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Physical / CIS Infrastructure SME


Vacancy Number: 23/003

Job Title: Physical / CIS Infrastructure SME

Basic Monthly Salary: $10,090.40, not exempt from taxation

Closing Date: Wednesday, 01 March 2023, 2359 EST (UTC-5)

Joint Force Command Norfolk (JFCNF) is seeking to hire a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to provide advice and guidance on the full spectrum of infrastructure and CIS infrastructure policy.


JFCNF Headquarters is located in Norfolk, Virginia and it is the only operational NATO command in the United States. JFCNF serves as the bridge between Europe and North America and was established to project stability, deter aggression and defend NATO’s allies in the North Atlantic and High North, from seabed to space.


Location: Norfolk, VA, USA

Directorate: Support Directorate

Security Clearance Required: NATO Secret

Post Context/Post Summary

JFCNF provides a Joint Headquarters to plan, prepare and conduct operations to support NATO’s core tasks at the Joint Operational Level, as directed by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

The Support Directorate is responsible for planning, directing, monitoring, assessing and coordinating Support staff functions. Assists and advises on policy matters and in the execution of support activities, including provision of regional focus.

As an integral part of the development of Joint Force Command Norfolk, the Tiger team for JFCNF 2.0 provides:

- A holistic, cross-functional, objective analysis and advisory capacity for the delivery of JFCNF 2.0 across the HQ, IAW MC direction and aligned to AAP-16(D) Procedures;

- A HQ-wide strategic organisational change management capability for the delivery of JFCNF 2.0;

- A common project and programme management capability within ACO based on proven project and programme management principles and techniques;

The incumbent is responsible for:

Providing subject matter expertise on the full spectrum of Infrastructure and CIS infrastructure policy, providing advice and guidance on the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP)

(The incumbent must work within the parameters of the NATO Security Investment Programme and ACO Directives, and in accordance with NATO resource management policy).

Principal Duties

The incumbent's duties are:

a) JFCNF's subject matter expert on the full spectrum of Infrastructure and CIS infrastructure policy, related resources and technical issues, and also SME for all activities related to civil engineering concepts, planning, implementation, acceptance, correction of deficiencies, inspection and maintenance of facilities.

b) Through Liaison with the Director of Management (DOM), act as the Primary Infrastructure Advisor for the delivery of JFCNF 2.0 advising the Team Leader and Project Sponsor.

c) Supports with technical guidance and resolves differing technical viewpoints coming from national Building Codes, regulations or laws that are enforced by national official institutions, STANAGs and Standards among the ACO Infrastructure and facilities community (JENG Divisions and BSGs).

d) Supports development of policy, directives, and procedures for Infrastructure and facilities related activities.

e) Develops metrics and the means through which they can support Infrastructure Assessment, MILENG planning, the CapDev and IRM processes.

f) Initiates and develops Infrastructure Reports and briefings, containing analysis and recommendations for initiatives regarding JFCNF available infrastructure.

g) Initiates and develops Infrastructure Reports and briefings, containing analysis and recommendations for initiatives regarding JFCNF available infrastructure.

h) Interacts at the highest levels with technical experts from other Infrastructure stakeholders organisations, particularly the NSPA Agency.

i) Attends senior working groups and committee meetings on key infrastructure issues for JFCNF particularly, to define and develop the JFCNF position for the relevant NATO boards and committees on civil works matters.

j) Working with the DOM and the J6 Branch initiates JFCNF Infrastructure and CIS Requirement’s to be fulfilled by either Common Funded, Nationally funded or other sources.

Special Requirements and Additional Duties

The employee may be required to perform a similar range of duties elsewhere within the organisation at the same grade without there being any change to the contract.

The work is normally performed in a Normal NATO office working environment. Normal Working Conditions apply.

The risk of injury is categorised as: No Risk

Essential Qualifications

a. Professional/Experience

1) Previous experience in a NATO Military Headquarters.

2) Previous experience in the NATO Security Investment Programme and Capability Development Process.

3) Previous experience in the identification and specification of the infrastructure requirements for NATO Military facilities.

4) Previous experience in co-operation with NATO/National Construction Agencies and Architecture/Engineering Consultants.

b. Education/Training

University Degree and 4 years post related experience, or Higher Secondary education and completed advanced vocational training leading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation with 5 years post related and 2 years function related experience.

c. Language

English - SLP 3333 (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).

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

Desirable Qualifications

a. Professional Experience

1) Experience with NATO financial policy, budget and contracting procedures.

2) Previous experience in NATO common funding. Demonstrable evidence of experience in project management.

3) Structural Engineer with experience in electrical and mechanical support systems.

4) Previous Experience in Policy & Procedures Development for Facilities Maintenance.

5) Experience in construction of hardened facilities.

b. Education/Training

A Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Electro-Mechanical Engineering and 10 years’ experience of infrastructure engineering related to the conception, evaluation, management, implementation and acceptance of large civil engineering projects.

c. Language

English – SLP 4343 (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).


Personal Attributes

The incumbent must possess courtesy, tact, diplomacy, mental alertness, negotiating skills and service-mindedness together with good health, stress tolerance and ability to work long hours when required. Sensitivity, diplomacy, persuasion, and interpersonal understanding are key for the successful development of the required outcomes. The duties require clarity of thought, sound consistent judgment; good inter personal and communication skills and often a creative approach to bridge the challenge of the diverse application of varying national civil engineering standards and practices to a miscellany of geo-dispersed and dissimilar fixed and deployed infrastructure solutions, which, in addition, may have with possible inherent political ramifications.

a. Professional Contacts

Daily professional contacts both at the high managerial and technical level with national Infrastructure project directors, project managers and engineering staff at HQ SACT, NATO Agencies, the NATO International Staff, Architecture and Engineering Consultants and Industry. Daily professional contacts with high managerial, operational and technical staff at National Ministries of Defense, Chief of Defense or General Staff Headquarters as well as with the ACO staff at all levels of ACO Commands, that would lead to modification or creation of policy.

b. Contribution to Objectives

This post has direct impact on JFCNF’s ability to meet objectives. This post provides the strategic level coordination and control capabilities on the infrastructure aspects of MILENG function in accordance with MC560/2 to support SACEUR exercising his command functions. It provides advice in order to achieve the desired objectives by enabling or preventing maneuver or mobility, developing, maintaining, and improving infrastructure. This post also allows the timely and effective planning, implementation and maintenance of required infrastructure for enabling NATO wartime, crisis and peacetime posture. The contribution of the work directly affects the plans, policy and objectives of SHAPE and rest of ACO in regard with AOR enablement, mobility and counter-mobility.

This post reports to the Senior Business Analyst/Team Leader


Duration of contract: not to exceed 12 months. Upon budgetary approval, a further contract may be offer.

In view of the nature and of the urgency of the temporary positions we are looking to fill, it is important for candidates to be available for temporary employment on short notice. In practice, this implies either being in possession of valid NATO security clearance at the time of application, or having been in possession of such a clearance with the possibility to reactivate it swiftly. We therefore only encourage applications for temporary positions if you are already, or have previously been, in possession of a valid NATO security clearance.


Applications are to be submitted via email to JFCNFSPTJ1Recruitment@jfcnf.nato.int and include a Cover Letter (max 1 page), Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages), relevant certifications and two professional references.

DO NOT include the following information: Classified or government sensitive information; Social Security Number; Photos of yourself; Personal information, such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.; or encrypted and digitally signed documents.

Current and past civilians working for NATO or any Coordinated Organisation, shall indicate their last grade and step held (next to job title), and specify the name of employing NATO body or Coordinated Organisation.


A) Only nationals from the 30 NATO member states can apply for vacancies at JFCNF.

B) Applications are automatically acknowledged within one working day after submission. In the absence of an acknowledgement please make sure the submission process is completed, or, re-submit the application.

C) Due to limited capacity, we are unable to accommodate Candidates’ individual telephones or e-mail enquiries. All candidates will receive an answer indicating the outcome of their application.

D) Feedback will not be provided to unsuccessful applicants.





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