Position:  Global Defense/Security Cooperation Advisor - Africa
Location:  Alexandria, VA
Job Id:  1044
# of Openings:  1

Global Defense/Security Cooperation Advisor
Africa
 
Security Clearance Requirement: US Citizenship and security clearance requirements vary by individual location requirements. For most positions, either a Personnel Security Clearance or a Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) Certification or the ability to be granted either will be required. We anticipate some opportunities for local citizens or third country nationals.
 
Language Requirement: Fluency in a foreign language of the assigned country is desired.
State Department Experience: Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience supporting DoS.
 
Are you looking to make a difference in security cooperation?
Culmen International, LLC is looking for experienced professionals to provide expert advisory services to Partner Nations, security force organizations/units, and US Embassy teams across Latin America in support of Global Defense Reform Program (GDRP) initiatives. GDRP is a US State Department-funded program that, in close coordination with US Department of Defense, focuses on assisting Partner Nations with defense reform and civil-military institutional capacity building efforts. Advisors will serve a twelve-month commitment abroad in the Host Nation, and will support one or more of the following core activities:
 
Defense/Security Sector Strategy and Reform
  • Strategic planning
  • Doctrine and policy development
  • Institutional development and change management
  • Organizational assessment, design, and structuring
Defense/Security Sector Institutions, Functions, and Management
  • Military/Joint Staff coordination and planning
  • Legislative affairs and coordination
  • Military justice and legal counsel
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (HA) interagency coordination
  • Public affairs and information management
  • Acquisition and procurement
  • Logistics support and equipment maintenance
  • Law Enforcement (LE) coordination
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Project monitoring and surveillance
  • Inspector General (IG) institutions
Defense/Security Sector Capabilities
  • Maritime security
  • Intelligence (analysis, collections, military intel, and systems (ISR))
  • Counter-Terrorism (CT)
  • Counter-Insurgency (COIN)
  • Cease-fire monitoring and verification
  • Protection of civilians
  • Peacekeeping Operations (PKO)
  • Other specialized military capabilities (e.g. engineering and construction, medical, Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (CIED), ground combat, troop mobility, etc.)
Security Force Development
  • Force structure development and readiness
  • Personnel recruitment, retention, and retirement systems
  • Professional Military Education (PME) systems and training institutions
  • Curriculum/training development and execution
  • Development of operational combat training centers
  • Professional development programs
  • Evaluations and assessment
Cyber/Technical Functions
  • Cybersecurity services
  • Computer Security Incident Response
  • Information Systems Vulnerability and Risk Assessments
  • Network Administration and Systems Engineering
  • Information operations
Advisor role and responsibilities will likely include: 
(Subject to variation depending on Program and Partner Nation needs)
  • Providing advisory and consultative services in support of GDRP initiatives and to assist Partner Nation with defining the roles, missions, capabilities, command and control, and force structure of its national defense establishment consistent with identified national objectives and strategy
  • Assisting Partner Nation institutions/organizations/units with achieving sustainable institutional reform and capacity building in relation one or more core activity
  • Coordinating with U.S. and foreign SMEs to assist Partner Nation development of professional, effective, and accountable systems, legal and policy frameworks, strategy, guidance, and doctrine
  • Supporting implementation of US mission abroad by ensuring close and continuous coordination with US Embassy
  • Supporting the GDRP mission of improving civilian management, leadership, oversight, planning, and budgeting capacities of Partner Nation
  • Enhancing civil-military coordination and collaboration
General qualifications will likely include: 
(Subject to variation depending on Program and Partner Nation needs)
  • 10+ years’ experience (civilian or military) supporting one or more of the core activities listed above
  • Willingness and ability to serve a twelve-month commitment abroad
  • U.S. Citizenship (local citizens may be considered for some positions)
  • B.A./B.S. or higher education is generally required, although extensive professional experience may be considered in lieu of formal education on a case-by-case basis
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Proficient across MS Office Suite
Preferred qualifications will likely include: 
(Subject to variation depending on Program and Partner Nation needs)
  • Prior experience living-abroad, especially in a Latin American country
  • Cultural knowledge of Latin America
  • Foreign language proficiency (as it relates to posting location)
  • Prior embassy experience
  • Prior experience working with State Department in support of GDRP initiatives
Job Type: Full Time
Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, 401k, Disability and Life Insurance Programs
 
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