Position Vacancies
Senior Counterterrorism Advisor (SCTA), Miracle Systems
By Miracle Systems
Jan 8, 2018 - 1:29:46 PM


We are looking for one (1) qualified candidate to assume the roles of Senior Counterterrorism Advisor (SCTA) in Niamey, Niger. The position needs to be filled immediately.

* MUST be US citizen and possess or be able to obtain a SECRET clearance.


The Senior Counterterrorism Advisor (SCTA) will serve as a national-level strategic, operational and administrative advisor to host nation security forces in Cameroon. The SCTA will be responsible for the implementation of program objectives set forth by the Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (DS/T/ATA). The SCTA serves as the senior in-country DS/T/ATA authoritative interface between select national-level Host Nation Security Forces (HNSF) officials, the Regional Security Office (RSO), and all Chief of Mission (COM) stakeholders. The SCTA provides strategic guidance on planning and processes that build and sustain counterterrorism programs and operational units. The SCTA is responsible for increasing HNSF capacity by developing the subject matter expertise, promoting counterterrorism best practices, long-term sustainability, internal and external accountability, interagency coordination, integration of human rights and community engagement. The SCTA develops and maintains sustainment training schedules, monitors local national instructors, participates in ATA training deliveries, and develops sustainable organizational capabilities to manage resources and support the performance of functional duties. The SCTA administratively reports to DS/T/ATA in Washington, D.C., and to the RSO abroad. Overseas deployment may involve long and strenuous travel and living under adverse conditions. The security situation at the deployment locations may be extremely volatile and the incumbent will be required to use personal protective equipment and exercise special safety precautions. Additionally, unscheduled night, weekend, and holiday work may be required.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

· Assigned to the Regional Security Office to provide strategic, operational and administrative guidance to national-level host nation officials for DS/T/ATA in-country training programs.

· Advise and mentor on strategic planning and processes that enhance organizational design and efficiency and law enforcement capability through direct, frequent, engagements with senior HNSF officials.

· Mentor senior HNSF officials on counterterrorism and law enforcement best practices that include, but are not limited to, developing antiterrorism training programs; establishing and developing explosive ordinance disposal operations, managing critical incidents; developing intelligence-led policing; and coordinating information and resources with interagency and potentially other nation security forces.

· Advise on the development of sustainable organizational capabilities through strategic planning across numerous functional areas to include: budget and procurement; human resources; policy, planning and operations; internal and external accountability; community engagement; strategic communication and reporting; and training management and administration.

· Assist HNSF in the development of law enforcement and explosive ordinance disposal unit standard operating procedures and integration into national response policies.

· Provides guidance and support on operational matters concerning DS/T/ATA training deliveries and other Embassy stakeholders as necessary. Serve as on-site monitor and provides pre-deployment orientation, preparation, and support for attendees of training in the US or at third-country training centers.

· Responsible for conducting classroom instruction and facilitating training activities utilizing DS/T/ATA developed or approved curriculum in accordance with guidelines and directives set forth by DS/T/ATA.

· Maintains and manages grant/loan equipment inventories to partner nations, coordinates with Embassy management on all DS/T/ATA and Regional Security Office inventory and reporting and acquisition requirements.

· In locations without an ATA Resident Program Manager, regularly briefs the RSO, Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission and/or other stakeholders on program developments and sustainment training activities.

· Monitors compliance with U.S. and foreign laws, regulations, directives, standards, and policies.

· Responsible for completing all monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements set forth by DS/T/ATA. Completes a monthly checklist to ensure program management concerns are documented and milestones are being met.

Professional Qualifications/Skills

· Must be US citizen and possess or be able to obtain a SECRET clearance.

· Instructor certification from a recognized local, county, municipal, state, or federal law enforcement institution or military organization.

· Fifteen (15) years of experience as a full-time, law enforcement officer in a U.S. local, state or federal law enforcement agency with experience in a supervisory or managerial position involving operations, management, organizational development, and/or strategic planning. This experience must be recent, within the past 5 years. Must have held the managerial position above for least three of those years.

· Experience interacting on a professional level with foreign nationals.

· Former military candidates should be able to demonstrate experience as a field-grade officer with a law and order assignment.

· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or five (5) additional years of law enforcement experience.

· Graduate of FBI National Academy, Senior Executive Service Leadership Law Enforcement Training, or other recognized advanced training program.

· Proven experience implementing law enforcement principles, methods, and practices to provide subject matter expertise in advising, mentoring, planning, development, and oversight in law enforcement programs.

· Experience serving as a strategic mentor/advisor focusing on building organizational capacity for a recognized local, county, municipal, state, international, or federal law enforcement institution or military organization. Experience embedded in providing guidance to unit leadership is preferred.

· Must possess knowledge of the operations of a U.S. law enforcement agency, to include patrol, criminal and counterterrorism investigations, rural border control operations, crisis response and tactical experience, crime scene management, intelligence analysis, intelligence-led policing, internal affairs and media relations.

· Expert knowledge of a variety of specialized tactical and investigative disciplines to provide mentoring and advice to DS/T/ATA partner nations.

· Must have effective interpersonal skills for interacting with various subject matter experts and senior US and foreign officials (cross-cultural sensitivity is crucial).

· Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to provide advice and guidance, interpret policies and directives, justify plans and proposals, prepare and present high level briefings, and represent the Embassy and Department in a wide variety of internal and external forums.

· Working knowledge of MS Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint. etc.).

· Working level fluency in the native language of the country of assignment is generally preferred and may be mandatory depending upon the English skills of the foreign counterparts.

Position: Four (4) month, rotational position

Location: Niamey, Niger

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