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K-9 Advisor - Police Advisor IV (CARSI - Guatemala)

Guatemala City, Guatemala
K-9 Advisor - Police Advisor IV (CARSI - Guatemala)
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Requires: MRPT
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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: K-9 Advisor - Police Advisor IV. This candidate will work with Dept. of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (DOS-INL) in Guatemala City, Guatemala 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.
  • FSI level 4/4 English, 3/3 Spanish.
  • At least fifteen (15) years demonstrated experience working with border security or police operations.
  • Five (5) years of experience as K-9 Dog Handler (US Certified).
  • Five (5) years of experience as a K-9 Instructor (US Certified).
  • At least two (2) years of experience on train the trainer basic skills.
  • Five (5) years of experience working with a foreign government.
  • Experience and knowledge on basic K-9 first aid.
  • Experience providing briefings in Spanish and English.
  • Knowledge and work experience with U.S. government regulations, procurement, standards of conduct, and ethics.
  • Demonstrated communication and liaison skills, appropriate to work and to maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, host government representatives, private sector, and local community members and groups.
  • Possess a working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes and standards of performance measurements.
  • Possess, and be able to maintain, a passport with no travel restrictions.
  • Physically able to work and travel in the region, including to remote/rural areas.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; able to work and report effectively from the field.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of U.S. government operational and programmatic issues.
  • Knowledge in communication and techniques, reporting, documentation, publication, and audio-visual material preparation.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plans and executes mentoring development programs that will enhance the canine unit’s readiness and internal training sustainment to ensure the detection capacity remains within acceptable levels according to U.S standards.
  • Ensures that appropriate veterinarian services are available and that contract veterinarian provides proper health, hygiene, and safety for the canines.
  • Ensures SGAIA’s K-9 first aid clinics are adequately equipped and maintained.
  • Ensures proper medical treatment is provided effectively and efficiently with the overall health and welfare of the canine in mind.
  • Conducts assessments of training needs for project. Proposes appropriate training courses.
  • Conducts periodic site visits to all INL-funded K-9 Units to ensure compliance with INL’s enhanced end use monitoring (EUM) standards and guidelines. May assist with other EUM for all INL programs when needed or required by INL program managers.
  • Maintains accurate training records.
  • Develops and implements robust monitoring and evaluation to track progress of K-9 project and guide future purchases and programming.
  • Works closely with the Escuela Centro America De Entrenamieto Canino (ECEC) canine unit director, management, and administration to develop SOPs, establish operational support capabilities, and implement best practices relative to all aspects of the K-9 project.
  • In coordination with the ECEC canine unit director, develops instruction plans based on international standards; conducts outreach with international partners, recruits participants to attend training at ECEC canine facility, transforms ECEC from a local to a regional model academy.
  • Briefs the CN program manager and CN advisors regarding mentoring and evaluating activities as needed, at least weekly.
  • Develops weekly storyboards to highlight mentorship activity and K-9 operational successes.
  • Maintains and manages equipment inventories earmarked for the K-9 project and assists the program advisor with yearly reporting and acquisition requirements.
  • Develops and leads delivery of specialized refresher and sustainment training to ECEC, División de Investigación y Desactivación de Artefactos Explosivos (DIDAE) Prisons Program and SBS canine handlers and instructors.
  • At the direction of the CN Program Manager and CN Advisor, responds to tasks, gathers information, and prepares appropriate reports.
  • Participates in formulating and drafting documents/evaluations and recommendations.
  • Completes a weekly checklist to ensure program management concerns are documented and milestones are met.
  • Assists the CN Program Manager and the CN Advisor to retire USG-purchased canines, providing an assessment of each canine’s characteristics. Evaluates potential adopting parties suitability, housing, and capacity to care for a retiring K-9. Assists with initial introductions and care instructions, including clear explanations of responsibilities after the adoption, as well as continuing support to adopting family and K-9 as appropriate. Updates INL related documentation regarding status of K-9 required for USG monitoring.
  • Collaborates with other U.S. Government agencies on trainings and workshops.
  • Works with CN Architect on remodeling and maintaining K9 kennels.
  • Ensures that K-9’s safety and living conditions are always in compliance with INL EX SOPs and international standards.
  • Provides training and oversight to responsible authorities (PNC leadership/instructors/directors) on proper and dignifying treatment of canines.
  • K9 Advisor will have a working space at ECEC to monitor canines and to support K9 school director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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

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