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INL Corrections Program Advisor

District Of Columbia, United States
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INL Corrections Program Advisor
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Issuance Date: 04/08/2015
Closing Date: 04/22/2015

A solicitation for a Personal Services Contractor (PSC), Department of State (DOS), Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)

The United States Government (USG), represented by the DOS, seeks applications from US citizens interested in providing PSC services as described in this solicitation.

Offeror's proposals shall be in accordance with the requirements stated in this solicitation at the place and time specified. A proposal will be determined non-responsive and ineligible for consideration unless all required documents and information are included in the submission. Offerors shall ensure their resume demonstrates their possession of the minimum qualifications outlined in this Solicitation, as well as their ability to fulfill all required duties.

Proposals must include the following:
1)    Form OF-612 (Completed and signed)
2)    Resume
3)    Three letters of reference or three references, including contact information

Submit all proposals via e-mail to the attention of:
INL/Janette Dull

Direct questions regarding this solicitation to:
INL/Janette Dull

INL will not accept late proposals unless it can be determined DOS mishandled the proposal.

2.    ISSUANCE DATE: 04/08/2015
3.    CLOSING DATE: 04/22/2015
5.    POSITION TITLE: Corrections Program Advisor
6.    MARKET VALUE: $82,350 - $120,934 (GS-14 Equivalent)
7.    PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year from date of award and four option years
8.    PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Guatemala City, Guatemala
9.    JOB DESCRIPTION: See below



The Department of State's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is responsible for the development, supervision, coordination, and implementation of international narcotics control assistance activities and international criminal justice issues for the Department of State.

INL's Office of Western Hemisphere Programs (INL/WHP) is responsible for justice and anti-narcotics programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. INL/WHP provides policy guidance and develops, executes, and monitors programs to address the full range of criminal justice issues as they relate to international development. INL/WHP currently has corrections programs in Mexico, Central America, and other Latin American countries.


The purpose of the Corrections Program Advisor will be to coordinate with all agencies that represent prison administration and management throughout the country. Provide assistance to the Government of Guatemala with developing a prison reform program that addresses prison policy, training, and inter-ministerial coordination. Provide mentoring and training on all aspects of corrections to personnel of the Government of Guatemala Prisons system and other officials from the Government of Guatemala as required. Serve as an INL Contracting Officer's Representatives (COR), performing monitoring and oversight of Foreign Assistance, Domestic Programs, and/or Contracts as well as an INL Grants Officer Representatives (GOR) and Agreements Officer Representatives (AOR), performing duties associated with assistance awards or Interagency Agreements.


The Corrections Advisor will report to the INL Director with technical guidance given by the Central American Team Leader for INL/WHP and the INL Corrections Team Leader in INL/CAP. The advisor will also consult and coordinate with: the Corrections Program Manager in Mexico, the Regional Gangs Advisor and with the other Central American Prison Program Advisors:


The position is full-time, with a minimum of 40 hours per week and duty is to be performed in Guatemala. The advisor will reside in Guatemala City, Guatemala and travel throughout Guatemala as required.


•    Responsible for keeping INL Director, INL/WHP Guatemala Program Officers, and other U.S. personnel, as appropriate, informed and briefed on all matters relating to corrections training programs, advisory assistance and training initiatives in the Guatemalan Prison System.

•    Coordinate with INL corrections experts on training initiatives, procurements, contract issues, visas, country clearances, and funding issues. Prepare documents as necessary.

•    Management of bilateral letters of agreement between the GOG and U.S. government and management of U.S. assistance grants.

•    Prepare regular reports for the INL Director including drafting sections of various program requests, cables, Congressional Notifications, and briefings as requested.

•    In consultation with the INL Corrections Team Leader (CTL) design and provide prison operations training and technical assistance to corrections officials in Guatemala.

•    Review, make recommendations, and forward for approval to the INL Director various corrections proposals, program training plans and initiatives, and training curricula.

•    Provide advisory and training assistance to the Government of Guatemala in order to establish a safe, secure, humane and transparent correctional system and assist with identifying and procuring the equipment, associated policies, procedures, curricula, programs, and systems required to operate a modern correctional department.

•    Provide oversight to corrections programs, including review and assistance in budgeting, procurement, implementation and evaluation.

•    Serve as a grants officer representative and contracting officer representative.

•     Prepare documents for grant or contract solicitations, including independent government cost estimates.

•    Assist in developing corrections programs which are coordinated with the police and other law enforcement, as well as with the judicial system.

•    Serve as the Guatemala subject matter expert on corrections; to include policy analysis and program guidance on issues such as program progress, budgeting, development of host country correctional capacities and limitations of institutions, minor refurbishment of correctional facilities and training plans.

•    Manage and carry out all necessary logistics to facilitate training programs in support of these programs, including coordination with other INL corrections advisors.

•    Conduct periodic site visits to project locations, jails and prisons located in the region to perform on -site inspections and assessments of INL projects and programs, and other duties as assigned.

•    As required develop curricula for training on various topics.

•    As required provide classroom and field instruction on corrections topics.

•    Assist with developing and assisting other INL staff to develop corrections programs, which are coordinated with the law enforcement and criminal justice programs.

•    Other duties as assigned.


•    U.S. citizen, able to obtain and maintain a DOS security (Secret) and medical clearance.

•    A minimum of ten years of U.S. corrections experience, two years of which must have been in corrections management position equivalent to a deputy/assistant warden or higher or working directly on international corrections reform issues.

•    At least two years' experience in senior management roles that include strategic planning, resource management, budgeting, oversight and evaluation and active management of maximum security operations, including incentive based prisoner management programs, community corrections, probation/parole, and medical services.

•    Graduate from a certified state or federal corrections training academy.

•    Experience in developing information from prison security threat groups to improve prison operations, law enforcement and prevention.

•    Experience working with personnel at all levels of prison operations from guards working the prison grounds, to squad and section leaders, to outside leaders and community figures.

•    Strong verbal and written skills, with ability to present, defend complex analyses and proposals concisely.

•    Superior English and Spanish (at the FSI level 3/3) language communications skills, oral and written.

•    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

•    Proven ability to complete the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) distance-learning course PA296 through Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within 90 of arriving at Post.

•    Obtain/maintain Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting Officer's Representative (FAC-COR) Certification within 120 of arriving at Post. (see for details)

•    Proven ability to complete Distance Learning (DL) FSI Introduction to Working in an Embassy (PN113) courses within the first 120 days of assignment successfully


•    Experience in the development and implementation of corrections programs.

•    Knowledge of corrections development in an international environment.

•    Experience working or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies (e.g., Departments of Justice and Defense, USAID), the United Nations and in host nation entities.

•    Knowledge of transnational criminal gangs, especially those prevalent in Central America.

•    Knowledge of prison design, facilities, policy development, security prison operations, and systems management.


Factor 1:    Development/Implementation                     30 Points
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement training and technical assistance in prison operations for corrections officials.

Factor2:    Oversight                                30 Points    
Ability to demonstrate performance planning, managing, budgeting and performing oversight functions at an agency or correctional institution level. To include applicants ability to effectively work and communicate in a cross-cultural environment.

Factor 3:    Liaison                                    30 Points
Ability to provide operational and policy guidance to the Senior Corrections Advisor, Regional gangs Advisor, and other INL officials on improving U.S. corrections assistance. To include demonstrated ability to liaise with relevant USG agencies, domestic law enforcement and corrections agencies, and the international community for the purpose of sharing information and developing complementary policies and programs.

Factor 4:    Past Performance                            10 Points
Past Performance of applicant's ability to perform duties assigned related to the position. The Government reserves the right to utilize all evaluation information available at the time of evaluation, whether provided by the applicant or obtained from other sources.

Pre-Award Ethical Responsibilities of PSC (JUN 2011)
This solicitation may result in the award of one or more personal services contracts as defined in FAR 2.101. Prior to contract award, all offerors or quotes must advise the cognizant Contracting Officer if they have a personal conflict of interest, such as a financial conflict, that would prevent them from either meeting the requirements of the clause entitled, "Post-Award Ethical Responsibilities of Personal Services Contractors," or otherwise objectively performing their contractual duties upon contract award.

Veteran's Preference is not applicable to this position.

For award, INL will negotiate for this contract based on the following:
•    Entry-level salary is at Step 1 of the grade range assigned to solicitation
•    Consideration given for experience relevant specifically to the solicitation requirements
•    Level and extent of experience dictates the salary level within the grade range



•    Employee's FICA Contribution
•    Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance
•    Pay Comparability Adjustment
•    Annual Increase
•    Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
•    Annual & Sick Leave
•    401K Plan

•    Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance
•    Living Quarters Allowance
•    Post Allowance
•    Supplemental Post Allowance
•    Separate Maintenance Allowance
•    Education Allowance
•    Education Travel
•    Post Differential
•    Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure
•    Danger Pay

Janette R. Dull, Email

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