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Communication and Information Systems Auditor – G20 – (230261) – Brussels, Belgium – NATO

Website NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Position Title: Communication and Information Systems Auditor
Grade: NATO Grade G20
Job ID: 230261
Contract Type: Full-time
Duty Station: Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: 16-Apr-2023
Salary: 8711.26 Euro (EUR) Monthly

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The International Board of Auditors for NATO (IBAN) is an independent, external audit body composed of six members appointed by the North Atlantic Council (Council) from among candidates nominated by the member countries. Board Members are responsible for their work only to the Council. The Board carries out external audits of NATO bodies, assimilated entities and of the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP).

IBAN’s mandate is to assure the Council and the governments of NATO member countries that funds were used according to authorization and that the financial statements are accurate and give a fair view of NATO’s financial situation. IBAN also evaluates NATO’s activities with regard to their economy, efficiency, and effectiveness.

In order to achieve this mandate, IBAN performs 3 types of audits:

  • Financial audit – an examination of the financial statements of NATO entities to check whether they are true and fair and their funds were properly used in accordance with the regulations in force.
  • Performance audit – an evaluation of the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of NATO’s activities, operations and programmes.
  • NSIP financial audit – an examination of expenditures for these projects, which relate to, for example, infrastructure, equipment or information and communication systems.

IBAN conducts approximately 30 financial statement audits per year of NATO commands, agencies, benefit plans, and other assimilated entities. IBAN also performs between 50 and 100 audits annually of NSIP expenditures. In addition, IBAN implements three or more performance audits each year. The audit teams travel to NATO and non-NATO nations to carry out their work.

The IBAN’s work is guided by the three core values of independence, integrity and professionalism:

  • Independence: IBAN is solely responsible to the Council for its work. It neither seeks nor receives instructions from any other authority.
  • Integrity: IBAN conducts its work in a fair, objective, balanced, unbiased, and non-political manner.
  • Professionalism: IBAN’s work is planned, executed and reported in accordance with international auditing principles and standards.

The incumbent will act as an Information Systems auditor for audits as assigned by the Board, in accordance with the auditing standards adopted by the Board. They may also act as a team member on financial statements audits, NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP) audits and performance audits, as assigned by the Board.



The incumbent must:

  • possess a University degree or equivalent level of qualification;
  • possess a recognised Information Technology (IT) audit professional certification (i.e. Information Systems Auditor (CISA) , the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), or similar relevant certification;
  • have at least 6 years’ experience in IT Governance/Information Systems audit across various areas of IT, including databases, operating systems, and applications;
  • have knowledge of IT auditing standards (Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) IS Audit), financial auditing standards, such as International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI) and International Standards on Auditing (ISA), and accounting standards, such as International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS);
  • have advanced knowledge of network and application vulnerability assessment, IT risk assessment practices, change control, data privacy, and business continuity;
  • possess expertise in data analysis and mining techniques;
  • possess in-depth working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, with a focus on Excel and Access;
  • have proficiency and skills with database applications, including SQL, ORACLE, or other related technologies;
  • demonstrate strong analytical skills;
  • possess excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • ability to communicate audit findings to stakeholders in a clear way;
  • possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one and II (“Elementary”) in the other; and
  • be able to travel extensively (approximately half the working year) throughout NATO member countries and be prepared to work outside of normal office hours, if required.


The following would be considered an advantage:

  • membership of nationally recognised professional accountancy or auditing body;
  • have experience in accounting and financial management, preferably in an organisation applying IPSAS and/or IFRS;
  • prior audit work experience or seconded status in a national Supreme Audit Institution;
  • experience with an International Organisation;
  • advanced level of English; and
  • knowledge of other NATO member countries’ languages.


Project Management

Act as an Information Systems auditor in support of financial audits of NATO Reporting Entities as assigned by the Board, in accordance with the auditing standards adopted by the Board. The objectives of IBAN information systems audit as a component of a financial audit include the following:

  • Understanding the overall impact of information systems on key business processes.
  • Assessing management controls on information systems processes.
  • Understanding how the use of information systems for processing, storing and communicating information affects internal control systems, inherent risk and control risk.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of controls on information systems processes that affect the processing of information.

Be responsible for planning all IT audits across all NATO Reporting Entities, developing and maintaining the audit methodology for IT audits, and developing and maintaining IBAN’s IT audit strategy. Support the Board by further developing the use of data analytics in auditing to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of audit procedures. Review the information systems audit work of other auditors as assigned by the Board. May also act as a team member on financial statements audits, NSIP audits and performance audits, as assigned by the Board.

Expertise Development

Ensure continuous professional development of information systems audit skills; maintain professional certifications; knowledge of NATO, NATO Reporting Entities and activities; and auditing practices at other International Organisations. To strengthen the impact of IBAN audit reports, prepare and present clear, convincing and timely audit findings in accordance with the auditing standards adopted by the Board.

Information Management

Contribute to the maintenance of knowledge and information sharing within the Board. Ensure an efficient flow of information within the audit team.

Knowledge Management

Prepare and present clear, convincing and timely audit findings (and reports if directed to do so) in accordance with the auditing standards adopted by the Board. Communicate findings and audit results with the Board, other auditors and auditees. Control the quality, quantity and relevance of data input.

Stakeholder Management

Work closely with supervisors, colleagues and support staff and with management and staff of audited entities and projects. Collaborate with supervisors, colleagues and support staff to achieve excellent audit results.

Perform any other duty as assigned.


During the audit process, the incumbent will work closely with supervisors, support staff and management at the audited entities. The ability to collaborate efficiently is an important element in achieving excellent audit results. Therefore, the incumbent should be a strong communicator and have the capacity to interact with staff in many NATO bodies.

The incumbent conducts the audit work under the supervision of the Board and works closely with the Principal Auditor, Senior Auditors and other Auditors. They must maintain close working contacts with officials of NATO bodies and national representatives in host countries, where needed.

Direct reports: N/a.

Indirect reports: N/a.


The incumbent must demonstrate:

  • Achievement: Works to meet standards;
  • Analytical Thinking: Sees multiple relationships;
  • Clarity and Accuracy: Checks own work;
  • Conceptual Thinking: Applies learned concepts;
  • Customer Service Orientation: Takes personal responsibility for correcting problems;
  • Empathy: Is open to others’ perspectives;
  • Impact and Influence: Takes multiple actions to persuade;
  • Initiative: Is decisive in a time-sensitive situation;
  • Teamwork: Solicits inputs and encourages others


Contract to be offered to the successful applicant (if non-seconded): Definite duration contract of three years; possibility of renewal up to a maximum of 9 years’ service.

Contract clause applicable:

It has been decided that for technical reasons, turnover is required in this post, and therefore, the maximum period of service in this post is normally six or nine years. Accordingly, the successful applicant will be offered a 3-year definite duration contract, which may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years.

If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of one of NATO’s member States, a 3-year definite duration contract will be offered, which, may be renewed for a further period of up to 3 years subject also to the agreement of the national authority concerned.

Serving NATO staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the IBAN Charter and NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations.


Please note that we can only accept applications from nationals of NATO member countries.
Applications must be submitted using e-recruitment system, as applicable:

  • For NATO civilian staff members only: please apply via the internal recruitment portal (link);
  • For all other applications:

Please note that at the time of the interviews, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their education and professional experience as relevant for this vacancy.
Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance (provided by the national Authorities of the selected candidate) and approval of the candidate’s medical file by the NATO Medical Adviser.

More information about the recruitment process and conditions of employment, can be found at our website (


NATO is committed to diversity and inclusion, and strives to provide equal access to employment, advancement and retention, independent of gender, age, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, cultural background, sexual orientation, and disability. NATO welcomes applications of nationals from all member Nations, and strongly encourages women to apply.

Building Integrity is a key element of NATO’s core tasks. As an employer, NATO values commitment to the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in accordance with international norms and practices established for the defence and related security sector. Selected candidates are expected to be role models of integrity, and to promote good governance through ongoing efforts in their work.

Due to the broad interest in NATO and the large number of potential candidates, telephone or e-mail enquiries cannot be dealt with.

Applicants who are not successful in this competition may be offered an appointment to another post of a similar nature, albeit at the same or a lower grade, provided they meet the necessary requirements.

The nature of this position may require the staff member at times to be called upon to travel for work and/or to work outside normal office hours.

The organization offers several work-life policies including Teleworking and Flexible Working arrangements (Flexitime) subject to business requirements.

Please note that the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium is a non-smoking environment.

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