Primary Location: Belgium-Brussels
NATO Body: NATO International Staff (NATO IS)
Application Deadline: 08-Jan-2019
Salary (Pay Basis): 8,909.72Euro (EUR) Monthly
Clearance Level: NS
OPEN TO A RESTRICTED NUMBER OF NATIONALS ONLY* *
Only nationals of NATO Member States which are participants of the MSIAC Project Office will be considered (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, United States). Polish Nationals may apply for this position as Poland is in the process of joining MSIAC. However, if the joining process is not officially complete by the date set for interviews, then Polish candidates would become ineligible and will be withdrawn from consideration.
Do you possess strong leadership and communication skills? Do you have experience in leading a team of experts in a very dynamic and complex environment? Do you have significant experience in munition safety developed over many years (you should be a recognised expert in the field)? Do you want to play a key role in advancing munition safety science, technology, and policy to reduce risks to the war fighter?
If the answer is yes to these questions, we would encourage you to apply for this position. You will have the opportunity to work with other like-minded experts at MSIAC and in the wider international community. You will also have the opportunity to experience life in the beautiful and cosmopolite city of Brussels.
The Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) is a project office operating under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States as signatories. Operating in the field of Munitions Safety throughout the life cycle of munitions, MSIAC develops a set of technical products and services for its member Nations. MSIAC is directed by a Steering Committee which annually reports to the NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD). For administrative purposes, MSIAC is attached to the Defence Investment Division of the NATO International Staff. MSIAC directly supports its Member Nations and also contributes to the standardisation activities of the CNAD Ammunition Safety Group (CASG).
The incumbent is responsible for managing the MSIAC staff and facilities in accordance with the MSIAC MOU and Strategic Plans, and subject to the overall guidance of the SC. The Project Manager (PM) must possess strong leadership and communication skills and will be expected to lead a team of experts in a very dynamic and complex environment. The PM must observe, analyse and integrate the requirements of the MSIAC nations into work efforts to achieve the MSIAC overarching goal to eliminate hazardous consequences due to unintended reaction of munitions and energetic materials throughout their lifecycle.
Key challenges facing the successful candidate will include:
- business management: responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the MSIAC personnel, offices, and deliverables;
- maintaining positive engagement with the 14 member nations ensuring the ‘value for money’ argument remains strong;
- ensuring that the MSIAC Team skills align with the requirements of the MSIAC Strategic Plan and MSIAC Work Plan;
- engaging with non-member Nations with a view to expand MSIAC membership;
- balancing support to the CNAD Ammunition Safety Group with ‘MSIAC only’ tasks and ensuring that MSIAC outputs are readily linked to the priorities of MSIAC Nations and NATO.
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 these key (and other possible) challenges, and how they would address them if selected for the position. This essay will be evaluated as part of the short listing assessment (see full instructions on how to apply at the end of the vacancy notice).
2. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The incumbent must possess:
- university degree in science or engineering from an Institute of recognised standing;
- a broad knowledge and understanding of Munitions Safety and Insensitive Munitions and at least 10 years’ relevant experience;
- a broad knowledge and understanding of munitions and explosive safety management and at least 10 years’ relevant experience;
- strategic visioning, demonstrated leadership abilities, and experience in senior leadership or managerial positions;
- broad IT skills, including strong knowledge of MS Office applications, databases, interactive software tools, and conduction of internet research;
- the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in English; I (“Beginner”) in French. English is the language of MSIAC technical products, including workshops and working groups, therefore the incumbent must be able to conduct workshops and working groups in English and be able to produce technical reports and documents in English.
The following would be considered an advantage:
- a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline from an Institute of recognised standing;
- knowledge of NATO strategic concepts, structure, and missions;
- international experience related to the field of conventional munitions;
- be published in related peer reviewed scientific/technical publications;
- working knowledge of other MSIAC member nations languages;
- knowledge in the development of IT systems.