Application Closing Date – 11 April 2019
The Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD) provides a coordinated approach for NATO to the challenges of the 21st century. It serves as the NATO HQ’s focal point for counter-terrorism, cyber, hybrid, energy, data science, and innovation. The Division also promotes security cooperation through a variety of programmes within NATO, with partner nations and with other international organisations.
The new Data Policy Unit will be responsible for advocating, leading, and helping manage the use of data as a strategic asset for NATO. It will provide policy leadership, establishing high-level frameworks and policies to enable NATO to draw value from data, generated by NATO and its Allies, with a focus on Alliance operations and missions. The Unit will work very closely with a set of stakeholders across the Organization as well as with Allies, bringing leadership and ensuring 1
the coherence of NATO’s data efforts. The Unit will ensure that NATO fully understands and can implement relevant standards on data use and protection, and is able to play a part in the broader discussions beyond the Alliance on data. It will support decision makers in understanding the potential and limitations of data science to support political and operational decision-making.
While the initial focus will be on policy development, the work of the section will constantly expand to encompass the full range of issues around data science. This position for a Head Data Policy is a new position and represents an important opportunity for the successful candidate to shape NATO’s overall approach to the collection, use and exploitation of data.
Key challenges for the first three-five years include:
- Establishing a top-level overarching data policy for the organisation, which can drive forward NATO’s approach to data as a strategic asset;
- Understanding the needs of the Alliance and translating these into programmes to use data in driving insights and actions;
- Establishing resilient and robust working relationships with key stakeholders, who are already working on data management issues, including NATO’s Strategic Commands, Agencies and relevant Boards.
In addition to the application form, candidates are expected to submit a Word or pdf document, maximum of two A4 pages, summarising their views on the key (and possibly other) challenges, and how they would address them if selected for the position.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE ESSENTIAL
The incumbent must:
- possess a university degree from an institute of recognized standing or equivalent qualification;
- have at least 8 years’ experience in the field of data science, or related field, including dealing
with high-level policy issues concerning data;
- have an in-depth knowledge of the employment of data algorithms as well as understanding
broader issues concerning the development and employment of artificial intelligence;
- be conversant with the Alliance’s political and military consultative processes and key security
policy issues on its agenda;
- have previous managerial experience;
- be able to draft quickly, clearly and concisely, give convincing presentations and negotiate at
- be able to chair committees and task forces in a result-oriented manner;
- possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V
(“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.
The following would be considered an advantage:
- substantive experience in major contemporary international political, politico-military and defence questions, and the ability to analyse and assess these issues and prepare competent products under time pressure;
- a capacity for independent conceptual analysis and intellectual leadership on issues affecting the Alliance’s capabilities;
- professional experience in similar work in a national administration, or international organisation or specialised body;
- certified project and/or programme management skills. 3. MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES
Be the key driver for advocating, leveraging, and managing the use of data as a strategic asset for NATO. Draft and develop high-level frameworks and policies to enable NATO to draw value from data, with a focus on Alliance operations and missions.
Ensure that NATO fully understands and can implement relevant standards on data use and protection, and is able to play a part in broader discussions beyond the Alliance on the use of data. Support decision makers in understanding the potential and limitations of data science to support political and operational decision making and advise on general questions with regards to data science. As well as maintain a forward-looking focus. Be innovative and ensure the vision is translated into concrete objectives to be carried out by the section. Align policies and objectives with the vision of the Alliance.
Draft reports and documents for the Council and subordinate committees, prepare briefing materials for the Secretary-General, Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and other high-level officials, and write speeches and articles in his/her area of expertise.
Ensure that the Unit meets its objectives through successful preparation for and execution of projects and programmes with regard to data science. Proactively identify potential obstacles and associated issues, and develop courses of action aimed at resolving them. Recommend appropriate allocation of resources in support of on-going and planned programmatic activities, and manage financial resources using available mechanisms, such as common, joint or multinational funding for those activities.
Oversee the development of projects/programmes of work, concept or options papers and strategies in the area of data science and prepare items to be discussed at the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and subordinate groups and committees.
Establish resilient and robust working relationships with key stakeholders who are already working on data management issues, including NATO’s Strategic Commands and Agencies. Collaborate and coordinate work very closely with all identified stakeholders across the Organization as well as with Allies, bringing leadership and ensuring coherence of NATO’s efforts.
Representation of the Organization
Contribute to public information aspects of issues, relating to data science, including by making presentations to visitors to NATO Headquarters, providing briefings to the media, and by representing the Alliance at international conferences and symposia. Prepare briefing materials for the Secretary-General, Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and other high-level officials, and write speeches and articles in his/her area of expertise.
Ensure cross-sectional and divisional collaboration. Analyse ongoing and completed projects and programmes, identifying innovations to improve working practices, procedures and performance. Oversee the work of the team, improving workflow, enhancing coordination and harmonising the different aspects of work.
Perform any other related duty as assigned.
The incumbent reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary General (DASG), Emerging Security Challenges and coordinates and directs the work of permanent and temporary staff. S/he will maintain close relations with national delegations to NATO and with officials in NATO and partner capitals, as appropriate, and will work in close coordination with other stakeholder in other Divisions in the International Staff and with the NATO Military Authorities and Agencies. S/he will also maintain good working relations in her/his field of competence with other International Organisations.
Direct reports: 3 Indirect reports: temporary support, consultants and Voluntary National Contributions.
The incumbent must demonstrate:
- Analytical Thinking: Makes complex plans or analyses;
- Clarity and Accuracy: Monitors others’ work for clarity;
- Conceptual Thinking: Clarifies complex data or situations;
- Customer Service Orientation: Makes things better for the customer, addressing underlying
- Impact and Influence: Uses indirect influence;
- Initiative: Plans and acts up to a year ahead;
- Organisational Awareness: Understands organisational politics;
- Teamwork: Solicits inputs and encourages others.
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