Head, Enterprise Architecture Section

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Head, Enterprise Architecture Section

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Brussels, Belgium

Ref: 241048
Salary (Pay Basis): 8,754.21EUR Monthly
Grade: G20
Contract: 3 years
Application Deadline: 04-Aug-2024, 10:59:00 PM


The NATO Chief Information Officer (CIO) function brings Information and Communications Technology (ICT) coherence across more than 50 NATO Enterprise’s civil and military bodies and 25,000 users. The NATO CIO is empowered to realize the Allies’ vision for the NATO Enterprise is accountable to the Secretary General and is responsible for the development of Enterprise directives and advice on the acquisition and use of information technologies and services. The NATO CIO provides Enterprise oversight on cybersecurity issues, and, in close coordination with all relevant NATO civil and military bodies, works towards the continual improvement of the cyber hygiene and cybersecurity posture in the NATO Enterprise.

The Office of the NATO CIO (OCIO) is an integrated staff organization comprised of International Staff and International Military Staff members.

The Enterprise Strategy Branch identifies, elicits and harmonizes NATO bodies’ ICT needs into a coherent set of Enterprise’s requirements. It supports the definition, evolution and implementation of a long-term Enterprise strategy for ICT management following NATO nation’s guidance. The branch develops and maintains the implementation strategies to meet these Enterprise requirements while respecting the diverse funding processes and sources supporting the NATO Enterprise. The branch prepares the CIO’s engagement with senior NATO boards and committees, oversees Enterprise architectural developments, monitors ICT services provision performance and maintains oversight of large ongoing projects and programs. A key objective is NATO Digital Transformation.

The mission of the Enterprise Architecture Section is to ensure coherence, security, interoperability and cost effectiveness of the current and future ICT architecture while planning its long-term evolution to best support NATO Enterprise business requirements and customers. The Section works in close coordination with several NATO bodies, such as the Digital Policy Committee, as the owner and maintainer of NATO Enterprise architecture frameworks and methodologies, exercising a governance role, Allied Command Transformation, NATO Communication and Information Agency and other relevant stakeholders across the NATO Enterprise. It also needs to be aligned with key NATO processes such as NATO Defence Planning Process, NATO Security Investment Programme and others as required, in order to support OCIO’s strategic management function.

The incumbent leads and coordinates the activities of the Enterprise Architecture Section, supporting the Branch Head in establishing, maintaining and exploiting an Enterprise Architecture function. This role also includes supporting the identification, proposal and consolidation of policy changes, in close coordination with other NATO policy-making bodies.



The incumbent must:

  • have a university degree from an Institute of recognised standing, preferably in the field of ICT;
  • have at least 6 years' experience in ICT;
  • have practical experience (participation and/or advice) in projects on design and/or implementation of ICT services;
  • have good understanding of enterprise architecture and strong experience with developing technical architectures, keeping abreast of new technology, including cloud computing and digital transformation;
  • have experience in facilitating smart-sourcing to industry by using open standards, applying commercial best-practise approaches and/or introducing dual-use technologies;
  • have experience in ICT governance and policy making;
  • have experience in ICT projects and programmes management, including financial aspects;
  • be able to lead a diverse team in a multi-national environment;
  • have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • be able to prepare and deliver convincing presentations, and to present complex information technology issues to non-technical audiences in order to facilitate consensus building and decision-making; and
  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.


The following would be considered an advantage:

  • experience with data architectures, data management, data exploitation, cloud computing architectures, and in particular with migrating traditional ICT services to the cloud, in security-focused organizations;
  • experience in introducing enterprise architecture as a practice or service in an organization;
  • market leading certifications for enterprise architecture, such as TOGAF;
  • relevant IT service management certification such as ITIL or SIAM;
  • relevant project management certification such as PMP or Prince2;
  • strong interest for information technology and latest evolution;
  • experience with international and/or large organisations and a good knowledge of their working practices.


Policy Development

Develop high-level strategic documents and provide advice to establish the Enterprise Architecture function as a value-adding asset within the NATO Enterprise ICT. This includes domains such as cloud computing, data analytics, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Contribute to the development of policy, directive and guidance documents in the OCIO areas of responsibility as per their area of expertise. Provide advice to the Branch Head on NATO enterprise architecture matters.

Expertise Development

Support the Branch Head in managing the definition, formalization, implementation and monitoring of an ICT service strategy through the definition of enterprise architecture artefacts. Improve enterprise architecture practice across the Organisation. Support the NATO CIO coherence role, through an oversight of the NATO Enterprise architecture, in close coordination with all relevant NATO civil and military bodies. Provide NATO Enterprise architecture’s perspective to NATO Nations, NATO civil and military bodies and partner nations and international organizations. Develop point papers and other deliverables in support of the Branch Head role for the Enterprise Strategy domain.

Project Management

Support the definition and enforcing of the section projects plan according to the OCIO role(s) in project management processes used in the NATO Enterprise. Identify main decision-makers and other stakeholders relevant for the project success, participate and contribute to project management boards as required. Maintain full understanding of project and program plans, identify and monitor project implementation risks, provide expertise and leadership in the resolution of exceptions and issues. Establish and maintain a network of relations with key project leaders in the NATO Enterprise and industry, with a specific focus on ICT and cybersecurity.

Planning and Execution

Determine input to the Enterprise Strategy Branch work plans and manage the implementation of the section tasks to achieve section objectives.

People Management

Lead, plan, direct and supervise the work of the section personnel. Cultivate a motivating, inclusive and effective workplace. Provide mentoring, coaching and training opportunities to keep the section as a centre of enterprise architecture excellence for the Office. Be available to offer guidance at critical moments. Promote transparency in decision-making, equal access to opportunities for all staff and an inclusive management culture. Ensure that all staff under their responsibility is clear on organizational, office, branch and section objectives. Provide regular and fair feedback on performance, informally as appropriate, and via the HQ Performance Review and Development system. Participate in recruitment procedures for vacant posts in the Organisation, in accordance with NATO recruitment guidelines. Identify possible development and mobility opportunities for individuals.

Stakeholder Management

Engage and coordinate with all relevant NATO Enterprise stakeholders, ensuring a broad collaboration during the development of policies, directives, guidance, implementation plans, standards and best practices. Closely coordinate with NATO staff working on the Enterprise architecture issues. Engage with industry and academia in the post’s domain of expertise, as required. Develop close cooperation and working relationships with stakeholders, including the Digital Policy Committee, the Agencies Supervisory Boards, the Military Committee, the Resource Planning and Policy Board, and other relevant senior policy committees, in accordance with the evolution of the OCIO responsibilities and available resources. Represent and speak on behalf of the Branch Head in committees, panels or working groups industry and academia on matters pertaining to the post’s domain of expertise. Act as the focal point on those matters.

Financial Management

Provide inputs to the OCIO budget/Programme of Work and maintain an overview of assigned budgets, and their execution and reporting.

Organisational Efficiencies

Identify, plan and propose implementation of initiatives, aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness across all areas of the NATO Enterprise architecture.

Knowledge Management

Assess the enterprise architecture programs in place in NATO nations, NATO civil and military bodies, and non-NATO nations/international organizations, in order to provide support and recommendations, becoming a point of reference for the NATO Enterprise architectural approach. Draft background briefs, progress reports, prepare presentations, and other items for high-level meetings.

Information Management

Initiate, guide and advise on the information management procedures for the section, in particular on topics related to the NATO Enterprise architecture.

Perform any other related duty as assigned.


The incumbent reports to the Enterprise Strategy Branch Head. They interact with senior government and military personnel in NATO and partner nations, NATO civil and military bodies, and in non-NATO entities. They liaise with leadership in relevant international organisations, industry and academia, as required.

Direct reports: 5
Indirect reports: N/A


The incumbent must demonstrate:

  • Achievement: Creates own measures of excellence and improves performance;
  • Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships;
  • Clarity and Accuracy: Monitors others’ work for clarity;
  • Conceptual Thinking: Applies learned concepts;
  • Costumer Service Orientation: Makes things better for the customer, addressing underlying customer needs;
  • Impact and Influence: Uses indirect influence;
  • Initiative: Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation;
  • Teamwork: Solicits inputs and encourages others.

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