Cyber Focused Embedded Senior MOD Advisor_Azerbaijan - 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 Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense (MOD)The senior advisor will be responsible for assisting the Azerbaijani MOD develop their Cyber Defense / Security 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 Cyber / Technical Functions Capacity Development sector.  Specifically the Advisor will assist the partner nation’s MOD with building capacity in some of these areas:


Cyber Defense / Security Capacity Development

  • Cybersecurity standards and policy development
  • Computer Security Incident Response
  • Information Systems Vulnerability and Risk Assessments
  • Network Administration and Systems Engineering
  • Cyber Defense standards and national policy development

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

  • Provide advice related to organizational development, interagency cooperation, cyber policy and training programs to assist the MOD in 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 MOD 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 MOD cyber programs and assessments.
  • Maintain knowledge of contemporary, professional military operational and management principles, techniques, and issues, and recommend which are appropriate for international application for cyber defense capacity development.
  • Draft memos and reports to provide expert analysis regarding cyber security and cyber defense programs and assessments.


Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelors and eight (8) years or more of related cyber experience; Masters and six (6) years or more of related cyber 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.
  • Prior demonstrated experience with interagency coordination and cyber policy development.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • Proficient across MS Office Suite.
  • 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.
  • Medical requirements will be defined at the Task Order level, where applicable.

Preferred qualifications will likely include: 

(Program and Partner Nation needs)

  • Prior experience living-abroad.
  • Cultural knowledge of the East European or Caucus Region.
  • Prior embassy experience.
  • Prior experience working with State Department in support of GDRP initiatives.