Director, Intelligence Production Unit

NATO Direct
10,986.66Euro (EUR) Monthly
Contract Type
Expiry Date

International Staff, NATO HQ


The Joint Intelligence and Security Division (JISD), under the leadership of the Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security (ASG-I&S), comprises two principal pillars: Intelligence – headed by the Deputy ASG for Intelligence (DASG-I); and the NATO Office of Security (NOS) – headed by the Deputy ASG for Security.

Intelligence is responsible for ensuring the situational awareness of the North Atlantic Council and the Military Committee, for the analysis of the indications and warnings in support of the NATO Crisis Response System, and for the development of intelligence policies and capabilities for NATO. Its functional areas address: intelligence analysis and production, intelligence policy, and capability development.

The joint civilian and military Intelligence Production Unit (IPU) supports North Atlantic Council (NAC) and Military Committee (MC) deliberations and discussions on strategic issues of concern with strategic level intelligence-based analysis. The IPU supports senior civilian and military decision makers at NATO with intelligence-based analysis on regional issues in Eurasia, Africa and the Middle East, and on transnational issues such as terrorism, proliferation, cyber, space and energy security.

The IPU resides within the Intelligence Pillar of the JISD, and as such the Director IPU, reports through the DASG-I to the ASG I&S. S/he is responsible for the overall direction and management of the IPU including all aspects of the joint (civilian-military), comprehensive, intelligence analysis provided by the IPU to the NAC, MC, NATO civilian and military decision-makers, and NATO staff elements, as required. The Director IPU interacts with government officials and military officers, and with the intelligence and security organisations of NATO member countries, and through the NATO Civilian Intelligence Committee (CIC) and Military Intelligence Committee (MIC), in order to foster increased support to the NAC and MC.


Key challenges facing the successful candidate for this post during the next 2-3 years will include:

1. Intelligence Support: Provide timely, accurate and responsive intelligence support to NATO Intelligence customers, including members of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), Military Committee (MC), and members of the NATO civilian and military staffs.

2. Workforce Development: Ensure that the IPU workforce delivers objective, intelligence-based analysis, and that members of the IPU possesses the skills, tools, and tradecraft necessary to perform their duties. Promote a climate of professionalism and respect for diversity.

3. Engagement and Outreach: Engage CIC and MIC intelligence services, entities at NATO HQ, SHAPE, NATO Partners, and other relevant bodies to ensure that the IPU is able to support emerging requirements with timely intelligence. 




The incumbent must:

  •  possess a university degree or equivalent level of qualification;
  •  be an active civilian member of a member nation's security or intelligence service, with at least 15 years' of intelligence experience; out of which at least 10 years gained in progressively senior leadership positions;
  •  have extensive people management experience and the capacity to lead, motivate and engage diverse and multidisciplinary teams;
  •  have a current comprehensive intelligence background obtained while working in a security/intelligence service;
  • possess demonstrated broad experience in intelligence analysis and in providing intelligence support to executive decision-makers, both civilian and military;
  •  have excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing, and be able to draft clearly and concisely in at least one of NATO’s official languages;
  •  be able to draw conclusions from diverse inputs, and possess a proven ability for condensing data and conclusions on complex issues and subject matters into concise reports for senior officials;
  •  be acquainted with the structure, organisation and functions of the Alliance and have an ability to adapt quickly to working in a fast-paced international environment;
  •  possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): VI (“Proficiency”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.



The following would be considered an advantage:

  •  familiarity with NATO, to include exposure to either NATO operations or the NATO headquarters environment;
  •  familiarity with or exposure to Europe and European intelligence or security services.


Vision and Direction

Prioritise, organise and supervise the work of the IPU in accordance with the NATO HQ strategic 3 intelligence needs and requirements. Develop plans and objectives for the IPU in line with NATO policy direction and ASG Intelligence and Security’s vision and strategy. Develop, communicate and implement a vision for the future development of the team to address the challenges of the future in an ever-changing working environment. Champion change and federate the team around common objectives, ensuring that vision guides its mid and long-term programme of work. Act as a role model of inclusive leadership and promote resilience, flexibility and innovation. 


Representation of the Organization

Enhance intelligence sharing by communicating, liaising and co-ordinating with senior officials and representatives from security and intelligence services in NATO member countries, as well as through the existing mechanisms of the NATO CIC and MIC.

Stakeholder Management

Provide comprehensive intelligence analysis to the NAC and MC in direct support of their deliberations and decision-making. Able to brief the NAC, MC and other committees on request and at short notice. Provide support to all intelligence users at NATO Headquarters and elsewhere in the form of briefings, assessments and other appropriate analytical products. Guide the management and the resolution of issues to promote long- term stability and cooperation in line with NATO’s mission and ASG Intelligence and Security’s vision, strategy and direction.

Organisational Efficiencies

Enhance co-operation between civilian and military intelligence elements across NATO and within the JISD, to improve intelligence support to Alliance decision-making. Improve co-ordination with the policy staff within the JISD to ensure more effective synchronisation of intelligence support to policy development and operational deliberations and decisions. Challenge staff to develop and implement creative solutions and improvement initiatives. 

People Management

Provide guidance and coordinate the work of the IPU civilian and military intelligence officers, NATO staff, contractors and other temporary staff, fostering a motivating and effective workplace by building highperforming teams. Provide in-depth mentoring, coaching and training opportunities and be available to offer guidance at critical moments. Ensure that all staff under her/his responsibility are clear on Organisational, Divisional, Directorate and Section objectives. Provide regular and fair feedback on performance, informally as appropriate and via the HQ Performance Review and Development (PRD) system. Identify possible development and mobility opportunities for team members. Promote integrity, professionalism and accountability through a sound and inclusive leadership culture.

Knowledge Management

As a member of the NATO Intelligence Steering Board (ISB), work with the NATO HQ intelligence elements to formulate the NATO Strategic Intelligence Requirements, develop the NATO Intelligence Work Plan, and ensure that NAC and MC requirements are met and supported. Ensure that the IPU is equipped with the right tools, resources, and processes to gather, assess and disseminate intelligence on all issues of interest to the NAC and MC on threats to NATO personnel, facilities, Partners and interests.

Financial Management

Working with the JISD Front Office, plan, organise, develop, integrate and prioritise financial resources to effectively accomplish the IPU missions in support of NATO strategic goals.

Project Management

Oversee the production of all IPU intelligence products and databases on issues assigned or tasked to the IPU including, but not restricted to: transnational threats, regional instability, Allied security, strategic resources and other regional and transnational issues and threats of interest to the Alliance.

Policy Development

Work with the Strategy and Policy Unit within the JISD to develop and support policies related to the mission and activities of the IPU, participate in their revision across NATO identified areas of interest. Participate in NATO committees and fora as required.

Expertise Development

Exercise the delegated “Release Authority” for all IPU products and continuously ensure that IPU assessments meet the highest standards of analytical objectivity and Tradecraft. Ensure that IPU intelligence databases are maintained and are kept secure, and can be readily available to IPU personnel and other stakeholders as required. Promote expertise development within the staff of the IPU through training and other opportunities.

Planning and Execution

Establish and implement strategic plans in order to direct, co-ordinate and manage the IPU intelligence efforts, including co-ordinating with Allied intelligence and security services, and intelligence elements within the NATO HQ and across the Alliance, to support NAC and MC deliberations and decision making. Ensure that the IPU continues to serve as a centre of expertise on terrorist threat intelligence within the NATO intelligence community. Perform any other related duty as assigned.



The incumbent must demonstrate:

  •  Achievement: Sets and works to meet challenging goals;
  •  Change leadership: Personally leads change;
  •  Conceptual thinking: Clarifies complex data or situations;
  •  Developing others: Provides in-depth mentoring, coaching and training;
  •  Impact and influence: Uses indirect influence;
  •  Initiative: Plans and acts for the long-term;
  •  Leadership: Positions self as the leader;
  •  Organisational awareness: Understands organisational politics;
  • Self-control: Stays composed and positive even under extreme pressure



Contract to be offered to the successful applicant (if non-seconded): Definite duration contract of three years; possibility of renewal for up to three years.

Contract clause applicable: This is a senior post of specialised political nature in which turnover is required for political reasons. The successful applicant will be offered a 3-year definite duration contract, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years. The maximum period of service in this post is six years. If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of one of NATO’s member States, a 3-year definite duration contract will be offered, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years subject also to the agreement of the national authority concerned. Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations.


Please note that we can only accept applications from nationals of NATO member countries. Applications must be submitted using e-recruitment system, as applicable:

  • For NATO civilian staff members only: please apply via the internal recruitment portal (link);
  •  For all other applications:

Please note that at the time of the interviews, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their education and professional experience as relevant for this vacancy. Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance (provided by the national Authorities of the selected candidate) and approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser.



TO APPLY copy code 211005 and search in this link Vacancies


Register and Apply
Log In and Apply

By submitting this form you agreed to our terms & conditions & privacy statement?

Receive updates & notifications from Nato Jobs