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INL Advisor - Ecuador

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  full-time   employee   contract


INL Advisor - Ecuador
US Embassy, Quito, Ecuador
SECRET Clearance (Clearance FAQs HERE)
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 interested candidates for an INL Advisor - Ecuador. The INL Advisor will assist the Embassy Political Section and the interagency Embassy Country Team with INL Washington and Ecuadorian partners to develop sustainable foreign assistance programs to combat rising crime and insecurity created by transnational criminal organizations carrying out drug trafficking and other illicit activities in Ecuadorian territory. The Advisor will provide specialized expertise to advise and assist in the planning, development, coordination, and implementation of U.S. government initiatives to assist the Government of Ecuador to counter transnational organized crime (CTOC), including narcotics trafficking. The Advisor, working through the Political Section of Embassy Quito, will assist in reviewing, developing, implementing, and/or contributing to a wide variety of plans, policies, and procedures for advancing USG and Government of Ecuador (GOE) CTOC priorities. The Advisor will assist INL in ensuring its CTOC programs have a sustainable impact. This will include a priority focus on Ecuador?s northern border to assist the GOE to reverse worsening TOC-related crime and violence trends in that area, which has become a safe haven from which drug trafficking organizations have operated.
The Advisor will be located within the Political Section of Embassy Quito and will provide strategic planning, general administrative, and policy and program advice concerning overall program priorities and objectives to the Political Counselor, and through her, to Embassy Quito leadership, as well as work with INL/WHP to develop and manage programs and related issues. The Advisor will work through the Embassy Political Section to liaise with other agencies/governments active in the fields of strategic planning, intelligence, policing, law enforcement, criminal justice, security assistance, and cooperation, and with host government contacts. The Advisor will monitor counter-CTOC, counternarcotics, and criminal justice sector assistance planning and project implementation in Ecuador, analyzing their effectiveness and suggesting improvements.

  • SECRET Clearance is required; eligible candidates must have an existing clearance to be considered as this task order cannot support the time needed for the adjudication process.
  • US Citizenship.
  • Bachelor?s degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Ten (10) years of demonstrated professional experience related to project management, international development, international affairs, political science, and/or public administration.
  • Five (5) years of demonstrated related experience in the fields of citizen security, policing, law enforcement, rule of law, foreign assistance management, and/or counter-transnational crime.
  • Demonstrated five (5) years of demonstrated experience managing bilateral or multilateral policing, counter-narcotics, and citizen security assistance programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in:
    • Planning, developing, and managing foreign assistance 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
    • Coordinating and working closely with the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Defense, United Nations and/or international community on security sector development programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with host-nation counterparts, departments, and ministries to further program objectives, in a timely and concise manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on projects and issues within overall policy guidelines.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and a record of working collaboratively at all levels in a workplace environment, especially in advancing a collaborative relationship between Washington and the field.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written English and Spanish communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in substantive citizen security, law enforcement, or counternarcotics overseas.
  • Demonstrated experience working in Latin America on law enforcement, counternarcotics, 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 and/or the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
  • Advise on the implementation of various INL program activities, including CTOC, counternarcotics, anticorruption, criminal intelligence capacity building, and rule of law.
  • ? Coordinate activities with U.S. government agencies operating in the region and the appropriate partner nation stakeholders, including third nations such as Colombia.
  • Assist in the design, implementation, oversight, monitoring & evaluation, and closeout of security initiatives and rule of law program activities to include strong bilateral and/or regional agreements and policies, capacity enhancement, and regional host nation and USG coordination.
  • Support a wide-range of INL program activities, including capacity enhancement, vetting, logistics support for program activities, including acquisitions, budgeting.
  • Work closely with U.S. and foreign counterparts - within and outside INL - on counter transnational crime, law enforcement professionalization, anti-gang, border security, and rule of law programs.
  • Assess partner government?s current capability to respond to security, law enforcement, and rule law challenges and make recommendations to the Political Counselor and INL/WHP on effective strategies.
  • Assist in providing regular program reporting; budgetary advice; drafting, briefing and other informational documents; assisting high-level coordination and planning meetings; and providing counsel on INL issues.
  • Liaise with host nation officials and other partners on action plans to address capacity deficits that prevent them from effectively addressing key threats in Ecuador.
  • Ensure that plans cover all aspects of citizen security- crime prevention, enforcement operations, prosecution of cases, judicial effectiveness and transparency, effective messaging to the public.
  • Assist in liaising with international donors in the region to coordinate security support.
  • Review and make recommendations to the Political Counselor and INL/WHP on agreements, policies, and laws.
  • Provide advisory and capacity enhancement assistance to the host countries in order to establish strong and professional security institutions that will coordinate in the fight to disrupt and dismantle transnational organized crime and establish strong border enforcement practices that follow established policies, procedures, and systems required to operate in a challenging environment.
  • Provide policy analysis and program guidance on issues such as program milestones, strategies, and development of host country capacities and limitations of institutions.
  • Assist in managing and implementing all necessary logistics to facilitate projects in support of these programs, including coordination with INL advisors and USG agencies.
  • Conduct periodic site visits to assure effective implementation of strategies, agreements, and that initiatives are moving forward in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate with INL/WHP and INL/Bogota on assistance programs with a cross-border nexus.
  • Travel is required and anticipated for this position.
*Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, our applicants and employees are protected from discrimination. Visit 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 Recruiting Team.
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.
To comply with Federal law, ATSG Corporation participates in E-Verify.  Successful candidates must pass the E-Verify process after hire.
We respectfully request not to be contacted by recruiters and/or staffing agencies.

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