The Celestar Corporation has been issued an IMMEDIATE Task Order to provide support to the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). As a result, we're looking for a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor who will be seated in Washington, DC. If interested and qualified, we welcome you to post for this challenging opportunity.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: A Secret security clearance is required for the position; however, the Contractor may begin work with an interim Secret clearance
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) Year from the Date of award with the potential for four (4) follow-on Option Years.
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.
The Office of Afghanistan/Pakistan Programs (INL/AP) is part of the INL Bureau. INL/AP provides policy guidance and develops, executes, and monitors programs to address the full range of criminal justice issues as they relate to stabilization and reconstruction activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Our rule of law portfolio focuses on fostering a stable and strong justice system in Afghanistan through support for the Government of Afghanistan and civil society. To accomplish this goal, staff manage an array of INL-funded programs in justice sector development, legal training, major crimes, gender justice, legal education, corrections, access to justice, and a comprehensive counternarcotics program. These programs, overseen by INL, are implemented by international organizations, private contractors, and the Government of Afghanistan. In addition, INL is engaged in efforts with the Afghan Ministry of Justice, Attorney General's Office, Ministry of Women's Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Public Health, Supreme Court, Ministry of Interior, Afghan Independent Bar Association, and Afghan Prosecutors' Association. All Afghanistan teams work collaboratively.
The Advisor provides M&E support to INL/AP, in addition to programmatic, contractual, logistical, and administrative assistance as required. In particular, the Advisor provides advice on monitoring and evaluation methods and best practices; researches and presents ideas for new programming initiatives; and assists with the coordination of INL program activities. The Advisor will also coordinate collection, review, and consolidation of all data collection templates; assist with organizational management; and create presentations and factsheets. The Advisor will organize and attend meetings and provide other general administrative and programmatic support including drafting briefing materials, factsheets, and reports for INL/AP management.
LEVEL OF EFFORT
Hours for the position will be the core hours of the Department of State: Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.
If applicable, telework is authorized only with prior INL/AP Office Director, INL Contracting Officer (CO), and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) approval, in accordance with Department of State and INL policies.
The physical work location is INL/AP's office within SA-1 - Columbia Plaza (2401 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037).
Domestic and international travel may be required for this position and will be done at the behest of the Office Director, Deputy Director, or CN Team Lead, and with the prior authorization of the INL Contracting Officer. The Analyst may be required to travel to Afghanistan and other locations, as requested by the CN Team Lead. All movements within Afghanistan will be covered by INL/PSD transports and INL/US military vehicles and aircraft and all travel outside of Afghanistan will be covered by commercial airline through the contractor.
While TDY in Afghanistan, INL-Kabul will provide the Analyst with access to the Embassy compound. The Analyst will have access to hardened and/or regular cars (exact type will be dependent on the security situation) from motor pool for transportation around Kabul. At this time, specific housing accommodations are not known; at a minimum, the Analyst should expect to be housed in an independent, freestanding housing container.
The Analyst will be issued a Common Access Card (CAC) and receive the following life support allowances there under: (1) Billeting, (2) Commissary, (3) Mil Exchange, (4) Excess Baggage, (5) Milair, (6) Ground Transportation, (7) DFAC, (8) MWR, (9) Resuscitative Care.
There is mandatory training required for DOS-specific equipment, systems, and processes (reference 13 FAM 300 Agency Mandated Training), which shall be completed promptly and in accordance with Department policy.
Travel related training (i.e. FACT (CT650), HTSOS-C etc.), may be required, if applicable.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assists in the monitoring and evaluation of projects for all programs, including drafting, updating, and collecting performance measurement plans and data collection templates, updating dashboards and logic frames, and managing data collection.
Develops expertise in INL/AP's M&E platforms and data management systems and advises INL/AP officers on compliance with relevant office, bureau, and Department policies/procedures with respect to monitoring and evaluation of foreign assistance programs.
Assists in synthesizing programmatic data from INL M&E platforms and other sources into coherent narratives to facilitate high level decision making and help INL/AP leadership better understand programmatic outcomes and impacts.
Assists in the oversight, monitoring, reporting, coordination, and assessment of INL programs to ensure deliverables and foreign assistance priorities set by Post are being fulfilled.
Provides recommendations to program officers on development and programming, including in the areas of monitoring ongoing programming, providing evaluations of program progress, researching best practices, analyzing implementer reporting, and investigating new opportunities for programming.
Develops and maintains comprehensive knowledge of issues related to INL/AP programs with a particular focus on criminal justice, human rights standards, corrections, counternarcotics, humanitarian law, national security, gender initiatives, and legal education.
Serves as an advisory resource for INL/AP, INL Front Office, INL/Kabul, U.S. Embassy Kabul, INL/Pakistan, and U.S. Embassy Pakistan on specific aspects of planning and implementation of programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Supports the development and maintenance of relationships with members of the international community, non-governmental organizations, Afghan and Pakistan officials, the United Nations, and NATO. Closely liaises with other international donors to partner on specialized initiatives and ensure that justice programs are well coordinated and not duplicative.
Participates in outreach activities with domestic and international rule of law communities to increase awareness of INL programs and policies and solicit greater cooperation and participation.
Advises the program officers and team leads on program management, to include advancing gender justice through grants to Afghan women's shelters, legal aid, access to justice organizations, corrections, counternarcotics, and civil society.
Tracks, reviews, and advises on quality control and organization for program related contract deliverables, coordinates a timely review and Government response to contractor-submitted work products.
Assists the Justice Team Lead in activities related to supporting acquisition planning and source selection, including but not limited to assisting in drafting statements of work, conducting budget analyses, advising selection boards, and preparing technical evaluations.
Assists in the preparation of background materials and reports used by INL, and assists in the preparation of reports, speeches, briefings, and testimony on Afghanistan and Pakistan issues. Provides general administrative and programmatic support to INL/AP, including but not limited to assembling briefing books, drafting reports and updates, serving as control officer, and scheduling meetings, among other requirements. Assists with logistical and administrative tasks, including VIP travel to the United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
U.S. Citizen or legal U.S. resident
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution.
Demonstrated knowledge of specific country issues, including specialized knowledge of international narcotics and law enforcement, or similar type programs sufficient to ensure project work is in compliance with management policies and procedures and in conformance with the Foreign Assistance Act and other regulatory procedures and guidelines;
Proven knowledge of Federal policies and procedures including methods of providing assistance and the Federal budget process;
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of players;
Demonstrated ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation with regard to the interpretation and application of analysis;
Experience drafting US government reports and documents, such as the INCSR, cables, and other documents.
Demonstrated experience working with data management systems and M&E platforms (e.g. DevResults) that seek to weave together disparate streams of information into coherent narratives to facilitate high level decision making.
Demonstrated one to three years' experience facilitating M&E on U.S. government foreign assistance programs.
Demonstrated ability to use monitoring and evaluation data in adaptive management.
Demonstrated ability to develop indicators that are accurate signals of the desired outcomes, reliable, and measurable.
Experience conducting data analysis and producing quality descriptive data visualizations.
Experience designing data collection tools and processes for program monitoring.
Experience using data analysis software (e.g. PowerBI, Microsoft Excel, SPSS, Stata).
Experience working on international security issues, including justice sector reform.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a Best Athlete Selection Process! With this in mind, please ensure that the required and/or desired experience is reflected on your resume to receive fair and competitive consideration.
Come onboard with a company that Values its Employees!
Celestar, a Veteran Owned Company, is Very Competitive with Salaries and Benefits. As an example, we offer Company Paid Benefits that include Employee and Family Dental Insurance, Employee Health Insurance, Life Insurance and Disability Insurance as well. We also offer a 401k retirement company match, paid Holidays and Personal Time Off.
Celestar is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, disability status, gender identity or national origin.