Location: Central Africa Republic (CAR)
Job Tracking ID: 512454-540302
Starting Date: ASAP
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is responsible for the development, oversight, coordination, and implementation of international criminal justice programs for the U.S. Department of State (DOS). INL’s Office of Africa and the Middle East Programs (INL/AME) provides policy guidance and develops, executes, and monitors programs to address the full range of criminal justice issues as they relate to rule of law and police reform activities in the Central African Republic (CAR). The U.S. Government’s (USG) goal for the Central African Republic is to re-establish and expand the capabilities of CAR’s criminal justice system, particularly strengthening police, gendarmerie, and judicial police, in order to expand the rule of law and combat impunity for criminal acts for the purpose of promoting citizen security and community stability.
As the INL Senior Police Advisor (SPA) at U.S. Embassy Bangui, the incumbent assists the INL/AME Program Officer and Embassy by advising, monitoring, and managing training and other INL projects in the CAR. The SPA is responsible for assisting the INL/AME Program Officer in monitoring, advising, and collaborating with INL project coordinators and other
personnel working for INL’s implementers in the CAR, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative (ABA- ROLI), and others, with the design and implementation of programs designed to improve the institutional capacity and professionalization of CAR’s criminal justice institutions. The position will require close coordination with CAR’s National Police, Gendarmerie, and the Judicial Police at the executive and mid-level leadership levels and mentoring of entry-level officers in law enforcement skills development and community policing (police de proximité) projects.
The primary responsibility of the SPA is to coordinate with the INL/AME Program Officer, INL/AME Africa team, the Embassy Bangui country team via the Ambassador (or designee), DCM, INL implementing partners, the Police, Gendarmerie, Judicial Police, other CAR Law Enforcement agencies (e.g., the Mining Police) on the development and implementation of basic, intermediate, and advanced training in law enforcement skills, officer safety, and community policing; capacity building efforts; and related equipment, provided it improves the capabilities and professionalism of Central African law enforcement and investigatory forces. The SPA also provides mentoring and advisory services on INL supported projects, and works closely with INL implementers and the beneficiaries of the projects to ensure high quality law enforcement instruction, mentoring, and technical assistance. Additionally the SPA will advise on wide- ranging policy and technical law enforcement matters relative to U.S. contributions and participation in police development projects, civilian public security/police operations, and security sector reform.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Participate in the continual analysis and evaluation of Central African law enforcement institutions to include assessments of the organizational and operational capacities of the various elements of the Police, Gendarmerie, Judicial Police, and other related law enforcement agencies. Provide expert advice on public security issues in the CAR to the INL/AME Program Officer, their designee, the Ambassador/Chargé d’Affaires, the DCM, other relevant Embassy officers, and INL’s Washington, DC program office. Analysis and evaluation will cover the Police and Gendarmerie at the national and provincial level, as well as specific municipal forces and sub-divisions, such as the Judicial, Border, and Mining Police units, and other law enforcement entities, such as Customs. The assessments will include operational effectiveness, leadership, training, outreach to civil society (e.g. community policing), mobility, communications, and equipment. The incumbent will also visit, review, and analyze the capabilities of Police and Gendarmerie academies and training facilities that work with INL Bangui-supported projects and advise the INL/AME Program Officer on projects, polices, and events to pursue to increase efficiency and productivity of the provincial academies and training facilities.
Provide advice and technical assistance to Police and Gendarmerie officers, Police and Gendarmerie academies, the National School for Magistrates and Administration (ENAM), and other law enforcement officers, as requested, in improving operations, investigations, police administration, resource management, internal discipline procedures, and overall efforts at expanding the capabilities and modernizing criminal justice institutions in CAR.
Maintain Political Liaison:
1. Generate support for and actively advance U.S. policy objectives with key host government officials. Under the direction of the INL Program Officer and the DCM (or his designee) and in coordination with the Embassy’s Regional Security Office (RSO), USAID, Department of Defense, and other U.S. agencies, as well as other international donors (e.g. MINUSCA, UNDP, UN Women, EU Delegation, GIZ, DFID), coordinate activities and avoid repetition in order to ensure a coherent approach to criminal justice sector assistance in international law enforcement programs.
Program Planning, Development, and Execution:
Plan and develop training projects in accordance with U.S. Embassy and U.S. Department of State goals and objectives; work with implementers to improve implementation, while monitoring and reporting on significant developments; evaluate project results; and, as necessary make mid-course adjustments, and when complete, aid in monitoring and evaluation as part of project close out procedures.
Coordinate closely with INL implementers, USAID, MINUSCA, EU, and other international donors to implement regional projects of basic, intermediate, and advanced training courses to develop the capacity of CAR’s Police, Gendarmerie, Judicial Police, and other law enforcement forces in basic policing, basic and intermediate law enforcement skills, and basic, intermediate, and advanced investigative techniques. The courses shall include standardized police training in law enforcement skills, ethics, professionalism, human rights, officer safety, and community policing. Guided by the INL Bangui’s country strategy for extending capacity building and professionalization for law enforcement and criminal justice entities, the advisor shall recommend additional courses and efforts to advance objectives in the strategy.
Work with INL/AME Program Officer to provide technical assistance to INL implementing partners and Central African law enforcement officers and criminal justice officials to improve national and provincial standardized training courses for Police, Gendarmerie, Judicial Police, and other law enforcement personnel, ensuring that the courses are approved by the leadership of the Police, Gendarmerie, and Judicial Police, and relevant CAR government office for training and development.
Provide feedback to INL/AME Program Officer to improve training and technical assistance projects.
Program Development and Implementation, and Budget Planning:
Provide strategic planning and process development guidance to the INL/AME Program Officer on all phases of project execution from development though implementation, including planning, scheduling, budgeting, monitoring, and coordination.
Obtain Government Technical Monitor (GTM) certification within six months of beginning work at post. Certification of Department of State GTM will be achieved by either resident or online training with the Foreign Service Institute (FSI).
Identify logistical support requirements; provide advice and assistance in preparation of documentation for procurement of technical services, training, and commodities, and the monitoring of procurement actions, including drafting source-origin waivers, bid solicitations, scopes of work, and delivery of items procured to support INL Bangui projects in the CAR.
Under the direction of the INL/AME Program Officer, review and advise on budget plans for the INL projects in the CAR, ensuring that projects match the policies and objectives of the INL’s and CAR’s strategies.
Integration of Complementary Programs:
1. Work with U.S., international, NGO, and Central African institutions and agencies to ensure the full integration of training and law enforcement development efforts with parallel efforts to create new internal control systems, civil society outreach, rule of law, and a culture of lawfulness.
End Use Monitoring:
1. Ensure U.S. Government-provided commodities are effectively utilized and actively prevent fraud, corruption, waste, or mismanagement of projects though continuous oversight, and end use monitoring at all sites.
1. As directed by the DCM and with receipt of guidance from the INL Program Officer, manage large projects to achieve INL Bangui objectives.
Briefing and Reporting:
Prepare, coordinate, and ensure the timely issuance of one-time and periodic reports on INL-supported projects to include the impact of legislation and the political environment on state and local force development. Prepare periodic status reports, budget reports, and program reviews. Track progress of training in achieving larger INL Bangui goals.
Assist in escorting and arranging appropriate itineraries for official travelers.
Brief Department, Congressional, Staff Delegations and other selected international dignitaries on the U.S. and host government criminal justice projects as they pertain to INL Bangui projects. Attend relevant Embassy meetings as requested and security sector reform related meetings, brief the INL/AME Program Officer and appropriate Embassy members, and report on major issues involving the Police, Gendarmerie, Judicial Police, and criminal justice institutions, including but not limited to, the status of police training reform, police-community relations, violent crime reduction, and other rule of law efforts.
Security of Training Teams and Personnel:
Advise the INL/AME Program Officer and the RSO on matters related to personnel and physical security at all project locations and personnel operating in support of INL Bangui projects. Coordinate with other embassy units and host country agencies to assess threat levels at project sites, develop threat reduction measures, and implement appropriate security plans to project personnel and equipment.
In coordination with the RSO, prepare and update security instructions, and operational plans and procedures for incoming trainers. Conduct site surveys and develop site emergency evacuation plans based on threat assessments for training areas and ensure all official personnel in the area of training are aware of such instructions plans and procedures.
Maintain points of contact with CAR Police, Gendarmerie, Judicial Police, Court Personnel, and local authorities for determining the state of criminal justice operations and training areas to assist in the development of security plans and developing threat assessments.
1. Conduct other duties and responsibilities as dictated by the INL/AME Program Officer, and the Ambassador/Chargé or DCM at Embassy Bangui. Should any conflict occur related to duties and responsibilities, or directives issued, notify the INL/AME Program Officer and the DCM, and they will be resolved the matter.
Experience and Skills:
· U.S. Citizen, Third Country National (TCN), LocalNational
· Bachelor’s degree or higher, orequivalent.
· The advisor must be able to speak fluentFrench.
o French language capability at or above a level equivalent to a recognized foreign language proficiency measurement framework, such as the Foreign Service
Institute’s defined 3/3 level or Common European Framework for Reference for Language’s B2 or C1 level, Berlitz, or other. Demonstration or proof of language capability required, unless the individual is a native French speaker.
· Fluent in the English language (spoken and written). Basic word processing skillsand ability to use Microsoft Officeproducts.
· A minimum of ten (10) years of professional level work experience in the area of law enforcement operations, management, and/or training. Career path will have included jobs with increasing scope and responsibilities at the executive or manageriallevel.
· A minimum of one (1) year of experience working overseas in a post conflict or reconstruction program involved in development and capacity building of policeand other lawenforcement.
· A minimum of three (3) years in managing law enforcement officials, ensuring sustainability of projects through provision of appropriate training, technicalassistance, and mentoring, and a displayed ability to integrate competingneeds.
· A minimum of one (1) year experience working within a civil law context.. The SPA will utilize this experience and knowledge about the civil law system towardsanalysis and program evaluation in all areas of national, provincial, and municipal law enforcement and criminaljustice.
· Experience in writing training plans, statements of work, standard operatingprocedures, and detailed instructions. Must be comfortable speaking publicly and will prepare and provide briefings in English andFrench.
· Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent, in Criminal Justice, Law or relatedfield.
· Experience in curriculum development andtraining.
· Experience working with international and foreign assistance entities,assistance missions, programs, andimplementers.
The Advisor shall report to the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at U.S. Embassy Bangui, with some guidance from the INL Program Officer in Washington, DC. The Advisor shall provide the DCM and the INL Program Officer with monthly report that provides a detailed summary of activities, issues, and key upcoming concerns and efforts. The report is due on the 7th of the month following the month being reported. The Advisor shall also schedule a biweekly call with the INL Program Officer to discuss various programming and relatedissues.
LEVEL OF EFFORT
Hours for this full?time position will be the core hours of U.S. Embassy Bangui, Mondaythrough Friday with a minimum of 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day. The Advisor will be on call at all times while in country.
The position is primarily located in Bangui, CAR, and the SPA will work at the U.S. Embassy Bangui. As a part of the Embassy community, the SPA is encouraged to wear professional business attire.
Frequent travel within CAR and the region is required. Such travel must be approved by Embassy Bangui and INL, and arranged on UNHAS and approved international airlines for economy class.
At present, Embassy security policy does not permit the use of taxis, personal vehicles, or public transportation. Transportation must be arranged with the RSO’s office, which will provide escorted transportation to locations in Bangui. INL, in coordination with Embassy Bangui, shall arrange for transportation for the SPA. When possible, INL shall provide the SPA will an armored vehicle to allow for transport to official meetings and activities. INL shall coordinate with Embassy Bangui, for the necessary maintenance and repairs.
The position requires a Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) security clearance, with determination conducted by the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) prior to performance. Candidates may deploy to Embassy Bangui with an interim MRPT clearance.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.