Gender balance and diversity in NATO
Gender balance and diversity in NATO NATO is an equal opportunities employer committed to valuing everyone as an individual. Gender balance and diversity efforts have been mainstreamed in NATO Headquarters (HQ) policies and practices since 2002. They aim at addressing issues such as imbalance in gender, age and national representation in the International Secretariat (IS) of NATO. Recognizing diversity means respecting and appreciating those who are different from ourselves. Today, there are approximately 1200 civilian IS members in NATO HQ. Another hundred civilians serve in the International Military Staff (IMS). They all operate under Civilian Personnel Regulations, which provide that members of staff shall treat their colleagues and others, with whom they come into contact in the course of their duties, with respect and courtesy at all times. They shall not discriminate against them on the grounds of gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. Principles and priorities of gender and diversity at NATO HQ During the Prague Summit in November 2002, member countries tasked the IS to form a Task Force that would recommend to Council ways of improving gender balance and diversity in the NATO IS and civilian IMS workforce. Under the direction of the Deputy Secretary General, the Task Force started work in February 2003. The first report proposed an Action Plan, which was noted by Foreign Ministers on 2nd June 2003. In consultation with national delegations, the IS and the IMS, the Task Force defined four guiding principles for actively pursuing a diversity policy at NATO HQ: Ensuring fairness in recruitment and promotion; Ensuring the high quality of NATO personnel; Respecting the diversity of all Alliance members; and Agreeing only to set goals and use methods that embody a reasonable challenge. The Task Force therefore recommended a pragmatic approach with achievable goals. It focused on diversity issues that could be objectively defined and started its work by addressing the question of gender balance. It agreed no quotas would be set since recruitment in NATO is merit-based, and proposed the following objectives: To increase the overall number of women employed in the IS; To increase the overall number of women applying (especially to A and C Grade positions); To increase the overall number of women in managerial positions. Framework, monitoring and reporting A NATO-wide policy To substantiate the above-mentioned decisions, NATO adopted a NATO-wide Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy in 2003, applicable to the IS and civilian personnel in the IMS, as well as civilians in all NATO bodies and agencies. Separate policies against discrimination and harassment at work exist in NATO and several NATO bodies. Annual Progress Reports and Monitoring Reports are produced to outline achievements and trends and to put forward recommendations. Some numbers Currently¹ 1178 people serve in the NATO IS of which 37.2% are women. Female personnel represent 31% of the A-grade staff and 22.5% of the senior management in NATO. Of the civilian personnel in the IMS, 43.9% are women. The PDF Library on this page provides a more detailed breakdown of gender, age and national representation in the NATO HQ’s civilian workforce. Mainstreaming diversity A series of practical initiatives have been implemented in-house and continue to constitute a priority for NATO’s services: the NATO Organizational Development and Recruitment services reviewed all job descriptions and vacancy announcements in order to ensure gender neutrality in their formulation. In addition, for senior posts at grade A.5 and above, an external assessment centre may be used, which guarantees an additional level of culture-neutral professional assessment in line with NATO’s merit-based recruitment principles. The Talent Management services work constantly on the personal and professional development of the NATO HQ workforce and provide specific training opportunities for women, as well as awareness-raising events for the entire IS. The team in the Personnel Support services is responsible for the general well-being of the NATO IS, whose health and balanced lifestyle are their priority. In 2004 the NATO Internship Programme was established, allowing young graduates to bring to NATO HQ their share of diversity and enthusiasm. The success of the programme led, in 2009, to its extension to all NATO bodies and agencies. 1. The numbers above are as of 30 January 2012. Action Plans Bearing in mind the current demographic trends in NATO member states, and the vast number of international public and private institutions competing for quality candidates, it is crucial for the Organization to position itself well in order to remain, and for some to become, an employer of choice. As the Organization changes in line with evolving political requirements and tasks, it is essential that NATO diversify qualifications and competencies of its workforce. The key to triggering sustained institutional change is mainstreaming the process of change, i.e., to fully weave it into the very fabric of the organization. This is why, for instance, the first Action Plan covering the period 2007-2010 identified the three following objectives: to establish and maintain a NATO Diversity Framework and Policy; to improve the NATO work environment; and to promote and improve NATO’s image as an employer of choice. For each one of these objectives, annual targets were set within the Action Plan and the Progress Reports monitor developments each year. The next Action Plan should aim to shift work and efforts from diversity to inclusion. Diversity can be measured in numbers, but should not limit efforts to achieving balanced statistics. Rather, the aim would be to mainstream inclusion, which effectively means that efforts will be made to ensure that the diverse workforce will work well together.
Gender Perspectives, NATO Office on (NOGP)
NATO Office on Gender Perspectives (NOGP) The NATO Office on Gender Perspectives (NOGP) serves as the Secretariat for the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP) and the advisor to the Committee Chairperson. It also provides information and advice on gender issues within the International Military Staff (IMS). The personnel forming the NOGP are assigned to the Executive Coordinator (EXCO) Office, IMS, and are responsible to: Carry out the duties and responsibilities assigned by the NCGP. Collect, analyse and disseminate information from NATO and Partner Nations regarding national programmes, policies and procedures on gender related issues, including the implementation of UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 and future related UNSCRs. Respond for internal and external requests for information, in coordination with the NCGP Executive Committee (EC) and in accordance with NATO protocol. Liaise with international organizations and agencies concerned with the integration of a gender perspective into military operations, as well as with gender related issues. Maintain continuity of the NCGP publications and results of the annual meetings, and recommendations. Coordinate the organization of NCGP and EC meetings in accordance with NATO protocol. Formulates and distributes the official Committee meeting record. Promotes awareness on the effective utilisation and development of military women and on the importance of integrating a gender perspective into military operations. Contact information Office on Gender Perspectives Chief NOGP: LTC Jesus Ignacio GIL RUIZ ESPAR Admin. Assistant: MSgt Coenaerts Sandra NATO HQ Boulevard Leopold III B – 1110 Brussels Fax: +32.2.707.5988 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CWINF Web Site: http:/www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50327.htm Publications 2012: BI-Strategic Command Structure (BI-SCD) 40-1 ( PDF/270Kb ) 2011: Indicators (adapted in Rome November 2011) ( PDF/22Kb ) 2011: How can gender make a difference to security in operations ( PDF/754Kb ) 2010: Template for pre-deployment gender training ( PDF/667Kb ) 2009: Gender Training and Education: Recommendations on implementation of UNSCR 1325 ( PDF/549Kb ) 2008: Improving the gender balance (18 Nov 2008) (.PDF/7,5 MB) 2007: Guidance for NATO Gender Mainstreaming (.PDF/45KB) Terms of Reference: Committee on Gender Perspectives (.PDF/262KB) Meeting Records 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2001 National reports 2013 ( ZIP/5.07Mb ) 2012 ( ZIP/13.6Mb ) 2011 ( ZIP/3.21Mb ) 2010 ( ZIP/1.4Mb ) 2009 ( ZIP/0.5Mb ) 2008 ( ZIP/1.05Mb ) National Action Plans Actions Plans ( ZIP/47Mb )
Georgia - NATO Liaison Office (NLO)
NATO Liaison Office (NLO) Georgia Overview Mission Represent NATO in Georgia Facilitate political/military dialogue and practical cooperation under the NATO-Georgia Commission in support of Georgia’s efforts to join NATO. Enhance civil and military cooperation between NATO and the Government of Georgia in support Euro-Atlantic integration goals described in the Annual National Plan (ANP) Tasks Provide advice and assistance to the Government of Georgia in support of civilian and military reform efforts required for NATO integration. Provide advice to Georgian and NATO authorities on the planning and implementation of cooperation programs and activities Conduct liaison with Georgian, NATO, Allied, and Partner Authorities to enhance cooperation and understanding in pursuit of the NATO/Georgia goal of Georgia becoming a full NATO member. Facilitate NATO and Allied bilateral and multilateral projects, events and visits. Current priorities Strengthen Georgia ’s Euro-Atlantic integration reform process: Assist Georgia in planning and implementing the civilian and military reform goals defined in the Annual National Program (ANP) Advise and assist Georgia’s reform of the armed forces in the framework of the PfP Planning and Review Process Support the planning and implementation of military reforms defined in the Georgia annual Work Plan developed by Georgia and the Military Committee Enhance NATO-Georgia political and practical dialogue Engage Georgian leadership at the senior and expert political and military levels Engage and inform Georgian society through intensified public diplomacy outreach to increase public awareness of NATO and NATO-Georgia Relations. Support transformation and democratic oversight of the defense and security sector: Engage parliament and the executive regarding the armed forces; Engage Nongovernmental organizations interested in defense and security oversight in order to strengthen the role of civil society in national security and defense issues NATO programmes in Georgia The fourth NATO Trust Fund project in Georgia was officially launched in May 2013. The proposal is for a 24 month long project with a budget of up to 1.6 million EUR. The aim of the Trust Fund is to conduct Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) clearance from the site of a partially destroyed underground ammunition depot at Skra. In addition, the project will support capability development through continuing the training of military personnel started under the previous Trust Fund project. The Lead Nations of the project are the Czech Republic and Lithuania. In 2009, NATO and Georgia launched the Professional Development Programme with the objective of enhancing the professional skills of civilian officials to strengthen the capacity for effective democratic management and oversight in defence and security institutions. Training and education provided in the framework of this programme is closely aligned to Georgia’s defence and security sector reform objectives outlined in the ANP. General organizational information The NATO Liaison Office was officially opened on 1 October 2010 Current Staff: 14 Head of Office (NATO civilian IS Staff) Deputy (NATO civilian IS Staff); Military Liaison Officer (NATO IMS); 3 national experts (seconded by Poland, Norway and Czech Republic) Georgian local employees 2 NATO Trust Fund Programme Managers 1 NATO Trust Fund Programme Deputy Manager (seconded by the Government of Georgia) 1 NATO Trust Fund Programme officer (seconded by the Government of Georgia) 1 NATO Trust Fund Programme Organizational Manager Contacts: Address: 25 Atoneli Street, Tbilisi, Georgia. Office tel. no.: +995 (32) 293 38 03; +995 (32) 293 38 02.