Principal Scientific Assistant

NCIA - NATO Communications and Information Agency

Principal Scientific Assistant

NCIA - NATO Communications and Information Agency

The Hague, Netherlands

NATO Body: NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Schedule: Full-time
Salary (Pay Basis): 4,538.44 Euro (EUR) Monthly
Grade: B.5


NATO offers you more than a job. It gives you a mission: building peace and security for one billion people in Europe and North America. The NATO Communications & Information Agency is leading NATO’s Digital Endeavour. We are NATO’s technology and cyber leaders, helping NATO Nations to communicate and work together in smarter ways. Our work is challenging and meaningful, and you will develop and apply your expertise as part of a dynamic international team of civilian and military professionals. Come and be part of the most successful alliance in history.

We are looking a talented Principal Scientific Assistant who is a flexible, highly motivated individual willing to take on challenging initiatives, capable of working both independently and with others in a team and able to follow through to deliver results. We use the latest technologies to solve challenging yet rewarding problems. Our solutions are used throughout NATO, saving lives and contributing to NATO’s success in protecting our nations. Do you want to be part of a highly skilled and motivated team? If you have the relevant experience in the areas below and you enjoy working in a multicultural environment, this post is ideal for you!

This is a position within the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), an organization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The NCIA 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.

The Command and Control (C2) Service Line’s area of work includes (but is not limited to) Command & Control Information Systems such as: Land, Maritime, CBRN, Hydrological, Meteorological and Oceanographic domains, Operations Planning and Reporting, Joint and Time Sensitive Targeting and Situational Awareness including Common Operational Picture.

Role responsabilities

Under the direction of Section Head, project manager or team leader, you will perform duties such as the following:

  • Participate in most aspects of the full project lifecycle for the development of new, or enhancement of existing software;
  • Participate in the design and specification of service oriented architectures;
  • Develop or sustain software modules that handle data and information, including legacy formats such as tactical data links and ASTERIX;
  • Develop or maintain software modules that provide interoperability between systems including data formatting and format conversion;
  • Interact with peers to provide guidance in the area of integrated and interoperable systems;
  • Assist in the specification, development, documentation, testing, fielding and maintenance of software based systems including specialized, near real-time and distributed C2 systems;
  • Participate in preparation and conduct of laboratory measurements and field trials. Participate in the collection, integration and analysis of live, or recorded, data from operational systems;
  • Assist in the preparation of, and occasionally deliver briefings and presentations;
  • Assist in the preparation of scientific reports;
  • Deputize for higher grade staff, if required;
  • Perform other duties in NCI Agency's area of business as may be required.

Person specification

Qualifications required

It is essential that you hold a vocational training at a higher level in a relevant discipline preferably in the field of computer science, engineering (computer, electronic or software), or equivalent combination of qualifications and experience.

Experience required

At least 8 years relevant experience, which should include several of the following areas:

  • Extensive experience (at least 5 years) with either Java or .NET;
  • Experience in formal software development methodologies, modern software design techniques, configuration control and management;
  • Programming techniques and environments, with emphasis on development of near real-time software and/or distributed systems;
  • Service interface design, with an emphasis on RESTful and SOAP-based services;
  • Web application development;
  • Service design for cloud-based environments;
  • Modern network service techniques, protocols and standards;
  • Programming experience with network protocols;
  • Key Internet technologies (XML, SOAP, HTTP, MIME, JSON, REST, WS-Notification, etc.);
  • Design of Service Oriented Architectures, including micro-services;
  • Installation, configuration, integration and management of systems;
  • Provisioning of services (UNIX and/or Windows);
  • RDBMS design, development or programming;
  • Domain specific interoperability specifications;
  • Service containerization;
  • Writing technical documentation and user guides.

The following will be considered as an advantage:

  • Ability to supervise staff;
  • Knowledge of Command and Control concepts, processes and tools;
  • Knowledge of and experience with (military) information exchange standards (e.g., TDL, FFT, MTF);
  • Knowledge of Geographical Information Services (GIS) specifications, including server-side and client-side software implementations;
  • Experience with multi-national system interoperability, interoperability standards, interoperability testing, procedures and methodologies;
  • 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

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.

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.

Writing and Reporting - Writes convincingly; writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language; writes in a well-structured and logical way; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience;

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.


Business travel to NATO and national (NATO and non-NATO) facilities as well as frequent travel between the NCIA offices; you may be required to undertake duty travel to operational theatres inside and outside NATO boundaries.

Language Proficiency

A thorough knowledge of one of the two NATO languages, both written and spoken, is essential and some knowledge of the other is desirable.

NOTE: Most of the work of the NCI Agency is conducted in the English language.

Professional Contacts

You are responsible for:

  • Coordination and cooperation with other staff of the C2 Service Line and staff of the NCI Agency;
  • A close working relationship with the operational and test personnel from supporting external organizations;
  • Maintaining contact with representatives of other NATO bodies, and national and industrial organizations as required.


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.

Please note: 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.

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