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Technical Writer, Reporting and Communications 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: Bachelors Degree
Pay Rate: To be determined
Duration: 1 - 5 years
Travel: Yes
Job Description:

• Assists INL to ensure that all information and data from the field is captured, documented, analyzed, and reported in a results-based and timely manner for INL and U.S. Government partners via cables and daily, weekly, and monthly formal and informal reports.

• Develops communication material for INL programs and activities in Honduras for INL distribution to the State Department, Congress, the interagency, and the general public.

• Coordinates and disseminates information that best represents progress toward the strategic goals and metrics.

• Exercises sound judgment in identifying priority issues from information received.

• Demonstrates flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to support INL activities as required;

• Identifies the need for follow-up actions on information received and ensures they are taken expeditiously.

• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery in writing and communication.

• Meets commitments, observes deadlines and achieves results.

• Assists INL in the development of a metrics-based database that captures trending data corresponding to the goals and metrics identified under the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America as well as lower level metrics specifically for INL programs.

• Assists INL in the development of a partner reporting data and requirements template.

• Assist INL in updating the INL Country Plan for Honduras on a quarterly basis with current and planned INL programs, objectives, indicators, and financial information.

• Drafts project charters and report against progress or issues against the terms and objectives identified in the charters.

• Consolidates and analyzes data on program implementation and indicators in order to facilitate the preparation of periodic reports, i.e. cables, activity-specific reports as may be required, success stories, and project reports.

• Assists INL to draft cables and daily, weekly, and monthly formal and informal reports on INL activities in country.

• Assists INL to coordinate with external actors and partners to develop INL program assistance strategies with clearly articulated objectives, timelines, and outputs.

• Assists INL to develop, implement, and monitor a communication and visibility plan to facilitate better understanding among partners and government about INL as an organization and program progress.

• Assists INL in the implementation of a communications strategy that generates support for INL programs from external partners (e.g. the general public, U.S. Congress, governments, partners, the media, academia, and persons of concern).

• Assists INL in the dialogue with partners by organizing regular briefings, bilateral meetings, and missions, and by preparing reports with accurate information.

• Consolidate information on INL.

• Assists INL to ensure effective communications and visibility.

• Conducts field visits to gather information and results related to INL programs.

• Develops visibility material such as cables, monthly newsletter, and updates on the INL website.

• Shares success stories with INL.

• Provides high quality editing and formatting for all program related documents.

• Supports program staff in organizing and managing seminars, workshops, press conferences and field visits as required.

• Provides relevant expert guidance to the project managers, program components, and implementing partners on reporting and communications, and act as a facilitator for communication.

• Provides thorough progress reporting and continuous analysis of achievements, and facilitate project review, evaluation, and monitoring.

• Drafts papers and documents related to INL projects.

• 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., Honduras or TCN Citizen.

• MRPT security clearance if US or TCN. RSO check if LES..

• A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.

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

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

• Physically able to work and travel in the region full time, including to remote/rural areas.

• Demonstrated knowledge and work experience in synthesize high-level strategic concepts with detailed real-world examples to effectively illustrate the objectives and progress of a project.

• Five (5) years professional work experience in communication and techniques, reporting, documentation, publication, and audiovisual material preparation.

• Excellent communications, social, and interpersonal skills.

• Computer skills - must be well versed in Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint etc.).

• Demonstrated ability to work under time pressure, in a high-tempo environment; knowledge of U.S. Government operational and programmatic issues.

• Demonstrated ability to synthesize information and draft clearly, succinctly and quickly;

• Demonstrated verbal briefing skills.

• Demonstrated successful interpersonal skills.;

• Demonstrated successful liaison skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Previous U.S. Government reporting experience.

• A background in communications and reporting using U.S government systems.

• Experience in the development and implementation of reports, from US Government assistance programs.

• Experience with program design reports, including monitoring reports and evaluation reports.

Preferred Skills: