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Job/Post Number: OLC GSI 0010

Title: Political Advisor (POLAD)

NATO Grade: A-5

Division: Staff Advisory Group

Clearance Level: NATO SECRET

Basic Monthly Salary: 26,673 TRY

NATO Body/Post Location: ACO/Land Command Headquarters, Izmir (TUR)

Closing Date: 20.10.2019

1. Post Context/Post Summary

The Land Command provides to the NATO Command and Force Structures immediate responsive land planning capability.

The function of the Staff Advisor Group (SAG) is to assist and advise the Command Group on issues that relate to their respective specialty.

The office of the POLAD advises the Command Group and supports the Staff upon request and within means.

The incumbent provides advice on the wide range of diplomatic, politico-military and economic developments in international affairs and provides specific advice on their implications in relation to the LANDCOM mission and tasks.

2. Principal Duties

The incumbent’s duties are:

a. As the senior civilian advisor to the Commander, participates in all major policy and planning initiatives, providing information and advice on a wide range of politico- military issues in direct support of COM’s policy formulation and decision-making. Assists the Commander in the formulation, coordination and harmonization of his advice.

b. Serves as the principle link for the Commander to: relevant civilian / political representatives of NATO; government officials of member, partner and other nations; International Organisations, academic bodies and think-tanks. Contributes to promoting awareness of LANDCOM roles, responsibilities and initiatives.

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c. Assists senior staff in ensuring coherence of LANDCOM initiatives with NATO and ACO policy, political direction and guidance. Assesses LANDCOM proposals and advises on the potential political and policy ramifications.

d. Identifies emerging pol-mil issues, provides advice as appropriate to the Commander.

e. Provides targeted briefings and think pieces on potential areas of conflict, including political developments, matters affecting security and stability, local governments, international organization activities, and the nexus of political extremism, organized crime, armed violence and terrorism, as required. Co-ordinates policy issues with LANDCOM senior staff and liaison officers, ACO and Joint Headquarters, International Organizations (IOs) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), as well as governmental representatives, as required to support mission requirements.

f. Provides substantive support for NATO high level visits.

g. Assists in preparing COM for country visits.

h. Prepares, reviews, and comments on drafts of COM speeches, media briefs, and position papers for public dissemination.

i. Participates in briefings, Commander’s Update Briefings, decision briefs and other senior command group meetings, boards and committees to provide political advice.

3. Special Requirements and Additional Duties

  • Provides specific country expertise and knowledge to COM/COS. Communicates relevant information of interest laterally and vertically with other ACO POLADs and with SHAPE SIA. Interfaces with UN, EU, OSCE, NATO HQs, SHAPE representatives as required. May be called upon to perform like duties elsewhere in the Headquarters, consistent with the advisory role.

  • The incumbent is required to undertake operational deployments and/or TDY assignments both within and without NATO’s boundaries for durations of up to 180 days.

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

4. Essential Requirements

a. Professional/Experience

(1) International relations

Skill Level (Set strategy, inspire, mobilise)

At the highest organisational level, has authority over all aspects of a significant area of work, including policy formation and application. Is fully accountable for actions taken and decisions made, both by self and others to whom responsibilities have been assigned. Makes decisions critical to organisational success. Inspires the organisation, and influences

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developments within the industry at the highest levels. Advances the knowledge and/or exploitation of technology within one or more organisations. Develops long-term strategic relationships with customers, partners, industry leaders and government. Leads on the formulation and implementation of strategy. Applies the highest level of leadership skills. Has a deep understanding of the industry and the implications of emerging technologies for the wider business environment. Has a full range of strategic management and leadership skills. Understands, explains and presents complex ideas to audiences at all levels in a persuasive and convincing manner. Has a broad and deep business knowledge, including the activities and practices of other organisations. Communicates the potential impact of emerging practices and technologies on organisations and individuals and assesses the risks of using or not using such practices and technologies. Assesses the impact of legislation, and actively promotes compliance. Ensures that the organisation develops and mobilises the full range of required digital skills and capabilities.

Experience

Minimum experience of 10 years in Strategic and International Affairs and at least five years of experience as a senior civilian advisor in a national Ministry (Foreign Affairs or Defense), or related civilian posting at the strategic (SHAPE) or political level HQ of NATO, dealing inter alia with: NATO Defence policy, NATO military operations, command decision making, relationships with nations, international organisations operating with or alongside NATO. Must have a proven record of successful performance in challenging positions.

Mature and tactful individual, possessing sound judgement, flexibility and the ability to express himself/herself persuasively, both orally and in writing.

(2) Political science and civics

The study of vernment and political principles or practice. Subjects dealing with rights and duties of the citizens are included.

Skill Level (Set strategy, inspire, mobilise)

At the highest organisational level, has authority over all aspects of a significant area of work, including policy formation and application. Is fully accountable for actions taken and decisions made, both by self and others to whom responsibilities have been assigned. Makes decisions critical to organisational success. Inspires the organisation, and influences developments within the industry at the highest levels. Advances the knowledge and/or exploitation of technology within one or more organisations. Develops long-term strategic relationships with customers, partners, industry leaders and government. Leads on the formulation and implementation of strategy. Applies the highest level of leadership skills. Has a deep understanding of the industry and the implications of emerging technologies for the wider business environment. Has a full range of strategic management and leadership skills. Understands, explains and presents complex ideas to audiences at all levels in a persuasive and convincing manner. Has a broad and deep business knowledge, including the activities and practices of other organisations. Communicates the potential impact of emerging practices and technologies on organisations and individuals and assesses the risks of using or not using such practices and technologies. Assesses the impact of legislation, and actively promotes compliance. Ensures that the organisation develops and mobilises the full range of required digital skills and capabilities.

b. Education/Training

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discipline and 10 years related experience.

The additional job specific qualifications and experience is described under Professional/Experience paragraph (4/a). In case of ambiguity the required job specific experience have priority over the standard education and training levels and experience described here.

c. Language

English – SLP 4343 – (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.

5. Desirable Qualifications

a. Professional Experience

Posting as a senior civilian advisor (A5 or equivalent) in a National Delegation to NATO or the NATO International Staff.

Previous senior civilian advisor experience in a deployed environment.

Practical experience working in or closely with IO/NGOs.

b. Education/Training

Detailed understanding of NATO, its organization, processes, and how it applies to the NCS.

Post-graduate (Masters) Degree in International relations, political science or related discipline and 10 years related experience.

c. Language

None specified

6. Attributes/Competencies

  • Personal Attributes: Mature and tactful individual possessing sound judgement, flexibility, and persuasive personality. Excellent communication and negotiation skills. A good deal of thought and judgement are required in this position. Political Advisor is required to use experience and education to analyse political situations, develop trend assessments and propose courses of action based on developments.

  • Managerial Responsibilities: There are no first line reporting responsibilities.
  • Professional Contacts: Executes duties and functions requiring frequent internal and external high-level contacts, including co-ordination and negotiation with senior civilian and military authorities. Routinely interacts with senior NATO authorities and military personnel up to the OF-9 level. Examples of such contacts include:

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a. With a variety of staff involved in political activities throughout NATO at all professional levels to provide advice, guidance, and informational/decision briefings. These include Political Advisors at grades up to A-7, at the OF-5/4 level, and POLAD Officers in grades up to A-4.

b. With senior staffs in other Divisions within the headquarters, from the working level (OF-4) up to and including ACOSs (OF-5/6) and the Command Group (OF-8). The incumbent shall frequently and routinely be expected to participate in flag-level meetings and contribute directly to flag-level decision making within the Headquarters.

c. With senior national representatives from Ministries of Defence or Foreign Affairs during discussions of political situations.

d. With senior personnel from NATO nations and external agencies. The incumbent will frequently be called upon to provide informational or decision briefings to senior staff of other organisations. Participation in such meetings routinely ranges in rank to OF-7, and occasionally occurs at even higher levels.

  • Contribution To Objectives: The incumbent ensures his Headquarters’ credibility before the nations and within the Command Structure by ensuring that his Commander understands the political situations in the theatres of operation and in areas of developing concern. This includes contribution to mission objectives by proactive identification of trends and advice on dealing with potential problems. Failure to have a fully global perspective on developing situations would have a negative effect on preparation of the headquarters to deal with emerging threats or crisis. The successful accomplishment of these tasks will directly contribute to the Commander’s ability to prepare to exercise C2 functions in accordance with his operational priorities.

This post reports to

  • OLC GXX 0010 – Commander (LANDCOM) – OF-8

CONTRACT

The successful candidate will receive a three-year definite duration contract which may be followed by an indefinite duration contract.

HOW TO APPLY:

Allied Land Command uses NATO Talent Acquisition Platform.

In order to apply for this vacancy, please visit the platform

at: https://nato.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en and search for vacancies within Land Command HQ.

  • Note that once you created your profile, you will be able to use it to apply for other vacancies within NATO.
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your cover letter where (vacanciesinturkey.com) you saw this job posting.

 

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EMPLOYMENT PRE-REQUISITES:

Candidates are invited to submit their applications only if:

  • They are nationals of a NATO member country
  • They are over 21 and under 60 years of age at the time of taking up their appointments. Appointments of definite duration may be offered to candidates of 60 years of age or more, provided that the expiry date of the contract is not later than the date at which the candidate attains the age of 65.

Notice for candidates: LANDCOM is undergoing a reorganisation that might affect the job description of this post.

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