Senior Criminal Justice Advisor
United States Department of State
U.S. Embassy Praia Rue Abilio Macedo 6 Praia, Cabo Verde Africa Requires: Secret Security Clearance (May begin work with an Interim Secret Clearance)
ATSG Corporation is seeking qualified candidates to fill a position for a Senior Criminal Justice Advisor to support the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor. The Department of State’s mission is to advance U.S. national security interests, fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives that build a freer, prosperous and secure world.
The mission of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States, its citizens, and partner nations by providing effective foreign assistance and fostering global cooperation. We are carrying out this mission in Cabo Verde by partnering with both the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Labor.
INL aims to lower crime by helping the Cabo Verde National Police adopt community policing strategies; to improve the Financial Intelligence Unit and Cabo Verde Judicial Police capacity to disrupt and investigate transnational organized crime, including money laundering and drug trafficking; and to improve the management of Cabo Verde’s prisons. We also aim to facilitate Cabo Verdean law enforcement collaboration with U.S. federal law enforcement agencies and the Boston Police Department.
INL is now seeking the subject matter expert of an in-country Senior Criminal Justice Advisor who can work collaboratively with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Labor, in close coordination with U.S. Embassy Praia and INL/Washington.
Duties and Responsibilities:
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;
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 great 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.
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;
COVID-19 Vaccination Required. *President Biden's Executive Order mandates vaccinations for all Executive Branch employees and contractors working on or in connection with Department contracts (subject to limited exceptions for disabilities or religious objections) consistent with applicable law and guidance.
Juris Doctor degree
The primary physical work location is the U.S. Embassy Praia. However, if it can be negotiated, an alternate location will be the Ministry of Internal Affairs and/or the Ministry of Justice and Labor.
*Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above.
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