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Law Enforcement Finance Advisor

May 05, 2017

Tetra Tech, a leader in consulting, engineering, environmental science and technical services worldwide has a challenging and immediate opportunity for a highly motivated professional in our growing Pro-telligent business unit.

PRO-telligent, A TetraTech Company, is seeking an experienced Bilateral Law Enforcement Finance Advisor  for a government client.  The position will be based in Liberia.


One of the critical areas in which the LNP must focus its efforts is developing and implementing a financial system that incorporates professional standards of financial controls, processes, and procedures in order to ensure financial integrity, transparency, and accountability. All developed systems must recognize and be compatible with GOL standards. In coordination with UNPOL and the GOL, the U.S. government has agreed to provide technical assistance to the LNP to help them develop a sustainable financial system.  The Law Enforcement Finance Advisor shall provide assistance to the LNP and LDEA.

The Law Enforcement Finance Advisor will mentor leaders within the LNP so that the LNP themselves can 1) institutionalize a system for creating and justifying credible budget requests; 2) develop and implement a sustainable financial system for receiving and holding funds; and 3) develop and implement a sustainable accounting system for payroll, operating expenses, and other costs. The financial and accounting systems must incorporate generally accepted accounting principles, professional standards of financial controls, processes, and procedures in order to ensure financial integrity, transparency, and accountability. The accounting system should also facilitate reporting how LNP resources were spent. The end state of the Police Finance Advisor’s mentorship is for the LNP to take ownership of each of these systems.  The

The Law Enforcement Finance Advisor must also:

•        Advise and mentor the LNP Finance office to implement a system to identify “ghost” employees and other fraudulent activities in the finance process and policies to respond to illegal behavior.

•        Advise and mentor LNP administration personnel to implement new procurement system to ensure development of proper specifications for equipment purchases and infrastructure development for the LNP;

•        Support liaison efforts with LNP representatives, the Liberian Ministry of Finance, the Liberian Ministry of Justice, UN-MIL, and other donors on issues related to LNP budgeting and finance;

•        Provide budget mentorship to LDEA, in coordination with the Counter narcotics Advisor, and to the Ministry of Justice in coordination with INL’s JAMS project, on an as needed and as available from LNP duties basis.

•        Coordinate and collaborate with INL’s JAMS project in order to mentor LNP and LDEA to implement administrative changes and requirements as they are developed.

•        Be responsive to Liberian priorities and U.S. government (USG) goals and strategic objectives for Liberia;

•        Maintain regular communication with the INL Director in Monrovia;

•        Assist in briefing senior U.S. Mission officials;

•        Provide advice to the U.S. Embassy, UNPOL, the MOJ, the LNP, and other key partners on matters relating to the development of criteria for selection, vetting, and training of civilian law enforcement personnel. The Police Finance Advisor shall exercise particular care in following established vetting procedures in accordance with the Leahy Law, a law that prohibits U.S. foreign assistance to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if evidence exists that members of that unit have committed gross violations of human rights, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy;

•        Provide advice to the INL Director in Monrovia and to INL’s senior bilateral police advisor on programmatic challenges and areas where U.S. Embassy intervention could help achieve INL and the U.S. government’s goals and objectives;

•        Monitor accountability and functionality of equipment and facilities provided to the LNP by the U.S. government;

•        Coordinate with and mentor LNP administrative staff, in consultation and coordination with the Senior Advisors.

The Law Enforcement Finance Advisor shall communicate regularly with the INL/Liberia office and coordinate efforts with the CO and/ or COR, in order to make certain such effort remains within policy objectives as determined by the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia. Such communications and coordination will not involve any change to or expansion of the scope of work, costs, or contractual obligations. If, in the opinion, of the Contractor such communications and technical direction from the COR calls for effort outside the scope of the task order or is inconsistent with the requirements, the Contractor shall notify the CO in writing within ten working days after the receipt of any such instruction. The Contractor shall not proceed with the work affected by the communications and/or technical direction unless and until the Contractor is notified by the CO that such communications and/or technical direction is within the scope of the task order.

The Law Enforcement Finance Advisor may work in Monrovia or in other parts of Liberia. Shift work may be assigned.

In order to enhance LNP’s capacity for Procurement, the Finance Advisor will work with the leadership of LNP to develop and implement:

•        Standard operating procedures and policies governing the procurement of goods and services by the LNP;• Assessments of current practice;

•        Review of current policy and procedure as regards procurement;

•        Alignment of policy, procedure and practice with applicable laws, rules and internal regulations;

•        Systems to track and record all procurement actions; and

•        Annual and semi-annual reporting of procurement actions.

The Finance Advisor will provide the following reporting during the initial year of effort.

•        Assess the current practices, policies and procedures of the LNP as regards finance and procurement. Within six months, provide a written summation which includes a structured strategic plan for improvement. This plan must focus on sustainability by the LNP with minimal assistance from donors.

•        Based upon the above, and no later than eight months after the start of the period of performance, provide an assistance plan for increasing the capacity of the LNP in procurement actions. This plan must include specific goals and metrics which are change based rather than oriented to reporting advisor activity.

•        Establish working relationships with the LNP Administrative sections involved in procurement, being sure to obtain Liberian understanding of the project and buy in, without which success, much less sustainability is impossible. Such working relationships to be documented through meetings, reports and other evidence of mutual engagement.

•        Establish working relationships with other international partners working on LNP procurement issues.


Required Qualifications:

•        U.S. Citizen or Third Country National;

•        Ability to possess/maintain MRPT certification;

•        In possession of a current and valid driving license for at least one year;

•        Must satisfy the requirements for Specialist Advisor IV outlined in the base contract.

•        A Bachelor Degree in financial management, public finance, business, accounting, or a related field from an accredited college or university;

•        A Master’s Degree in financial management, public finance, business, accounting, or a related field from an accredited university;

•        Minimum of ten (10) years’ recent experience in executive-level financial management, public finance, business, ac-counting, or a related field;

•        Minimum of five (5) years of that experience to be either:

•        In a company or other entity with at least 500 employees and with locations in multiple states/countries; and/or

•        In State or Federal government in at least the GS-14 equivalent ranking.

•        Minimum of five (5) years of that experience in a position which dealt with both internal and external partners.

•        Previous responsibility, at any career stage, for coordination of or participation in negotiations with outside organizations;

•        Demonstrated experience in budgeting, developing, and implementing financial management processes and procedures that incorporate professional standards of financial controls, and financial accounting and reporting;

•        Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and methodologies of finance, strategy, business process re-engineering including project leadership experience in strategy development, implementation, and strategic communications across all levels of a financial department;

•        Strong analytical skills and ability to handle complex situations;

•        Strong interpersonal skills; proven ability to work well with others. Ability to work effectively both in a team environment and independently to achieve the desired end state;

•        Excellent oral and written English communication skills;

•        Proficient with basic MS Office computer programs; able to organize, analyze, prepare, and present information to a variety of audiences;

•        At least one year of experience working as an advisor/mentor in an international mission.


Desired Qualifications:

•        Experience in police development/reform overseas or other relevant experience overseas, particularly in developing countries;

•        Extensive experience managing and/or directing programs in police force;

•        Knowledge of USG contracting practices and experience in contract oversight;

•        Experience working or coordinating with USG agencies (e.g., USAID, Justice, State, and/or Defense);

•        Ability to explain, promote, and defend USG policies to senior law enforcement officials of other nations and the host country and representatives of international organizations;

•        Demonstrated experience implementing financial controls that overcame corruption;

•        Possess strong leadership/influencing skills – makes decisions, self-directed, self-confident, positive, good negotiator, able to prioritize personal and team activities;

•        Ability to exercise a high degree of professional judgment, diplomacy, and tact at all times in order to build successful relationships with Liberian partners and the international community;


To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the on-line process:

* Cover Letter

* CV in reverse chronological format


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Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. Please ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. No phone calls will be accepted.



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