NATO – Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy


Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy-190186

Primary Location
NATO International Staff (NATO IS)
Euro (EUR) Monthly
Grade Unclassified


COMPENSATION: shortlisted candidates will be provided with a simulation of the compensation package for this post.

The Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy leads the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division. Within the NATO International Staff, the Assistant Secretary General (ASG) is responsible for the policy development of NATO’s partnerships, as well as advising on the political aspects of NATO’s security tasks.

This is a broad and varied portfolio, covering the following principal issues:
General political affairs within NATO;
NATO’s Enlargement Policy;
Building relationships with:
international organisations and institutions, in particular with the European Union, the United Nations, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe;
Partnership for Peace countries;
Mediterranean Dialogue partners;
Istanbul Cooperation Initiative partners;
Partners across the globe – which includes Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Colombia, New Zealand and Pakistan;
NATO’s policy and relationship with Russia;

Conventional Arms Control Policy.

The ASG reports to the Secretary General of NATO and advises the Secretary General on political affairs and security policy issues. There are 8 Assistant Secretaries General, all of whom report to the NATO Secretary General and are also accountable to the North Atlantic Council. As a member of the Secretary General’s senior management team, each Assistant Secretary General is also expected to contribute to overall policy development and delivery, including in areas beyond their direct set of responsibilities.

The ASG PASP manages the Division (presently approximately 65 staff members) and will be supported by a Deputy ASG and two subordinate Directors.


The candidate must possess:

a strong background in political affairs, international relations and security policy, developed through 10-15 years of experience;

a proven track record of successfully developing key relationships with NATO partner countries, in both bilateral and multinational settings; a proven track record of working with key international organisations;

a university degree (Master’s level preferred) in a relevant field;

experience working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds;

a proven track record of experience in progressively senior posts, recent experience in senior-level leadership positions and significant professional experience in managerial position;

a proven track record of creating a high-level vision and directing organisations to develop and implement the necessary policies;

the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): VI (“Proficiency”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.


The Assistant Secretary General chairs and co-chairs high-level committees composed of NATO Nations and partners.

These committees include the Deputy Permanent Representatives Committee, the Political Committee and the Political and Partnerships Committee. Several years’ experience of facilitating high-level dialogue and consensus is essential.

ASG PASP will also be called upon to represent the Secretary General at high-level meetings. Experience of working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds is important. A proven management track record is also critical.

ASG PASP will speak in public fora and to the Press on behalf of the Secretary General. There is a substantial representation function associated with this appointment.

In his/her role as manager of the Division, the incumbent will lead and oversee a team of International staff officials who are under the direct supervision of the Heads of Section. Specifically, the ASG will:

Attract Staff: Ensure recruitment panels for posts in his/her Division are fair and objective; Serve on the Establishment Committee and make selection recommendations with the best interests of the Organization in mind;
Develop Staff: Adhere to sound management principles with staff, and provide in depth mentoring, coaching and training opportunities; Be available for guidance at critical moments; Ensure that all Divisional staff are clear on Organizational and Divisional objectives; Provide regular and fair feedback on performance, informally as appropriate and via the performance management system;
Monitor and Promote Performance: Participate in a collegial review of performance at divisional level to discuss possible development and mobility opportunities for individuals, identify high potentials and help ensure common standards are applied in the process across the Organization;
Foster Continual Improvement: Serve on internal strategy, policy, and coordination boards, as required. Actively contribute to the improvement of the Organization; Participate in the Senior Leader Orientation Programme, the Chairman Training Programme, and other programmes related to the successful execution of his/her duties.


Candidates must demonstrate the following competencies:


Change Leadership

Conceptual Thinking

Clarity and Accuracy

Developing Others

Impact and Influence



Organizational Awareness


Key challenges facing the successful candidate for ASG, PASP during the next 3 years will likely include:

A. In the field of security policy, and arms control policy, leading NATO’s policy response to current security challenges;

B. Building deep relationships with the European Union, the United Nations, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe;

C. Ensuring the prioritisation of clearly defined partnership objectives in a resource constrained environment.

In addition to the application form, candidates are expected to submit a Word or pdf document summarizing their views on the key (and possible other) challenges, and how they would

address them if selected for the position. This essay will be evaluated as part of the long listing assessment (see full instructions on how to apply below “7.Recruitment Process”).


The successful applicant will be employed for an initial period of 3 years. Exceptionally, there may be possibility of a one-year extension thereafter.


Please note that we can only accept applications from nationals of NATO member countries.

Applications must be submitted using e-recruitment system, as applicable:

For NATO civilian staff members only: please apply via the internal recruitment portal (for more information, please contact your local Civilian HR Manager);

For all other applications:

As part of this application, candidates are kindly requested to send by email – to – one MS Word document summarizing their views on the key challenges (see point 5) 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.

Candidates are requested to send their essay by latest 14 April 2019, 23h59 CEST.

The title of the email must include the vacancy reference (190186) and the words “Key challenges”.


Selection of candidates for NATO posts is based upon the merit principle.

Shortlisted candidates will have to be available for the selection process which is expected to take place in the week of 27 May 2019, in Brussels, Belgium.


Please also note that at the time of the interviews, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their education and professional experience as relevant for this vacancy.

Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance (provided by the national Authorities of the selected candidate) and approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser.

More information about the recruitment process and conditions of employment, can be found at our website (


NATO as employer values diverse backgrounds and perspectives and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all Member States and strongly encourages women to apply.

Building Integrity is a key element of NATO’s core tasks. As an employer, NATO values commitment to the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in accordance with international norms and practices established for the defence and related security sector.

Selected candidates are expected to be role models of integrity, and to promote good governance through ongoing efforts in their work.

Due to the broad interest in NATO and the large number of potential candidates, telephone or e-mail inquiries cannot be dealt with.

Applicants who are not successful in this competition may be offered an appointment to another post of a similar nature, albeit at the same or a lower grade, provided they meet the necessary requirements.

The nature of this position may require the staff member at times to be called upon to travel for work and/or to work outside normal office hours.

The organization offers several work-life policies including Teleworking and Flexible Working arrangements (Flexitime) subject to business requirements.

Please note that the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium is a non-smoking environment.



Current President of the UNFSU and the President of UNISERV.

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