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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:
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 The old type application form & processes are no longer in effect. 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: Section Head (C2, CIS and Core Services Requirements) /Deputy Branch Head
Post title: Principal Requirements Manager (Core Enterprise Services)/Deputy Branch Head
Post title: Section Head (Principal Requirements Traceability Analyst)
Post title: DP Programme Manager
Post title: Section Head (Strategy) / Senior Strategy Officer
Post title: Requirements Manager (Cyberspace, Information Assurance & Cryptography SME)
Post title: Senior AirC2/IAMD Capability Engineer
Post title: Project Coordinator (AirC2 Capability) / Senior AirC2 System Engineer
Post title: Project Coordinator (ACCS Capability) / Senior ACCS Systems Engineer
Post title: Project Coordinator (BMD Capability) / Senior BMD Systems Engineer
Post title: Section Head (Risk Analysis) / Senior Operations Research Analyst
Post title: Staff Officer (Allied Joint Doctrine Campaign Plan Manager)
Post title: AirC2/IAMD Capability Architect
Post title: Requirements Quality Assurance Analyst
Post title: Senior Integrator / Architect Joint Effects Capabilities
Post title: Enterprise Policy SME
Post title: Cyberspace Federation & Partnership SME
Post title: Senior Integrator / Architect Space Capabilities
Post title: Operational C2 Capabilities Architect A-2
Post title: Staff Officer (M&S Technical SME / Advisor)
Post title: Strategic Analyst (Concept Development)
Post title: Staff Assistant (Civilian Human Resources)
Post title: Staff Assistant (Animation & Social Media)
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.
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 2019 has now passed. Details of the 2020 Internship Programme will appear here in early 2019.
NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is NATO’s Warfare Development Command located in Norfolk, USA. It exists to identify current and future risks and to prepare the Alliance to meet the challenges of an unstable international security environment. Led by General Denis Mercier, Allied Command Transformation uses six focus areas which form the lens through which the transformation of NATO’s military posture is viewed. In an increasingly complex and unstable world NATO Allied Command Transformation’s mission is vital to help safeguard the freedom and security of its members. We innovate to prepare NATO to confront 21st Century security threats.
Allied Command Transformation: Improve Today. Shape Tomorrow. Bridge the Two.
Command and Control
Allied Command Transformation develops and refines the means by which NATO plans and conducts future operations. Efficient and effective Command & Control has to be adapted to the ever-changing environment, enabling NATO and its members to meet its core tasks of collective defence, crisis management, cooperative security and to project stability. A forward leaning Command & Control structure provides the ways and means for NATO forces to be interoperable to improve resilience and agility. Allies and Partners must design interoperability into command and control systems in order to improve and enhance how they operate and adapt, to meet NATO’s core tasks.
Allied Command Transformation, through the perspective of the Focus Area Capabilities, envisages to keep NATO’s warfighting cutting edge by developing capabilities starting from a clear understanding of future challenges.
Allied Command Transformation identifies and prioritizes Alliance Capability shortfalls, informing the delivery of suitable and efficient military solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. The development of capabilities entails the consideration of all material and non-material aspects in the definition of a solution towards the complete satisfaction of the requirement. The integration of all capability development efforts to achieve a harmonic evolution towards solutions to future challenges is supported leveraging knowledge from academia, Centers of Excellences, Allies and the Science and Technology community.
In 2030 the Alliance will project and sustain its Joint Force through a network of persistent, agile, scalable, and resilient operational support systems. Partnership focused, the Alliance has to be fully interoperable and forged by a cooperative, innovative and mutually supportive civil and military sustainment environment. Allied Command Transformation facilitates the Alliance to deploy, sustain and redeploy forces enabling them to fulfill their military mandate.
The Human Capital Focus Area’s vision is to ‘provide the best prepared people, at the right place, at the right time, every time’.
Rapidly advancing technology and a dynamic threat environment will continue to place new demands on NATO personnel. This necessitates a more proactive approach to preparing our personnel: an approach where technological advances are viewed as force multipliers; where critical and innovative thinking is embraced; and where collaboration with non-traditional partners is encouraged. By exploring emerging trends and the evidence we see today, NATO can proactively determine our future requirements. This continuous and ‘living’ effort will allow us to shape and enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of our personnel, ensuring that they are ready to meet the demands of tomorrow. This approach is the most direct path to our ultimate destination: excellence in operations.
Collective Training & Exercises
Allied Command Transformation strives to prepare forces and decision makers for the full spectrum of future warfare. This Focus Area perspective assures that NATO maintains a high state of readiness, is interoperable, is capable across the full mission spectrum, and therefore, serves as the cornerstone of the Alliance’s credible deterrence. It seeks to make greater use of education, training and exercises to reinforce links between the forces of NATO member countries and maintain the level of interoperability needed for future operations.
Partners are increasingly contributing to NATO operations and are force multipliers in fulfilling the NATO mission. Allied Command Transformation, through the Partnership Focus Area perspective, strives to achieve “Day one interoperability” with a broad range of partners, covering the full military spectrum together, and pursuing shared interests based on the partner level of ambition. Working with partners from across international bodies, such as the European Union and United Nations, as well as those in the civil and private sectors will be key to enhancing NATO’s Resilience. Only through a common and shared understanding of our interdependencies can we build resilient nations and partners which in turn builds a resilient Alliance. By concentrating on the near and distant future, Allied Command Transformation fosters awareness for the Alliance and its partners with innovative approaches and supports projecting stability through cooperation.
NATO's Allied Command Transformation Six Focus Areas: a Six-Minutes Video on Transformation
The Alliance relies on thoroughly considered and well-implemented plans, policies, and procedures taking into account the unique political, strategic, and operational issues it faces.
The processes of their development however necessarily drive towards a consensus opinion for numerous reasons, often at the expense of unique or divergent perspectives. Applying independent critical thought to such a problem may offer the decision maker a broader view of the situation. In addition, it can expose unforeseen implications that might cause failure of otherwise well-considered solutions.
Alternative Analysis (AltA) is a broadly applicable capability that supports the inclusion of independent, critical thought and alternative perspectives to support decision-making. It offers NATO staff the opportunity to inject additional knowledge – or knowledge perceived in a different way – into a decision-making process alongside traditional problem-solving techniques. In general, AltA’s overall goal regardless of its specific function is to reduce risk and expand opportunities through better decision-making.
AltA comprises of a set of techniques that can be learned and put into practice by any NATO staff officer. The techniques were not invented by NATO, but are rather drawn from a wide range of business and intelligence analysis practices. They are applicable to many different situations and are therefore techniques that staff officers can use throughout their careers.