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Staff Officer (Electronic Warfare)


Vacancy Number: 23/015 & 23/016

Job Title: Staff Officer (Electronic Warfare)

Basic Monthly Salary: $8,187.65, not exempt from taxation

Joint Force Command Norfolk (JFCNF) is seeking to hire two Electronic Warfare (EW) Staff Officers to understand the threats and opportunities presented by armed forces’ reliance on the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum across the spectrum of conflict, in order to be able to both exploit and dominate it when required.


JFCNF headquarters is located in Norfolk, Virginia and it is the only operational NATO command in the United States. JFCNF serves as the bridge between Europe and North America and was established to project stability, deter aggression and defend NATO’s allies in the North Atlantic and High North, from seabed to space.


Location: Norfolk, VA, USA

Directorate: Operations Division

Security Clearance Required: COSMIC Top Secret/B

Post Context/Post Summary

JFCNF provides a Joint Headquarters to plan, prepare and conduct operations to support NATO’s core tasks at the Joint Operational Level, as directed by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

The J3 Division (Operations) is responsible for providing advice on the implementation of operational plans, procedures and techniques to ensure command and control of forces in the Theatre of Operations assigned.

The Force Protection Branch is responsible to ACOS J3 for aligning and synchronizing FP measures from threats, to include non-conventional threats and terrorism, as well as hazards in order to preserve FOA.

EW has a central role to play before, during and after operations across the spectrum of conflict. It encompasses the interception and identification of EM emissions, the employment of EM energy, including directed energy, to reduce or prevent hostile use of the EM spectrum and actions to ensure its effective use by own/friendly forces. The EW Staff Officer will provide advice and expertise on developing plans to aid the achievement of operational effects within the EM domain, in support of campaign planning and execution.

Principal Duties

The incumbent's duties are:

a) Supports and advises the Command Group and all staffs on all EW/Electromagnetic Operations (EMO) matters while leading the planning and execution of relevant Joint EW training and operations in the JF HQ Area of Responsibility (AOR).

b) Serves as the JFC/CJTF Electromagnetic Battle Staff Centre (EMBC), SIGINT and EW Operations Centre (SEWOC) or EW Coordination Cell (EWCC) Chief, depending on which of these three is activated.

c) Act as the Secretary for the EMO working group (EMOWG).

d) Serves as a permanent member of the JF HQ Joint Operations Planning Group and Operations Planning Group responsible for OPLAN/CONPLAN/SUPPLAN EW/EMO Annex production. Responsible for EW / EMO aspects pertaining to either planning or operations as nominated. Also attends boards and working groups as applicable or as nominated.

e) Prepares requests for EW Rules of Engagement and appropriate NATO Crisis Response Measures (CRMs).

f) Provides technical/operational expertise and represents the command on the NATO EW Advisory Committee (NEWAC), ACO EW Conferences and others as required.

g) Plans and coordinates EW training and operational requirements with SHAPE, subordinate commands, NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS) and other organizations.

h) Assists in compilation of EW EMBC/EWCC/SEWOC SOP/SOI development.

i) Integrates EW/EMO into operations and fragmentary orders.

j) Undertakes work as part of a project team or working group as directed or assigned

Special Requirements and Additional Duties

The employee may be required to perform a similar range of duties elsewhere within the organisation at the same grade without there being any change to the contract.

Work is in an office environment. Normal working conditions apply.

The risk of injury is categorised as: No Risk

Essential Qualifications

a. Professional/Experience

1) Experience working with or in military organisations, NATO, Joint or Combined Staff.

2) Operational background and experience in Joint Operations and in EW.

a. Education/Training

University Degree and 4 years post related experience, or Higher Secondary education and completed advanced vocational training leading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation with 5 years post related and 2 years function related experience.

b. Language

English - SLP 3333 (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).

NOTE: The work both oral and written in this post and in this Headquarters as a whole is conducted mainly in English.

Desirable Qualifications

a. Professional Experience

1) National General Staff College or NATO Defence College graduate.

2) Participant in NATO training and exercises.

3) High level of organizational, coordination and communication skills.


Personal Attributes

The range of personal attributes required for this post are very demanding and exacting, but without them, the FP function will fail. Foremost, an analytical mind is needed to identify and evaluate complex and competing issues and that can develop imaginative yet still pragmatic solutions. Inter-personal skills must also be highly developed. The post holder will be working in an international community where different cultural values and styles exist. The holder will need to be able to work successfully with staff at all levels of the organisation, from the lower ranks during the analysis work up to the highest levels when presenting findings and recommendations. This requires tact, judgement and agility. The post demands high standards of personal and professional behaviour along with moral courage to deliver honest reports to leadership. The holder will operate in organisational review teams with a degree of autonomy and will need to be able to present persuasive and cogent arguments at the appropriate level. Excellent communication skills are also a premium asset. Being a team player is vital.

a. Professional Contacts

Must be able to liaise effectively both within and outside the HQ with international military and civilian personnel up to the OF-5 level. Outside interactions may include senior officials in SHAPE, NATO HQ, NATO agencies and national government agencies and industries.

b. Contribution to Objectives

The work of the incumbent affects, both directly and indirectly, the output and objectives of JFCNF and the Joint Force. The work will impact the strategic objectives of the HQ and will refine the efficiency and effectiveness of the management process to deliver actionable orders to subordinate commands.

This post reports to: Section Head (Electronic Warfare)


Duration of contract: not to exceed 12 months. Upon budgetary approval, a further contract may be offer.

In view of the nature and of the urgency of the temporary positions we are looking to fill, it is important for candidates to be available for temporary employment on short notice. In practice, this implies either being in possession of valid NATO security clearance at the time of application, or having been in possession of such a clearance with the possibility to reactivate it swiftly. We therefore only encourage applications for temporary positions if you are already, or have previously been, in possession of a valid NATO security clearance.


Applications are to be submitted via email to JFCNFSPTJ1Recruitment@jfcnf.nato.int and include a Cover Letter (max 1 page), Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages), relevant certifications and two professional references.

DO NOT include the following information: Classified or government sensitive information; Social Security Number; Photos of yourself; Personal information, such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.; or encrypted and digitally signed documents.

Current and past civilians working for NATO or any Coordinated Organisation, shall indicate their last grade and step held (next to job title), and specify the name of employing NATO body or Coordinated Organisation.


A) Only nationals from the 30 NATO member states can apply for vacancies at JFCNF.

B) Applications are automatically acknowledged within one working day after submission. In the absence of an acknowledgement please make sure the submission process is completed, or, re-submit the application.

C) Due to limited capacity, we are unable to accommodate Candidates’ individual telephones or e-mail enquiries. All candidates will receive an answer indicating the outcome of their application.

D) Feedback will not be provided to unsuccessful applicants.





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