Officer, Defence Capabilities
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The Defence Capabilities Section in the Defence Policy and Planning (DPP) Division deals with a wide range of issues related to Alliance defence capabilities and structures, including those concerning the NATO Command Structure, the NATO Force Structure, the NATO Response Force, additional high readiness forces, and other forces to meet NATO’s level of ambition.

  • The section also contributes to the development of solutions to persistent capability shortfalls and challenges to Alliance readiness and reinforcement;
  • increasing transparency regarding national commitments to Alliance and other operations; multinational approaches to capability development;
  • and specific topical problems that arise. It supports the Defence Policy and Planning Committee (DPPC) in such efforts by preparing the appropriate political-military advice.

    Under the authority of the Head, Defence Capabilities, the incumbent will assist in the further development of the Alliance's defence capabilities and increasing their readiness.

    The post holder will assist in developing political-military advice on a wide range of capability issues as well as on the further adaptation of the Alliance’s defence structures, concepts, and procedures.

    S / he will provide political-military advice on capability-related documents prepared by the NATO Military Authorities.


    The incumbent must :

  • possess a university degree or equivalent qualification;
  • have at least 5 years’ experience working for an International Organisation or a national administration, with a focus on defence policy and its implementation, and of these, at least 3 years’ experience addressing defence capability-related issues;
  • demonstrate the capacity for independent conceptual analysis of issues affecting the Alliance’s defence capabilities;
  • have a thorough understanding of the organisation, preparation, command and employment of national military forces, including their interaction and relationship with Alliance structures;
  • familiarity with NATO and a strong knowledge of policy issues facing the Alliance, in particular relating to the NATO Command Structure, the NATO Force Structure, the NATO Response Force, additional high readiness forces, and other forces to meet NATO’s level of ambition;
  • be able to communicate clear, logical, persuasive and succinct arguments in English in oral and, especially, written form;
  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English / French) : V( Advanced ) in one; I ( Beginner ) in the other;
  • be prepared to travel and to work outside business hour

    The following would be considered an advantage

  • relevant military experience in command and in staff positions, including relating to the training, exercises and preparation of joint forces for operations;
  • relevant experience in strategy and plans development;
  • familiarity with the NATO Defence Planning Process.
  • Policy Development

    Pvide and co-ordinate advice regarding defence capability shortcomings and possible remedies, including the development of general policy documents.

    Prepare, study or implement North Atlantic Council (NAC) decisions on critical capability developments. Assist in developing and co-

    ordinating joint- and service-related policy on capabilities, including readiness, deployability, sustainability, training, interoperability and command, control and communications.

    Expertise Development

    Produce papers, reports, briefs and studies on questions related to the NATO military organisation and to issues of policy related to NATO defence capabilities.

    Contribute to the development of political-military guidance on defence matters. Follow, and advise on, capability-related aspects of the work of the NATO Military Authorities.

    Consider the political-military implications of lessons learned from operations and training in the further development of Alliance defence capabilities.

    Provide analysis on Alliance capability efforts and, taking account of previous capability efforts, the Alliance’s Strategic Concept and other relevant high-

    level guidance, and develop appropriate proposals for new initiatives.

    Stakeholder Management

    Help identify and develop relations with national defence capabilities experts, in particular national representatives in the DPPC.

    Assist in developing defence-related co-operation, in particular by supporting the work of committees and groups tasked to promote closer co-

    operation between Allies and partners. Collaborate with colleagues in DPP and throughout NATO that handle aspects of defence capabilities.

    Liaise with counterparts throughout NATO HQ and in other International Organisations, in particular the European Union (EU) and European Defence Agency (EDA).

    Knowledge Management

    Develop reports and studies on wider security issues and on their interaction with defence policy and programmes. Prepare reports, briefing material, press statements and other material for defence ministerials.

    Compile data for various capability-related reports, as necessary. Information Management

    Assist appropriate NATO committees in the development and preparation of documents dealing with the conceptual development of the Alliance's defence capabilities.

    Representation of the Organisation

    Give presentations to visitors to NATO HQ, provide briefings to the media when directed, and represent the Alliance at conferences and symposia.

    Project Management

    Assist in the management of high-level capability initiatives and any resulting actions.

    Perform any other related duty as assigned.


    The incumbent reports to the Head, Defence Capabilities Section. S / he will maintain a good working relationship with other Directorates of DPP and with members of other Divisions of the International Staff and International Military Staff.

    He / she will work closely with staff of the two NATO Strategic Commands and, as necessary, with national delegations.

    Direct reports : N / a

    Indirect reports : N / a.


    The incumbent must demonstrate :

  • Analytical Thinking : Makes complex plans or analyses;
  • Clarity and Accuracy : Checks own work;
  • Conceptual Thinking : Applies learned concepts;
  • Customer Service Orientation : Takes personal responsibility for correcting problems;
  • Impact and Influence : Takes multiple actions to persuade;
  • Initiative : Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation;
  • Organisational Awareness : Understands organizational climate and culture;
  • Teamwork : Solicits inputs and encourages others.
  • 6 . CONTRACT : Contract to be offered to the successful applicant (if non-seconded) : Definite duration contract of three years;
  • possibility of renewal for up to three years, during which the incumbent may apply for conversion to an indefinite duration contract.

    Contract clause applicable :

    In accordance with the contract policy, this is a post in which turnover is desirable for political reasons in order to be able to accommodate the Organisation's need to carry out its tasks as mandated by the Nations in a changing environment, for example by maintaining the flexibility necessary to shape the Organisation's skills profile, and to ensure appropriate international diversity.

    The maximum period of service foreseen in this post is 6 years. The successful applicant will be offered a 3-year definite duration contract, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years.

    However, according to the procedure described in the contract policy the incumbent may apply for conversion to an indefinite contract during the period of renewal and no later than one year before the end of contract.

    If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of one of NATO’s member States, a 3-year definite duration contract will be offered, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years subject also to the agreement of the national authority concerned.

    The maximum period of service in the post as a seconded staff member is six years. Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Régulations.

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