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Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Tetra Tech International Development Services is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified Subject Matter Expert candidates for the INL-funded 5-year Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP).

 

JSSP’s primary objective is to support the development of an Afghan professional cadre that is capable of sustaining, equipping, managing, and enabling its own criminal justice organizations. JSSP provides training and capacity building for Afghan officials in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Supreme Court (SCt), Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), and other justice sector organizations. The project has three main components:

 

Case Management System (CMS): CMS is an online application designed to track criminal and civil cases. The CMS is intended to harmonize and interlink justice institutions to effectively perform their functions. 

Organizational Capacity Building (OCB): This component focuses on capacity building for justice institution personnel and ensuring that justice institutions are able to fulfill their mandates and operate independently

Legislative Capacity Building (LCB): JSSP’s efforts in LCB contribute to ensuring that laws and related documents are coherent, comply with the Constitution, treaties and conventions, and incorporate internationally recognized standards for the protection of women and vulnerable groups.

 

Position Description/Summary: This program is designed to utilize international and Afghan advisors to train and build capacity for Afghan officials within the Ministry of Justice, Attorney General’s Office, Supreme Court, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and other justice organizations through four main components: organizational capacity building, legislative reform, case management system, and gender mainstreaming and protection of vulnerable groups. The SME shall report to the Project Implementer (PI) for contractual matters and coordinate with the INL/AP Program Manager and CORs on subject matter issues. The SME shall provide support to both the USG (in Washington and in Kabul) as well as the Afghanistan-based JSSP team. The SME shall play a principal role in the substantive pre-deployment preparation of advisors, working together with INL, who shall oversee other pre-deployment training requirements and manage most administrative aspects of training. This will be a long-term position based in Arlington, VA.

 

Duties: The SME has significant technical responsibilities under the contract and shall report to the Project Implementer (PI) for contractual matters and coordinate with the INL/AP Program Manager and CORs on subject matter issues. Specific duties include:

  • Provide technical support in all JSSP components to both the U.S. government (in Washington and in Kabul) as well as the Afghanistan-based JSSP team
  • Provide technical support in all areas of project development/implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and production of deliverables under this SOW
  • Actively participate in recruitment and selection of JSSP personnel based on position description qualifications (or equivalent with the permission of the INL/AP and INL/K Program Managers) with significant input from the in-country JSSP management team
  • Play a principal role in the substantive pre-deployment preparation of advisors, working together with INL, who shall oversee other pre-deployment training requirements and manage most administrative aspects of training
  • Draft all necessary technical reports and research papers on current issues affecting JSSP and submit those to JSSP personnel and INL as requested and needed by senior management personnel
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 7 years of international experience, including rule of law and/or development programs
  • The candidate should demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of formal justice systems, with a particular emphasis on the coordination and interaction between justice institutions/departments
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; Master’s degree or juris doctor preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and writing
  • Superior interpersonal skills

* Must be an American National or Third Country National

* Ability to obtain a Secret Clearance required.


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