Head, Eastern Partnership Section

  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 22

Position description


The PASP Division leads on the political aspects of NATO’s core tasks and is the International Staff’s hub for partnerships. 

The incumbent will act within the overall competence of PASP and in accordance with NATO-wide standards as well as with PASP Standing Operating Procedures. S/He will help develop, and be responsible for the implementation of political guidance related to NATO relations with Russia and Ukraine (including in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) and the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) respectively), Belarus, Republic of Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. On those issues, s/he will organise and lead the work of the Section and guide the work of the NATO Representation in Kyiv, Ukraine and the NATO Liaison Office in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. S/He will manage staff under her/his supervision in accordance with the principles of team-work, transparency, and delegation of authority. S/He will engage with country representatives, NATO staff, and representatives of other international organisations and NGOs.

Key challenges facing the successful candidate for the first three-five years will include:

  1. Managing the Partnership East Team on a busy set of files using sound management principles.

  2. Taking account of the evolving security situation in the Euro-Atlantic area in the framework of NATO's dual track approach to Russia.

  3. Providing oversight for the cooperation framework between NATO and Ukraine.






The incumbent must:

  • possess a university degree or equivalent qualification, preferably in the field of political science, public or international relations or another relevant discipline;

  • have at least 10 years of relevant professional experience;

  • have proven experience in managing and leading a diverse team, both onsite and remotely;

  • demonstrate a strong understanding of security issues in the Euro-Atlantic area; 

  • have experience in programme/project management;

  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other, with the demonstrated capacity to draft clearly, concisely and rapidly in one of the official languages;

  • have good oral and written knowledge of Russian;

  • be ready to travel and work outside of normal office hours.




The following would be considered an advantage:

  • experience of work in/with one of the countries under the responsibility of the Section;

  • diplomatic experience in the foreign service of a member country or in an international organisation;

  • strong analytical skills;

  • strong presentational skills.




Policy Development


Support relevant policy development work in North Atlantic Council (NAC), NRC, NUC and the respective subordinate committees, in preparation for key meetings and related discussions and decisions. Assist senior NATO officials in developing relevant policy points and documents. Ensure that political contacts and cooperation activities are consistent with and support NAC decisions. Provide advice to Allied and Partner representatives on policy questions related to the countries under the Section’s responsibility.


Project Management


Coordinate on-going work within the Alliance on Understanding Russia Better. Facilitate Allied work on the Annual National Programme under the NATO-Ukraine Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, together with the Individual Partnership Action Plans or relevant Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programmes for the countries under the responsibility of the Section. Manage the NATO-Ukraine Platform for Countering Hybrid Warfare. Oversee and support the development and implementation of other specific cooperation programmes and projects that promote reform in, and cooperation with, the countries under her/his responsibility. Oversee and guide the work of the NATO Representation in Ukraine and the NATO Liaison Office in Republic of Moldova, help politically inform the work of other teams in NATO working in partnership issues, assign related activities to Country Officers and guide their progress. Provide oversight to, manage and liaise with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to ensure implementation of the Counter-Narcotics Training Project for Afghan, Central Asian and Pakistani personnel.


Stakeholder Management


Support the Alliance's initiatives by collaborating with allied and partner officials. Prepare, support, and chair – if/when appropriate – meetings of the, the Partnership and Cooperative Security Committee, including in a NUC format, the Political Committee, the Management Board of the NATO-Ukraine Platform on Countering Hybrid Warfare, and relevant task forces. Oversee and guide the work of Country Officers in chairing NATO Country Teams, which aim to create a “One NATO” approach to cooperation with each partner. Assist in the organisation, preparation and follow-up of meetings and official visits involving senior NATO officials. Liaise with managers and/or senior staff across NATO and with partner missions. Liaise with other international organisations at equivalent level, as well as NGOs as necessary. Promote team spirit, transparency, flexibility and collegiality and ensure full cooperation and transparency within and between sections.

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