Staff Officer, NATO – Russia relations210989

Primary Location



 NATO International Staff (NATO IS)



Salary (Pay Basis)

 : 7,990.64Euro (EUR) Monthly

Grade NATO Grade G20


1.    SUMMARY 

The Political Affairs and Security Policy (PASP) Division leads on the political aspects of NATO’s core tasks and is the International Staff’s (IS) hub for partnerships.
Within PASP, the Partnership East Section is responsible for the development and the implementation of political guidance related to NATO relations with Russia and Ukraine (including in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) and the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) respectively), Belarus, Republic of Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Section also guides the work of the NATO Representation in Kyiv, Ukraine and the NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
The incumbent reports to the Head of the Partnership East Section and is responsible for NATO-Russia relations.  S/he provides political advice on NATO’s policy toward Russia. Additionally, the incumbent might act as a back-up officer on one or more of the countries in the Partnership East Section.

The incumbent must:

•    possess a degree from an institute of recognised standing, preferably in the field of political science, international relations, security studies, or another relevant discipline;
•    have at least 5 years of experience in diplomatic, policy, or other relevant experience involving Russia;
•    have excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing, and be able to draft clearly and concisely in at least one of NATO’s official languages (English /French) documents required in the post (e.g., memos, backgrounders, speaking points, analytical reports, etc.);
•    have an excellent knowledge of international affairs and defence policy issues;
•    demonstrate sound political judgment and strong analytical skills;
•    possess the following minimum level of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other;
•    possess good working level of Russian (IV: “Upper Intermediate”)

The following would be considered an advantage:

•    a Master’s degree from an institute of recognised standing, preferably in the field of political science, international relations, security studies, or another relevant discipline;
•    possess a good knowledge of NATO policies and activities;
•    experience with countries in the Partnership East Section area of responsibility.

Policy Development
Monitor, analyse, and report on developments in and around Russia and the implications for NATO. Advise the NATO leadership on the development of NATO’s policy toward Russia, as well as its implementation, including by supporting the work of relevant NATO committees. Contribute to the development of NATO’s policies related to other geographical areas where Russia plays a significant role.  Support the dialogue in NATO-Russia Council.

Project Management
Provide political oversight and determine the direction of NATO activities related to the dual-track approach towards Russia. Identify potential risks and suggest possible solutions.

Stakeholder Management
Coordinate NATO-Russia relations and the NATO approach toward Russia with counterparts throughout the NATO HQ and the NATO Command Structure.  Work closely with Allies, partners countries, international organizations, and other stakeholders (academia, civil society, NGOs), maintaining regular relations and exchanging views.  Develop a network of key stakeholders.

Expertise Development
Prepare, write, coordinate, and edit documents, memoranda, checklists, answers to the press, speaking notes and background materials. Monitor and analyse domestic and foreign policy trends in Russia.   Act as back-up officer to another member of the team, providing support, as needed, on other countries in the Partnership East area of responsibility.

Representation of the Organization
The incumbent will represent the Partnership East Section at relevant meetings and visits, as required.  Give presentations to visitors, contribute to briefings to various internal and external audiences, and represent the Alliance at conferences, workshops, and seminars.

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the Head, Partnership East Section.  S/he works in close coordination with other sections in PASP, with other Divisions in the International Staff, the NATO Military Authorities, with national delegations, NATO agencies and Centers of Excellence.  S/he will maintain regular contact with Allied delegations.
Direct reports: N/a
Indirect reports: N/a


The incumbent must demonstrate:
•    Achievement: Creates own measures of excellence and improves performance;
•    Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships;
•    Change Leadership: Expresses vision for change;
•    Impact and Influence: Uses indirect influence;
•    Initiative: Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation;
•    Organisational Awareness: Understands organisational politics;
•    Teamwork: Solicits inputs and encourages others.

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.
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 (link);
  • For all other applications:
Please 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 is committed to diversity and inclusion, and strives to provide equal access to employment, advancement and retention, independent of gender, age, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, cultural background, sexual orientation, and disability. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all member Nations, 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 enquiries 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.
For information about the NATO Single Salary Scale (Grading, Allowances, etc.) please visit our website. Detailed data is available under the Salary and Benefits tab.
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