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Corrections Advisor – Corrections Advisor IV (CARSI – Costa Rica)

San Jose, Costa Rica
Corrections Advisor – Corrections Advisor IV (CARSI – Costa Rica)
San Jose, Costa Rica
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ATSG Corporation prides itself on our proven dedication to providing expert assistance to our government partners—without any surprises. We work hard to honor our commitment to our clients while ensuring our employees feel secure and empowered in their work. We take excellent care of our team, so they may have the freedom and confidence to focus on their missions and provide nothing but the best output on the work site and at home.

The company provides a variety of services within the Intelligence Community. Our products may be diverse, but the results are one and the same—on schedule, on budget, and completed with superior quality. We are experienced in areas such as Mobility, Enterprise Architecture, Data Processing, Law Enforcement Mission Support, and Acquisition Support. As an organization, we are consistently expanding our footprint in the contracting community.

We are presently identifying candidates for the following position: Corrections Advisor – Corrections Advisor IV (CARSI – Costa Rica). This candidate will work with Dept. of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (DOS-INL) in San Jose, Costa Rica on the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) contract.

The CARSI contract, one of the largest and most sophisticated multi-lateral security efforts in the world, provides funding for the US Government to assist the governments of the CARSI countries with police professionalization, justice sector reform, counter narcotics efforts, border security management, crime and violence prevention, and anti-corruption efforts. This initiative will focus on a series of Policing, Specialty, IT and Administrative roles. Requirements and responsibilities for this role are as follows:  

Minimum Qualifications—
  • U.S. Citizen
  • The candidate must be able to pass an ATSG background investigation to begin employment and must obtain and maintain a Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) clearance to gain Embassy access and be eligible for continued employment.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Fifteen (15) years of demonstrated relevant experience.
  • Seven (7) years of demonstrated experience related to prison management.
  • Five (5) years of demonstrated experience in management roles that include strategic planning, resource management, budgeting, oversight and evaluation and active management of correction facilities.
  • Demonstrated excellent English verbal and written skills.
  • Demonstrated prior ability to work independently on projects and issues within overall policy guidelines.
  • Demonstrated communication and liaison skills appropriate to work with a wide variety of governmental, public, and private sector representatives; as well as with local community members and groups.
  • Spanish FSI Level 4/4
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Physically able to travel to and reside in Costa Rica in the areas of San Jose, or other as assigned, and travel throughout the region.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Required. *President Biden's Executive Order mandates all U.S. Federal employees and contractors providing services to the U.S. Federal Government who are working on or in connection with and U.S. Department contracts (subject to limited exceptions for disabilities or religious objections) to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Preferred Qualifications—
  • Five (5) years of experience working in international environments.
  • Demonstrated experience working and/or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies and host nation entities.
  • Demonstrated experience working as a law enforcement advisor with non-U.S. law enforcement agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience working in international police development and reform.
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluating prisons against American Correctional Association (ACA) standards and achieving ACA accreditation at a prison

  • Works closely with the US Embassy INL/CR Director, INL/CR PSC Police Advisor, the Contracting Officer (CO), and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).
  • Maintains open, timely and effective communications with the INL/Costa Rica Director and Police Advisor on issues falling under the scope of work, resulting in a relationship that proactively addresses potential problems with flexible, workable solutions.
  • Keeps the INL PSC Police Advisor and INL Director informed of his/her activities through a Travel/Engagement Form and report on all travel activities in the Monthly and Quarterly Reports.
  • The Prison Program Advisor, under the guidance of INL/CR Program Manager, will assist the GOCR Prison Program in creating a positive public image; gaining public commitment and support; and raising public consciousness regarding program goals and objectives towards the professionalization of prison managements and the expansion of the use of alternatives to incarceration.
  • Supports the Prison program for INL by assisting to developing budget and fiscal requirements, acquisitions for equipment, processing training requests, travel requests, and by maintaining databases that contain all of the supporting documentation for this program.
  • Assistance will also include training in operations and behavior modification, logistical support for site visits in other Latin American and US facilities, and defining infrastructure improvements and equipment support.
  • Assists INL to work with prison officials on a frequent basis to ensure that best practices are established and functioning, equipment is being used properly and a strategic plan is being followed.
  • Assist the INL/Costa Rica Prison Program Manager with planning, coordinating and implementing complex and multifaceted strategies to help implement the GOCR Policy for Penitentiary Reform as well as through public awareness, activities and events to support the Prison Program goals and objectives.
  • Assist INL-Costa Rica Prison Program Advisor and Team in planning work projects.
  • Assist in training and the implementation of programs for the implementation of the National Policy for Penitentiary Reform.
  • Assist the CRPPF to reduce overcrowding, improve rehabilitation/reintegration, and reduce pre-and post-trial detention. Focus on support for Prison system reform on professionalization efforts, and support improved security for inmates and staff.
  • Assist in the development of standard operating procedures and policy and procedures manuals to govern prison operations.
  • Assist, advise, and make recommendations to INL Costa Rica’s INL Director and the INL PSC Police Advisor on prison reform implementation and institutionalization.
  • Work with the CRPPF director and staff to develop and prepare budget submissions, determine staffing requirements, and overall management of the CRPPF.
  • In coordination with INL/CR, develop and maintain a CRPPF training plan that will promote effective correction practices.
  • Provide advice and assistance in the preparation of procurement documentation for technical services, training, and commodities.
  • Work with the INL personnel to prepare monthly and annual progress reports regarding the Prison Program. Prepare and maintain an annual implementation plan.
  • Work with the CRPPF to prepare strategic planning for one-, two- and five-year increments along with implementation plans.
  • Suggests avenues for mid-course correction if a program is not achieving its goals.
  • Attend meetings with U.S. and host-government officials as requested, including the regional working group meetings.
  • Keep the INL Director and INL/CR Police Advisor, and other U.S. personnel, as appropriate, informed and briefed on all matters relating to CRPPF activities.
  • Supports the Prison program for INL-CR by assisting submission of project proposals and related Statements of Work for INL PSC Police Advisor and U.S. Government approval.
  • Supports Prison program acquisition efforts in the capacity of conducting market research, developing inputs for cost estimates, and drafting requirements documents for U.S. Government approval.
  • The Advisors shall develop, implement and manage processes for the sustainability of programs and projects devised to aid in countering extremist behavior in host country jails and prisons.
  • Additionally, the Advisor must have the ability to manage cross-culturally as he/she will be required to establish effective working relationships with host country officials at various levels of government.
  • The Advisor shall provide continuous and measurable program updates and results associated with assigned work performed in host country correctional facilities as required by his/her assigned supervisor and other national and/or international stakeholders.
  • The Advisor shall possess a keen understanding of all aspects of corrections operations that will include, but is not limited to detention and/or prison facility leadership and supervision, management and custody of high risk security individuals, special segregation housing, crafting of internal and external security procedures and features, administration functions, logistics, facilities maintenance, intelligence, internal audits and standards, communication functions, staff training and prisoner transportation.
  • This position requires a work plan.
  • This position is located in San Jose Costa Rica.
  • Travel throughout costa Rica and other international locations may be required.
  • MONTHLY: Provide a summary of relevant program activity, progress toward desired impacts, recommendations for advancing program and U.S. objectives, project highlights, and other relevant significant information including metrics, milestones achieved, and other relevant statistical data.
  • QUARTERLY: Quarterly Reports, quantitative data, an analysis of program trends, and an update on progress toward INL’s desired outcomes and impact goals, noting challenges, successes, future plans, and recommendations to INL.
  • ANNUALLY: The candidate shall provide an annual report. This report shall be a summary of the last year, specifically an estimate of progress toward reaching the goal of turning over responsibility to the GOCR. It should also detail the results of each projected output, outcome, performance measurement, and impact

*Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above.

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