Applications are now invited for the post of Resource and Programme Manager, NATO Grade A-3 on the staff of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), a NATO Strategic Command in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

Applications must be made on line:

Closing date for applications: 17 November 2017

Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

  • Notes for candidates: the candidature of NATO redundant staff at grade A-3 will be considered before any other candidates.
  • Notes for NATO Civilian Human Resources Managers: If you have qualified redundant staff at grade A-3, please advise the HQ SACT Civilian HR Manager no later than the closing date.

Contract: Serving NATO International Civilian staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations. Newly recruited staff will be offered a three year definite duration contract.

Salary: Starting basic salary (effective 1 January 2017) is USD 8123.76 per month to which relevant allowances will be added.

For any queries, please contact the HQ SACT Recruitment Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resource and Programme Manager

Grade: A-3
Branch: ACOS Command & Control, Deployability & Sustainability (C2DS)
Duty Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Reports to Military Assistant SA
NATO Body: Headquarters Allied Commander Transformation
Schedule: Full-time Salary (Pay basis) 8123.76 (USD) Monthly

Applications are now invited for the post of Resource and Programme Manager, NATO Grade A-3 on the staff of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), a NATO Strategic Command in Norfolk, Virginia, USA


DCOS Capability Development (CAPDEV) acts as the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation's Director for guidance, direction and co-ordination of the activities and resources of the Capability Development Directorate. The ACOS Command & Control, Deployability and Sustainability (C2DS) division contributes to the achievement of Interoperability as an overarching, enterprise [NATO] goal through development of capability (DOTMLPFI) based on validated requirements. Within the ACOS Command & Control, Deployability and Sustainability (C2DS) division the incumbent's main responsibility is to the ACOS C2DS for overall planning, execution and reporting of C2DS portfolio of programmes and management of resources to ensure benefit realization of programmes in the C2DS portfolio of programmes that are coherent with commander’s guidance.


Military Assistant


The incumbent’s duties are:

  1. Maintain a comprehensive knowledge and oversight over the planning and execution of all projects, programmes and portfolios for which the Division is responsible as required by extant ACT Directives and SOPs.
  2. Manage the integration and cohesion of Division capability development programmes of work to create transformation outputs that have Alliance-wide impact that support Command Goals and objectives.
  3. Provide advice to the ACOS and DACOS C2DS and where necessary act as the ACOS or DACOS representative for all programme resources assigned, both funds and manpower.
  4. Oversight of execution of programmes and projects ensuring adequate resources for each programme manager to execute the appropriate work directly linked to strategic direction and command priorities.
  5. Investigate and manage the Division risks and issues, and recommend mitigation actions.
  6. Manage Division input into ACT’s capability, comprehensive and resource planning process ensuring that programmes are aligned with NMA and ACT Goals, Priorities and Objectives across the DOTMLPFI spectrum.
  7. Act as fund manager for specific funds as designated by ACOS C2DS and delegated by the Financial Controller.
  8. Ensure consistency and coherence of ACT CIS/ICT Programmes with NATO HQ and ACO through management the technical screening of ACT CIS requirements within the overall programme of work with external NATO bodies such as the NATO HQ C3 Staff and Working Group National Technical Experts.
  9. Prepare and ensure the conduct of progress reviews for C2DS assigned programmes at the ACOS level.
  10. Advise and prepare the ACOS C2DS prior to command level boards (e.g. Campaign Steering Board) and external boards (such as the Agency Supervisory Board) participation on issues related to C2DS within the area of responsibility of programme outputs, resource and programme management.
  11. Represent the ACOS or the DACOS at command/ management boards and external boards and NATO HQ Working Groups as required. Brief as needed on C2DS related programme and resource issues.
  12. Perform ad hoc analysis, conduct special projects and lead/participate in project teams as directed by the ACOS.
  13. Provide guidance to OF-5/A-5/OF-4 level ACT Programme Managers and Branch Heads on preparation of CIS budget requirements screening with NATO HQ working group.

Budget authority is held: on behalf of the ACOS C2DS
Supervisory duties: None

There are no first line reporting responsibilities.


  1. Flexibility Clause: In order for the command to deal with emergent requirements the incumbent may be required to perform other related duties as directed (in particular, the incumbent can expect to work as a member of Working Groups, Project Teams, etc. for defined periods of time). Additionally, the incumbent may also be reassigned as directed by Chief of Staff for up to 180 days (and where necessary in excess of 180 days with the agreement of the incumbent involved).
  2. Prepare and deliver briefs related to C4ISR particularly with regard to strategic management, resource allocation and co-ordination of Division programmes at Meetings, NATO conferences, and boards.
  3. Annual TDY Requirement: The incumbent may be required to undertake Temporary Duty (TDY) and/or travel within and outside NATO’s boundaries for up to 30 days per year.



Programme management

The identification, planning and coordination of a set of related projects within a programme of business change, to manage their interdependencies in support of specific business strategies. Maintains a strategic view over the set of projects, providing the framework for implementing business initiatives, or large-scale change, by achieving a vision of the outcome of the programme. The vision, and the means of achieving it, may change as the programme progresses.

Primary Skill Level: Ensure/Advise: Agrees, Plans, directs and coordinates activities to manage and implement interrelated projects from contract/proposal initiation to final operational stage; plans, schedules, monitors and reports on activities related to the programme. Leads the programme teams in determining business requirements and translating requirements into operational plans. Determines, monitors and reviews all programme economics to include programme costs, operational budgets, staffing requirements, programme resources and programme risk. Ensures that the programme is managed to realise business benefits and that programme management is informed by an awareness of current technical developments.

  1. 5 Years managerial experience that includes holding positions of responsibility involving exercising of discretion, judgement and initiative.
    Experience in objective setting and the production of costed management plans.
  2. Good working knowledge of strategic management processes and procedures, programme management, resource management, and budgetary processes.
  3. At least 5-8 years CIS/ICT related managerial experience (depending on educational background/degrees), including 3 years in CIS systems operations management and holding a position of responsibility exercising discretion and judgment.
  4. At least 3 years of business/military CIS/ICT planning including CIS/ICT budgeting and execution management of programmes.
  5. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in business/military related positions.
  6. At least 5 years’ experience in preparation of detailed funding estimates for information systems in a business/military environment in order to meet organizational objectives and goals.
  7. Advanced business/military knowledge of capability development procedures.
  8. Knowledge of human resource management, financial management, requirement prioritization, risk management, and minimum 4 years oversight programme management at the strategic military HQ level.

Financial management

The overall financial management, control and stewardship of the assets and resources used in the provision of organisation support or IT services, ensuring that all governance, legal and regulatory requirements are complied with.

Secondary Skill Level: Ensure/Advise: Sets strategy and develops plans, policies and processes for the accounting, budgeting and, where applicable, charging of resources and services, including the definition of cost models and charging models. Sets, negotiates, agrees and manages all financial budgets and targets, ensuring that there is adequate funding for all targets and plans, especially to meet development and capacity needs.


University Degree in computer science, information systems, business administration, public administration, or related discipline and 4 years post related experience, or a Higher Secondary education and completed advanced vocational training in that discipline leading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation with 5 years post related and 2 years function related experience.


English SLP 3333

NOTE: The work both oral and written in this post and in this Headquarters as a whole is conducted mainly in English.


1. Professional/Experience

Specific Experience:

  1. Previous military service or extensive experience working with the military in a military environment i.e. MOD or equivalent.
  2. Detailed knowledge of NATO Capability development Processes.
  3. Understanding of the new NATO Command Structure organization and relationships and how it affects HQ SACT.
  4. Understanding of the strategic aims of HQ SACT including Capability Development issues and the interaction with nations other NATO bodies and commands requirements.
  5. Experience in preparing and defending CIS/ICT costed requirements to appropriate expert groups and committees.

2. Education/Training



3. Language

English SLP 4343


  1. Personal Attributes
    1. Required to brief and staff complex issues up to 3 Star General Officer level on a routine basis. Integrity, confidentiality and diplomatic skills need to be of the highest order. Inherent Cooperative and directional leadership skills required and must be able to demonstrate excellent team building abilities to direct/guide/influence standing and ad hoc strategic level working groups at the A4-OF4 level. Often used as sounding board by principals incumbent must be decisive, professionally knowledgeable on all ACOS C2DS and strategic resource management issues and possess good and intra-personal skills.
    2. A minimum of 6 years management experience; this includes holding a position of responsibility involving the direction of others and the exercising of discretion, judgment and initiative.
    3. Lead working groups to produce a coherent and complete product suitable for senior officer decision making.
  2. Managerial Responsibilities
    1. Act as interface between ACOS C2DS and DACOS C2DS in pursuit of strategic aims and resource allocation.
    2. Implements a wide variety of issues on behalf of the ACOS C2DS.
    3. Functional responsibility for all staff level programme management and resource planning across the branches in the Division.
    4. The incumbent will provide continuity for the coordination of programmes and deliverables across the Division giving strategic priorities for weight of effort and corresponding resource allocation. Has oversight of the accomplishment of the programme outcomes and manages the risks to those outcomes.
    5. Provides direct guidance to other ACOS and DCOS staffs and branch heads on CIS/ICT screening issues for the annual screening by the NATO HQ working groups. Has oversight of the screening of the programme of work on an annual basis.
  3. Professional Contacts
    1. Interacts and recommends on a daily basis with 2, and when required at the 3 star level Flag Officers. Will represent ACOS and DACOS C2DS at internal boards. The post holder will interact with direct personal interaction at the 2 star and below level.
    2. Extensive communication with all levels throughout the organization will be required, especially close cooperation with senior strategic manager and BUDFIN staff on a day- to-day basis.
    3. Has contact with all levels of ACT concerning the screening of CIS/ICT requirements submissions to NATO HQ.
  4. Contribution to the Objective
    1. The work of the incumbent impacts both directly and indirectly to the work and objectives of ACT.
    2. The work will directly impact the strategic objectives of the organization and will refine the efficiency and effectives of the management process to deliver capabilities.
    3. The technical and programme contributions will guide and direct other areas both within and outside the Command.
  5. Work Environment
    • The work is normally performed in a typical Office environment. Normal working conditions apply. The risk of injury is categorized as: No Risk.

The National Liaison Representatives are uniformed military nationals appointed by their nation’s government to NATO in a national capacity. The NLRs provide Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation with national viewpoints and information from national sources, and serve as a channel of communication between HQ SACT and their national authorities.


There is a clear advantage in having National Liaison Representatives collocated with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, as the transformation processes continue to develop. Early involvement by nations has been of mutual benefit for Allied Command Transformation, NATO, and the senior defence leadership of nations involved.

NATO National Liaison Representatives listed alphabetically by nation:

  • alALBANIA - Colonel Fatmir Lokaj, Albanian Army
  • beBELGIUM - Colonel Koen De Clercq, Belgian Army
  • bgBULGARIA - Colonel Lyubomir Monov, Bulgarian Air Force
  • caCANADA- Lt. Colonel James Marshal, Royal Canadian Air Force
    • Deputy - Major Sam Perreault, Canadian Army
  • hrCROATIA - Colonel Jozo Matkovic, Croatian Navy
    • Assistant - Major Danko Baricevic, Croatian Army
  • czCZECH REPUBLIC - Colonel Jiri Vavra, Czech Air Force
    • Deputy - Major Radka Polackova, Czech Army
  • dkDENMARK - Brigadier General Steen Hartov, Danish Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Colonel Jens Assum, Danish Air Force
  • eeESTONIA - Lt. Colonel Maidu Allikas (acting), Estonian Army
  • frFRANCE - Colonel Bruno Heliun, French Army
    • Deputy - Captain Frederic De Rupilly, French Navy
  • deGERMANY - Colonel Huber Katz, German Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel (GS) Rene Schueren, German Army
  • grGREECE - Colonel Petros Sassaris, Hellenic Air Force
    • Assistant - Lt. Commander Argyro Tzagkaraki, Hellenic Navy
  • huHUNGARY - Colonel István Juhász, Hungarian Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Geza Gulyas, Hungarian Army
  • isICELAND - Mrs. Adalheidur Porsteinsdottir, Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • itITALY - Colonel Angelo Borgogelli, Italian Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Commander Giampiero Fabretti, Italian Navy
  • lvLATVIA - Colonel Aivars Mezors, Latvian Air Force
  • ltLITHUANIA - Colonel Romualdas Petkevicius, Lithuanian Air Force
  • luLUXEMBOURG - Ms. Veronque Dockendorf, Luxembourgish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • nlTHE NETHERLANDS - Colonel Corné Govaarts, Royal Netherlands Army
  • noNORWAY - Colonel Gerhard Larsen, Norwegian Air Force
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Tor Are Harvey, Norwegian Army
  • plPOLAND - Captain Piotr Klepka (acting), Polish Navy
    • Deputy and LNO to JS J7 - Captain Włodzimierz Kułagin, Polish Navy
  • ptPORTUGAL - Colonel Carlos De Melo, Portuguese Army
  • roROMANIA - Colonel Mihai Stir, Romanian Air Force
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Mihai Statie, Romanian Army
  • skSLOVAKIA - Colonel Svetozár Bohus, Slovakian Army
    • Assistant - Lt. Colonel Peter Kover, Slovakian Air Force
  • siSLOVENIA - Colonel Tadej Burgar, Slovenian Army
  • esSPAIN - Colonel Fermin Olay, Spanish Army
    • Deputy - Lt. Colonel Enrique Puig, Spanish Army
  • trTURKEY - Colonel Adem Erdem, Turkish Air Force
    • Deputy - Captain Emre Parlak, Turkish Air Force
  • gbUNITED KINGDOM - Group Captain John Sullivan, Royal Air Force
  • usUNITED STATES - Colonel Steve Rose, United States Air Force
    • Deputy - Mr. Greg Freeburn, United States Department of Defence

Partnership for Peace National Liaison Representatives listed alphabetically by nation:

  • atAUSTRIA - Colonel Hans Joerg Stopka, Austrian Army
  • azAZERBAIJAN - Colonel Rustam Gozalov, Azerbaijan Army
  • fiFINLAND - CAPT. Jarmo Pennala, Finnish Navy
  • geGEORGIA - Vacant
  • seSWEDEN - Colonel Ulf Landgren, Swedish Air Force
  • chSWITZERLAND - Lt. Colonel Reinhard Eugster, Swiss Army
  • mkthe former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - Vacant
  • uaUKRAINE – Colonel Valerii Churkin, Ukrainian Army

NATO Interface:

  • HQ NLR Interface - Cdr Heath Sarvis, United States Navy

* Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name

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The need to provide continuity and specialist skills not found in the military, coupled with the cost of training military personnel in skills found in commerce, underpin the requirement for international civilian staff as an integral part of NATO's military structure. At HQ SACT, NATO International Civilian Staff work along-side their military colleagues in functions which span the activities of the Headquarters in both operational and supporting roles. These include Operations Research & Analysis, Resource Management (HRM, Finance, Infrastructure), Communications & Information Technology and International Law.

There are three categories of NATO International Civilian staff employed at HQ SACT, which are split between the following grades:

  • A grade staff have professional/management level responsibility and are typically employed in Operations Research & Analysis, Resource Management (HRM, Finance, Infrastructure), Communications & Information Technology and International Law.
  • L grade staff are specialist linguistic posts, such as Translator/Reviser positions.
  • B grade staff are typically technicians or assistants, such as Information Technology Assistants, Financial Assistants and Administrative Assistants.

The two official languages of NATO are English and French. The work at HQ SACT is mainly conducted in the English Language.

Nationals of the following Countries are eligible to apply:

Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Please note that the recruitment process for NATO International Civilian vacancies at HQ SACT has changed. Applicants should follow this link and then identify the vacancy for the relevant post and follow the instructions given. The old type application form & processes are no longer in effect.

The link above opens the new Taleo recruiting system. For an exhaustive list of current NATO International Civilian vacancies, click here.

Current vacancies

Post title: Resource and Programme Manager
Post Number: TSC FCX 0060
Post Grade: NATO Grade A-3
Closing date: 17 Nov 17

What do we offer?

Serving NATO International Civilian staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations. Newly recruited staff will be offered an initial contract of three years with possibility of renewal. The mandatory retirement age for NATO is 65.

For more information concerning the terms and conditions of employment as a NATO civilian, please click here.

Internship Programme

The HQ SACT Internship Programme aims to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to 'intern' with HQ SACT in Norfolk, Virginia, HQ SACT, Staff Element Europe, Mons, Belgium or at the Joint Analysis Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) in Monsanto, Lisbon, Portugal. Interns will benefit by gaining understanding of an International Organization, while substantiating their Curriculum Vitae.

Applications for the Internship Programme 2018 are now closed. Applications for Internship Programme 2019 will be available in early 2018. Click here for more info on the Internship Programme.