GRADE: G23 (A6)
Closing date: 24 of October, 23h59 (CET Brussels time).
Salary (Pay Basis): 10,986.66Euro (EUR) Monthly
The NATO Chief Information Officer (CIO) function brings Information and Communications Technology (ICT) coherence across NATO Enterprise’s 41 civil and military bodies and more than 25,000 users. The NATO CIO is empowered to realize the Allies’ vision for the NATO Enterprise is accountable to the Secretary General and is responsible for the development of Enterprise directives and advice on the acquisition and use of information technologies and services. The NATO CIO provides Enterprise oversight on cybersecurity issues, and, in close coordination with all relevant NATO civil and military bodies, works towards the continual improvement of the cyber hygiene and cybersecurity posture in the NATO Enterprise.
The Office of the NATO CIO (OCIO) is an integrated staff organization comprised of International Staff (IS) and International Military Staff (IMS) members.
The mission of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity is to drive substantial change in NATO’s cybersecurity ecosystem and improve the cybersecurity posture of the Organization.
The incumbent will work under the direction of the NATO CIO and lead the work of the OCIO for cybersecurity matters, across all pillars of cybersecurity including strategy making, program/project management and cybersecurity service management. He will also act as the point of reference for any cybersecurity matter, both towards other NATO entities and towards Allies: this may include reporting on specific incidents, assessing cybersecurity implications of specific programs, establishing specific agreements and in general working towards improving the cybersecurity posture of NATO. He will need to setup, build consensus upon and lead the implementation of the NATO CIO cybersecurity program, bridging technology and cybersecurity initiatives with business acumen and strong leadership.
Key challenges facing the successful candidate will likely include:
The incumbent must possess:
The following would be considered an advantage:
Support the NATO CIO in developing strategic goals and objectives for the NATO OCIO in the area of cybersecurity, aligned with NATO’s goals and objectives and with the Alliance’s C3 Strategy. Engage with the Enterprise network to enhance the coordinated execution of the Alliance C3 Strategy, specifically for cybersecurity elements. Provide direction on what emerging cybersecurity trends are to be assimilated, integrated and introduced within the NATO Enterprise.
Represent and communicate NATO cybersecurity policies and goals within NATO and with industry and academia on cybersecurity matters and at public events on behalf of the NATO CIO. Deputize the NATO CIO in his role as Communication and Information Systems Operational Authority (CISOA) for NATO Enterprise-wide aspects. Deputize the NATO CIO in her/his role as top-level incident manager for NATO Enterprise-wide aspects, as member of the Cyber Defence Management Board (CDMB).
Participate in and contribute to overall NATO Enterprise strategy development, to leverage and improve its cybersecurity posture and align it with the NATO strategic goals and objectives. Contribute and influence the cybersecurity strategy including cyber defence. Develops cybersecurity directives to enable the NATO CIO to execute her/his role as cybersecurity Single Point of Authority. Provide Enterprise oversight on cybersecurity issues, and, in close coordination with all relevant NATO civil and military bodies, work towards the continual improvement of the NATO Enterprise cyber hygiene and cyber defence posture.
Provide senior guidance, advice and recommendations on cybersecurity capabilities and services, including technological trends, long-term planning and prospects for cooperation. Participate in and contribute to the assessment of external cybersecurity opportunities and threats, and advice on NATO Enterprise cybersecurity capabilities and services required.
Identify and enable cost-effective and innovative shared-solutions across the NATO Enterprise to address relevant cybersecurity functions. Drive the development of shared solutions and ensure compliance to enterprise technology standards, governance processes and performance metrics.
Align OCIO work plan with the organization’s objectives. Manage interdependencies and risk and approve contingency actions.
Assist the NATO CIO in exercising her/his Cybersecurity Single Point of Authority role and respond with agility to changing NATO priorities and to changes in the cybersecurity landscape. Provide strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, and operation of the NATO Enterprise cybersecurity architecture.
Support the Office in cultivating a motivating, inclusive and effective workplace. Provide mentoring, coaching and training opportunities and be available to offer guidance at critical moments. Promote transparency in decision-making, equal access to opportunities for all staff and an inclusive management culture. Participate in recruitment procedures for vacant posts in the Organisation, in accordance with NATO recruitment guidelines. Identify possible development and mobility opportunities for individuals.
Promote and encourage cooperation among NATO Enterprise bodies, ensuring coherence, integration and alignment with NATO goals and objectives in areas related to cybersecurity. Engage and consult with cybersecurity management authorities on requirements, capital investments, operation, maintenance and disposal of the NATO Enterprise’s cybersecurity capabilities and services. Develop and maintain close relationship with the NATO Communications and Information Agency, in particular with the NATO Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Develop close cooperation and working relationships with stakeholders, including the Consultation, Command and Control (C3) Board, the Agencies Supervisory Boards, the Cyber Defence Committee, the Military Committee, the Security Committee, the Resource Planning and Policy Board, and other relevant senior policy committees and boards. Promote and encourage contacts and connections between the OCIO and leading cybersecurity market vendors, establishing a culture of exchange and mutual assistance. Promote the creation of specific agreements and frameworks for exchange of information, support and knowledge, for example on product roadmaps.
Plan, supervise and ensure financial accountability of the annual budget of the NATO CIO Office dedicated to cybersecurity activities, including the Cyber Adaptation program.
Align the scope and focus of the knowledge management systems and processes related to cybersecurity with the objectives of the OCIO.
Perform any other related duty as assigned.
The incumbent reports to the NATO CIO. The incumbent has delegated authority from the NATO CIO and regularly works with the Office of the Secretary General for cybersecurity matters. S/He works closely with the Assistants of the Secretary General, the Director General International Military Staff for cybersecurity matters and is required to operate and engage with senior government and military personnel in NATO and partner nations, NATO civil and military bodies, and in non-NATO entities.
S/He will liaise with leadership in relevant international organisations, industry and academia, as required.
Direct reports: N/A
Indirect reports: N/A
The incumbent must demonstrate:
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