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K9 Program Advisor

San Jose, Costa Rica

K9 Program Advisor 

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Time Status: Full-time, 40 hrs/week
Clearance: Secret

Job Description

ATSG is presently identifying candidates for a K9 Program Advisor. 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. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • This position is located in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Travel within Costa Rica may be required.
  • This is a full-time position.
  • This position requires a work plan.
  •  Maintains open, timely, and effective communication with INL Costa Rica leadership, resulting in a relationship that proactively addresses potential problems with flexible, workable solutions.
  • Based on assessments and expertise, develops, in conjunction with INL leadership, a plan to broaden and increase the utility of the Costa Rican K9 program.
  • Conducts needs assessments and hands-on mentoring for numerous INL-supported police K9 units.
  • Provides expertise as it relates to developing innovative and evidence-based proposals to modernize the K9 program.
  • Assists INL in implementing a quality management system within the police to ensure full functionality of K9 assets and processes.
  • Receives tasks, assignments, and guidance from the INL Director, INL Deputy Director, INL Program Officer and INL Police Program Manager.
  • Performs site visits, including to remote locations, to verify project monitoring and evaluation to determine project effectiveness.
  • Participates actively in the End-User Monitoring (EUM) activities based on the INL K9 protocols and procedures.
  • Provides expertise related to the design and implementation of INL’s K9 support projects.
  • Assists INL to provide basic, specialized, and continuing education related to K9 units.
  • Works with the National Police Academy and subject matter experts to strengthen the Costa Rican K9 program curricula (including re-certification of guides and instructors).
  • Coordinates program development, implementation, and reporting with other Costa Rican entities and INL advisors or contractors throughout the region.
  • Ensures INL projects are executed in accordance with the objectives and terms. established in the Letters of Agreement, the INL Country Plan, and similar documents.
  • Contributes to INL reports and prepare quarterly and annual progress reports on the projects assigned and corresponding budget execution.
  • Attends meetings with INL, U.S., and host government officials as requested, including regional working group meetings to strengthen the National Canine Program.
  • Supports INL in developing best practices to implement, oversee, and coordinate activities to seize controlled substances and narcotics that can be detected with the K9 Units.

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 Secret Security Clearance to gain Embassy access and be eligible for continued employment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police science, or other related field OR fifteen (15) years demonstrated experience working with law enforcement or similar.
  • FSI Level 3/3 Spanish.
  • FSI Level 4/4 English.
  • Fifteen (15) years of demonstrated relevant experience to include:
    • Fifteen (15) years demonstrated experience working with law enforcement or similar.
    • Six (6) years’ experience working with K9 units in a law enforcement capacity, preferably as a K9 instructor.
  • Demonstrated experience in partnership building among stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated communication and liaison skills appropriate for work with a wide variety of governmental, public, and private sector representatives, as well as with local community members and groups.
  • Physically able to work and travel within Costa Rica, including to remote or rural areas.
  • Basic/technical canine veterinarian knowledge preferred.
  • Knowledge and work experience with U.S. government regulations, standards of conduct, and ethics. 
  • Knowledge of U.S. government operational and programmatic issues.
  • Extensive work experience in communication and techniques, reporting, documentation, publication, and audio-visual material preparation.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Competent verbal briefer in English and Spanish.
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office: Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, and Power Point.
  • Able to work and report effectively from the field (telework).
  • Ability to work under time pressure in a high-tempo environment.

Application Requirements

  • All applications must be submitted in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.
  • Applications and resumes for this position are only accepted via electronic submission through ATSG Corporation’s Consolidated Applicant Tracking System (CATS).
  • Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and resumes will not be accepted. 
  • The decision to interview an applicant is based solely on the information received for this position from their electronic application and/or resume.


About ATSG 

ATSG Corporation is a Veterans Affairs (VA) CVE-Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) based in Fairfax, VA with branch offices throughout Central America.  Since 2004, ATSG has successfully deployed its experience and expertise to support the most challenging and complex projects for various Federal agencies. Our robust portfolio includes cutting-edge technical solutions and professional support in Program Management, Consulting, Operations and Planning Support, Training and Advisory Services, and IT and Knowledge Management. We take pride in our proven dedication to providing expert assistance to our government partners. ATSG provides a variety of services within the Intelligence Community and is experienced in areas such as Mobility, Enterprise Architecture, Data Processing, Law Enforcement Mission Support, and Acquisition Support. Our products may be diverse, but the results are one and the same—on schedule, on budget, and completed with superior quality. As an organization, we are consistently expanding our global footprint in the contracting community. 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.

ATSG Corporation is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer, our applicants and employees are protected from discrimination. Visit http://bit.ly/FederalEEO for more information. Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative of the Human Resources Department. To comply with Federal law, ATSG Corporation participates in E-Verify.  Successful candidates must pass the E-Verify process after hire. 
This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

We respectfully request not to be contacted by recruiters and/or staffing agencies.

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