Career Opportunities

Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Civilian Employment Opportunities

Contact Information
Tel: +1 757 747 4183
Fax: +1 757 747 4022
Mailing Address:
7857 Blandy Road Suite 100
Norfolk, Virginia 23551-2490 USA

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, North Macedonia, 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 The old type application form & processes are no longer in effect. All the vacancies below are available at the above-mentioned link.

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

Post Title: Programmer NDPP Integration & Engineering (Resources Manager), twinned with Defence Planning Resources Manager
Post Grade: A-2
Post number: TSC PJMX 0150 - Twinned with TSC PJXX 0040
Vacancy number: 200734
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Closing Date/time: 29 November 2020 (11:59 CET)
Post Title: Section Head (Budget) / Deputy Branch Head
Post Grade: A-4 / NG20
Post number: TSC GSBX 0100
Vacancy number: 200805
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Closing Date/time: 4 January 2021 (11:59 CET)

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.

The closing date for the submissions of applications for the HQ SACT Internship Programme 2021 has now passed. Details of the 2022 Internship Programme will appear here in early 2021.