The Subject Matter Specialist Mentor serves as an operational training and administrative advisor for Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (DS/T/ATA), Crisis Response Team (CRT) Development Program in Bamako, Mali. The Mentor is responsible for developing the subject matter expertise, skills and knowledge of the partner nation law enforcement forces, developing and maintaining sustainment training schedules, monitoring local national instructors, participating in ATA training deliveries, and developing sustainable organizational capabilities to manage units and support the performance of functional duties. Cross-cultural sensitivity is crucial. The Mentor will report to DS/T/ATA in Washington, D.C., and to the Bamako Regional Security Officer.
Assigned to the Regional Security Office, provides operational and administrative guidance for DS/T/ATA in-country CRT training programs.
Provides subject matter expertise and mentors the development, training and sustainment of the CRT development program
Responsible for the professional development, organizational capabilities and functional duties of crisis response teams.
Evaluates and assess the abilities of the Partner Nation’s to maintain an adequate state of readiness.
Work with the partner nation to develop SOP’s and implement best practices along with unit management, administration and operational support capabilities.
Ensure current DS/ATA approved training techniques, curriculum, course materials, lesson plans are used in the delivery of all approved training
Mentors and develops a Train the Trainer program for host nation instructors in adult learning concepts, curriculum presentations and other critical areas of leadership and instructor development.
In conjunction with CRT training teams, develops continued sustained CRT training and the development and sustainment of crisis response teams for the Government of Mali.
Meets with host nation security officials and supports ATA and the Regional Security Officer on matters pertaining to the Bureau’s counterterrorism efforts. In locations without an ATA Resident Program Manager, regularly briefs the RSO, Ambassador or Deputy Chief of Mission on program developments and sustainment training activities.
Maintains and manages grant equipment inventories to partner nations and assists the Regional Security Officer with yearly reporting and acquisition requirements.
Provides guidance and support on operational matters concerning DS/T/ATA training deliveries. As necessary, serves as on-site monitor and provides pre-deployment orientation, preparation, and administrative and support for attendees of training in the US.
Responsible for developing and leading the delivery of specialized refresher and sustainment training to DS/T/ATA students. Training will include basic weapons handling skills, live-fire exercise, mounted/dismounted security patrols, personnel/vehicle screening, counter assault tactics, tactical combat casualty care (TCCC), and other subjects as directed by DS/T/ATA.
Serves as the DS/T/ATA representative and point person in their country of residence for DS/T/ATA issues and operations. At the direction of DS/T/ATA, responds to taskings, gathers information, and prepares appropriate reports.
Monitors compliance with U.S. and foreign laws, regulations, directives, standards, and policies.
In certain locations, will play a direct role in security contingency planning, working closely with the RSO, other Embassy agencies and host nation security forces to identify potential security threats to U.S. personnel and help coordinate between RSO and host nation response elements during a crisis at the Embassy.
Participates in writing/formulation documents/evaluations and recommendations.
Completes a monthly checklist to ensure program management concerns are documented and milestones are being met.
Should possess a working knowledge of Embassy operations and administrative support functions.
May be required to carry a firearm and maintain firearms proficiency to DS standards and drive standard or armored vehicles in a high threat environment overseas.
Should possess a working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes and standards of performance measurements in maintaining appropriate milestone in accordance with the stated Performance Measurement Plan
There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position.
Education and/or Experience:
Seven (7) years of experience facilitating instructor development to include familiarity with current adult education standards.
Instructor certification from a recognized local, county, municipal, state, or federal law enforcement institution or military organization.
Five (5) years of experience interacting on a professional level with foreign nationals.
Ten (10) years of experience from a recognized local, county, municipal, state, or federal law enforcement institution or military.
Ten (10) years of experience in one or more of the following fields: Critical Incident Response , S.W.A.T. or similar experience, Academy or Training development, Law Enforcement, Physical Security, Tactical Operations, and Protective Operations.
Bachelor’s degree or five (5) additional years’ experience in the bullet above.
Mastery of Federal security laws, regulations, directives, and guidelines, and Department of State security regulations, standards, and policies to provide guidance to security officials at overseas diplomatic posts in ensuring the protection of U.S. personnel, facilities, and information.
Comprehensive knowledge of overseas post functions, operations, and security environments, especially at high threat posts, to provide advice in determining security needs.
Expert knowledge of a variety of specialized tactical disciplines to provide mentoring and advice to DS/T/ATA partner nations.
Must have effective interpersonal skills for interacting with various subject matter experts and-differing levels of US and foreign officialdom (for the latter, cross-cultural sensitivity is crucial), and for exchanging information and coordinating cooperatively with that of others inside and external to DS/T/ATA.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels to obtain the cooperation and support necessary to achieve security program objectives.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to provide advice and guidance, interpret policies and directives, justify plans and proposals, prepare and present high level briefings, and represent the Bureau and Department in a wide variety of internal and external forums.
Working knowledge of MS Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint. etc.).
Working knowledge of French Language is preferred.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
SECRET Level Required
Must have a current US Government SECRET Personnel Security Clearance or be able to successfully complete a U.S. government administered Investigation.
Must be a U.S. Citizen.
Must also be able to maintain a US Government SECRET clearance.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to be able to occasionally stand; walk; sit; use hands and/or fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; operate office equipment, reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop; kneel; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds.
The Subject Matter Expert –Mentor will work primarily in Bamako, Mali
Rotation schedule for Subject Matter Specialist – Mentor: 90 days on, 90 days off
The position will require a 90-day rotational schedule with other selected mentors throughout a 12 month period. Frequent overseas travel including unscheduled, night, weekend, and holiday work may be required. Rotational schedules involve long and strenuous travel and living under adverse conditions. When deployed overseas, the security situation at the deployment locations may be extremely volatile and the incumbent will be will be required to use personal protective equipment and exercise special safety precautions.