Head, Operations Protective Security

Employer: Nato
Location: Belgium

VACANCY N°: 160332

The NATO Office of Security (NOS) is responsible for the overall coordination of NATO

security among member, Partner, Mediterranean Dialogue, Istanbul Cooperation Initiative,

Contact nations and NATO civil and military bodies. In this connection it is responsible for

ensuring the correct implementation of NATO security policy NATO wide.

The Protective Security Branch (PRB), one of the three branches within the NOS exists to

ensure the security and safety of the NATO Headquarters, its people, infrastructure and

information. In coordination with the Host Nation, it analyses threats and vulnerabilities,

determining and then acting to minimise risks in these areas. Its staff work in the following

domains: access management; security regulations and infractions; physical security;

security guarding; fire, first aid and CBRN; emergency procedures; information assurance;

security awareness and “special events” (NATO Ministerial meetings and other high-level

conferences at the NATO Headquarters, and in NATO member and Partner nations). It also

advises the NATO satellite offices on protective security issues.

The incumbent is responsible for managing daily security operations at the NATO HQ.

He/she is also responsible for coordinating all security aspects of events outside the NATO

HQ and elsewhere (Ministerial and special events). He/she manages the Planning Office,

the NATO Security Force and the Fire and First Aid unit and contract staff. He/she reports

directly to the Head PRB.



The incumbent must:

 possess a university degree or equivalent qualification from an institute of

recognised standing;

 possess professional experience of at least 5 years in security management;

 possess demonstrated management abilities and have experience in managing

different teams under one operational objective;

 possess a sound knowledge of current trends in security operations, fire

prevention and emergency procedures;

 possess excellent writing skills and be able to draft clear and concise reports;

 possess the following minimum levels in the official languages of NATO

(English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one and III (“Intermediate”) in the other;

 have the flexibility to work unsocial hours in response to crises and urgent


 be willing to travel extensively.


The following would be considered an advantage:

 a good knowledge of NATO’s security policy and its supporting directives;

 be well versed in NATO’s political activities and its organisation;

 at least 10 years’ experience in a national (civilian or military) security


 demonstrated experience in the human resources aspects of staff management

(recruitment, performance management, complaints procedures, overtime

management, etc.);

 experience working effectively in a multi-national, multi-cultural organisation;

 formal officers level training at national military/police staff academy or equivalent.


Planning and Execution

Manage the daily operations and missions of the operational units within the Protective

Security Branch. Plan, coordinate and implement security measures required for North

Atlantic Council (NAC) activities, ministerial, summits and other high level meetings, at

NATO HQ and abroad, in close collaboration with the Security Authorities of the hosting

nations concerned and in accordance with NATO Security Policy. Plan and organise with

relevant stakeholders all security measures necessary for any other event at NATO HQ.

Financial Management

Plan, coordinate and monitor the budgets, annual expenditure and financial resources for

the operational units and outsourced contracts in an efficient manner, avoiding duplication.

Ensure all contracts are prepared and purchases executed in a timely manner.

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