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Construction Engineer Technician

CARSI

BACKGROUND

 

The CARSI Initiative, one of the largest and most sophisticated multi-lateral security efforts in the world, provides funding for the

USG 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. In support of CARSI, INL its tasks include

but are not limited to:

• Assist in developing more effective and transparent security and rule of law institutions, which work together effectively

and cooperate with international partners to reduce threats from transnational and domestic crime, including terrorism,

and improve border security and protect human rights.

• Support CARSI state and society efforts to establish efficient, transparent, and accountable prosecutorial, correctional,

and alternative justice systems institutions that respect human rights.

• Assist CARSI countries in improving federal, state, and local governments’ operational ability to prevent and mitigate

crime and terrorism, impact transnational criminal organization (TCO) cash flow, contribute to criminal cases against

TCO leaders and members, disrupt TCO trust and corruptive relationships, and safely apprehend TCO and other high

target offenders.

• Improve border security, including building support to the new government’s efforts to secure CARSI borders.

• To meet the Congressional mandates of the CARSI Initiative, INL programs in the region include the following objectives:

• Continue to support CARSI state and federal entities with efforts to institutionalize the rule of law among law enforcement

and judicial sector operators, including through police professionalization, justice sector reform, anti-corruption,

and border security initiatives.

• Help CARSI countries achieve its transitions to the new criminal justice system.

• Create a 21st century border structure, by further developing CARSI countries’ capacity to detect and prevent smuggling

of illicit goods and trafficking in persons.

• Support networked technology systems and professionalization to strengthen CARSI countries control of their respective

northern and southern borders and ports of entry.

• Bolster CARSI countries efforts to prevent crime and violence by supporting the establishment of resilient communities

better able to withstand the pressures of organized crime through drug demand reduction, citizen oversight of security

forces, and culture of lawfulness programs.

• Continue to build CARSI countries capacity to disrupt and dismantle organized criminal networks, including capacity

building to counter illicit finance and combat the production of, and trafficking in, illegal narcotics.

• Support the U.S. Government’s goal to support CARSI state and society efforts to establish highly efficient, transparent,

and accountable prosecutorial, correctional, and alternative justice institutions that respect human rights; to assist

CARSI countries in improving federal, state, and local governments’ operational ability to prevent and mitigate

crime and terrorism, impact transnational criminal organization (TCO) cash flow, contribute to criminal cases against

TCO leaders and members, disrupt TCO trust and corruptive relationship, and safely apprehend TCO and other high

target offenders; and to improve border security.

  

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Posted On: 04/09/2018
Category: Professional Services
Department: CARSI
Shift: Unknown
Location: Central America
Job Type: Law Enforcment Subject Matter Expert
Education: Bachelors Degree
Pay Rate: To be determined
Duration: 1 - 5 years
Travel: Yes
Job Description:
  • • Supports the mission of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the oversight of construction projects

    • Developing engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and sketches through the conclusion of the construction.

    • Preparing construction specifications, cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports.

    • Participate in field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects and perform other technical functions in support of civil engineering activities.

    • Review performance in relation to original contract award amount and completion time, ensuring appropriate approvals.

    • Monitor, prepares progress reports and updates plans and schedules.

    • Inspect and review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, and other regulations.

    • Serve as primary liaison to confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, and design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints, and construction problems.

    • Coordinate with INL staff to develop an implementation timeline, and will provide a progress report to INL staff each month.

    • Aid in managing the construction project’s activities, maintaining its momentum, and coordinating with local, national and international actors on the construction of the secondary inspection site.

    • Develop engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and sketches.

    • Prepare construction specifications, cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports.

    • Monitor and inspect construction projects.

    • Participate in field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects

    • Perform other technical functions in support of civil engineering activities.

    • Reviews and documents performance in relation to original contract award amount and completion time, ensuring appropriate approvals.

    • Monitors, prepares progress reports and updates plans and schedules.

    • Inspect and review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, and other regulations.

    • Study job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.

    • Monitor the contractor’s requisition of supplies and materials to complete construction projects.

    • Prepare and submit budget estimates and progress and cost tracking reports.

    • Monitor quality control programs.

    • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, and design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints, and construction problems.

    • Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites, to ensure that proper procedures are being carried out.

    • Evaluate construction methods and determine cost-effectiveness of plans, using computers.

    • Receives, reviews, and provides suggested changes to various design documents and construction plans. Design review shall include Civil, Seismic, Structural, Architectural, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical elements evaluations.

    • Reviews contractor performance and deviations from the contract requirements through surveillance techniques, including direct observation at the contractor’s work site. Hours for this full-time position will be the core hours of the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras,

    • Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.

    • The position will be stationed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

    • National and international travel may be required.

    • Create a work plan per the instructions.

    • Provide weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports of relevant program activity, progress toward desired impacts, recommendations for advancing program and U.S. objectives, project highlights, and other relevant significant information including metrics, milestones achieved, and other relevant statistical data. Report on scheduled upcoming meetings, trainings, and other activities.

    Qualifications:

    • US, Honduras or TCN Citizen

    • MRPT if US or TCN, RSO if LES

    • FSL level 3/3 Spanish, FSI level 4/4 English

    • An Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in civil or construction engineering technology, science, construction management or engineering.

    • Ten (10) year’s professional work experience, of which:

    • Two (2) years shall have included monitoring projects of similar scale, scope and complexity.

    • Four (4) years experience in senior project management roles that involve strategic planning, project management using critical path methodology, resource management, quality control processes, and budgeting.

    • Significant experience in modular design and construction, general design and construction or permanent infrastructure design/build projects.

    • Significant experience in cost estimating. Technical maintenance skills, which includes knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, operation and maintenance

    • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Training or experience in contract administration principles, policies, regulations and procedures.

    • Superior administrative and management skills.

    • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Negotiation -- Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

    • Superior communication and interpersonal skills.

    • Superior writing. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Ability to communicate information and ideas orally so others will understand.

    • Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Active Listening -- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Writing -- Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    • Note: A Bachelor’s degree in a construction-related discipline may be substituted for two years of specialized experience or a master’s degree in a construction-related discipline may be substituted for four years’ experience toward satisfying the ten-year minimum requirement for specialized experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Twenty (20) years of professional work experience in planning, development and control of infrastructure projects for support of operational police and military activities.

    • Knowledge of inspection site facilities.

Preferred Skills: