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Staff Officer (Force Protection)


Vacancy Number: 23/014

Job Title: Staff Officer (Force Protection)

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

Joint Force Command Norfolk (JFCNF) is seeking to hire a Force Protection (FP) Staff Officer to assist with the mitigation of wide-ranging threats to a Joint Force and to provide guidance to the Commander, and Headquarters (HQ) Staff, on the planning and implementation of FP measures, primarily at the Joint Operational level.


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 projects stability, deters aggression and defends NATO’s allies in the North Atlantic and High North, from seabed to space.


Location: Norfolk, VA, USA

Directorate/Division: Operations/J3 Division

Security Clearance Required: NATO Secret

Post Context/Post Summary

JFCNF provides a Joint HQ to plan, prepare and conduct operations to support NATO’s core tasks at the Joint Operational Level, as directed by 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.

FP is defined as the measures and means to minimize the vulnerability of personnel, facilities, equipment, materiel, operations, and activities from threats and hazards in order to preserve Freedom of Action (FoA) and operational effectiveness, thereby contributing to mission success. The FP Branch is responsible to ACOS J3 for aligning and synchronizing FP measures, including non-conventional threats, terrorism and other non-military hazards.

As member of the FP Branch, the incumbent is responsible for the execution and adjustment of effects, tasks and resources in order to deliver the FP function within JFCNF.

Principal Duties

The incumbent's duties are:

a) Acts as a FP Subject Matter Expert in the various JFCNP planning and Battle Rhythm events.

b) Advises the Commander, command Group (CG) and HQ Staff on matters relating to FP, to include installation security and FP in an expeditionary environment.

c) Conducts FP-related operational-level planning for the both the HQ and the Joint Force.

d) On behalf of the Commander, monitors Allied Operations and missions dealing with FP.

e) Develops and staffs FP Policy, doctrine, concepts and operational direction.

f) Establishes personal liaison with subordinate FP points of contact in order to improve information flow and situational awareness.

g) Acts as the JTFHQ FP Working Group secretary.

h) 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.

The work environment is normally in office-working space. Normal working conditions apply. The risk of injury is categorised as: No Risk

Essential Qualifications

a. Professional/Experience

1) Operational background and experience in Joint Operations.

2) Operational background in Force Protection.

b. 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.

c. 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-8 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: Branch Head (Force Protection)


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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