Application Deadline: 07-Nov-2021
Contract: 3 years
The mission of the Operations Division of the International Staff is to prepare NATO for the defence of Alliance territory, to respond to crises at home and abroad, and to strengthen the capabilities of partners. The Operations Division advances the core tasks of the Alliance (Collective Defence, Crisis Management, Cooperative Security) by providing political oversight of NATO’s crisis management activities and operations, situational awareness, advance planning, well-exercised and executed crisis response, and outcome-oriented defence and related security cooperation programmes.
The Assistant Secretary General (ASG) reports directly to the NATO Secretary General. S/he is the Secretary General’s primary advisor on crisis response operations. S/he is a member of the Secretary General’s senior management team and will be responsible for managing the OPS Division (approximately 75 staff), and have oversight of the NATO Situation Centre. S/he will be supported in this task by a Deputy, and two Directors.
There are eight ASGs, 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 ASG is also expected to contribute to overall policy development and delivery, including in areas beyond their direct set of responsibilities.
The candidate must:
The following would be considered an advantage:
The ASG/OPS will deal directly with NATO members and partners, as well as other International Organisations, on issues relating to operations and missions. S/he will work extensively with other NATO bodies, other International Staff Divisions and the International Military Staff, employing cross-cutting approaches on topics relevant to the core areas.
The ASG/OPS is responsible for chairing several senior NATO committees, including the Operations Policy Committee, the Council Operations and Exercise Committee and the Deputies Committee, as required. Experience of facilitating high-level dialogue and consensus is therefore essential. The incumbent will also be called upon to represent the Secretary General at high-level meetings and 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 her/his role as manager of the Division, the incumbent will lead and oversee a large team of international staff working under the direct supervision of Heads of Sections. Specifically, s/he will aim to achieve the following objectives:
Candidates must demonstrate the following:
Key challenges facing the successful candidate for ASG/Ops during the next 3 years will likely include:
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