Timeline – on average 6 months
According to NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations "Staff members are appointed to and hold posts on the establishment of a NATO body only on a condition that:
- They fulfil the physical standards demanded by the exercise of their functions and they are recognized as being free from or definitely cured of any disease which might constitute a risk to others.
- The NCI Agency has received a security clearance certificate from the government of the country or countries of which the candidate is a national.
Obtaining clearances might be a lengthy process, taking on average 6 months, depending on the nation.
If you are selected for the post, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire, undergo medical analyses if needed (this is based on the requirements for the post), and provide a Doctor's assessment which you will have to submit to our Medical Advisor, who will then assess whether you have the required abilities and are fit for the post.
A valid security clearance at the appropriate level (the level depends upon the requirements of the post) must be received in the Agency Security Office before we can hire you. This formality is carried out by your national authorities, upon NATO's request. If you do not currently hold a clearance, you will be sent a number of forms for completion along with your letter or shortly after receiving your offer letter. The time required to obtain a security clearance varies from several months to one/one and half years, depending on various elements beyond NATO's control (the nationality and background of the candidate, employment history…).