Eradication Advisor

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Date Posted: 08-11-2017
Eradication Advisor
Bogota, Colombia
ATSG is seeking resumes for an Eradication Advisor to join the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.              
The INL program at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota is among the largest and most complex offices in the world.  INL Bogota is in charge of developing strategies and programs to achieve international narcotics control, law enforcement, and justice foreign policy objectives.  INL’s various programs supports the Colombian National Police and Colombian military efforts in cultivation, eradication, and narcotics interdiction, with the goal of stopping the flow of illegal drugs to the United States.
The purpose of this Eradication Advisor is to support INL Bogota’s work with Colombian partners and U.S. military and civilian planners in developing a measurable operational counter-narcotics plan. The TPC will provide specialized expertise to advise and assist in the planning, development, coordination, and implementation of counter-narcotics methods, operational tactics, and strategies. The Eradication Advisor reviews, develops, and/or contributes to a wide variety of plans, policies, and procedures for advancing USG and GOC counter-narcotics priorities.
The Eradication Advisor will provide strategic planning, general administrative, and policy advice concerning overall program priorities and objectives, as well as work with INL/WHP to develop and manage programs and related issues. The Eradication Advisor will liaise with other agencies/governments active in the fields of strategic planning, intelligence, policing, law enforcement, security assistance and cooperation, and with host government contacts. The Eradication Advisor will monitor counter-narcotics planning and eradication projects in Colombia, analyzing their effectiveness and suggesting improvements.
This position involves planning, organizing and assisting in the completion of financial and organizational analysis of significant complexity. As such, the Advisor performs broad and extensive assignments related to a range of citizen security, law enforcement, rule of law, and counter-narcotics programs in Colombia, which is of significant interest to the public and to Congress.

Responsibilities/The successful candidate will:
  • The INL Manual Eradication Advisor advises and assists the Organized Crime and Counter-narcotics Program Manager with the following:
  • Support illicit crop eradication operations, in coordination with the relevant stakeholders within the INL section working with the Colombian government.
  • Advise the military and CNP Counter-narcotics Directorate (DIRAN) and departmental police on the project to bolster manual eradication effectiveness in priority zones of counter-narcotics programs.
  • Advise the GOC on manual eradication methods, operational tactics, logistics, and strategy, in priority zones, through engagement and coordination with the Ministries of Defense, Justice, and Interior, relevant public service agencies, and other U.S. Embassy Bogota elements.
  • Assist the GOC on training and equipping security forces’ manual eradication programs; coordinates procurement and delivery of equipment; determines training requirements and coordinates training; and conducts on-the-job training, as feasible.
  • Coordinate with Sistema Integrado Informacion de Monitoreo Antinarcoticos (SIIMA), the CNP, and military on communications and intelligence systems to provide enhanced police operational effectiveness and warning of hostile actions.
  • Assist in the preparation of required reporting such as the annual budget request for International Narcotics, Crime and Law Enforcement (INCLE) funds and the Mission Resource Request. Helps administer and monitor the expenditure of funds provided to Colombian military forces and the CNP. Prepares program documentation and procurement requirements for eradication projects. Helps prepare regular reporting, including monthly status reports.
  • Establish and maintaining appropriate internal management control systems and end-use monitoring. Ensures that INL programs are not subject to waste, fraud, or mismanagement. Helps manage and monitor the use of all U.S.-provided commodities intended for eradication purposes.
  • Brief Department, Congressional, and other international dignitaries orally and in writing on the INL-funded military and CNP programs in Colombia. Prepares documents for presentation to the U.S. Congress. Develops appropriate itinerary and accommodates official travellers, as necessary.
  • Ensure effective coordination of INL assistance to the government of Colombia.
  • Provide analysis and guidance in project budget preparation, and program planning.
  • Maintain security awareness and properly handles classified and controlled items and information.
Essential Qualifications:
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Active Secret Clearance
  • 12 years related experience in the fields of policing, law enforcement, security, and counter-narcotics,
  • 5 years of experience abroad managing bilateral or multilateral policing, counter-narcotics, and security assistance programs.
  • Planning, developing, and managing long-term security and law enforcement programs, including assessment, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Drafting related reports/documents, annual budgets, and strategic plan submissions;
  • Planning, strategizing, implementing and reporting on projects;
  • Drafting analytical briefing papers, memoranda, letters, and reports for review and/or signature by senior-level officials; and
  • Coordinate and work closely with the Department of State, the Department of Defense, United Nations and/or international community on security sector development programs.
  • Demonstrated proven ability to work effectively with host-nation counterparts, departments, and ministries to further program objectives, in a timely and concise manner.
  • Superior coordination, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written English (4/4) and Spanish (3/3) communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of illicit crop eradication programs, methods, and operations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of military and/or police training activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of command communications, government intelligence procedures, aircraft capabilities and maintenance, and logistics management procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of police and/or military tactics in counter-narcotics operations.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of police and/or military tactics in counter-narcotics operations.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Previous substantive security or law enforcement experience overseas.
  • Previous experience working in Colombia or other Latin American countries on law enforcement, counter-narcotics, or foreign assistance programs.
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating networks of government officials and NGOs in context of program implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience working directly for the Department of State.
  • Knowledge of weapons and armament systems is desirable.

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