Senior Police Peacekeeping Advisor (PSS 21-033 - Abuja, Nigeria)
ATSG Corporation
Abuja, Nigeria, Nigeria
3d ago

Senior Police Peacekeeping Advisor

U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Senior Police Peacekeeping Advisor

The position is located in the INL Nigeria Section at the U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria . The position shall also regularly conduct affairs at the NPF Headquarters, Ministry of Interior, federal and state police headquarters and stations, in Abuja, Lagos, and other Nigeria state capitals and regional cities.

At times, the SPKA will need to work from home, particularly if there are power outages, epidemics, or other emergency situations.

Requires : A Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) is required for this position; however, the contractor may begin with an interim MRPT.

If the incumbent is a Local National, they will be required to meet security access requirements for the U.S. Embassy RSO local vetting.

ATSG Corporation is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a position as a Senior Police Peacekeeping Advisor to support the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ INL’s Office of Africa and the Middle East (INL / AME).

The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor.

The Department of State’s mission is to advance U.S. national security interests, fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives that build a freer, prosperous and secure world.

INL keeps Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems.

These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores.

INL’s Office of Africa and the Middle East Programs (INL / AME) provides policy guidance and develops, executes, and monitors programs to address the full range of criminal justice issues as they relate to rule of law and police reform activities in Nigeria.

INL’s goal for Nigeria is that it becomes a stable and secure country that facilitates U.S. foreign policy and security goals in the region.

INL provides foreign assistance to Nigerian criminal justice institutions so that law enforcement deters crime and maintains citizen security and public order, so that citizens have improved access to justice and the judicial sector, and the corrections system is more effectively and humanely managed.

The Senior Police Peacekeeping Advisor’s (SPKA’s) primary responsibility will be to support, assist, and advise the INL / Nigeria Director, the U.

S. Embassy in Abuja, and the INL / AME Nigeria Program Officer with efforts to assist in the recruitment, training, deployment, technical assistance, and general capacity building of the Nigerian Transitional Police Unit(s) (TPUs).

INL has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian government to train, provide equipment, and help build the capabilities of the TPU(s), and the SPKA is INL’s primary point of contact for this effort.

The SPKA is responsible for monitoring, advising, and collaborating with INL project coordinators and INL’s implementing personnel to ensure high quality training and technical assistance to the TPU(s), as well as proper design and implementation of programs to foster institutional capacity and professionalization of Nigeria’s TPU(s), which may include logistics of training.

Such implementers may include the Security Capacity Group (SCG), UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Office of Migration (IOM), Partners Global, and other implementers.

The SPKA shall also ensure that emphasis on training and operation of TPUs include rigorous adherence to human and constitutional rights, community policing, and maintaining good relations with the Nigerian public.

The SPKA shall also ensure necessary coordination with projects that complement and support the TPUs, such as the Conflict Zone Investigations project.

The position will require close coordination with the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), other law enforcement entities, Nigerian military, and other Government of Nigeria (GON) officials at the executive and mid-level leadership levels and shall involve technical assistance at multiple levels in unit management, operations, and administration, as well as the development of law enforcement and community policing skills.

The SPKA shall also provide technical assistance for executive, mid-level, first-line supervisors, as well as entry-level officers.

Examples of this technical assistance includes law enforcement skills and procedures, human rights expertise, defensive tactics, response to asymmetrical attacks, and other law enforcement skills, procedures, best practices for law enforcement, and human rights observance for INL projects.

The SPKA shall also liaise and closely coordinate with the relevant NPF officials, including the Inspector General, as well as investigators, police trainers, corrections officials, and other law enforcement officials and agencies at the executive, mid-level, and first-line supervisory levels.

The SPKA shall assist in strengthening Nigerian government accountability mechanisms for civilian security forces and government officials who commit crimes / human rights abuses, and could include assisting the Police Service Commission, the Police Complaint Unit, court martials, and other offices, units, and mechanisms to help increase transparency and communications about how government officials are held accountable.

This effort will require collaboration with INL Abuja’s Senior Justice Advisor. Additionally, the SPKA will advise on wide-ranging policy and technical law enforcement matters relative to U.

S. contributions and participation in police development projects, civilian public security / police operations, and security sector reform.

The SPKA will support INL with professional analyses and advice regarding the Nigerian law enforcement, peacekeeping units, international and U.

S. professional standards, and best practices. The SPKA shall also facilitate the development and implementation of supplemental efforts to build the institutional capacity and professionalization of Nigeria’s law enforcement sector.

The position will require close coordination with NPF, Ministry of the Interior, and other relevant Nigerian law enforcement services and civilian security agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities :

Assess / Advise :

  • Provide advice and technical assistance to Nigerian police at the executive, middle management, first line supervisors, and rank-and-file levels, as well as other relevant Nigerian government stakeholders on best practices and international standards for local policing, including transitional and peacekeeping police units.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance to Nigerian police at the executive, middle management, first line supervisors, and rank-and-file level, as well as other relevant Nigerian government stakeholders on how to improve operations, recruitment, deployment, support, management, investigations, procedures, administration, resource management, internal discipline, and overall efforts at expanding the capabilities and modernizing law enforcement institutions in Nigeria.
  • Provide expert advice and technical assistance to the NPF and relevant GON stakeholders to establish and maintain a system to prevent, investigate, and act upon any allegations of misconduct, human rights violations, and abuse, including sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Advise and assist the NPF to develop and implement a strategy and operational doctrine for the proposed TPU.
  • Advise and assist the NPF and relevant GON stakeholders on the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the TPU initiative, foster a proactive planning and training regime, and streamline the deployment management systems for greater efficiency and timeliness.
  • Participate in the continual analysis and evaluation of Nigeria’s law enforcement institutions to include assessments of the organizational and operational capacities of the various elements related to law enforcement operations, management, administration, recruitment, logistics, and other aspects related to community, state and federal level law enforcement.
  • Political Liaison :

  • Establish and maintain lines of communication with relevant partner country stakeholders in order to advance INL program objectives and U.
  • S. Government stabilization objectives to include facilitating meetings and information flows between all parties responsible for the recruitment, generation, training, deployment, and sustainment of TPUs.

    This will include facilitating coordination between the NPF, Nigerian military, and U.S. military advisors, and other stakeholders as identified.

  • Engage with partner stakeholders to scope current and existing structures and processes for force generation and sustainment, including to the extent possible, budgetary commitment throughout the training cycle.
  • This shall also include facilitating the adoption of methods and process to support timely deployment procedures, where appropriate, and advising and assisting the NPF in developing logistical support systems for resupply of fuel, food and other consumables notably in remote areas.

  • Work with the NPF and relevant GON stakeholders to document current and existing structures and processes for force generation (to include budgeting, planning, and management) and identify gaps and opportunities for enhancement.
  • Participate in senior level meetings and exercises in the participating partners and elsewhere as directed by INL to provide expert level police peacekeeping input.

  • Generate support for and advance U.S. policy objectives with key host government officials under the direction of the INL Director or designee and in coordination with the INL Nigeria Program Officer and other INL implementers.
  • Planning, Development, & Execution :

  • Visit, review, and analyze the capabilities of law enforcement-related academies, training facilities, and educational institutions that work with INL Nigeria-supported projects.
  • In addition, advise on potential projects, activities, and events to consider to increase efficiency and productivity of law enforcement academies and training facilities.

  • Ensure that training materials are approved by the leadership of entities, the MOJ, and other relevant Nigerian government offices and agencies.
  • Training modules shall complement other INL-funded training and adhere to international and U.S. professional standards and best practices for law enforcement.

  • Advise senior police officials of the NPF, logistics and deployment managers, training managers, trainers in pre-deployment planning, administration, and training implementation to build on existing capacity and current processes.
  • Provide expert advice and recommendations on training needs of and procedural gaps for law enforcement.

  • Identify technical areas in which INL training or other programmatic intervention could be beneficial to the overall goals of the TPU program.
  • Assist with monitoring implementing partners funded by INL to facilitate the development, training, support, and sustainability of the TPUs.
  • Work closely with implementers’ staff to identify and address obstacles, delays, and other challenges to the development and deployment of the TPUs.

  • Recommend efforts and initiatives, facilitate, and perform follow-on activities to encourage the host government’s adoption of international and U.
  • S. professional standards and best practices in Nigeria’s law enforcement sector particularly related to transitional and peacekeeping police units.

    The recommended activities will be reviewed and approved by INL Nigeria Director and the INL / AME Nigeria Program Officer.

  • Monitor and report on significant activities and developments related to adoption of international and U.S. professional standards and best practices within Nigeria’s law enforcement sector.
  • Evaluate results and outcomes of initiatives, determine obstacles and challenges to adoption of professional standards and determine best practices necessary for mid-course adjustments in initiatives.
  • When complete, provide a final report for review of INL Nigeria Director and the INL Nigeria Program Officer.

    Program Development & Implementation :

  • Collaborate with NPF and MOI leadership or designees on issues identified through technical assistance and advising activities in the development of individual training modules including organizing logistics and recommending Nigerian or external experts.
  • Arrange training for trainers in areas of particular focus, as determined with INL Nigeria Director and INL Nigeria Program Officer.

  • Assist with monitoring and evaluating implementing partners funded by INL to facilitate the development, training, support, and sustainability of the TPUs.
  • Work closely with implementers’ staff to identify and address obstacles, delays, and other challenges to the development and deployment of the TPUs.

  • Liaise with community and civil society in the regions where TPUs will deploy and facilitate greater collaboration, understanding, and coordination between the NPF / TPUs and the receiving communities.
  • Identify logistical support requirements. Provide advice to INL Nigeria Director and INL Nigeria Program Officer on possible activities to aid requirements and upon INL approval facilitate the implementation of activities.
  • Integration of Complementary Programs :

  • Work with INL implementers, U.S. and international agencies, NGOs, and Nigerian institutions to ensure full integration of parallel and / or complementary foreign assistance efforts to improve the capacity of the Nigerian judicial sector.
  • This shall include Embassy offices and units, including Political Section, Regional Security Office (RSO), USAID, Department of Defense, and other U.

    S. agencies, as well as international organizations (e.g. IOM, UNODC, UK, and the EU).

  • Coordinate activities with these entities to avoid duplication and repetition along with ensuring a coherent approach to criminal justice sector assistance in international programs.
  • End Use Monitoring :

  • Ensure equipment purchased with United States Government (USG) funds are effectively utilized. This assists in the prevention of fraud, corruption, waste, or mismanagement of equipment.
  • Briefing & Reporting :

  • Prepare, coordinate, and ensure the timely issuance of one-time and periodic reports on INL-efforts related to increasing the capacity of the Nigerian law enforcement (particularly with transitional and peacekeeping police units) to provide local security, counter, deter criminality, and protect citizens.
  • Prepare periodic lists of all current transitional and peacekeeping units, including NPF units. This should include the information on active numbers, operations, training, and disposition.
  • Prepare periodic information on the number and type of units, rates of attrition, desertion, recruitment, and other factors affecting unit effectiveness, capability, and operational integrity.

  • Provide information, details, and updates that assist INL officers in their preparation of periodic reports, cables, memoranda, assessments, monitoring and evaluation, assessment reports, and other documents related to efforts to increase the capacity of the Nigerian law enforcement sector.
  • Participate in and assist with official visits from USG and INL visits and aid in escorting and arranging appropriate itineraries for official travelers.
  • Brief Department, Congressional, Staff delegations, and other selected international dignitaries on INL’s efforts to increase the capacity of Nigeria’s law enforcement sector.
  • Attend relevant Embassy meetings and security sector reform related meetings, brief the INL Nigeria Program Officer and appropriate Embassy members, and report on major issues related to INL’s efforts to increase the capacity of the Nigerian law enforcement sector, including transitional and peacekeeping police units.
  • Security of Training Teams and Personnel :

  • Maintain points of contact with NPF, Nigerian military, other GON stakeholders, and local authorities for determining the state of law enforcement operations and training areas to assist in the development of security plans and developing threat assessments.
  • Minimum Qualifications :

  • U.S. Citizen, Third Country National (TCN), or Local National (LN).
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in international relations, law enforcement, public policy or related field (10 years professional law experience can be substituted).
  • A minimum of eighteen (18) years of experience with U.S. law enforcement or military, experience briefing in English.
  • Three (03) years of experience working overseas in an Embassy environment,
  • Three (03) years specialized experience depending on the position (e.g. intelligence, firearms, gangs, kidnapping, drugs, internal affairs).
  • Knowledge of, and skill in, correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and style.
  • Preferred Qualifications :

  • Graduation from a state- or municipal law enforcement training academy.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years as a state or municipal law enforcement officer, with experience in community policing.
  • Demonstrated experience building capacity in a foreign police organization in an advisory capacity.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of police and international peacekeeping doctrine, policy, issues, and training standards, including POST (Police Officer Standards and Training).
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a law enforcement instructor, including OCONUS.
  • Demonstrated background in strategic planning or change management.
  • Demonstrated background or experience in project or program management.
  • One (01) year demonstrated experience in developing country environments and demonstrated experience working with embassies overseas.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with high-level officials (governmental and non-governmental).
  • Demonstrated significant knowledge of or experience in military operations and / or humanitarian operations.
  • Demonstrated experience developing or managing internal accountability systems related to military or police officer misconduct, or experience working in / with external accountability mechanisms.
  • Travel :

  • Travel is authorized for this position. Frequent travel within Nigeria and the region is expected. International travel, including consultations with INL Washington DC, is also expected.
  • Level of Effort :

  • Hours for the position generally will be the core hours of U.S. Embassy Abuja : Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.
  • Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above.
  • As an Equal Opportunity Employer, our applicants and employees are protected from discrimination. Visit http : / / / FederalEEO for more information.

    Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and / or interview process should notify a representative of the Recruiting Team.

    This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    To comply with Federal law, ATSG Corporation participates in E-Verify. Successful candidates must pass the E-Verify process after hire.

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