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Probation and Parole Advisor

District Of Columbia, United States
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Probation and Parole Advisor
Tbilisi, Georgia

Issuance Date: 01/07/2015
Closing Date: 01/21/2015

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/Deborah Strom

Direct questions regarding this solicitation to:
INL/Deborah Strom

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

2. ISSUANCE DATE: 01/07/2015
3. CLOSING DATE: 01/21/2015
5. POSITION TITLE: INL Probation and Parole Advisor

6. MARKET VALUE: $82,350 - $120,934 (FS-02 Equivalent)
7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year from date of award and four option years
8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Tbilisi, Georgia


The State Department (DOS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) program in the Republic of Georgia is funded from the Assistance to Eastern Europe and Central Asia (AEECA) account and the International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE) account. AEECA is a comprehensive, multi-year regional initiative designed to provide U.S. foreign assistance to support democratic and economic transition in the former Soviet Union, by promoting economic and democratic reform, encouraging good governance, improving capabilities of law enforcement and criminal justice sector institutions to combat organized crime and narcotics trafficking, and by strengthening border security to secure against threats to regional stability. The INCLE account provides funding for international narcotics and law enforcement programs. INL programs focus on reforming law enforcement institutions and the criminal justice system, as well as building the capacity of justice sector institutions and actors in Eurasia.

INL assistance to the Government of Georgia's (GOG) probation and parole system began in 2012 and assistance to the corrections system started in 2013. The probation program focuses on development of risk assessment tools and processes for probation officers; case management procedures; statistical databases; and assistance to the community residential center. The corrections program supports ongoing prison reform through training, technical support, and capacity building in modern correctional practices that support prisoner rehabilitation and have a human rights component. These efforts are part of a much larger effort aimed at achieving a core U.S. national security objective. One means to this end is the promotion of greater security and rule of law in areas under the GOG's control, support that buttresses the foundations of a democratic state. The establishment of a stable, well-trained, and equipped probation and parole system is a GOG priority as it reforms its criminal justice system.

Criminal justice assistance is a core component of the USG contribution to stability and reconstruction operations worldwide. At present, INL manages criminal justice policy and programs in many international locations and over 1,000 personnel are deployed overseas in the field to implement these programs.

Within the U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section (serves as a field office to manage bilateral assistance projects that design, build, and nurture the capabilities of law enforcement agencies in Georgia. INL Tbilisi coordinates and provides a broad range of training, services, and equipment aimed at improving the organizational efficiency, capabilities, and infrastructure of host government law enforcement and judicial institutions.

The purpose of this PSC is to provide a Probation and Parole Advisor (PPA) to INL Tbilisi, Georgia, to serve as the USG resident civilian expert who provides expertise to the GOG on the full range of probation and parole and corrections issues as they relate to the GOG criminal justice system. The PSC will help administer the assistance projects being provided through INL and INL-Tbilisi to the GOG Ministry of Corrections. The PPA coordinates their activities with the INL Director in Tbilisi, Program Officers assigned to INL/EA, and the Bureau's Corrections Team Leader.

The CPA provides the technical expertise within the Embassy and (when directed) on behalf of INL and the INL-Tbilisi in interagency settings, for activities aimed at improving INL and broader USG and international assistance on corrections, probation and parole systems. The PPA would also play a key role in contingency planning and development of future missions.

The Advisor will report to and receive general guidance from the INL Director. However, the Advisor will be expected to provide expert advice to the INL Director in all areas of corrections, probation, parole, and related organizational and training issues. The Advisor will receive program policy direction concerning overall program priorities and objectives, after which he/she independently negotiates the scope and objectives of each tasking with little input or review by his/her supervisor.

The Advisor will be guided by the INL Program and Policy Guide. Supplementary guidance will be provided by the Foreign Affairs Manuals for Financial Management (4 FAM), General Services (6 FAM) and Logistics Management (14 FAM), and associated Foreign Affairs Handbooks (FAH).

Duties and Responsibilities
A. Provide day-to-day subject matter expertise to the leadership of the Ministry of Corrections (MOC) in support of its effort to reform its prisons and probation and parole systems.

B. Manage the activities of other INL probation and parole and corrections TDY advisors assigned and contracted consultants providing training to the MOC and otherwise coordinate all training activities associated with this program.

C. Serve as the primary contact with other international donors including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Union (EU), and other nations - in coordinating all USG corrections assistance activities in the GOG.

D. Provide policy analysis and program guidance to INL-Washington, INL-Tbilisi, and other USG entities on the state of corrections, probation, parole, and associated policies within the GOG. Such guidance may address any of a wide number of issues, such as: the size and structure of the international presence, human rights issues related to prisoner incarceration and community supervision, coordination with military mission elements, budgeting, development of indigenous correctional capacities and institutions, refurbishment and/or construction of probation and parole field offices, and training plans.

E. Participate in meetings, seminars, and exercises to develop plans/programs as they related to GOG probation and parole and corrections operations.

F. Serve as an advisory resource for INL program managers in Washington and in the field on specific aspects of planning and implementation of ongoing probation and parole and corrections assistance programs.

G. Prepare background materials and reports to be used by INL and other USG entities in preparing speeches, briefings, and testimony to articulate INL polices regarding engagement on corrections and rehabilitation within Georgia.

H. Assist with recruitment of corrections and probation and parole personnel for INL corrections programs.

Provide limited regional probation and parole and corrections advisory assistance as approved by INL-Tbilisi.

The work involves planning, organizing, and managing day-to-day administration and oversight of a large number of organizational initiatives, equipment ordering, and training details. The ability to manage large quantities of ever evolving data effectively is essential.

Scope and Effectiveness
The Advisor performs a broad range of tasks related to a complex foreign assistance program in the Republic of Georgia. INL programs have a significant impact on embassy operations, including those of other USG agencies.

Personal Contacts
The Advisor will work closely with other INL personnel, Embassy Management Section personnel, other embassy USG law enforcement agencies, contractors implementing INL projects, and host country counterparts.

Minimum Qualifications
1. U.S. citizen; able to obtain and maintain a Department of State (DOS) secret security and medical clearance.
2. Bachelors' degree from an accredited institution in a related field.
3. Successfully graduated from an accredited county, state, and federal probation officer and/or parole officer academy or certification program.
4. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
5. Two of the ten years in law enforcement/corrections must have included experience working or coordinating with other law enforcement and justice agencies and/or jurisdictions.
6. Must have a minimum of ten (10) years of professional-level work experience in the area of in U.S. law enforcement and/or corrections, including a minimum of five years in probation and parole operations management, organizational development, planning, and training.

i. Two of the four years in probation and parole must include experience as a field probation and/or parole officer.
ii. Two of the four years in probation and parole must include experience as a senior manager overseeing probation and parole at no less than the district level (or its equivalent).
iii. One of the five years in probation and parole must have involved the design, development and implementation of probation and parole programs.

7. Proven ability to complete the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) distance-learning course through Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within 120 of arriving at Post. Obtain/maintain Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting Officer's Representative (FAC-COR) Level III Certification within 120 of arriving at Post. (see for details)
8. Proven ability to complete Distance Learning (DL) FSI Introduction to Working in an Embassy (PN113) courses within the first 120 days of assignment successfully.
9. Two years of supervisory and leadership experience in a multicultural environment is required. A demonstrated ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner is vital. Must have initiative, well-developed problem-solving skills, flexibility, receptivity, and creativity in dealing with problems and conflicts. Ability to multi-task, working on and bearing responsibility for several simultaneous projects while keeping the overall program goals in perspective. This must be demonstrated in the interview, through performance evaluations, and through work-related references.
10. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a wide range of personnel at all levels of an organization. This must be demonstrated in the interview, through performance evaluations, and through work-related references.
11. Must be familiar with best practices in probation and parole, including, but not limited to risk assessments, case management, report writing, testimony, interviewing techniques, and field safety. This must be demonstrated in the interview, through performance evaluations, and through work-related references.
12. Ability to evaluate and assess capabilities and weaknesses of the existent corrections capabilities of the GOG/MOC (particularly with regard to probation and parole), identify and prioritize critical deficiencies, and develop detailed and plausible solutions to correct such deficiencies.
13. Ability to de-conflict and integrate projects into the broader INL program and Embassy mission plan.
14. Ability to plan and prioritize training and equipment requirements, elaborate technical requirements and detailed statements of work, and make recommendations on cost-benefit of various products and equipment based on consultations with end users.

Evaluation Criteria:

Factor 1 Knowledge of all aspects of probation and parole and corrections operations, including the field, institutional, line, and management operations, organizational development, planning, and training.
(25 points)

Factor 2 Experience and ability to assess programs and assist in developing and implementing plans for improving U.S. capacities to implement probation and parole and corrections programs. (25 points)

Factor 3 Leadership and Interpersonal Skills: Ability to liaise with members of relevant USG agencies, GOG representatives, and the international community in developing and coordinating corrections programs. (25 points)

Factor 4 Past Performance evaluation of applicant's ability to perform under contract. In conducting the evaluation, 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. (25 points)

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

Deborah Strom, Contract Specialist, Phone 2027768722, Email

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