Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Brussels (BE)
15 Sep 2020
22 Sep 2020
CIO, Department Head
Contract Type

The NATO Chief Information Officer (CIO) function brings Information and Communications Technology (ICT) coherence across the NATO Enterprise’s 41 civil and military bodies and more than 25,000 users. 

The incumbent is the Director of the CIO Office and is known as the NATO Chief Information Officer. S/He is appointed by the Secretary-General with delegated authority to execute CIO business on his behalf and reports to the Secretary-General through the Director of the Private Office. The CIO Office is an integrated staff organization comprising members of the International Staff (IS) and the International Military Staff (IMS). The CIO Office is administratively linked to the Defence Investment (DI) Division, this may change in accordance with the evolution of the responsibilities and structure of the CIO Office.

The NATO CIO is empowered to realize the Allies’ vision for the NATO Enterprise. S/he 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, considering the implications of independent initiatives on the Enterprise.

The NATO Enterprise is managed as a federation with a CIO Senior Executive Group, chaired by the Secretary-General, established to coordinate and to address enterprise-wide ICT matters.

The successful candidate will join NATO at a time of substantial change for enterprises as a whole. Key challenges facing the successful candidate will likely include:

  • Establishing a new CIO function for NATO. The CIO will need to work collaboratively across the NATO Enterprise to implement this function, influencing and engaging with senior leaders to deliver this significant change programme for the Alliance and drive coherence across 41 separate NATO civil and military bodies.  
  • Aligning culture with NATO strategy. The CIO will need to use a wide variety of tools to enable a coherent, harmonised, transparent and effective approach to the way the NATO Enterprise delivers ICT capabilities and services to meet the needs of the Alliance and improve the organisation’s resilience.
  • Adapting and adopting new technologies. As new technologies present both opportunities and challenges to NATO, the CIO will need to set the conditions to enable the exploitation of emerging technology while remaining laser-focused on improving the NATO cyber defence posture. Moreover, the COVID19 pandemic that has added a new dimension in terms of ways of working, will require the CIO to be ready to advise the Enterprise in how to adapt to match user expectations at the speed of relevance.


The incumbent must:

  • hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant field from an institute of recognised standing;
  • have at least 15 years’ relevant and progressively responsible experience, of which at least 10 must be in sizeable governmental or industry-leading organisations, leading large, cross-functional teams;
  • possess substantial experience managing enterprise-wide programmes, involving multiple stakeholders and change management;
  • have proven experience in consensus building, combined with strong negotiation and influencing skills at senior-level, with key stakeholders across the organization and within complex contexts;
  • possess the necessary aptitude to chair senior international meetings;
  • have experience in ICT strategic management;
  • have experience leading, guiding, and developing a diverse team of professionals in a large, complex environment;
  • be conversant and have up-to-date knowledge of current techniques and advances in the field of ICT; and
  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one and II (“Elementary”) in the other.

The following would be considered an advantage:

  • Experience as a CIO of a large and complex private or public organization;
  • Proven experience or demonstrated capability in leading ICT transformational initiatives in complex and dynamic environments; and
  • Deep understanding of current and emerging technologies and how enterprises are employing them to drive digital business.
  • A level of the second NATO official language higher than “Elementary” would be considered as an asset.

How to apply:

Selection of candidates for NATO posts is based upon the merit principle and includes different types of assessments, testing and interview. Further information concerning this position, the requirements and details of how to apply can be found on

Closing date for applications: 22 September 2020