Public Affairs and Communications Senior MOD Advisor-Croatia - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee



SAIC is seeking a Senior Advisor to support the U.S. Department of State’s Global Defense Reform Program (GDRP) embedded within the Croatian Ministry of Defense (MOD)The senior advisor will be responsible in assisting the Croatian MOD develop their public affairs office and communications capacity.


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 Institutions, Functions, and Management reform sector.  Specifically the Advisor will assist the partner nation’s MOD with building capacity in some of these areas:

  • Public affairs and information management
  • Interagency coordination and planning for information management
  • Strategic planning
  • Doctrine and policy development
  • Institutional development and change management

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

  • Provide advice related to organizational development, coordination, and developing training programs to assist MOD with its capacity to develop their public affairs office and communications capacity.
  • Develop plans and strategies to assist the MOD to counter disinformation in both national and 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 public affairs 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 public affairs programs and assessments.
  • Maintain knowledge of contemporary, professional military strategic and management principles, techniques, and issues, and recommend which ones are appropriate for international application in the information environment.
  • Provide advice related to organizational development and the development of training programs to the Ministry of Defense’s capacity in specified GDRP focus areas.
  • Draft memos and reports to provide expert analysis regarding the Croatian MOD’s PA and communications 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 as a senior public affairs or public diplomacy professional .
  • 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.
  • 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 the Balkans region.
  • Cultural knowledge of the Balkan region.
  • Prior embassy experience.
  • Prior experience working in public affairs and communications reform at the ministry or national level.
  • Prior experience working with State Department in support of Public Affairs / Public Diplomacy initiatives.