Telecommunications Advisor – SA IV (CARSI – Costa Rica)
San Jose, Costa Rica
MRPT Clearance (Clearance FAQs HERE)
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We are presently identifying candidates for the following position: Telecommunications Advisor – SA IV (CARSI – Costa Rica)
. This candidate will work with Dept. of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (DOS-INL) in San Jose, Costa Rica on the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) contract.
The CARSI contract, one of the largest and most sophisticated multi-lateral security efforts in the world, provides funding for the US Government to assist the governments of the CARSI countries with police professionalization, justice sector reform, counter narcotics efforts, border security management, crime and violence prevention, and anti-corruption efforts. This initiative will focus on a series of Policing, Specialty, IT and Administrative roles. Requirements and responsibilities for this role are as follows:
- MRPT Clearance. *A Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) clearance is required for this position. The candidate may begin with an interim. The Telecommunications Advisor is required to meet security access requirements for the U.S. Embassy. Badge issuance will follow Regional Security Office guidance.
- U.S. Citizen
- Have a 4/4 level in written and spoken Spanish and English (full fluency in both languages)
- Bachelor’s Degree or advanced military communication school courses equivalent in Telecommunications, Information Technology, or Computer Science is preferred.
- In absence of a degree, a minimum of ten (10) years of demonstrated specialized experience is required. Examples of specialized experience include: evaluating, analyzing, developing, managing, and/or improving communications systems, procedures, and solutions. Demonstrated expert knowledge of trends in communications technology and concepts, and a thorough understanding of directives at national and international regulatory standards affecting management of the electromagnetic spectrum.
- Physically able to work and reside in Costa Rica. *Occasional work in the field in areas which may have high levels of criminal activity; therefore, the person must adhere to safety restrictions as provided by local police and embassy personnel to avoid highly hazardous environments.
- Demonstrated professional work experience supporting law enforcement or military operations
- Demonstrated ability to work independently on multi-million-dollar projects within budget and timelines
- Demonstrated interpersonal/verbal communication and liaison skills appropriate to work with a wide variety of governmental, public, and private sector officials
- Ability to safely operate a USG vehicle in congested streets and rural areas and willingness to receive Smith training and other requirements to certify and comply with driving privileges
- Computer skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
- Volunteer for random drug and alcohol screening
- Demonstrated ability as a strategic thinker and ability to conceptualize issues and analyze data
- Ability to conceive and implement telecommunications strategies
- Strong understanding of outreach and advocacy at the international level
- Proven ability to present and articulate technical telecommunication issues effectively
- Effective Interaction at all levels of the organization both horizontally and vertically
- Consistently approaches work with positive energy and attitude in a constructive manner
- Builds strong teams and robust relationships with peers and external stakeholders
- Responds positively to constructive feedback and differing points of view
- Knowledge of Costa Rican telecommunications policies and standard operating procedures
- Experience working and/or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies and host nation entities
- Demonstrated (recent and relevant) technical/professional work experience with multi-band tactical communications systems (i.e. Harris Radios, Motorola, Kenwood, ICOM, etc.)
- Experience working as a Telecommunications Advisor with non-U.S. law enforcement Agencies
- Experience working with international police telecommunications development and reform
- Experience working with radar systems and national/international line of sight towers and repeaters maximizing the ability for communications between air, land and sea assets
*Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above.
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- The Telecommunications Advisor will coordinate telecommunications planning, development, and implementation as well as execution and reporting.
- The advisor will collaborate and coordinate with all other Costa Rican stakeholders such as technical staff at the Joint Operations Center and Ministry of Public Security, INL advisors working in prisons, community policing, judicial, borders and other advisors or contractors working on INL programs in Costa Rica and as directed and approved by the INL program officer.
- The Telecommunications Advisor will be based in San Jose, Costa Rica but will have oversight responsibility for telecommunications assistance to program managers and the Government of Costa Rica (GOCR) nationwide under the direction of the INL Program Officer.
- The Telecommunications Advisor will support INL efforts to assist the GOCR and as appropriate, under the direction and permission of INL Deputy Director throughout the region to:
- Develop, implement and monitor the telecommunications strategy and action plans, based on the US Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Integrated Country Strategy priorities, aimed to reduce crime in Costa Rica and as appropriate, support other region communication objectives, and help improve National Security.
- Facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing to enhance the ability of Senior Management at the Ministry of Security to communicate within their respective organizations.
- Develop and implement communications strategies based on the INL/WHP objectives and in line with the INL/CR communications strategy to include:
- Monitor and measure the impact of the telecommunication strategy and adjust accordingly.
- Prepare and conduct telecommunication needs assessments for the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) at US Embassy San Jose, Costa Rica under the direction and permission of INL Program Managers.
- The Telecommunications Advisor will work with the program managers and will coordinate with appropriate levels of the Costa Rican Minister of Security and appropriate additional Government of Costa Rica (GOCR) elements within the Ministry of Security such as the Joint Operations Center and others in matters relating to the goals of the INL telecommunications program. These liaison responsibilities will include proactive involvement in ongoing efforts to assist the GOCR in drafting a National Costa Rican Telecommunications strategy.
- The Telecommunications Advisor will ensure effective and ongoing coordination, communication and support of mutually enhancing programs and initiatives in compliance with the comprehensive USG/CARSI strategy for the reduction of violence in Costa Rica.
- The Telecommunications Advisor will support and advise INL efforts to assist the GOCR as follows:
- Keep the INL leadership, program managers, INL/WHP, and other U.S. personnel informed and briefed on all matters relating to telecommunications activities.
- Prepare a training plan that makes recommendations for training requirements in the areas of strategic communications, tactical communications, as well as automations, operations planning, and risk mitigation. Provide the Training Plan and proposed budget to the INL Program Manager.
- Work with INL staff and make recommendations and provide required documentation such as specifications, cost estimates, and market research concerning equipment and supplies needed to enhance to meet program objectives. Provide an equipment and supply list to INL leadership, and Program Managers detailing recommendations in these areas.
- Conduct an assessment of the GOCR and as appropriate, when directed by the INL Program Manager, throughout the country on capabilities and capacity in the areas of strategic and tactical communication to incorporate into police procedures. Develop a plan with timelines and projected funding requirements that outlines actions necessary to increase capacity in these areas to a level that will allow the successful implementation and sustainment of strategic and tactical communications with minimal assistance. Present the capacity enhancement plan to INL leadership and Program Managers within three months of award.
- Work with the INL leadership, Program Managers and staff to finalize a three-year plan and provide technical expertise to the GOCR to enable them to achieve each phase of the planned capacity building objectives.