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Engineer (COMSEC Implementation)

Engineer (COMSEC Implementation)-180157

Primary Location



NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)



Salary (Pay Basis)

: 5,365.51Euro (EUR) Monthly
Grade A.2

Do you have experience in planning, installing, or maintaining crypto equipment and their associated voice or data terminal, line and routing equipment? Can you demonstrate experience in the analysis of risk and in the implementation and integration of Information Assurance protective measures? Have you led a project implementation team or equivalent in a major communications project?
If the answer is yes, this position is ideal for you.
The NCI Agency is currently seeking an Engineer (COMSEC Implementation) for development and production of User Operator and Maintenance Guides for all NATO cryptographic systems to include Prototype Information Assurance architecture testing.
Role Responsibilities
This is a position within the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency, an organization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The NCI Agency has been established with a view to meeting to the best advantage the collective requirements of some or all NATO nations in the fields of capability delivery and service provision related to Consultation, Command & Control as well as Communications, Information and Cyber Defence functions, thereby also facilitating the integration of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Target Acquisition functions and their associated information exchange.
Director of Infrastructure Services (DIS) is accountable for the effective and efficient provision of CIS Infrastructures, and associated Enterprise-wide ICT Services through lifecycle support delivered to the Customer within time, cost and quality parameters and the requirements specified in SLAs. DIS is also accountable for the provision of Information Assurance Operations services, technical support and enterprise security management at the Strategic, Operational and Tactical levels. Infrastructure Services are delivered and managed in coordination with the Operations Centre and the CIS Support Units (CSUs). DIS comprises the following four service lines: Network Services and IT Infrastructure; Core Enterprise Services; Service Management and Control; and Cyber Security Services.
This post is assigned to the Cyber Security (CS) Service Line (SL) which provides governance, scientific, technical, acquisition and sustainment support in the area of cyber security, throughout the lifecycle of NATO Communications Information Systems (CIS). The CS SL enables secure conduct of the Alliance's operations and business in the NNEC environment and in the context of NATO's C4ISR.
Under the direction of the Head Cyber Capability Development Branch but largely on you own initiative, you will perform duties such as the following:
* Development and production of User Operator and Maintenance Guides for all NATO cryptographic systems to include Prototype Information Assurance architecture testing;
* Delivery of semi-formal training during initial installation of NATO cryptographic equipment and systems;
* Maintenance and provision of in-depth technical and procedural COMSEC knowledge;
* Review of Tybe B Cost Estimates (TBCEs) and Project Implementation plans;
* Production and dissemination Project documentation;
* Development of secure technical solutions;
* Technical support to production of project accreditation documentation to include project handover (JFAI);
* Site surveys in support of new installations;
* Site installations inspection in support of validation of conformity of new installations;
* Installation and commissioned of COMSEC element and associated networking devices;
* Support to Information Assurance help desks;
* Preparation of Information Assurance system components prior to delivery to site;
* The compilation and storage of installation records;
* COMSEC advice and support to all NATO COMSEC Officers and Commanders;
* Production of formal Reports;
* Act as a technical team lead and mentor;
* Performs other duties as may be required.

Person Specification
Qualifications Required
A Master of Science (MSc) degree at a nationally recognised/certified University in a technical subject with substantial Information Technology (IT) content and 2 years post-related experience, or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree at a nationally recognised/certified University in a technical subject with substantial Information Technology (IT) content and 4 years post related experience. Exceptionally, the lack of a university/college degree may be compensated by the demonstration of a candidate's particular abilities or experience that is/are of interest to NCI Agency, that is, at least 10 years extensive and progressive expertise in the duties related to the function of the post.
It will be considered an asset if you hold professional qualifications:
* CIS Orientation Officers - NATO CIS School (ITA);
* COMSEC System Engineering Course - NATO CIS School (ITA);
* NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course - NATO School Oberammergau (DEU);

Experience Required
In addition to at least 2 years of relevant experience, you will be required to prove:
* Extensive experience in the analysis of risk and in the implementation and integration of IA protective measures;
* Experience in COMSEC - Guidance and Criteria;
* To have led a project implementation team or equivalent in a major communications project with supervision of a number of installation personnel;
* Practical experience in planning, installing, or maintaining crypto equipment and their associated voice or data terminal, line and routing equipment;
* Knowledge of military cryptographic equipment and principles;
* Good working knowledge of modern communications principles to include Internet protocols (IP) networks and techniques;
* Experience in up to date network security principles and practices.

Full driving license is a must.
It is considered desirable for you to have:
* Knowledge of cryptographic installation techniques and standards;
* Knowledge of NATO Implementation, COMSEC and EMSEC Directives and publications;
* Knowledge of NATO Logistic Support and Guidance;
* Prior experience of working in an international environment comprising both military and civilian elements;
* Knowledge of NATO responsibilities and organization, including ACO and ACT.

Competencies Required

Deciding and Initiating Action - Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; takes initiative and works under own direction; initiates and generates activity and introduces changes into work processes; makes quick, clear decisions which may include tough choices or considered risks.
Working with People - Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well.
Relating and Networking - Easily establishes good relationships with customers and staff; relates well to people at all levels; builds wide and effective networks of contacts; uses humour appropriately to bring warmth to relationships with others.
Presenting and Communicating Information - Speaks fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; projects credibility.
Applying Expertise and Technology - Applies specialist and detailed technical expertise; uses technology to achieve work objectives; develops job knowledge and expertise (theoretical and practical) through continual professional development; demonstrates an understanding of different organisational departments and functions.
Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Works strategically to realise organisational goals; sets and develops strategies; identifies, develops positive and compelling visions of the organisation's future potential; takes account of a wide range of issues across, and related to, the organisation.
Planning and Organising - Sets clearly defined objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; identifies and organises resources needed to accomplish tasks; manages time effectively; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones.
Achieving Personal Work Goals and Objectives - Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm; works hard and puts in longer hours when it is necessary; seeks progression to roles of increased responsibility and influence; identifies own development needs and makes use of developmental or training opportunities.
Language Skills
Most of the work of the NCI Agency is conducted in the English language, and therefore a thorough knowledge of English, both written and spoken, is essential and some knowledge of French is desirable.
Business travel to NATO and national (NATO and non-NATO) facilities as well as frequent travel between the NCI Agency offices.
May be required to undertake duty travel to operational theatres inside and outside NATO boundaries.
NCI Agency normally offers contracts of employment of a definite duration, not exceeding three years. Contracts may be for less than three years as required to support short-term projects, meet uncertainty with respect to the business outlook, staff performance and other factors.
Definite duration contracts may be extended for further periods. When extending contracts, the following is taken into consideration:
* Renewal is in the interest of the Agency.
* Staff member's desire to remain with the Agency.
* The financial situation provides sufficient funding for the post held.
* The skills, competencies and behaviours, potential and work experience of the staff, versus the requirements of the Agency's work and/or availability of funding.
* Staff member has served the Agency with performance to the required standard as defined by the Agency.
* Staff member's deployability to operational theatre.

Serving civilian members of NATO will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations.
The first six months of definite duration contracts are a probationary period. During this period the staff member's work is assessed to ensure that he/she has the ability to carry out the duties of the post. At or before the end of the probationary period, the staff member will be notified in writing that the appointment is confirmed or terminated or, in exceptional cases, that the probationary period is extended.
What do we offer?
* Excellent tax-free salary, including (where eligible) expatriation household and children's allowances and additional privileges for expatriate staff.
* Education allowance for children (where appropriate) and an excellent private health insurance scheme.
* Generous annual leave and home leave (if eligible).
* Retirement Pension Plan.

To learn more about NCI Agency and our work, please visit our website.
Please note that due to the Agency's transition into a new structure in the near future, this post may be subject to transfer to one of our other locations, as well as to a change of reporting lines. The final decision will be made at the time of a firm offer.
The Agency's recruitment team advises you that due to the large volume of applications it receives the screening process may take up to 2 months after closing date. We appreciate your patience.

Engineer (COMSEC Implementation)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization,
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Permanent contract, Temporary fixed-term contract
Software Engineer
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