Job Description: Assists with the management, coordination, and execution of the Afghan Special Security Forces – Training Program (ASSF-TP) with the NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan (NSOCC-A). Serves as the primary liaison between project management and the NSOCC-A command and staff on all matters pertaining to ASSF-TP. Works with the ASSF-TP Program Manager (PM) and Deputy PM (DPM) for the training, operations, and planning programs associated with the NSOCC-A subcomponents in order to assess issues and develop solutions to meet productivity, quality, and in addressing client goals and objectives.
Required Hours: Work may include nights, holidays, and weekends on short notice. Standard will be to conduct training six (6) days per week for up to ten (10) hours per day while at OCONUS work site(s) and a standard 40 hour work week while at CONUS work sites.
Responsibilities: The NSOCC-A LNO will assist with ASSF-TP coordination efforts with CSTC-A, ANASOC SOAG, SMW SOAG, GCPSU SOAG, SOTF-A, and other NSOCC-A elements as required. The LNO will provide continuity, planning, and coordination in support of NSOCC-A training efforts. Can function independently and inform NSOCC-A command and staff of ASSF-TP actions, initiatives, lessons learned, or other areas of importance. The LNO will assist with communication so DPMs and ASSF-TP PM issues are communicated to the NSOCC-A Requirement’s Owners (RO) and the NSOCC-A command/staff. The LNO will serve as on-site employee co-located with the NSOCC-A Headquarters to facilitate communication from across the ASSF, at the direction of the ASSF-TP PM. The LNO shall participate in all meetings, VTCs, and conferences as directed by ASSF-TP PM and provide any input and solutions regarding issues relevant to program. The LNO will conduct periodic site visits to NSOCC-A Forward or other pertinent locations at the direction of the PM. Immediately report issues and conflicts to the ASSF-TP PM.
The LNO shall participate in ensuring all elements of the ASSF-TP coordination and management are met, including but not limited to:
Works with all NSOCC-A staff and NSOCC-A ROs to assist the PM with coordination between NSOCC-A training, operations, and planning efforts.
Participate in problem solving, communicate improvement processes, and provide program visibility and integration from the PM cell to all NSOCC-A sub-components.
Assist in the development of products to monitor, assess, and illustrate the ASSF growth, capability and capacity development, and the “Way Ahead.”
Assist the PM and program training representative in creating, maintaining, and delivering required reports based on the PWS.
Assist the PM in providing required performance review feedback and team training reports to NSOCC-A, as requested/needed and based on the PWS.
Provide continuity, planning, and coordination in support of NSOCC-A and sub-component training and development efforts.
Serve as the link between the ASSF-TP PM and the client—NSOCC-A.
Produce the weekly ASSF-TP Programmatic and Operational SITREPs.
Attend all NSOCC-A Battle Rhythm events that impact the ASSF-TP program, either directly or indirectly; attend events as directed by the PM.
Candidate shall have at least six (6) years of Military Supervisory/Program Management experience. The LNO shall have 18 months of Brigade Staff or Service equivalent time and/or Program Management time preferred
Candidate will have served a Senior NCO, Warrant Officer, or Commissioned Officer with either US Special Operations Forces or Combat Arms with a minimum of 10 years’ experience. Must be a former E8/O4
Above average project management skills
Possess MS Office, Share-point, and personal computer (PC) skills
Possess interpersonal, organizational, and people skill
Higher than average oral and written communication skills
Must possess a US Passport with at least 6 months remaining eligibility
Must be able to obtain an Afghanistan Visa
This position requires a U.S. Person who is eligible to obtain any required Export Authorization
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Include but are not limited to the wear of body armor and helmet Personal Protective Gear, unassisted lifting and carrying of duffle bags not exceed the weight of 70 lbs per piece, and the unassisted movement over uneven terrain.
Must be willing to work and live in Afghanistan with an understanding that there could be further assignments to any location in Afghanistan based upon the needs of the U.S. Government, to include hostile and austere areas.
Must be able to attend and pass USG deployment requirements at CONUS Replacement Center (CRC), Fort Bliss, Texas or equivalent location.
Must meet the medical requirements for the position being offered as determined by a pre-employment medical screening and in accordance with published CRC and USCENTCOM medical deployment standards.
Must be able to walk or stand on level and/or inclined surfaces up to eight (8) hours per day and sit for up to three (3) hours per day.
Must be able to routinely climb / descend stairs.
Must be able to routinely grasp or handle objects, use finger dexterity, bend elbows / knees, and reach above / below shoulders.
Must be able to read and interpret newspaper and typewritten print.
Must be able to communicate by voice and detect sound by ear.
Employee will be required to work and live in a potentially hostile environment, at remote locations, and under austere conditions.
May be required to respond to a wide variety of operational circumstances, under extreme weather conditions, within a hostile environment.
May be exposed to extreme noise from aircraft, hostile fire, and other acts of aggression associated with this region.
Contractor personnel shall comply with all theater command policies, regulations, and General Orders. All tours are unaccompanied
Security Clearance Requirement: Must have an active DoD SECRET security clearance used within the past two years. Clearance is required to access and handle classified and personal personnel material, attend project meetings, and/or work within restricted areas unescorted.
Recent (within 7 years) experience in Afghanistan or Iraq in an operational or training capacity
Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years working with the Afghan Army, preferably with Afghan Special Security Forces
A thorough understanding of US and coalition military organizations, roles, and missions
Experience with incorporation of Lessons Learned and TTPs into operational development
Previous experience training and advising foreign military soldiers
Bachelor's degree from accredited school & six (6) years of related experience, OR four (4) years related experience with Master's degree. Eight (8) years of additional equivalent work experience (14 total years) may be accepted in lieu of BA/BS education requirement.