Counterterrorism Border Security Program Manager

US-District Of Columbia-Washington, DC
# of Openings
1
Category
Professional Services
Agency/Project
Dept. of State
Job ID
2017-2168

Overview

OBXtek is an award winning Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business providing information technology and management services to the federal government. As the prime contractor on over 85% of its work, OBXtek is a leader in its field and has a robust corporate infrastructure that provides support for all of its programs.

 

The Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) and the Partnership for Regional East Africa Counterterrorism (PREACT) are the U.S. Government’s (USG) programs to build durable capacity and long-term resilience of governments and communities in Africa to contain, degrade, and ultimately defeat the threat posed by al-Qa’ida (AQ), its affiliates, and other violent extremist groups in the Trans-Sahara and East Africa regions.  TSCTP and PREACT also provide a means to improve regional and international cooperation and information-sharing, including between the Sahel and Maghreb regions, to counter shared threats. 

 

The Counterterrorism Border Security Program Manager will assist the USG by conducting needs and gaps assessments and develop and manage new initiatives to strengthen border security cooperation and capacities across the Sahel, Maghreb, and Horn of Africa regions of Africa to counter terrorism and other transnational threats, in support of TSCTP and PREACT. This position will require bi-monthly travel throughout CONUS and OCONUS, to include the African continent.

Responsibilities

OBXtek is recruiting for a Counterterrorism Border Security Program Manager to assist the USG with the following:

 

  • Conduct assessments and engage with wide-ranging stakeholders to identify critical needs and gaps in border security and management in the Sahel-Maghreb region of Africa;
  • Collect, track, and maintain information on programs funded by the United States and other international partners to strengthen border security and management in the Sahel-Maghreb region of Africa;
  • Support the State Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) participation and/or participate directly in meetings of the GCTF Working Groups to enhance coordination of regional and international efforts to strengthen border security and management;
  • Advise State on approaches and strategies for best using TSCTP and PREACT and other resources to enhance border security and management practices to counter terrorism and other transnational threats;
  • Develop, scope, and manage new capacity-building initiatives to address these gaps and to strengthen regional cooperation and capabilities on border security matters;
  • Assist State in drafting Statements of Work and other materials as necessary for contracts and grants for new capacity-building initiatives to strengthen border security;
  • Work with State and other U.S. government stakeholders as well as other international donors and organizations to develop platforms and institutions to better synchronize ongoing and future border security capacity-building efforts, including the potential development of and / or support to regional institutes or academies;
  • Develop and support program and policy approaches to increasing the capacity of the G-5 Sahel to serve as a regional cross-border platform in West Africa to comprehensively address terrorism threats and prevent the spread of violent extremism;
  • Develop frameworks and assessment tools to enhance the overall monitoring and evaluation of projects to strengthen border security and management in the Sahel-Maghreb and Horn of Africa regions;
  • Draft relevant memos and other materials for public affairs, Congressional engagement, and internal and external meetings relating to border security and counterterrorism;
  • Travel periodically (Average six two-week trips per-year) to Africa, Europe, and the CONUS performing coordination visits, program oversight, conferences, meetings, trainings, or other needs deemed necessary;
  • Prepare for, support and participate in regular TSCTP and PREACT working groups and coordination meetings;
  • Research and provide updates to State on global best practices and initiatives related to strengthening border security and management;
  • Support State and interagency efforts to develop comprehensive military and civilian-led security and criminal justice sector strategies and programs to support whole-of government regional and cross-border objectives through quarterly reporting on TSCTP and PREACT and convening quarterly law enforcement working group meetings as well as regular targeted sync meetings;
  • Conduct analysis of civilian security sector data. Assist with oversight of State's civilian security program management, financial reporting, and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). 
  • Coordinate law enforcement and criminal justice sector strategies and programs with military, experts and policy leads to develop comprehensive regional and cross-border CT approaches, including AFRICOM J51 and 333 programs; and
  • Serve on task forces and support special events organized by the Bureau of African Affairs that relate to TSCTP and PREACT objectives.
  • Serve as program manager on SGI Kenya border community engagement grant.

Qualifications

The preferred Counterterrorism Border Security Program Manager candidate will have demonstrated:

  • Experience conducting research and assessments on security issues and challenges in Africa, ideally related to border security, border management, cross-border trade facilitation, and/or counterterrorism;
  • Experience designing, managing, administering, overseeing, and assessing capacity-building programs, ideally programs related to border security and/or counterterrorism in Africa;
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects from conceptualization to implementation;
  • Proven understanding of comprehensive security sector capacity-building approaches to build sustainable regional and cross-border CT capacity;
  • Experience working with the Department of State and other U.S. government agencies (e.g., the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community);
  • Knowledge of political and economic dynamics affecting security cooperation and challenges in the Sahel-Maghreb region;
  • Familiarity with U.S. government whole-of-government counterterrorism initiatives and programs in the Sahel-Maghreb region;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and related data processing systems;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a suitable security clearance and Department of State badge;
  • Experience working with other donors, the UN, African Union, GCTF, and other multilateral organizations and forums (preferred); and
  • Technical expertise of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) (preferred);
  • Proficiency in French language, and 
  • Active Top Secret/SCI clearance

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