SAIC is seeking an embedded Senior Advisor to support the U.S. Department of State’s Global Defense Reform Program (GDRP) within the North Macedonian Ministry of Defense (MOD). The senior advisor will be responsible for assisting the North Macedonian MOD reform and develop their defense acquisition 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 Sector Institutions, Functions, and Management. Specifically the Advisor will assist the partner nation’s MOD with building capacity in some of these areas:
Military/Joint Staff coordination and planning
Acquisition and procurement
Logistics support and equipment maintenance
Budgeting and financial planning
Project monitoring and surveillance
The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Provide advice related to organizational development, interagency cooperation, acquisition policy, and training programs to assist MOD acquisition capacity development.
Develop plans and strategies to assist the North Macedonian MOD’s capacity to modernize its armed forces through a reformed acquisition process.
Assess training needs and requirements for effective implementation of a North Macedonian Defense Acquisition Process. Provide policy, operations analysis, recommendations, and reports to help the MOD build its capacity to develop requirements, manage and fund their modernization process.
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 acquisition and sustainment programs and assessments.
Maintain knowledge of contemporary, professional military operational and management principles, techniques, and issues, and recommend which are appropriate for international application.
Draft memos and reports to provide expert analysis regarding acquisition programs and assessments.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree and eight (8) years, Masters and six (6) years or more experience as an acquisition program manager for the US Army or US Air force Staff.
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.
Experience as an Acquisitions Officer or Contracting Officer, or experience in the G8 (Army or Air force) Force Development (FD) for Branch programs.
Or staff experience at Service working Acquisition (ASA/ALT staff working Department of the Army acquisition policies, PPBES, POM cycle, etc).
Prior demonstrated experience in a joint operating environment.
Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
Proficient across MS Office Suite.
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.
Preferred qualifications will likely include:
Prior experience living-abroad, especially in the Balkans.
Cultural knowledge of the region.
Foreign language proficiency is desired but not required (Macedonian).
Prior embassy experience.