Senior Criminal Justice Advisor (INL – Cabo Verde)
U.S. Embassy, Praia, Cabo Verde
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We are presently identifying candidates for the following contract position: Senior Criminal Justice Advisor (INL – Cabo Verde)
. ATSG is now seeking the subject matter expertise of an in-country Senior Criminal Justice Advisor who can work collaboratively with our client (DoS-INL), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Labor, in close coordination with U.S. Embassy Praia and INL/Washington. The Senior Criminal Justice Advisor will help to achieve program objectives by planning and coordinating activities, documenting achievements, liaising with Cabo Verdean government counterparts, and receiving regular guidance from the POL/ECON Chief and INL/Cabo Verde Program Officer in Washington.
- Top Secret Security Clearance: This position does not allow for the time needed to process a new security clearance. Therefore, clearances must be existing and active; an awarded interim Top Secret is acceptable.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Bachelor's degree in one of the following areas: management, administration, international relations, criminal justice, or law.
- Ten (10) years’ demonstrated experience working on issues of law enforcement, criminal justice, and/or security sector coordination at the national level.
- Experience working in a foreign country.
- Excellent organizational, analytical, and project management skills.
- Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
- Proficiency in oral and written Portuguese communication skills.
- Possession of a valid driving license for at least one year.
- Ability to build and maintain key relationships in a culturally diverse environment and negotiate the resolution of conflicting views to enable project implementation.
- Ability to write clearly and concisely, to express complex ideas in a clear and logical way and without grammatical errors.
- Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances, and to re-evaluate priorities in light of new circumstances.
- A working knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
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- Serve as a subject matter expert and maintain extensive knowledge of law enforcement and justice sector actors, entities, and Cabo Verde’s criminal law, and provide subject matter expertise and policy analysis to Cabo Verde senior officials, U.S. Embassy Praia, and INL/Washington.
- Establish effective professional relationships with upper level GOCV officials, including but not limited to senior and mid-level officials in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Cabo Verde National Police, the Ministry of Justice and Labor, the Cabo Verde Judicial Police, the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Correctional Services, and the Judiciary.
- Assist in the determination of the strategic priorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Labor. Gather related documents and information for future reference. Present options and make recommendations on how the United States could best contribute to these strategies.
- Understand and interpret GOCV law enforcement and justice sector policies, procedures, and directives.
- Provide detailed input to help design INL’s multi-year capacity-building program in Cabo Verde’s civilian law enforcement, justice, and corrections sectors and how they relate to Cabo Verde’s security sector.
- Assist in the development, coordination, and implementation of INL projects to improve Cabo Verde’s law enforcement, justice, and corrections capabilities.
- Assist in the planning, coordination, and implementation of INL in-country activities, while serving as a central point of contact for relevant engagement.
- When capacity-building training opportunities arise, provide recommendations for Cabo Verdean participants who should be included.
- Organize and participate in meetings, seminars, and exercises to develop plans and programs to improve Cabo Verde’s capabilities in the law enforcement and justice sector.
- When directed, provide administrative and logistical support to facilitate capacity-building activities, which could include making arrangements at hotels or GOCV facilities, arranging interpretation and translation services, setting up food services, making local transportation arrangements, facilitating local and international travel, gathering Leahy Vetting information, and reproducing materials for trainings and meetings.
- Communicate frequently with the POL/ECON Chief and the INL Cabo Verde Program Officer. Proactively provide status updates on projects and programmatic progress. Within 24 hours of receiving an email, provide a comprehensive, professional response. Provide useful analysis to help the U.S. government know how to most effectively and efficiently achieve program objectives.
- Take the initiative to encourage Cabo Verdean law enforcement, justice, and corrections counterparts to make continuous improvements.
- Develop close working relationships with national and international NGOs, and other donors, to coordinate programming and plans in the criminal justice sector.
- Prepare background materials, talking points, updates, and reports used by U.S. Embassy Praia and INL in preparing reports, speeches, briefings, public messaging, and testimony to articulate U.S. engagement in Cabo Verde’s law enforcement and justice sector.
- Participate in domestic and international meetings regarding the law enforcement and justice sectors and related security sector functions in Cabo Verde.
- Participate in and/or lead assessments, monitoring site visits, and evaluations – as requested by INL – of Cabo Verde’s law enforcement and criminal justice sector and of U.S. program efforts and impact; brief findings to senior U.S. Embassy, INL, and interagency officials; and, on the basis of those findings, propose future projects, activities, diplomatic engagement, and/or other actions.
- Participate in outreach activities to increase awareness of INL programs and policies and solicit greater cooperation and participation.
- Professionally document in writing the activities that take place to achieve Embassy and INL objectives, including who participated, what was discussed, what happened, the outcomes of the activity, any useful metrics for demonstrating programmatic progress, the next steps, as well as digital photos to capture the essence of the activities, consistent with applicable security policies and bilateral sensitivities.
- Travel is anticipated for this position, including to other locations within Cabo Verde. It may also include travel OCONUS and CONUS.
- Hours for this full‐time position will be the core hours of U.S. Embassy Praia, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.