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Senior Corrections Advisor

District Of Columbia, United States
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Senior Corrections Advisor
Kabul, Afghanistan

Issuance Date: 02/03/2016
Closing Date: 03/02/2016

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.

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.

Offerors proposal 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. The Government is not responsible for any costs incurred by the offeror during the solicitation process.

Proposals must include the following and not exceed twenty (20) pages:
1) Form OF-612 (Completed and signed)
2) Resume
3) Three letters of recommendation OR three references to include contact information


Veteran's preference is not applicable to this position therefore do not submit DD-214.

Submit proposal via e-mail to the attention of:
INL/Deborah Strom

Direct questions regarding this solicitation to:
INL/Deborah Strom

INL will not accept proposals beyond the closing time/date; unless it can be determined DOS mishandled the proposal.

2. ISSUANCE DATE: 02/032016
3. CLOSING DATE: 03/02/2016
5. POSITION TITLE: Senior Corrections Advisor
6. MARKET VALUE: $83,173 - $122,142 (FS-02 Equivalent)
7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year from date of award, with four optional years
8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Kabul, Afghanistan

The Office of Afghanistan/Pakistan Programs (INL/AP) is part of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the Department of State. The Bureau 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/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. INL has been engaged in an effort with the Government of Afghanistan to build the capacity of the Afghan Criminal Justice System to properly and securely detain arrested persons awaiting trial and sentencing as well as those who have been properly sanctioned by a court in a manner consistent with the commonly accepted human rights principles.

The Senior Corrections Advisor reports to the INL/Kabul Director through the INL/Kabul Corrections Team Lead, serving as the corrections systems development expert on a full range of prison/corrections issues in Afghanistan.

The Senior Corrections Advisor would provide technical corrections expertise in a wide variety of settings, including internal U.S. embassy and multi-national meetings, to assist the Government of Afghanistan in reaching its stated Goals and Objectives in reforming the corrections/prisons system in Afghanistan. The Senior Corrections Advisor would offer assistance in a variety of areas, to include technical assistance, contingency planning and development, training and equipment needs. S/he would also serve as a resource to the INL/Kabul Director, the INL/Kabul Corrections Team Lead, and the Afghan Director General for Prisons (General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers) and the Afghan Director General of the Juvenile Detention Directorate on corrections issues bringing together expertise from the United States, as well as other countries having innovative corrections projects and programs that could be considered by the Government of Afghanistan.

The Senior Corrections Advisor will report to the INL/Kabul Director in Afghanistan through the INL/Kabul Corrections Team Lead, and coordinate closely with the other INL/Kabul corrections advisors, the Afghanistan Corrections Team Lead in INL/AP, and INL/CAP staff as needed.

The COR is delegated the authority to act for the Contracting Officer in matters concerning technical clarification, inspection and, after concurrence by the Contracting Officer, acceptance of Contractor performance under the contract, including preparation of receiving reports, and the authorization of progress payments when appropriate. The COR will coordinate all work with the Contractor and review Contractor's performance at significant stages of its development.
In no instance, however, shall the COR be authorized to alter or modify the specifications or the contract terms and the conditions or waive the government's requirement, price, delivery, or other terms and conditions. Such changes must be authorized, in writing, to the Contracting Officer

Deliverables are required under this PSC and shall include; quarterly status reports, quarterly evaluation of contractor performance, special reports when required and "Completion of assignment report," which shall be a compressive review of the projects in which the contractor was involved.

Each report shall include a critique of and recommendations for the various projects. The completions of assignment reports are due no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the expiration of this contract. The Personal Service Contractor shall submit two (2) copies of each report as required to the following;
(1) INL/ Kabul Director(s) and;
(2) INL/AP Program Officer

• Serves as one of INL's corrections experts in Afghanistan.

• Develops and coordinates corrections programs for Afghanistan in concert with other USG, international and Afghan law enforcement and criminal justice programs.

• Serves as an advisory resource for INL/Kabul, INL/AP, and Afghan corrections officials on specific aspects of planning and implementation of ongoing corrections assistance programs in Afghanistan.

• Oversees and coordinates Afghanistan corrections program activities with the end goal of supporting the Afghan Government in developing a safe, secure, and humane corrections system.

• Provides policy analysis and program guidance to INL/Kabul, INL/AP, and Afghan officials on all aspects of corrections matters, addressing any of a number of issues related to corrections system reforms to include human rights issues related to prisoner incarceration; prisoner classification; strategic planning; prisoner programs; budgeting; development of correctional capacities and institutions; refurbishment and/or construction of correctional facilities; and training plans.

• Organizes and participates in meetings, seminars, and exercises to develop plans/programs for implementation of corrections assistance in Afghanistan and improve overall capacities to effectively modernize existing institutions.

• Attends domestic and international conferences on Government of Afghanistan corrections reforms.

• Prepares background materials and reports used by the INL/Kabul leadership in preparing reports, speeches, briefings, and testimony to articulate INL engagement on corrections reform aspects in Afghanistan.

• Participates in outreach activities with domestic and international law enforcement communities to increase awareness of INL programs and policies and solicit greater cooperation and participation.

• Communicates regularly with the INL/AP Corrections Team Lead.

• Provides guidance and oversight to INL/K Corrections Locally Employed Staff.

• Coordinates USG corrections assistance efforts with international donor community.

• Provides direction and supervision to the locally engaged corrections staff.

1. Completes the Contracting Officer Representative (PA296) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within 120 of arriving at Post.

2. Completes the Introduction to Working in an Embassy (PN113) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within the first six (6) months of arriving at Post.

3. Completes the mandatory Foreign Affairs Counter-Threat (FACT) Course (OT610) prior to deployment to Post.

4. Completes all security-related training courses as required.

The assignment involves providing expert analytical and advisory support for the planning, development, and execution of U.S. foreign policy within a broad and complex range of corrections areas, interpreting data that is often vague, unsubstantiated, or contradicts existing knowledge in preparing options and/or recommendations. Incumbent must develop an analysis that provides new perspectives for the understanding and resolution of complex legal, political, economic, social, geographic, or military issues as they relate to Afghanistan and the surrounding region. The work is complicated by the need to provide expert advice and guidance that influences the decisions and actions of senior policy officials and the need to quickly, accurately, and decisively determine the relevance and significance of information to the policy interests of the Department. It is further complicated by the need to produce widely disseminated analytical products that represent the Bureau's official assessment of complex issues, and keep the policy making and foreign affairs communities constantly apprised of new issues and developments with respect to corrections issues. Other complicating factors include the incumbent's responsibility for ascertaining the need for initiating and conducting in-depth studies on topics of critical importance to the policy formulation process, and for representing INL/Kabul on committees and working groups that address issues of vital interest to INL.

Develops detailed plans, goals, and objectives for the long-range implementation and administration of the program, and/or develops criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the program. Coordinating plans with various other groups including international donors, the U.S. military and the Government of Afghanistan can be complicated.

Projects require dynamic leadership and expertise and complex innovation, strict adherence to high level policy without lower level interpretive assistance, and the ability to single-handedly or in concert with a variety of other stakeholders resolve critical problems and achieve difficult goals that may impact other programs. They are broad in scope and complicated by many complex features, technical, administrative, or political in nature.

The work generally does not impose unusual physical demands when the incumbent is working at his/her office location. However, frequent travel is required to hazardous duty locations that could impose unusual and/or difficult physical demands.
The PSC shall be able to use a furnished with office space, a computer, office telephone, and other supplies needed for job requirements. This property will be owned and maintained by the Department of State.


1. US citizen; able to obtain/maintain a DOS secret security and medical clearance.

2. Fifteen (15) years demonstrated professional work experience to include:
a. At least 10 years demonstrated experience in corrections operations, management, organizational development, planning, and/or training, 2 years of which must have been at the rank of assistant warden (or equivalent) or higher.
b. At least Four (4) years demonstrated experience in senior management roles such as strategic planning, resource management, and budgeting, including senior project management using critical path methodology, resources management, quality control processes, and budgeting. Demonstrated experience which clearly illustrates the applicant's ability to manage a multi-phase, complex construction project from concept through final turnover. International experience required, experience in Afghanistan or Iraq preferred. Significant experience in correction and/or justice infrastructure projects preferred.
3. Graduation from a certified state or federal corrections or probation officer training academy.
4. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Individuals without a degree but with significant corrections management experience (minimum of five years) at the warden level (or equivalent) or higher will be considered.
5. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in corrections intelligence operations.
6. Superior interpersonal skills.
7. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite


Factor 1 Corrections Experience (40 points)
Demonstrated work experience related to the sustainability of corrections operations through provision of appropriate training and oversight. Knowledge of current corrections policies and procedures and a displayed ability to integrate competing needs of various federal and state security agencies.

Factor 2 Liaison and Communication (25 points)
Demonstrated experience building and maintaining relationships with host nation officials, U.S. government agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Demonstrated ability to communicate complex issues in a timely and concise manner, both verbally and in writing.

Factor 3 International Experience (15 points)
Demonstrated experience of working/operating in foreign environments; to include ability to live, work, and travel in difficult conditions with limited support, manage programs in a complex and fluid environment, and show good judgment in challenging security situations.

Factor 5 Program Management and Administration (10 points)
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the application of sound management and program management practices, especially in international programs involving multiple agencies that include foreign government entities. Experience in program management should include familiarity with procurement guidelines, budget development, and program planning, execution, and monitoring and evaluation.

Factor 5 Past Performance (10 points)
Past performance evaluation of applicant's ability to perform under a same or similar 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.

For award, INL will negotiate for this contract based on the market value as outlined above and overall experience relevant to the solicitation requirements.


• Employee's FICA/Medicare Contribution
• Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance
• Pay Comparability Adjustment
• Annual Increase
• Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
• Annual, Sick and Home Leave
• 401K Plan
• MEDVAC Reimbursement

• Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance (TQSA) or Per Diem upon arrival at Post
• Housing Allowance
• Post Allowance
• Supplemental Post Allowance
• Maintenance Allowance (SMA)
• Education Allowance
• Educational Travel (full-time United States based secondary)
• Post Hardship Differential
• Danger Pay
• Shipment of HHE, UAB, POV and Consumables


Deborah Strom, Contract Specialist, Email

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