NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Civilian Employment Opportunities

NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is evolving to keep its one billion members safe in an ever-changing world. The Command is constantly seeking competent and driven individuals for a variety of job positions in order to accomplish this.

Allied Command Transformation offers a broad range of career opportunities in fields like engineering, IT, international relations, communications, innovation, finance, human resources, and administration. Both civilian and military employees constitute its staff. The Command also provides opportunities for young professionals, temporary employees, university students, recent graduates, and interpreters.

As an international organisation, NATO highly values inclusion and perceives diversity as a strength. NATO strives to ensure that its workforce reflects the diversity of its Allies. Our hiring strategies aim to attract, develop and retain a mix of people with different skills, backgrounds, experiences and cultures. This diversity and the broad range of talent that comes with it is essential in generating innovative ideas and insights, contributing to NATO’s efficiency and carrying the Alliance into the future.

NATO strives to recruit well-qualified, motivated civilians and military personnel, and welcomes people of different nationalities, genders, ages, races and ethnic origins, religions or beliefs, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and disabilities. NATO strongly encourages qualified female candidates from all NATO member countries to apply.

Our strength is our people and we invite all who demonstrate our core values of integrity, impartiality, loyalty, accountability and professionalism to apply.

NATO offers its staff the opportunity to acquire a unique international experience that contributes to their personal and professional growth. Successful applicants receive a competitive employee benefit package:

  • Additionally, an excellent and adaptable employment conditions for different needs;
  • Meaningful work in support of the most successful political-military alliance in history;
  • Initial three-year contract with competitive monthly tax-free salary (the salary of a position is subject to Article 19 of the Ottawa Agreement on the exemption of taxation);
  • Additional benefits for expatriate staff may include expatriation and education allowances (where applicable) and additional home leave;
  • Excellent health coverage;
  • Generous annual leave of 30 days plus official holidays;
  • Pension scheme.

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

Only applications submitted via the NATO Talent Acquisition Platform will be taken into consideration. Applications submitted by other means (e.g., mail, e-mail, fax) are no longer accepted.

When completing the application form using the NATO Talent Acquisition Platform, you will be able to add attachments. One of these attachments must be a copy of the qualification or certificate covering the highest level of education required by the job description. If this certificate is not in one of the official NATO languages, you should include a translation into English or French.

Please answer each question completely in English. Expressions such as: “please see attached CV, please see annex, please see enclosed document” are not acceptable; this is a cause of immediate rejection of the application. Particular attention should be given to the Education and Experience section of your application form.

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 32 NATO countries are eligible to apply.

  • STEP 1 : Application

Timeline: 3-4 weeks
We accept applications through our e-recruitment system TALEO. You can search for open vacancies without logging in by clicking Vacancies. If a position looks like a good fit for you, please create a candidate profile to apply for this position. Applications are posted for 30 days.

  • STEP 2 : Screening

Shortlisting – Timeline: 2-3 weeks
After the closing date, your application will be reviewed. You will not hear from the Recruitment Team until this step is complete. Please be patient while this process is taking place. You will be notified via e-mail regardless of the outcome of your application.

  • STEP 3 : Interview

Depending on the position you applied for, you might be asked immediately for a written assessment and a video assessment, without taking a test or recording a video interview.

  • STEP 4 : Offer

Timeline: 2-4 weeks
You will hear about the status of your application only after the Chief of Staff has authorised the appointment. Please note that we will inform you regardless of the outcome of your application, but this may take up to 2-4 weeks. All of our communication is done via e-mail so ensure you check your e-mail at regular intervals. If you are selected for the position, congratulations! If you accept our tentative offer, we will start medical and security clearance procedures.

  • STEP 5 : Clearances

Timeline: on average 6 months
Staff members must fulfil certain conditions under NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations (CPR).

  • STEP 6 : Joining

After we have received your medical and security clearance, a member of the Recruitment Team will act as a liaison between you and your future manager to set a start date and appoint a sponsor to ensure a smooth transition into your new role at NATO ACT.

This link shows the current vacancies NATO-wide. Applicants should follow this link to the TALEO recruiting system, identify the vacancy for the relevant post and follow the instructions given.

The categories of NATO International Civilian staff employed at the Command, range from NATO Grade (NG) 8 to NG 22, which can be defined as follows:

  • NG 15, 17, 20 & 22 have professional/management level responsibility and are typically employed in Operations Research & Analysis, Resource Management (Human Resources Management, Finance, Infrastructure), Communications & Information Technology and International Law.
  • NG 16, 18, 19 & 21 are specialist linguistic posts, such as Translator/Reviser positions.
  • NG 8, 10, 12 & 14 are typically technicians or assistants, such as Information Technology Assistants, Financial Assistants and Administrative Assistants.

Current Vacancies

Post title: Section Head (Plans & Programmes of Work)
Post Grade: NG 20
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240393
Closing Date: 10 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Staff Assistant (PM-ADM Capability Program)
Post Grade: NG 12
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240488
Closing Date: 12 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Staff Officer (MDO Training Implementation)
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240489
Closing Date: 13 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Digital Transformation Portfolio Manager
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240497
Closing Date: 13 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Principal Architect (Federated Interoperability)
Post Grade: NG 20
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240429
Closing Date: 18 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Section Head (Digital Transformation)
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240430
Closing Date: 18 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Digital Transformation Coordinator
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240433
Closing Date: 19 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: EDT Analyst
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240461
Closing Date: 19 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Staff Officer (Experimentation & Wargaming Design)
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240490
Closing Date: 19 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: NDPP Project Office Coordinator
Post Number: TSC PJGX 0050
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: SHAPE, Mons, Belgium
Vacancy #: 240462
Closing Date: 27 April 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Digital Transformation Communication Officer
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240431
Closing Date: 08 May 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Cell Head (BCM-Programme Manager)
Post Grade: NG 17
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240505
Closing Date: 08 May 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Staff Officer (BCM Project Controls Coordinator)
Post Grade: NG 11
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240507
Closing Date: 08 May 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

Post title: Staff Officer (NATO Digital Backbone SME)
Post Grade: NG 15
Post Location: HQ SACT, Norfolk, VA, USA
Vacancy #: 240548
Closing Date: 08 May 2024 @ 17:59hrs (Eastern)/11:59hrs (CET)

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 submission of applications for the HQ SACT Internship Programme 2025 is now OPEN.
Click here for more details on the 2025 Internship Programme.

Applying to and working for an International Organization comes with many questions and challenges.

Here’s a collection of the questions that newly-recruited staff ask more frequently, answered.

General Information Norfolk and Virginia Beach

There are a number of facilities and services inside HQ SACT that will help you during your employment with Allied Command Transformation. As indicated below, the United States also has a lot to offer in terms of education, transport, accommodation, and cultural and social life. All this together will contribute to an enjoyable and successful employment with NATO ACT.

  • Introduction: NATO is based in Norfolk, Virginia, close to Virginia Beach. This page aims to provide essential information about living in this dynamic region, offering a unique blend of urban amenities and beachside charm.
  • Location and Climate: Situated in the southeastern region of the United States, Norfolk and Virginia Beach are nestled along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. NATO ACT is located in the larger Hampton Roads area, consisting of the seven cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton and Chesapeake. The area enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers, providing ample opportunities for outdoor activities year-round.
  • Average Summer Temperature: 75-85°F (24-29°C); Average Winter Temperature: 40-50°F (4-10°C)
  • Housing: Finding accommodation in this area offers a range of options, from city apartments to beachfront residences. Whether you prefer the urban energy of Norfolk or the coastal tranquility of Virginia Beach, you’ll find housing options to suit various preferences and budgets.
  • Education: For families with children, the region boasts a variety of educational opportunities, including public and private schools, as well as reputable universities and colleges in the surrounding area.
  • Healthcare: Norfolk and Virginia Beach provide access to high-quality healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics, and specialized medical centers. Health insurance is crucial, so familiarize yourself with the local healthcare system.
  • Transportation
    • Driving: Many residents choose to drive, and owning a car can provide added convenience, especially for those who live in the suburbs or plan to explore the broader region.
    • Public Transit: The Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) system serves both Norfolk and Virginia Beach, offering bus and light rail services and providing convenient and affordable transportation options. Nonetheless, public transportation will take you a significant amount of time to get to your location.
  • Cultural Diversity: The communities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach are known for their cultural diversity, with a rich history shaped by various ethnicities and traditions. You’ll find a wide range of restaurants, cultural events, and community organizations representing different cultures.
  • Recreation and Activities: From parks and beaches to museums and theatres, Norfolk and Virginia Beach offer a plethora of recreational opportunities. The region is known for its lively arts scene, historic sites, and vibrant coastal lifestyle.
  • Cost of Living: Compared to other cities in the United States, Norfolk and Virginia Beach generally offer a reasonable cost of living. However, expenses may vary depending on lifestyle choices and housing preferences.