The U.S. Government (USG) Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) has a requirement for continued in-depth functional and programmatic contractor support to advise, teach, and mentor the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and Afghanistan Security Institutions (ASI). This position will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Senior Advisors assist the ANDSF Inspector Generals (IG) in the MoD, MoD General Staff (GS), MoI in developing and implementing internal controls to assure Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight (TAO).
Work may include nights, holidays, and weekends on short notice. Standard will be to conduct training management and oversight up to 60 hours per week while at OCONUS work site(s) and a standard 40 hour work week while at CONUS work sites.
Conduct independent liaison with ANDSF IG offices and officials as required for assigned projects.
Prepare and transmit all required correspondence (electronic, voice, written) for Key Leader Engagements and regular TAA session with the ANDSF IG's.
Produce strategic level policy generating products that directly support the train, advise and assist effort for ANDSF TAO.
Without the aid of a linguist or translator, provide multi-echelon TAO mentoring to the ANDSF IG relating to planning and executing initiatives that build enduring TAO capability within the ANDSF with direct engagements that range from daily to infrequent contact.
Ensure consistent and accurate strategic level TAO messaging between Coalition and the ANDSF to further TAA in the advisor's area of responsibility.
Assist ANDSF IG Staff and TAO personnel with the development, management, and continuous refinement of Policies and Regulations to provide transparency, accountability, and oversight across all areas of policy, execution, and administration within the ANDSF.
Provide TAA support to ANDSF IG counterparts during events and activities that support and enhance the relationships between RSM/Coalition staff and ANDSF IG leaders within MoD, GS, and MoI.
Be familiar with ANDSF MoD/GS/MoI (respectively) structure overall.
Be able to support the development of annual inspection plans within the MoD/GS/MoI (respectively) IG office along with supporting annual Tashkil reviews and other policies, plans documents.
Submit Post Meeting Minutes (PMM) reports via ANET within 48 hours of the completion of any engagement with the ANDSF IG to capture key points of the discussion.
Required Qualifications and Skills:
Must have six (6) years position-related experience PLUS a Bachelor’s degree in any field from accredited institution of higher education.
At least 6 months experience providing security assistance to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Fluency in Dari, Pashto and English translation skill (reading, writing, and speaking modalities).
Must possess a final (not interim) DoD SECRET Level Security Clearance before deployment and maintain that clearance.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with harmony and tact in a cramped, austere, combat environment.
Possess a current United States passport with at least 6 months remaining eligibility
Must be able to obtain an Afghanistan Visa.
Exceptional interpersonal communication, influence, and interaction skills that are effective in a complex strategic environment.
Creative problem solving skills.
Automated data processing knowledge: possesses working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, graphics presentation, databases, E-mail clients & web browsers, and web content management.
Proficiency in Microsoft Suite Applications (i.e., Power Point, Word, and Excel).
Thorough knowledge of Afghan history, culture, counter, and anti-corruption initiatives in Afghanistan.
Display familiarity with how to conduct briefings and presentations to Afghan leaders.
Experience in accomplishing and conveying in a tactful and respectful manner, implementation of oversight and accountability policy in the face of adversity.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment:
Must be willing to deploy to and reside 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 willing and able to travel outside of protected areas via military convoys or MILAIR, and wear protective clothing and equipment as required. In the conduct of their training contractors may encounter hostile forces.
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, also must be able to routinely climb / descend stairs or rough terrain..
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, and communicate by voice and detect sound by ear. Employee may be required to respond to a wide variety of operational circumstances, under extreme weather conditions, within a hostile environment.
The individual may be exposed to extreme noise from aircraft, hostile fire, and other acts of aggression associated with this region. Physical requirements include but 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.
In country hires who have previously attended CRC may not be required to attend CRC but must still meet all medical and other deployment requirements.
Must comply with drug testing/screening requirement every six months.
Familiar with relationships between Resolute Support, CSTC-A, and the ANDSF.
Previous experience training and advising foreign military soldiers.
Prior experience with Defense Contracting, ITAR's, and Import/Export Regulations.
Prefer a Master’s degree in a field related to the specific advisory position from an accredited institution of higher education
Current or prior working experience on this contract
Contractor personnel shall comply with all theater command policies, regulations, and General Orders. All tours are unaccompanied.