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Engineer (Vulnerability Analysis)-190496
Primary Location  Belgium-Mons
Schedule  Full-time
Salary (Pay Basis)  : 5,467.45Euro (EUR) Monthly
Grade A.2

The NATO CIS Group is looking for an Engineer (Vulnerability Analysis) to serve as the NCISG Cyber Defence (CD) Subject Matter Expert responsible for vulnerability management and engineering preventive CD capabilities for the Deployable CIS (DCIS). The post requires frequent travel and lengthy participations in out-of-area deployments for operations and exercises.




The NATO CIS Group conducts CIS operational planning and provides deployed/deployable CIS services and support in support of NATO military operations and exercises.  The NATO CIS Group is located at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) the Headquarters of Allied Command Operations (ACO), one of the two major military commands of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).




Location: Casteau/Mons, 60 Km south of Brussels (Belgium)

Division: J2/J6 Division




The J2/6 Division is the technical coordination authority for Deployable Communication Information Systems and is responsible for the operational integration, coordination, direction and provision of required technical services for the NATO Communications Information Systems Group and NATO Signal Battalions.


The Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (IACD) Branch is responsible for all aspects of NATO Communications Information Systems Group organizational security and Deployable Communications Information Systems (DCIS) Information Assurance, to include the planning, coordination and operational integration of Defensive Cyberspace Operations and Cyberspace Intelligence.


The Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) Section is responsible for planning, preparing, and executing all lifecycle management activities of Deployable Communication Information Systems Cyberspace Defence, and providing guidance and coordinating Defensive Cyberspace Operations operational integration to the NATO Signal Battalions.




The incumbent's duties are:


  1. Is responsible to the NCISG J2/6 Information Assurance and Cyber Defence (IACD) DCO Section Head for DCIS Vulnerability Management.

  2. NCISG CD Subject Matter Expert responsible for vulnerability management and engineering preventive CD capabilities for DCIS.

  3. Interfaces with NCIA and NCISG subordinate units to ensure resilience of the DCIS CD capabilities in accordance with the Organization’s requirements.

  4. Assists in translating the ACO Operational Requirements into DCIS CD related directives and guidance documents and develop internal NCISG procedures.

  5. Supports the provision of CD services to operations and exercises.

  6. Provides Engineering support to DCIS CD Situational Awareness and Consequence Management for NATO Operations and exercises.

  7. Engineers and recommends CD architectural & procedural modifications to assist in mitigating risks & vulnerabilities identified during Threat Modelling, Penetration Testing, and in support of Incident and Vulnerability Management findings.

  8. Manages the NCISG responses to identified vulnerabilities in coordination with other partner organizations to prevent malicious activities from affecting federated networks and responds to vulnerabilities when required.

  9. Develops and maintains processes and procedures in areas of functional expertise and coordinates within NCISG HQ and with subordinate units to ensure compliance.

  10. Writes detailed problem reports, assessment plan documents and mitigation recommendations as needed.




Mandatory Deployment Post.  The incumbent may be required to undertake deployments in support of military operations and exercises, and/or TDY assignments, both within and outside NATO boundaries.  Such operational deployment may exceed 30 days duration up to 183 days in any period of 547 days and may be on short notice.  For NATO International Civilian Staff, acceptance of an employment contract linked to this post constitutes agreement to deploy in excess of 30 days if required.


May be required to participate in NATO policy and publication maintenance and capability development in functional areas of expertise.


May be required to augment the NCISG DCC or SSG DNOC providing cyberspace vulnerability engineering support to NATO operations and exercises.


The work is normally performed in a Normal NATO office working environment.


Normal Working Conditions apply.


The risk of injury is categorized as: No Risk.




A.        Professional/Experience


  1. Minimum 2 years of recent experience in vulnerability management and remediation.

  2. Minimum 2 years of experience in the implementation of distributed vulnerability assessment solutions.

  3. Minimum 1 year in identifying vulnerabilities in web-based applications and databases.

  4. Experience in the development of CIS Security Standard Operating Procedures and technical guidance.

  5. Experience with Cyberspace Threats and the implementation of mitigation techniques.

  6. Experience in mentoring junior analysts/technicians.



B.        Education/Training


University Degree in computer science, engineering disciplines, statistics or similar numerate discipline, operations research or related discipline and 2 years function related experience, or Higher Secondary education and completed advanced vocational training in that discipline leading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation with 4 years post related experience.


Advanced certification in auditing or vulnerability assessment (GSNA, CISA or equivalent from another organization).



C.        Language


English - SLP 3333 (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing)


NOTE: The work both oral and written in this post and in this Headquarters is conducted mainly in English.





A.        Professional Experience


  1. Knowledge of NATO CIS concepts, security policies and architectures.

  2. Experience in secure network architecture design.

  3. Extensive experience administering and securing Microsoft Windows-based client and server systems.

  4. Experience administering Unix and Linux-based systems.

  5. Experience in virtualization technologies, preferably from VMWare.

  6. Experience with online Vulnerability Assessment tools, preferably Tenable Nessus Manager or Tenable Security Center.

  7. Experience with enterprise endpoint protection management suites, preferably from McAfee.

  8. Work experience in Security Operations Centers.

  9. Proven experience of leading small teams and influencing others.



B.        Education/Training


  1. University Degree in Information Technology or related discipline at a nationally recognized university and 2 years of function-related experience.

  2. Advanced certification in preventive security measures (GCCC or equivalent).

  3. Cyber Defence NATO COMPUSEC Level 1 (CCC-ET-32285) provided by NATO - Communications and Information Systems School (NCISS) or equivalent.

  4. Network Vulnerability Assessment & Risk Mitigation Course (COP-CD-31370) provided by NATO - School Oberammergau (NSO) or equivalent.





A.        Personal Attributes


The incumbent will need to display a high degree of initiative, professionalism and engineering expertise in performance of his/her duties. The rapidly changing NATO environment and increasingly constrained resource situation creates a requirement to solve numerous complex problems and challenges, which shall require the incumbent to draw upon a comprehensive ability to quickly reason, analyze, act with persuasion and diplomacy. He/she requires a high degree of tact and perseverance to ensure that technically sound decisions are made in a timely manner in reaction to current events. The incumbent must be able to use own initiative with minimal supervision and be able to lead a small functional team, both physical and virtual, in order to implement, manage, and maintain strategies and procedures to timely reduce and prevent network vulnerabilities.


The incumbent will be required to maintain an adequate degree of physical fitness to comply with NATO deployability requirements.


He/she needs to possess a high level of organizational, coordination and communication skills.



B.        Managerial Responsibilities


The incumbent serves as the primary point of contact and subject matter expert on the issues related to Cyber Defense vulnerabilities; that is, the immediate and long-term actions related to identifying and correcting network areas vulnerable to cyber-attack on the deployed network.  As such, the incumbent develops and implements cyber-attack defense strategies and procedures and is responsible for the coordination, immediate implementation and maintenance of these strategies and procedures by the NATO Signal Battalion Cyber Defence technicians.


May be required to fill the position of Signals Support Group / Deployed Network Operations Center (SSG DNOC) CD Cell Head.



C.        Professional Contacts


Regular professional contacts with others inside and/or outside immediate organization on functional matters.  Solicits/provides information and assessments/advice in functional area of expertise within the organization.  Present and support coordinated NCISG viewpoints and decisions regarding functional area of expertise to others outside the organization.


D.        Contribution to Objectives


Work involves the provision of information, analysis, and engineering technical solutions for the Defence of the DCIS network provided by the organization, compelling others within the organization to action within the SSG/DNOC. The incumbent is the lead in assessing the potential cyber-attack vulnerabilities of a deployed network and will commit the Cyber Defence functional area of NCISG to numerous courses of action in defense of the network, affecting NCISG’s mission accomplishment in DCIS provision.


This post reports to OCG CXOD 0010 - Section Head (Defensive Cyberspace Operations) - A-3. 


E.        Supervisory Responsibilities


There are no reporting responsibilities.





This job is advertised for recruitment purposes in anticipation of formal authorization to offer a contract to the selected candidate. If authorization to offer a contract is not obtained, the selection process will be cancelled with no further obligation to the applicants.


The candidature of NICs who are redundant / unplaced from NCS-A will be given priority consideration provided their CHRM notifies SHAPE Recruitment Section by not later than the vacancy’s closing date.


Test and interviews for this post are expected to be held at SHAPE, Belgium on 16 and 17 September 2019.


Duration of contract: Serving staff members will be offered a contract according to the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations (NCPR). Newly recruited staff will be offered a definite duration contract of three years normally followed by an indefinite duration contract.





Applications are to be submitted using NATO Talent Acquisition Platform (NTAP) (https://nato.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang-en).  Applications submitted by other means (e.g. mail, e-mail, fax, etc.) are not accepted. 


NTAP allows adding attachments.  A copy of the qualification/certificate covering the highest level of education required by the job description must be provided as an attachment.


Essential information must be included in the application form. Particular attention should be given to Education and Experience section of the application form. Each question should be answered completely.  Expressions such as “please see attached CV, please see annex / enclosed document” or invitations to follow links to personal webpages are not acceptable and will be disregarded. All answers should be in English (preferably) or in French.


Shortlisted candidates will be requested to provide original documentary evidence and a set of copies supporting statements in their applications.


Current and past civilians working for NATO or any Coordinated Organization, shall indicate their last grade and step held (next to job title), and specify the name of employing NATO body or Coordinated Organization.




A)          Only nationals from the 29 NATO member states can apply for vacancies at SHAPE. 

B)          Applications are automatically acknowledged within one working day after submission. In the absence of an acknowledgement please make sure the submission process is completed, or, re-submit the application.  

C)          Qualified redundant staff of the same grade interested in this post should inform this office, via their HR/Personnel Office by not later than vacancy’s closing date.

D)        Candidates’ individual telephone, e-mail or telefax enquiries cannot be dealt with. All candidates will receive an answer indicating the outcome of their application.

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