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Is a COVID vaccination mandatory to be employed by NSPA?

All vacancy announcements include the requirement to be fully vaccinated at the time of receiving the offer of employment. No offer of employment shall be made to candidates who refuse, without a valid reason, to be vaccinated. No such requirements will be imposed on serving staff members (except for deployable positions).


I have a medical condition and I have exemption from the COVID vaccination can I still work at NSPA?

Yes. Members of personnel who are required to be fully vaccinated, but cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons shall submit to the Agency's Medical Advisor a medical certificate. The NSPA Medical Advisor shall have the authority to determine whether the request for an exemption is medically justified and to recommend to the General Manager appropriate measures.


What is Deployment?

Deployment is defined as the assignment of a NATO civilian staff member to a location other than the duty station in order to perform duties in direct support of a North Atlantic Council (NAC) approved operation or in support of NSPO state(s) operations endorsed by the Agency Supervisory Board (ASB) in conformity with the NSPO Charter.  Deployments are either long-term or temporary short-term assignments. The decision to deploy will be based on several factors, including the nature of the deployment, the duration, the conditions at the location(s) to be visited, and an overall the risk assessment.


What is the NSPA Deployment Policy?

Certain NSPA positions have been created and funded by customers to cover missions requiring compulsory deployment. In these cases, the contracts for deployable civilians include a compulsory deployability clause. This deployability clause states that the position in question is earmarked for mandatory deployment in support of NAC-approved operations and missions. This means that the incumbent of the post may be required to deploy for 6 months out of every 18 months throughout the contract period.

Note: Consultants may be hired in support of operations. In this case, the place of duty for the operational phase of their assignment will be specified in the contract.


Internal mobility

Applications (for a promotion and/or a transfer) from new staff members for NSPA will only be considered after they have served a minimum of 1 year in their current position (deviation from this rule can occur if in the interest of the Agency or in case of difficulties to recruit qualified and suitable staff).


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