee as outlined in the Course Syllabus.
  • Providing guidance and advice to Course Members on academic and other matters.
  • Assessing and evaluating the Course Members and preparing written reports on them.
  • Supporting NATO’s outreach efforts by conducting academic education and research visits to the region.
  • Undertaking Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) assignments both within and outside NATO boundaries.
  • The incumbent may be required to perform additional related duties.

Essential Qualifications


Formal study in the field of political science and/or history, international or defence related affairs; strong knowledge gained by education/ experience in Middle East/Maghreb culture & societies; detailed knowledge of socio/politico dynamics in the region and individual countries; knowledge of Islamic religious customs, diversity and relations among sects. Have experience in research activities.


PhD in International Relations / Political Science, or related discipline or extensive equivalent practical experience. Standard Automated Data Processing (ADP) – good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Application Suite and Internet use.

Language Requirements:

English or French (SLP 4444 – STANAG 6001), professional knowledge of the other official NATO language (SLP 3333 – STANAG 6001), good working knowledge of Arabic (SLP 2222 – STANAG 6001).

Desirable Qualifications:


Experience in Universities / Think Tanks or Policy Planning staffs on issues related to Middle East, Mediterranean and Gulf Security.


NRCC or Senior Course at NATO Defense College.

Civilian Posts

Personal Attributes:

The incumbent must be capable of taking a firm view of all matters in regard of research and conferencing, must be able to work without supervision and under limited guidance, and to express concisely and convincingly in written and oral presentations. Furthermore he/she must be available to work long hours and to travel, including short duration deployments away from NATO Defense College.

Managerial Responsibilities:

The managerial responsibilities must also include directing individual research projects as well as preparing and conducting conferences and seminars.

Professional Contacts:

The incumbent must have very good relations to NATO authorities, to different international research institutes as well as to individual researchers and officials. He/she should permanently know the progress and the current status of research (papers/articles/lectures) in the various fields of NATO-related issues.

Contribution to the Objectives:

The activities in the fields of conferencing and research are a main part of the outreach programme of the NATO Defense College; they are a crucial part of NDC’s efforts to transform itself, particularly in terms of breadth and scope of the services it provides.

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