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 Counter Improvised Explosives Defeat (C-IED) Directorate ANDSF Exploitation Level 2 Laboratory Advisor acts as the Counter Improvised Threat Defeat (C-ITD) Directorate’s MoI laboratory advisor for the MoI level 2 laboratories located in Kabul and Herat.
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.
Act as the C-ITD Directorate’s MoI laboratory advisor for the MoI level 2 laboratories located in Kabul and Herat.
Assist the ANA and ANP to achieve the exploitation objectives as part of the C-ITD 4-year strategy.
Assist with the development of an enduring ANDSF capability to conduct C-ITD exploitation.
Assist the ANA and ANP to integrate the level 1 field exploitation laboratories across the CJOA-A with the ANDSF level 2 laboratories.
Oversee the 2 person fly-away ANA/ANP exploitation advisory teams to ensure the delivery of consistent exploitation TAA messaging between level 1 and level 2 laboratories.
Conduct exploitation TAA to 2 ANDSF level 2 exploitation laboratories and provide situational awareness on ANDSF exploitation progress to the C-ITD Directorate Exploitation Chief.
TAA the ANDSF staff in the level 2 exploitation laboratories to improve their processes, including triage, level 2 exploitation procedures, evidence, and chain of custody management.
TAA the ANDSF staff in the level 2 exploitation laboratories to determine what evidence should be sent to the coalition level 3 exploitation and forensic laboratories.
Assist the ANDSF staff in the level 2 exploitation laboratories to improve exploitation reporting and understand the importance of record keeping for future use, for example, C-ITD trend analysis and supporting the Rule of Law.
Assist with the development of sustainable procedures for the provision of exploitation consumables to the ANA and ANP level 2 exploitation laboratories.
Encourage information sharing between ANDSF exploitation agencies and stakeholders. Advise on the communication of laboratory findings to intelligence and operations stakeholders.
Emphasize the importance of C-ITD evidence collection to senior ANDSF officers and reinforce appropriate collection procedures.
Required Qualifications and Skills:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field related to the specific advisory position from an accredited institution of higher education; or, 4 years position-related experience PLUS a Bachelor’s degree in any field.
United States citizen with a US passport having at least 6 months of remaining eligibility
Must be able to obtain an Afghan Visa
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Interpersonal communication, influence, and interaction skills that are effective in a complex strategic environment.
Creative problem solving skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with harmony and tact in a cramped, austere, combat environment.
Possess a final (not interim) DoD SECRET Level Security Clearance before deployment and maintain that clearance.
Automated data processing knowledge: possess 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).
Minimum of 5 years of EOD experience; graduate of NAVSCOLEOD or equivalent (military or law enforcement).
Experience working with military or law enforcement organizations at the tactical and operational levels desirable.
Experience in capability development at the institutional level is desirable.
Enthusiasm and desire to make a difference to the ANDSF exploitation system.
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 have to attend CRC but must still meet all medical and other deployment requirements.
Must comply with drug testing/screening requirement every six months.
Master's degree required in Operations Research, or Systems Engineering preferred.
Familiar with relationships between Resolute Support, CSTC-A, and the ANDSF.
Prior experience with Defense Contracting, ITAR's, and Import/Export Regulations.
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.