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Systems Engineer-190160
Primary Location  Belgium-Brussels
NATO Body  NATO International Staff (NATO IS)
Schedule  Full-time
Salary (Pay Basis)  : 5,467.45Euro (EUR) Monthly
Grade A.2/A.3
The engineer in this post will act as a bridge and translator for hardware and network components between architectural system descriptions up to the Enterprise level (as validated by the Enterprise Architect) and to the detailed system designs and their implementations.
He/she, although organically in OTD, will also maintain a functional working relationship with the Enterprise Architect. The BPMB will ensure that his/her assignments in activities and/or projects are prioritized in support of OTD or the Enterprise Architecture team (“dual-hatted” post).
  • Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or IT Engineering or a Bachelor of Science degree coupled with extensive experience in Network and Systems Administration.
  • Extensive experience (5 years or more) in the design and implementation of IT systems at functional services level;
  • Profound knowledge on current information technology capabilities regarding technology architecture and knowledge of interoperability platforms, and views on upcoming future technology;
  • Very good knowledge of architecture framework principles, ideally coupled with a professional certification in recognised industry standards;
  • Experience in practical systems architecture work in the field of Network and Systems engineering;
  • Knowledge of implementing enterprise architecture best practices and goals;
  • Must be fluent orally and in writing in one of the official languages of the Organisation; a working knowledge of the other is desirable.
  • Knowledge of NATO and national information technology Policies;
  • lTlL v3 certified;
  • Experience working in a multinational and/or mixed military/civilian environment;
  • A working knowledge of NATO organisations and procedures;
  • Familiar with NATO and/or national intelligence systems.
Personal attributes:
  • Personal qualities of tact, judgement and adaptability. A sense of diplomacy and propriety in order to work harmoniously with colleagues, both military and civilian, from nations and from NATO, as well as with staff from private scientific/industrial organisations.
  • Work in the development and continuous improvement of an Enterprise Architecture for BICES with the focus on the technology related components;
  • Assess and advise on the fit of entire IT systems, with the focus on the hardware and network components either in-house developed or Commercial-/Government-Off-The-Shelf (COTS/GOTS), into the BICES Enterprise Architecture;
  • Analyse, evaluate and advise on architecture interoperability aspects between BICES and currently interconnected domains (e.g. NSWAN) as well as other architecture developing initiatives relevant to BICES (FMN, JISR, etc.);
  • Be part or lead capability development project teams or participate in other sustainment or baseline activities where engineering knowledge and skills are required as directed by the AD OTD and with BPMB endorsement;
  • Participate in the tasks of the Enterprise Architecture Functional Team, composed of an Enterprise Architect (team lead), an Information Manager, an Information Architect, an Information Assurance Software Engineer and him/herself;
  • In support of the Enterprise Architect, develop and maintain a BICES Architecture Framework focusing on the systems architecture aspects, covering the applications and functional systems;
  • Develop a coherent Information and Systems architecture in conjunction with the Information Architect;
  • Support the development cycle with architecture guidance/direction;
  • Define, based on business requirements, architecture specifications at systems level;
  • Support architecture transition and architecture governance aspects;
  • Support, when mandated by the Enterprise Architect, in coordinating architectural aspects with external bodies, working groups or boards;
  • To represent and support the BGX at meetings of national and NATO bodies as required;
  • To liaise with national and NATO bodies and individuals as required;
  • Perform other duties as may be required.
  • Promote and maintain professional relations with appropriate officials, both military and civilian, within nations, NATO and other organizations as required.
  • To analyse architectural aspects as requested.
  • To give guidance as necessary to the appropriate personnel of the BICES Group Executive.
  • Some travel is required, including Theatres of Operation.
The successful applicant will be offered a 3-year definite duration contract, which may be renewed for a further period.
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 subject also to the agreement of the national authority concerned.
Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations. 
Irrespective of previous qualifications and experience, candidates for twin-graded posts will be appointed at the lower grade. Advancement to the higher grade is not automatic, and will not normally take place during the first three years of service in the post.
Under specific circumstances, serving staff members may be appointed directly to the higher grade, and a period of three years might be reduced by up to twenty four months for external candidates.  These circumstances are described in the IS directive on twin-graded posts.
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: www.nato.int/recruitment  

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 (http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/recruit-hq-e.htm)





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 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.



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