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Technician (Information Assurance)-190937

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Salary (Pay Basis)

 : 3,869.44Euro (EUR) Monthly
Grade B.4



NCISG HQ is looking for a Technician to provide information assurance technical support to NATO deployable communication and information systems. If you enjoy working in an international environment and can cope with the challenges of frequent exercise support and deployments, this post is for you.








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 Organisation (NATO).




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




Division: J2/6




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


The Information Assurance and Security Services Section is responsible for Deployable Communication Information Systems Information Assurance and security engineering, and the enforcement of the NATO security policy throughout NATO Communications Information Systems Group.


The incumbent is responsible for technical support to all IA activities of NCISG.




The incumbent's duties are:


  1. Principal technician supporting NATO CIS Group operational Information Assurance.

  2. Assess the performance of IA security controls and ensure Systems and networks comply with security policy, procedures, and technical requirements.

  3. Analyze patterns of security non-compliance and take and/or coordinate appropriate actions to minimize security risks.

  4. Implement response actions in reaction to security incidents.

  5. Supports the implementation of computer and network security projects at all sites within the NATO CIS Group AOR.

  6. Supports the provision and delivery of Information assurance and Security awareness training and presentations to the NATO CIS Group.

  7. Supports CIS Risk Management process by identifying risks, making assessments, and formulating recommendations to reduce the risks within computer security and IA functions.

  8. Supports computer security and IA by implementing procedures and techniques, analysing current practices, installing and operating monitoring tools and Security Audit platforms to evaluate overall Group CIS security with minimal supervision.

  9. Provides IA assistance to NATO operations and exercises, which includes support to exercise coordination and planning, pre-deployment configuration checks, and exercise participation.

  10. Assists in the daily management of the NATO CIS Group Security Accreditations role coordinating directly with CISP and coordinates with the NSBs to validate accreditation packages prior to L2SAA review.

  11. Provides technical support for DCM Security Design and Management.

  12. Provides technical support in the areas of: CIS Security measures, Disaster Recovery & Backup, Business Continuity, Risk Management, technical documentation and evaluation of new technologies.

  13. Provides support in solving technical issues and the validation of IA requirements.

  14. Assists in the coordination of PKI requirements in support of federated NATO operations and exercises.




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.


The incumbent must maintain current knowledge of IA; participate in Security Working Group meetings and service delivery monitoring; contribute to the development of IA policies, procedures and strategy development.


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


Normal Working Conditions apply.


The risk of injury is categorised as: No Risk.




A.        Professional/Experience


  1. Minimum 1 year experience in network security audit, analysis, and architecture.

  2. Minimum 1 year experience in risk-based security assessments and audits.

  3. Minimum 1 year experience in computer security tools and vulnerability assessment tools and methodologies.

  4. Minimum 2 years of experience in working with the principles and processes of computer and communications security, networking, and the vulnerabilities of modern operating systems and applications.

  5. Knowledge of TCP/IP stacks protocols and ports.

  6. Minimum 2 years of experience providing information assurance support.


B.        Education/Training


Higher Secondary education and intermediate vocational training  which might lead to a formal qualification with 2 years experience, or Secondary education and completed advanced vocational training leading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation with 4 years post related experience.


C.        Language


English - SLP 3232 (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing)


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




A.        Professional Experience


  1. Experience in information systems engineering and maintenance,

  2. Experience in computer security, concepts, policies and architectures.

  3. Experience in INFOSEC policies and procedures.

  4. Professional certifications in IA (GSEC, Security+, CRISK, CISA or similar certifications).

  5. Knowledge of security configuration of Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 and Windows 10, or newer versions.

  6. Knowledge of vulnerabilities management and mitigations.

  7. Experience with CIS Certifications and/or Accreditations.

  8. Experience with emanations security.

  9. ITIL foundation certification



A.        Personal Attributes


The incumbent will need to display a high degree of professionalism and technical 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 reason, analyse, act with persuasion and diplomacy, arrive at an adequate conclusion to ensure the adequate execution of tasking authority over NATO CIS Group in support of all NATO operations. Many of the arising problems will require the ability to exercise excellent judgements to propose solutions based on resources available. The incumbent’s solution of these problems, and his resulting actions, will impact the delivery of DCIS capability to meet SACEUR’s operational tasking. The incumbent must have a strong aptitude for analysis and problem solving. The incumbent works without supervision in accordance with policies and directives, and must possess excellent inter-personal and communication skills, as well as tact, in order to effectively interact with NATO CIS Group Divisions and Deployed HQ's to support the operational tasks.


B.        Managerial Responsibilities – N/A


C.        Professional Contacts


Regular professional contacts with others inside and/or outside immediate organisation on functional matters.  Solicits/gives information and provides advice/guidance.


D.        Contribution To Objectives


Work involves the provision of information or analysis of part of a task assisting others to take action within the organisation.


This post reports to : OCG CXOA 0010 - Section Head (IA and Security Services) - A-3.


E.         Supervisory Responsibilities


There are no reporting responsibilities.




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.


Tests and interviews with shortlisted candidates are expected to take place at SHAPE, Mons, Belgium on the 17 and 18 February 2020.


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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