Civ-Mil Relations Embedded Senior MOD Advisor - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee



The Global Defense Reform Program (GDRP) is a new defense reform capacity building program funded by the Department of State in close coordination with the Department of Defense that seeks to assist partner nations’ security forces with providing security in an effective, transparent, and accountable manner to civilian authorities, while advancing U.S. national security objectives.


Key Strategic Areas of Interest for this position are in the Defense/Security Force Restructure Reform Sector.  Specifically the Advisor will assist the partner nation’s MOD with building capacity in some of these areas:

  • Military/Joint Staff coordination and planning
  • Interagency coordination and cooperation
  • Legislative affairs and coordination
  • Military justice and legal counsel
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (HA) interagency coordination
  • Public affairs and information management
  • Law Enforcement (LE) coordination
  • Inspector General (IG) institutions

The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide advice related to organizational development, interagency cooperation, and developing training programs to assist MOD civilian-military relations capacity development.
  • Develop plans and strategies to forge interagency partnerships in international environments.
  • Assess training needs and requirements for effective implementation. Provide policy, operations analysis, recommendations, and reports.
  • Participate in senior level meetings, seminars, and exercises to provide expert level military input to help maintain and develop the ability to respond to emerging issues appropriately.
  • Lead overseas assessments of host nation Ministry of Defense capacity in GDRP area of focus, as well as assess the impact of planned or current programmatic activities and propose remedial actions. Draft memos and reports to provide expert analysis regarding Ministry of Defense programs and assessments.
  • Maintain knowledge of contemporary, professional military strategic and management principles, techniques, and issues, and recommend which are appropriate for international application.
  • Provide advice related to organizational development, interagency cooperation, and developing training programs to the Ministry of Defense’s capacity in specified GDRP focus areas.
  • Draft memos and reports to provide expert analysis regarding civilian-military relations programs and assessments.


Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelors and eight (8) years or more of related experience; Masters and six (6) years or more experience.
  • Must have reached, at a minimum, the rank of O-5 in the military or equivalent (i.e. FS-02/GS-14) in a civilian capacity.
  • Medical requirements will be defined at the Task Order level, where applicable.
  • Six (6) years of experience with interagency coordination and civilian-military relations.
  • U.S. citizen with either a Security Clearance or a Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) Certification or the ability to be granted either will be required.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Proficient across MS Office Suite.

Preferred qualifications will likely include: 

(Program and Partner Nation needs)

  • Prior experience living-abroad, especially in a Pacific region country
  • Cultural knowledge of the Pacific region.
  • Prior embassy experience
  • Prior experience working with legislative affairs
  • Prior experience working with State Department in support of GDRP initiatives