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Senior System Engineer (Security)-190773
Primary Location Netherlands-The Hague
NATO Body NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Schedule Full-time
Salary (Pay Basis) : 7,132.26Euro (EUR) Monthly
Grade A.3
This is a position within the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency), an organization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The NCI Agency is made up of teams of dedicated people from 29 different nations who are technology experts in their chosen fields. Our collective role is to help protect the lives of 1 billion people and contribute to maintaining world peace.
The NCI Agency is looking for a talented Senior System Engineer (Security)
The Directorate Air Missile Defence Command & Control (AMDC2) ensures the harmonized planning, implementation, deployment evolution and support of the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) and other Air Command & Control (AirC2) and Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) assigned programs, in a way that satisfies the operational requirements and minimizes the military risk, taking into account the NATO political, economic and schedule requirements and using the most suitable industrial and technological solutions. The Directorate AMDC2 is the procurement and implementation body of the NCI Agency, charged with the effective planning, execution, delivery into Service, evolution and through-life logistic support of NATO’s AirC2 / BMD systems and assigned national AirC2 systems.
The Mission Assurance Branch (MAB) defines, establishes and maintains a mission assurance framework, in line with the NCI Agency’s policy and directives, in order to provide quality and safety assurance, CIS security services, configuration management, test, validation and verification of AMDC2 systems or appliances under procurement or support.  MAB independently ensures that the capabilities delivered by the Directorate AMDC2 to the operational user are safe and secure to use and fulfil their functional and non-functional requirements.
The CIS Security Section (CISSS) establishes and maintains a CIS security framework for AMDC2 product /services.  The CISSS establishes and maintains security documentation for products/services; supports and coordinates external and internal security audits, manages product/service security certifications and accreditations.  The CISSS assesses changes for compliance with NATO security policy and regulations and determines the impact on product/service certifications and accreditations. The CISSS represents AMDC2 at various Agency internal and external security working groups including the AMDC2 Security Accreditation Board (ASAB). 
Role Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Head CISSS, you will perform the following duties:
  • Maintain AirC2 and BMD domain specific knowledge on security requirements, design and architecture and act as Subject Matter Expert for ACCS security issues;
  • Monitor security posture & security accreditation status of NATO BMD System of Systems;
  • Review Lifecycle-Engineering Change Proposals (L-ECPs) for NATO AirC2 and NATO BMD capabilities and services for impact on CIS security;
  • Review architectural/design changes of NATO BMD System of Systems and AirC2 for compliance with NATO Security Policy;
  • Review the security documentation in support of security accreditation for NATO BMD and AirC2 CIS;
  • Execute and support security inspections/audits and security testing for NATO BMD/AirC2;
  • Deputize for higher grade staff, if required;
  • Performs other duties as may be required.
Person Specification
We are looking for candidates with a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree at a nationally recognized/certified University in a technical subject with substantial Information Technology (IT) content and in the area of CIS Security or exceptionally, the lack of a degree may be compensated by a lower academic qualification combined with the demonstration of particular abilities or experience of relevance to this post, such as programme management qualifications and experience, or with a military experience in the related subject with at least 12 years post related experience.
Experience Required
In addition to and 5 years’ experience (Master’s degree) or 7 years’ experience (Bachelor’s Degree) in the duties related to the function of the post, we also require the following:
  • Experience in defining CIS security requirements for CIS preferably for large-scale distributed software-intensive CIS with real-time and safety requirements (e.g. AirC2, BMD, ATM systems);
  • Experience in assessing CIS architectures for compliance with the associated security requirements;
  • Experience in CIS Security Risk Management (SRM) and executing Security Risk Assessments (SRAs);
  • Experience in drafting security documentation relation to security accreditation of systems or certification of security appliances;
  • Experience in drafting security posture strategies and monitor their execution/implementation for mission critical CIS;
  • Experience in system security testing and security inspections/audits;
  • General up-to-date knowledge of computer system architectures, modern operating systems and their security features, client/server, LAN / WAN and network concepts, test techniques, Database Management Systems (DBMS) and data management concepts. 
The following will be considered as an advantage
  • Knowledge of NATO Security Policy and Regulations;
  • Knowledge of the security architecture of NATO BMD and AirC2 systems maintained by the NCI Agency, preferably ACCS and Secure AIS;
  • Professional certification in the CIS security area;
  • Prior experience of working in an international environment comprising both military and civilian elements;
  • Knowledge of NATO responsibilities and organization, including ACO and ACT.
Competencies Required
We are looking for a person who demonstrates the following behavioural competencies:
Deciding and Initiating Action - Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; takes initiative and works under own direction; initiates and generates activity and introduces changes into work processes; makes quick, clear decisions which may include tough choices or considered risks;
Working with People - Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well;
Writing and Reporting - Writes convincingly; writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language; writes in a well-structured and logical way; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience;
Applying Expertise and Technology - Applies specialist and detailed technical expertise; uses technology to achieve work objectives; develops job knowledge and expertise (theoretical and practical) through continual professional development; demonstrates an understanding of different organisational departments and functions;
Analysing - Analyses numerical data and all other sources of information, to break them into component parts, patterns and relationships; probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem; makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis; demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system;
Achieving Personal Work Goals and Objectives - Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm; works hard and puts in longer hours when it is necessary; seeks progression to roles of increased responsibility and influence; identifies own development needs and makes use of developmental or training opportunities;
Coping with Pressures and Setbacks - Maintains a positive outlook at work; works productively in a pressurised environment; keeps emotions under control during difficult situations; handles criticism well and learns from it; balances the demands of a work life and a personal life.
Business travel to NATO and national (NATO and non-NATO) facilities as well as frequent travel between the NCI Agency offices;
May be required to undertake duty travel to operational theatres inside and outside NATO boundaries.
Language Skills
A thorough knowledge of one of the two NATO languages, both written and spoken, is essential and some knowledge of the other is desirable.
NOTE:  Most of the work of the NCI Agency is conducted in the English language.
Supervisory/Guidance Duties
You may give professional guidance to staff.
NCI Agency normally offers contracts of employment of a definite duration, not exceeding three years. Contracts may be for less than three years as required to support short-term projects, meet uncertainty with respect to the business outlook, staff performance and other factors.
Definite duration contracts may be extended for further periods. When extending contracts, the following is taken into consideration:
  • Renewal is in the interest of the Agency.
  • Staff member's desire to remain with the Agency.
  • The financial situation provides sufficient funding for the post held.
  • The skills, competencies and behaviours, potential and work experience of the staff, versus the requirements of the Agency's work and/or availability of funding.
  • Staff member has served the Agency with performance to the required standard as defined by the Agency,
  • Staff member's deployability to operational theatre.
Serving civilian members of NATO will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations.
The first six months of definite duration contracts are a probationary period. During this period the staff member's work is assessed to ensure that he/she has the ability to carry out the duties of the post. At or before the end of the probationary period, the staff member will be notified in writing that the appointment is confirmed or terminated or, in exceptional cases, that the probationary period is extended.
What do we offer?
Excellent tax-free salary, including (where eligible) expatriation household and children's allowances and additional privileges for expatriate staff.
  • Education allowance for children (where appropriate) and an excellent private health insurance scheme;
  • Generous annual leave and home leave (if eligible).
  • Retirement Pension Plan. 
To learn more about NCI Agency and our work, please visit our website.
Please note: Due to the Agency’s transition into a new structure in the near future, this post may be subject to transfer to one of our other locations, as well as to a change of reporting lines. The final decision will be made at the time of a firm offer.
The Agency’s recruitment team advises you that due to the large volume of applications it receives the screening process may take up to 2 months.

We appreciate your patience.


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