Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Head, Acquisition and Holdings Management, A.1/A.2. NATO, Brussels. Open until 16 November 2019


Head, Acquisition and Holdings Management (190851)

Primary Location: Belgium-Brussels

NATO Body: NATO International Staff (NATO IS)

Schedule: Full-time

Application Deadline: 16-Nov-2019

Salary (Pay Basis): 4,278.35Euro (EUR) Monthly

Grade A.1/A.2

Clearance Level CTS


The NATO Archives acts under the authority of the Archives Committee. Under the direction of the NATO Archivist, its main responsibilities are the identification of information of permanent value, the overall management of NATO archival holdings and the implementation of the NATO Records Policy and Public Disclosure Policy. As such the NATO Archives provides guidance on records and archives matters NATO wide; collects NATO information of permanent value throughout NATO civil and military bodies; organises and preserves this information regardless of its format; and provides access to publicly disclosed NATO information.

Under the general guidance of the NATO Archivist, the incumbent will be responsible for implementing the Policy on the Retention and Disposition of NATO Information; contributing to the development of information management policies, standards and procedures; and the physical and intellectual management of NATO’s archival holdings.

Within this framework the main functions of the Head will include: managing the archival vaults of the NATO Archives for records in all formats (including e-vaults for digital information); developing and implementing retention and disposition policies and procedures; coordinating appraisal reviews of NATO HQ information; providing advice to NATO civil and military bodies and operations on records and archives questions; initiating and supervising descriptions of archival holdings; and implementing preservation measures for records in all formats.

In addition, the Head directs the Acquisition and Holdings Management Unit (AHU) and replaces the NATO Archivist during absences. The Head presents to the Archives 

Committee on the implementation of the Policy on the Retention and Disposition of NATO Information and on other special projects as required.



The incumbent must:

o possess a university degree, preferably with an emphasis on records and archives management or contemporary history/international relations;

o have at least three years of relevant working experience; at least two of which must be at the national or international level;

o possess experience implementing retention and disposition programmes in large organisations;

o possess experience managing projects related to records and archives and information management within tight deadlines;

o possess experience in writing strategic policies, directives and guidelines;

o possess knowledge of international standards related to records and archives;

o possess knowledge and experience of electronic records and electronic records keeping systems, and knowledge of the challenges of electronic records and archival preservation;

o have experience in briefing and training;

o be familiar with current office software suites, particularly database products related to records and archives management ;

o possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V ("Advanced") in one; III ("Intermediate") in the other.


The following would be considered an advantage:

· a thorough knowledge of the Organization and Alliance activities;

· experience working in records and archives management in a security conscious environment;

· experience in managing digital archives;

· managerial experience;

· knowledge of additional languages.


Expertise Development

Develop and update retention and disposition schedules that identify and preserve NATO information of permanent value as well as facilitate the timely destruction of information identified as having no permanent value. Contribute to the implementation and management of a trusted digital repository for the long-term preservation of digital holdings. Ensure the  

retrievability of inactive records in all formats by developing and maintaining taxonomies and accurately preserving metadata for these records

Project Management

Identify, implement and successfully complete projects in relation to semi-active and inactive NATO information. Contribute to the development of records, archives and information management policies and their implementation in the International Staff (IS) and across the Organization.

Information Management

Coordinate and conduct archival appraisal of archival holdings at NATO Headquarters, Implement and maintain an integrated file plan and taxonomy for both paper and electronic records.

Stakeholder Management

Respond to requests for information contained within the NATO archives. Provide advice and guidance to NATO civil and military bodies and operations on records and archives management.

Knowledge Management

Describe archival holdings according to established international and Organizational standards so as to maintain access thereto. Ensure the preservation of semi-active and inactive records in all formats. Manage the space of archival repositories containing records in all formats and ensure that all files and boxes are registered and traceable. Coordinate transfers of NATO information of permanent value. Authorize and supervise the destruction of NATO information of temporary value.

People Management

Direct and supervise the work of the AHU staff and prepare and maintain a work plan for the Unit. Direct and supervise the NATO Archives staff when the NATO Archivist is absent. This includes attending management meetings, meetings with experts and meetings with national representatives.

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the NATO Archivist and directs and supervises the staff of the Acquisition and Holdings Management Unit. He/she is required to work closely with the Public Disclosure Officer and the Officer, Retention and Disposition, as well as with staff working in Information Management (IM) at NATO headquarters and throughout the Organization.

Direct reports: 3

Indirect reports: N/a.


The incumbent must demonstrate:

· Achievement: Works to meet standards;

· Analytical Thinking: Sees basic relationships;

· Clarity and Accuracy: Checks own work;

· Conceptual Thinking: Sees patterns based on life/work experience;

· Customer Service Orientation: Takes personal responsibility for correcting problems;

· Empathy: Reads non-verbal cues and understands meanings;

· Impact and Influence: Takes multiple actions to persuade;

· Initiative: Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation;

· Teamwork: Co-operates.


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, during which the incumbent may apply for conversion to an indefinite duration contract.

Contract clause applicable:

In accordance with the contract policy, this is a post in which turnover is desirable for political reasons in order to be able to accommodate the Organisation's need to carry out its tasks as mandated by the Nations in a changing environment, for example by maintaining the flexibility necessary to shape the Organisation's skills profile, and to ensure appropriate international diversity.

The maximum period of service foreseen in this post is 6 years. 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. However, according to the procedure described in the contract policy the incumbent may apply for conversion to an indefinite contract during the period of renewal and no later than one year before the end of contract.

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. The maximum period of service in the post as a seconded staff member is six years.

Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Régulations.


Irrespective of previous qualifications and experience, candidates for twin-graded posts will be appointed at the lower grade. Advancement to the higher grade is not automatic, and will not normally take place during the first three years of service in the post.

Under specific circumstances, serving staff members may be appointed directly to the higher grade, and a period of three years might be reduced by up to twenty four months for external candidates. These circumstances are described in the IS directive on twin-graded posts.


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 (for more information, please contact your local Civilian HR Manager);

For all other applications: www.nato.int/recruitment

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.

More information about the recruitment process and conditions of employment, can be found at our website (http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/recruit-hq-e.htm)


NATO as an equal opportunities employer values diverse backgrounds and perspectives and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all Member States and strongly encourages women to apply.

Building Integrity is a key element of NATO’s core tasks. As an employer, NATO values commitment to the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in accordance with international norms and practices established for the defence and related security sector. Selected candidates are expected to be role models of integrity, and to promote good governance through ongoing efforts in their work.

Due to the broad interest in NATO and the large number of potential candidates, telephone or e-mail enquiries cannot be dealt with.

Applicants who are not successful in this competition may be offered an appointment to another post of a similar nature, albeit at the same or a lower grade, provided they meet the necessary requirements.

The nature of this position may require the staff member at times to be called upon to travel for work and/or to work outside normal office hours.

The organization offers several work-life policies including Teleworking and Flexible Working arrangements (Flexitime) subject to business requirements.

Please note that the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium is a non-smoking environment.

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