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Senior Corrections Advisor (PSS-23-001-Albania)

Tirana, Albania
Senior Corrections Advisor
Albanian Ministry of Justice’s General Directorate of Prisons and/or U.S. Embassy Tirana

Requires: Interim Acceptable
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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, more prosperous, and more secure world.

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) keeps Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores.

INL supports U.S. Embassy Tirana’s Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) goal by implementing the INL corrections assistance project to strengthen and modernize Albania’s correctional system, improve its professional capacity, and ensure a more safe, secure, and transparent system that operates in alignment with human rights standards and minimizes corruption that facilitates the operation of criminal networks including transnational organized crime from behind bars.
The Senior Corrections Advisor (SCA) will assist INL in building the capacity of the prison service in Albania to operate its prisons and community-based programs in a more secure, safe, and humane manner, including through regional collaboration. The SCA engages and communicates directly with INL Tirana, INL/EA, and the U.S. Embassy and serves as the corrections systems development expert on a full range of corrections issues in Albania. The SCA will provide technical corrections expertise on behalf of INL Tirana in interagency settings and help the Government of the Albania reach its corrections reform goals.

The SCA will offer corrections assistance, to include strategic and technical expertise, contingency planning and development, training, identifying equipment needs, and other project areas. The SCA will also serve as a resource to INL Tirana and the U.S. Embassy on corrections issues, bringing together expertise from the United States using innovative corrections projects to advance host government corrections reform efforts.
Minimum Qualifications
• U.S. Citizen or Third Country National (TCN);
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any field with preference given to degrees in criminal justice, social sciences, accounting, or communications;
• Graduate of a U.S. federal or state corrections or probation officer academy certified by a POST commission or equivalent, and of at least 120 hours in length;
• Two years of managerial and supervisory experience as a Deputy Warden or Warden or equivalent;
• Twelve to eighteen years of experience with corrections;
• Demonstrated experience working overseas in an Embassy, U.S. government, or international environment;
• A minimum of one year of experience working on international corrections issues;
• Preference of demonstrated experience working or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies (e.g., Department of Justice, Department of Defense, DEA and/or USAID);
• Knowledge of, and skill in, correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and style.
• 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
• Active security clearance or an interim active security clearance withing the last 12 months from date of solicitation.
• At least one year of experience abroad managing bilateral or multilateral correction programs in an international setting.
• Demonstrated management experience working in a central, regional or headquarter office of a U.S. correctional system in strategic planning, policy development, and implementation of major agency initiatives and programs.
• Demonstrated experience working or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies (e.g., Department of Justice, Department of Defense, DEA and/or USAID).
• Demonstrated experience with developing or revising curricula to meet new standards.
• Demonstrated experience with program design, management, and monitoring and evaluation.
• Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: internal investigations, classification/case management, intelligence, organized criminal activity, internal affairs/integrity/anti-corruption, human resource management, leadership/motivation and career management, use of force, probation programs, resocialization programs, and/or communication/public affairs.
• Demonstrated experience in a wide range of operational and administrative issues, including experience in management and strategic planning.
• A career track that exhibits evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience in cited past positions.
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain key relationships in a culturally diverse environment and negotiate the resolution of conflicting views to enable the implementation of policies and programs.
• Demonstrated superior coordination, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated experience drafting analytical briefing papers, memoranda, letters, and reports for review and/or signature by senior-level officials.
• Demonstrated working knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Coordinate with INL Tirana.
• Liaise with other non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and foreign governments active in the corrections sector, and with host government contacts. Monitor INL direct assistance in Albania and present assessments of effectiveness to the INL Director for discussion and final approval.
• Provide timely periodic reporting and analysis on trends, policy considerations, key topics, and potential political implications of developments in the corrections sector and Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The SCA and INL Tirana will agree on timing and format for formal reporting and communication. These reports will assess host country prison reform efforts, track ongoing and upcoming projects, and provide recommendations to U.S. Embassy officials for achieving U.S. policy objectives in the corrections sector.
• Proactively collect, combine, and analyze information on existing efforts and recommend new approaches or lines of effort to strengthen existing engagement in support of prison reform efforts. All recommendations shall be approved by the U.S. Embassy prior to implementation. The SCA shall not commit assistance to the host country on behalf of the USG.
• Facilitate and support real-time processes to coordinate U.S. corrections efforts within the USG, relevant INL implementing partners, and the various bilateral and multilateral justice and corrections donors.
• Obtain clearances on all documents as required by Department procedures.
• Assist Albania through mentorship and advising on policy reform within the prison system. Develop and maintain good working relationships with relevant host country government officials. The goal of this mentorship is to institutionalize key reforms to improve the safety, security, transparency, and humane conditions, within the prison system. This includes identifying and building upon political will, providing guidance to initiate and sustain incremental progress, holding partners accountable for their commitments, and serving as a technical resource for corrections and leadership best practices.
• Mentor and provide subject matter expertise to Albanian prisons senior leadership in corrections management. Specific topics include but are not limited to strategic planning, organizational change, human resources, training, prison security, prison intelligence, classification, and case management.
• Support continuity, tailoring, and integration of corrections assistance with U.S. Embassy Tirana Integrated Country Strategy (ICS), USG strategies, and INL goals.
• Work closely with INL Tirana, the U.S. Embassy, INL implementing partners, U.S. state and local training partners, INL’s Office of Knowledge Management, partner countries’ prison authorities, and other donors to maximize training and assistance efforts to further Albania’s corrections reform efforts.
• Improve foreign assistance outcomes by working closely with partner country staff to understand training goals, develop concrete implementation action plans during the trainings, and support follow up to ensure action plans are implemented following training events. As appropriate, attend, participate, and support these trainings.
• Develop training curriculum, procedural manuals, reference materials, or other written products to facilitate the development of capacity building efforts.
• Assist with organizing, and participate in, workshops, seminars, and exercises to develop plans/programs for implementation of corrections assistance in Albania.
• Improve overall capacities to modernize existing institutions, this may include drafting statements of work or other project documents for INL review.
• Assist in the preparation of required reporting for International Narcotics, Crime, and Law Enforcement (INCLE) funds and Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia (AEECA) funds, including the Mission Resource Request, Annual Budget Request, and Congressional Budget Justification.
• Prepare program documentation and procurement requirements for corrections assistance projects and acquisitions. Provide regular status reports to the INL Director.
• Establish and maintain appropriate internal control systems to ensure INL programs, trainings, and equipment are not subject to waste, fraud, or mismanagement. Help monitor the use of all USG equipment intended for corrections purposes. Contribute to annual reporting requirements for the End Use Monitoring Report.
• Coordinate with other corrections’ services to facilitate regional activities and programs, such as workshops, conferences, and trainings. The goal of these efforts is to facilitate, motivate, and empower host governments to build their own strong institutions and practical bilateral and regional linkages to increase collaboration, shared learning, and peer support.
• Advise U.S. embassies in developing and engaging in regional correctional initiatives. This includes overseeing the technical content of trainings to ensure adaptation to local needs and context and following up on implementation of trainings, conferences, workshops, and events driven by host countries or INL regional programs.
*Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above.

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