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Justice Sector Advisor

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: Juris Doctorate degree
Pay Rate: To be determined
Duration: 1 - 5 years
Travel: Yes
Job Description:

• Assists and advises INL on the development and implementation of justice sector programming including: contracts, grants, interagency agreements (IAAs), and letters of agreement.

• Advises INL on engagements with host government, multilateral, and interagency partners.

• Assists INL to develop justice sector program proposals, work plans, and detailed budget to reflect INL priorities and equities.

• Assists INL as a program advisor and subject-matter expert.

• Advises interagency partners; particularly the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT) on issues and developments in Honduran rule of law through regular consultations with host country counterparts/interlocutors.

• Provides subject matter expertise on the Honduran criminal justice system.

• Advises on all aspects of INL assistance to Honduras related to the attorney general’s office, public ministry, public defender’s office, judiciary, and other Honduran justice sector actors.

• Advises INL on the development of program priorities, objectives, and guidelines for the Justice Sector program.

• Provides expertise in the strategic planning and development of possible future justice sector projects in Honduras, particularly those involving the attorney general’s office and the judiciary.

• Advises and assists INL projects that provide technical prosecutorial, public defense, judicial, or advocacy expertise, and training on behalf of INL in support of host-nation efforts to improve the integrity, efficiency, and functionality of the Honduran justice system.

• Develops and maintains a comprehensive knowledge of the Honduran legal system, with a particular focus on criminal justice, police reform, anti-corruption, forensics, legal aid, judicial issues, and legal education.

• Serves as a significant conduit for partner government personnel regarding INL assistance to the Honduran government justice institutions and civil society.

• Meets frequently with members of civil society as well as partner government officials to develop projects, discuss bilateral agreements, consult on project implementation, highlight sensitive issues for resolution by INL, bolster support for increased partner government participation, and inform the INL/Leadership program effectiveness.

• Assists INL to integrate inter-agency efforts in the partner country program, and coordinate with other agencies to ensure justice sector programs are complementary and coordinated with the interagency and international community.

• Maintains security awareness and safeguards sensitive information.

• Suggests avenues for mid-course correction if a program is not achieving its goals;

• Attends meetings with U.S. and host-government officials as requested, including regional working group meetings.

• 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:

• U.S. Citizen.

• MRPT Security clearance

• Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution

• Twelve (12) years’ of demonstrated relevant work experience in design, management, and oversight of international foreign assistance projects. Demonstrated experience in metrics and evaluation, reporting, and program budget execution also required.

• Demonstrated ability to write and speak Spanish at the equivalent of an FSI 4/4 Level.

• Demonstrated ability to write and speak English and prepare correspondence, reports and technical documents.

• Demonstrated communication and liaison skills appropriate to work with a wide variety of governmental, public, and private sector representatives; as well as with local community members and groups.

• The JSA must have a comprehensive knowledge of both civil law and common law systems of justice, as well as prior expertise or knowledge of systems transition from one style of jurisprudence to another. Comparative legal system expertise strongly preferred.

• Demonstrated knowledge in interagency coordination, collaboration, and communication.

• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

• Willing to work in highly hazardous environment with potential exposure to verbal and physical threats from criminal elements.

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with U.S. Government (USG) regulations, standards of conduct, and ethics.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Juris Doctorate or Master’s Degree in International criminal justice, rule of law, or related field

• Knowledge of Honduran judicial system, including courts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, forensics, and law schools.

• Demonstrated experience working and/or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies and host nation entities.

• Demonstrated experience working as a law enforcement advisor with non-U.S. law enforcement agencies.

• Demonstrated experience working in international police development and reform.

• Prior INL and/or USAID coordination experience.

• Demonstrated experience working in Honduras.

Preferred Skills: