Job Title: Corruption-Related Visa Actions Program Advisor
Location: INL/C Washington, DC
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Office of Anti-Crime Programs’ (INL/C) plays a leadership role in INL, the Department, and the inter-agency in combating corruption and kleptocracy (high-level corruption) internationally. The role is implemented through an anti-corruption team which focuses on managing a regional foreign assistance portfolio and developing and managing multilateral anticorruption policies and processes; it is also implemented through a corruption-related visa actions unit, which administers corruption-related visa restrictions and sanctions programs. INL administers two corruption-related visa denial authorities: Presidential Proclamation 7750 (PP 7750) and the Anti-Kleptocracy Provision in Section 7031(c) of the annual Appropriations Act. These two authorities allow the Department to deny visas to current and former corrupt officials, their corrupt affiliates, and their immediate family members. INL also supports implementation of Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 (entitled “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption”), which implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
The period of performance for this order will be one (01) year from the date of award with the option to exercise two (02) years, subject to performance, need, and funding. The INL Contracting Officer will notify the Vendor of the Government’s intent to exercise an option prior to the end of each performance period.
The Advisor will report to his/her contracting company. The Advisor works most closely with the INL/C Team Lead, Contracting Officer (CO), and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). The Advisor shall maintain open, timely, and effective communications with the INL/C Team Lead and, as appropriate, with the INL/C Director and Deputy Director on issues falling under the scope of work, resulting in a relationship that proactively addresses potential problems with flexible, workable solutions.
The Advisor serves on a several-person unit, managed by a team lead. The Advisor, under the direction of the team lead, will focus on implementation of PP 7750, Section 7031(c), and Global Magnitsky visa sanctions, as well as related sanctions tasks. Primary focus will be on developing cases, including research and analysis of information; coordination with posts, relevant bureaus and the interagency; interaction with non-governmental sources for proposed targets and substantiating information; and drafting decision memos for senior leadership. The position will also include assisting in drafting the related Congressionally-mandated annual
reports and raising awareness about these authorities through engagement with other Department offices, embassies abroad, the interagency, civil society, and the Hill.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Process visa revocation and denial actions directed at high level corrupt foreign public officials and those who corrupt them (i.e., bribers), and family members of either group.
• Draft documents and memoranda for each case (including obtaining numerous clearances), for the Secretary’s consideration and approval.
• Work closely with the Legal and Consular Affairs bureaus to ensure legal, factual, and procedural prerequisites are met, and constructively resolves disagreements.
• Work closely with the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communities in 1) distributing case-related information to enable asset tracking and forfeiture and ensuring that potential law enforcement actions involving subjects are not compromised by visa sanctions; and 2) generating referrals for cases and further developing the factual basis for draft memos.
• Serve as a resource within the Department and the interagency community on visa sanctions; briefs working level officials within the interagency and Department and assists in preparing Congressional reporting and testimony.
• Advise on opportunities to expand use of authorities and innovate practice.
• U.S. Citizenship.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution, and a minimum of one (01) years of governmental or nongovernmental experience related to this position (eg, foreign affairs, criminal justice or anticorruption, international development, or democracy/rule of law promotion); OR advanced degree (Masters or above) from an accredited U.S. institution, and demonstrated interest in subject matter related to this position (eg, foreign affairs, criminal justice or anticorruption, international development, or democracy/rule of law promotion).
• Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate analyses effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills to monitor, evaluate, digest, and synthesize complex, technical information.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team and independently.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, while maintaining timeliness and control over multiple elements of a portfolio.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office.
• Demonstrated knowledge of or a minimum of one (01) years of governmental or nongovernmental experience related to this position in foreign affairs work.
• Demonstrated exposure to consular work.
• Demonstrated experience and ability for successful interactions with U.S. government agencies to develop and maintain partnership relationships.
This position requires the candidate to provide quarterly reports/updates throughout the life of the contract. The candidate shall maintain open, timely, and effective communications with the on-site supervisor resulting in a relationship that proactively addresses potential problems with flexible, workable solutions.
The candidate shall also provide a final report. This report shall be a summary of the last year, specifically estimating progress toward reaching the long-term goals of the position. It should also detail the results of each projected output, outcome, performance measurement, and impact.
Upon submission, USG will evaluate the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of each deliverable. All deliverables must be approved by the on-site supervisor (i.e. direct-hire or a PSC) before being accepted as final. All past, present and future deliverables and reports are expected to be provided electronically on a rolling basis. All current and future deliverables shall be provided in an editable Microsoft Word document.
LEVEL OF EFFORT
Hours for this full-time position will be the core hours of INL/C: Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day. The level of effort for this position is equivalent to a GS-11, Steps 01-05.
Supplemental hours for this position are authorized and cannot be used without prior authorization of the INL Contracting Officer.
The physical work location is located at INL/C, Washington, DC.
Travel may be required for this position.
GOVERNMENT FURNISHED EQUIPMENT
DOS will provide the Advisor with office space, computer, phone, and other required equipment and supplies necessary to complete all job requirements. DOS will own and maintain all furnished property.
Training is not anticipated for this position.
The position requires a Secret security clearance. However, the Contractor can begin work with an interim Secret security clearance.
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