Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy

  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Feb 25

Position description

COMPENSATION: shortlisted candidates will be provided with a simulation of the compensation package for this post.


The Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy leads the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division. Within the NATO International Staff, the Assistant Secretary General (ASG) is responsible for the policy development of NATO’s partnerships, as well as advising on the political aspects of NATO's security tasks. 

This is a broad and varied portfolio, covering the following principal issues: 

  • General political affairs within NATO;

  • NATO’s Enlargement Policy;

  • Building relationships with:

      • international organisations and institutions, in particular with the European Union, the United Nations, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe; 

      • Partnership for Peace countries; 

      • Mediterranean Dialogue partners;

      • Istanbul Cooperation Initiative partners;

      • Partners across the globe – which includes Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Colombia, New Zealand and Pakistan;

  • NATO’s policy and relationship with Russia;

  • Conventional Arms Control Policy. 


The ASG reports to the Secretary General of NATO and advises the Secretary General on political affairs and security policy issues. There are 8 Assistant Secretaries General, all of whom report to the NATO Secretary General and are also accountable to the North Atlantic Council.  As a member of the Secretary General’s senior management team, each Assistant Secretary General is also expected to contribute to overall policy development and delivery, including in areas beyond their direct set of responsibilities. 

The ASG PASP manages the Division (presently approximately 65 staff members) and will be supported by a Deputy ASG and two subordinate Directors.


    The candidate must possess:

  • a strong background in political affairs, international relations and security policy, developed through 10-15 years of experience;

  • a proven track record of successfully developing key relationships with NATO partner countries, in both bilateral and multinational settings; a proven track record of working with key international organisations;

  • a university degree (Master’s level preferred) in a relevant field;

  • experience working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds; 

  • a proven track record of experience in progressively senior posts, recent experience in senior-level leadership positions and significant professional experience in managerial position;

  • a proven track record of creating a high-level vision and directing organisations to develop and implement the necessary policies;

  • the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): VI (“Proficiency”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.    



The Assistant Secretary General chairs and co-chairs high-level committees composed of NATO Nations and partners.

These committees include the Deputy Permanent Representatives Committee, the Political Committee and the Political and Partnerships Committee. Several years’ experience of facilitating high-level dialogue and consensus is essential.

ASG PASP will also be called upon to represent the Secretary General at high-level meetings. Experience of working in a multilateral environment or an environment with a variety of stakeholders from multi-cultural backgrounds is important. A proven management track record is also critical.

ASG PASP will speak in public fora and to the Press on behalf of the Secretary General. There is a substantial representation function associated with this appointment. 

In his/her role as manager of the Division, the incumbent will lead and oversee a team of International staff officials who are under the direct supervision of the Heads of Section. Specifically, the ASG will:

  • Attract Staff: Ensure recruitment panels for posts in his/her Division are fair and objective; Serve on the Establishment Committee and make selection recommendations with the best interests of the Organization in mind;

  • Develop Staff: Adhere to sound management principles with staff, and provide in depth mentoring, coaching and training opportunities; Be available for guidance at critical moments; Ensure that all Divisional staff are clear on Organizational and Divisional objectives; Provide regular and fair feedback on performance, informally as appropriate and via the performance management system;

  • Monitor and Promote Performance: Participate in a collegial review of performance at divisional level to discuss possible development and mobility opportunities for individuals, identify high potentials and help ensure common standards are applied in the process across the Organization;

  • Foster Continual Improvement: Serve on internal strategy, policy, and coordination boards, as required.  Actively contribute to the improvement of the Organization; Participate in the Senior Leader Orientation Programme, the Chairman Training Programme, and other programmes related to the successful execution of his/her duties.   


Candidates must demonstrate the following competencies:   

  • Achievement 

  • Change Leadership

  • Conceptual Thinking

  • Clarity and Accuracy

  • Developing Others

  • Impact and Influence

  • Initiative

  • Leadership

  • Organizational Awareness 



Key challenges facing the successful candidate for ASG, PASP during the next 3 years will likely include:

 A. In the field of security policy, and arms control policy, leading NATO’s policy response to current security challenges;

 B. Building deep relationships with the European Union, the United Nations, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe;

 C. Ensuring the prioritisation of clearly defined partnership objectives in a resource constrained environment.

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