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African Union Peace and Security Advisor (Embedded)

Operations | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Full Time and Contract

Job Description

About Us:

Calhoun International is a Professional Services company providing innovative solutions to our clients. Our expertise ranges from strategic intelligence analysis, expert instruction on intelligence analysis and sensors, cyberspace operations, information systems training, and knowledge management services among others. Calhoun International is located in Tampa, FL with employees in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and overseas. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, or national origin.  

Responsibilities:

  • The Advisor shall be embedded within the African Union Peace and Security Directorate, and report to and receive all taskings from the PSD leadership.
  • The Advisor shall assist members of the PSD in accomplishing their daily tasks, with the ultimate objective of ensuring they are capable of accomplishing their tasks without external support.  The Advisor shall accomplish this by providing provide expert-level advice, analysis, and recommended courses of action to the PSD personnel.  This support shall be provided with the desired end-state of improved AU self-sufficiency to undertake these tasks.
  • The Advisor shall report verbally and/or via email on all daily activities to a member of the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) identified by the Chief of Mission and approved by the COR.
  • The Advisor shall also consult with USAU at least once per week to ensure he/she is updated on all current U.S. Government policy guidance concerning the AU.
  • The Advisor shall assist the AU in developing peace and security policies and procedures designed to achieve the AU’s peace and security goals and objectives.  The Advisor shall accomplish this by providing expert-level advice, analysis, and recommended courses of action to the PSD personnel and working especially closely with the Peace Support Operations Division.  This support shall be provided with the desired end-state of improved PSD self-sufficiency to undertake these tasks.
  • The Advisor shall recommend both short and long-term courses of action for the PSD to implement the policy frameworks specified in relevant documents approved by the AU Peace and Security Committee.
  • The Advisor shall provide written analysis of developments within the AU PSD at the request of the country team and the COR. The analysis shall identify:  Nature of the developments, Impact on U.S. objectives. and recommended adjustments to existing U.S. policies and programs to account for those impacts.
  • The Advisor shall coordinate with members of the U.S. interagency present at Post (to include DoD, USAID DOJ, DHS, and the intelligence community) to ensure that all U.S. Government program activities related to the AU are coordinated and support overall U.S. objectives, as defined by the integrated country strategy (ICS). In cases where efforts are not coordinated or synched, the Advisor shall make recommendations for sustainable improvement to the country team and AF.
  • The Advisor shall assist the AU institutions in coordinating programs and policies with the country teams of embassies engaged in peace and security programming at the AU.  The Advisor shall accomplish this by providing expert-level advice and analysis to the AU personnel involved in the coordination activities.  This support shall be provided with the desired end-state of improved AU self-sufficiency to undertake coordination.
  • The Advisor shall assist the AU and USAU in coordinating programs and policies with International Organizations (i.e. the UN, EU) engaged in peace and security efforts with the AU.  The Advisor shall accomplish this by providing expert-level advice and analysis to the AU personnel involved in the coordination activities.  This support shall be provided with the desired end-state of improved AU self-sufficiency to undertake coordination.
  • The Advisor shall review U.S. Government program implementation plans, and provide suggestions on how to improve those plans to better more effectively meet U.S. Government objectives related to peace and security programming with the AU.
  • The Advisor shall support, accompany and travel with AU, U.S. Embassy country team, and/or AF personnel at international conferences and coordination meetings related to AU peace and security issues, as directed by the PSD and approved by the COR.  Support shall include providing advice to U.S. delegates, written reports, and presentations at the conferences and meetings.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree and at least 10 years prior professional experience working in the security sector OR a Bachelor’s degree and at least 15 years of prior professional experience working in the security sector.
  • Must have reached, at a minimum, the rank of O-5 in the military or equivalent (i.e. FS-02/GS-14) in a civilian capacity.
  • Must have a minimum of one year of demonstrated prior professional experience working in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Must have a minimum of one year of demonstrated prior professional experience working with members of developing country institutions on a daily basis.
  • Medical requirements will be defined at the Task Order level, where applicable.
  • Prior experience working in the place for performance (at a country level).
  • Prior experience serving as an embedded advisor within foreign institutions.

Security Clearance/Physical Security Considerations:

  • SECRET Security Clearance required.
  • Primary place duty  will be Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with possible travel to other regional locations as required. The advisor will work primarily within the PSD offices at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.