Corrections Advisor - Regional Senior (INL - Senegal)

Minimum Education: HS Graduate or Equivalent
Clearance Level: MRPT
ID: 2979
Location: District of Columbia, Washington


The Celestar Corporation has been issued a task order to provide support to the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). As a result, we’re looking for a Regional Senior Corrections Advisor (SCA) who will be seated at the U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal. If interested and qualified, we welcome you to post for this challenging opportunity.

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Please know that the select candidate MUST be a Canadian or US Citizen who is able to Speak, Read and Write in French! 
NOTE OF INTEREST: While this position does not require a Security Clearance, it does require a Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) Certification which takes a couple of months to process.
The Good News: This position offers a JANUARY 2019 Start Date!! 

Approximately 67% of the advisor’s time will be in Dakar and the rest will be spent on TDY status.

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is responsible for the development, supervision, coordination, and implementation of international narcotics control assistance activities and international criminal justice issues for the US Department of State (DOS). The Office of Africa and Middle East Programs (INL/AME) is the designated lead for capacity building with corrections services in the Maghreb-Sahel, in particular with Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, and Tunisia (henceforth “partner countries”).

This position is essential to further INL corrections goals in the Maghreb and Sahel. In particular, INL is working to help the corrections administrations from the region use deliberate collaboration to make tangible improvements in prison security and reintegration programming and policies. This position will provide vital support for ambitious new projects related to both these areas.

The advisor will have a regional portfolio to include Niger, Mali, Morocco, and/or Senegal, or a sub-set thereof which may be subject to change. The initial countries in the portfolio will
principally be Senegal and Mali. The advisor will also coordinate with Senior Corrections Advisors in Tunisia and Morocco as well as other INL intermittent advisors. 

The SCA will be a full-time advisor with a level of effort of approximately 40 hours per week. The advisor should plan to spend approximately 67% of his/her time in Senegal and up to 33% on travel status. Roughly, the advisor will spend 33% of his/her time working on host country programs (Senegal), 33% time on non-host country programs (Mali), and 33% of his/her time on regional engagement. The SCA will coordinate his/her schedule with INL/AME and U.S. Embassies located within the partner countries.

The SCA will report to Celestar, will work in close coordination with the INL /AME program managers in Washington, D.C. and will take direction in the field from the designated POCs at Embassy Dakar. Reporting and COR/GTM coverage will be formally determined when the advisor is hired.

He/she will work in partnership with other INL programs and staff and other donors including the UN and the European Union (EU) to support corrections administrations in partner countries.
The SCA shall coordinate all engagement with INL’s domestic and international corrections partners through the INL Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership (INL/CAP) and
INL/AME offices, and the INL Office at post where applicable. Formal contact should only be made with these international partners with prior consultation with INL/AME, host U.S. Embassies, and/or INL/CAP. INL/CAP and its experienced corrections development professionals are available to serve as a resource for the SCA.

The SCA will assist INL in building the capacity of the prison services in partner countries to operate their prisons in a more secure, safe, and humane manner and collaborate regionally through the following roles:

Reporting: He/she will provide timely reporting and analysis on the trends and policy considerations of the prison services and Ministry of Justice to INL/AME and Embassy contacts. This includes proactively looking for opportunities to strengthen existing programs and ideas for future corrections programming as well as assisting Embassies in understanding the political implications of developments in the corrections sector.

Mentorship of partner countries’ prison leadership: He/she will be responsible for mentoring and providing subject matter expertise to senior leadership in corrections management particularly related to strategic planning, training, prison security, reintegration programs, and alternative sentencing methods to reduce overcrowding.

Training Coordination and Support: He/she will support logistics, tailoring, and integration of corrections training into partner country and INL/AME goals. The SCA will be responsible for working with training partners, INL/CAP, partner countries’ prison authorities, and other donors to integrate local realities and specific partner countries’ corrections goals into trainings. This will maximize the value of these trainings by working with partner countries’ staff to understand training goals, develop concrete action plans during the trainings, and support implementation of these plans upon their return. Potential training areas include institution management, training academy development, facility operations and maintenance, prison industries/reintegration programs, and prolonged and arbitrary detention. As appropriate, the advisor will attend, participate, and support the trainings him/herself.

Coordination and Monitoring of other INL projects: He/she will provide unofficial guidance to coordinate and support the implementation of other INL projects, including contracts and grants. This role will not constitute direct oversight but rather is intended to help ensure the projects sufficiently consult with and take into account needs and opportunities on the ground including donor coordination. The SCA is not/not allowed to commit assistance to the host country on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Regional Coordination of INL projects and activities: The SCA will coordinate with other INL corrections advisors in the region, including Rabat and Tunis, to facilitate INLsupported regional correctional activities and programs, such as workshops, conference, and trainings.


  • Implement a reporting system for each partner country, where SCA will agree on timing and format for reporting for routine informal communication and formal monthly reports to the Embassies and INL/AME that assess host country corrections management; monitor and analyze the effectiveness of U.S. assistance; and provide timely analysis on how to achieve U.S. policy objectives in the justice sector.
  • Coordinate INL corrections efforts with other justice and corrections donors and partner countries.
  • Advise and support partner countries in developing and engaging in regional initiatives. This includes trainings, conferences, workshops, and events driven by host countries as well as INL regional programs on security incident exercises and reintegration programs.
  • Assist and mentor partner countries in long-term strategic planning, including human resource strategies, analyzing institutional and community trends with the goal of developing corrections management, policies, and practices (including security, hiring, training, and prison industries) that are practical, effective, and sustainable. This includes advising in implementing new procedures, developing new policies for corrections management, and professionalizing the prison service more broadly. This can include providing technical assistance with curriculum development and examples of a comprehensive basic correctional skills curriculum from other prison systems.
  • Make recommendations to improve current and develop new bilateral and regional programming through on-site observation and evaluation of management practices, observations of staff performance and monitoring of adherence to standard operating procedures. This includes developing practical action plans with benchmarks in coordination with INL staff in the field to facilitate program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Oversee the technical content to ensure adaptation to local needs and context and follow up on implementation of trainings on correctional subjects, including strategic planning, facility activity, training academy development, security operations, budgeting, facility maintenance, policies and procedures, and others. This includes study tours to the United States and in partner countries, including accompanying trip participants.
  • Obtain clearances on all documents as required by Department procedures and other duties as assigned.


  • United States or Canadian Citizen 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. 
    • A Bachelor’s Degree may be substituted with four years’ experience at the rank of warden, director, or governor in a correctional system in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Graduation from a certified corrections training academy. 
  • Must have Fifteen (15) Years of corrections experience, including demonstrated experience at the management and strategic level and at least Three (3) Years’ experience as a Senior Correctional Manager (Associate Warden or Equivalent). 
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with high-level officials and constructively work and coordinate with other governments and agencies. 
  • Successful leadership experience in a multicultural environment and a demonstrated ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner. 
  • Demonstrated initiative, problem-solving skills, flexibility, receptivity, and creativity in dealing with problems and conflicts, as well as an ability to work on and bear responsibility for several simultaneous projects while keeping the overall program goals in perspective. 
  • Must be proficient in the English language (reading, listening, report writing, and oral presentation) (at least 5/5 Department of State scale or the equivalent).
  • Comfortable working in French (at least 3/3 Department of State scale or equivalent). 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including ability to brief senior officials succinctly 
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Excel. 
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance at the secret level or a reciprocal clearance.


  • U.S. and/or Canadian corrections experience. 
  • A background in strategic planning, change management, facility activation, training academies, prison industries, and/or physical security. 
  • At least One (1) Year as an international corrections advisor training, advising, and mentoring corrections officers and leadership. 
  • At least Three (3) Years of experience in the development and implementation of corrections programs in developing countries, preferably in francophone countries. 
  • Experience with program design, management, and monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Security Clearance at Secret Level

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a Best Athlete Selection Process! With this in mind, please ensure that the required and/or desired experience is reflected on your resume to receive fair and competitive consideration.

Come onboard with a company that Values its Employees!
Celestar, a Veteran Owned Company, is Very Competitive with Salaries and Benefits. As an example, we offer Company Paid Benefits that include Employee and Family Dental Insurance, Employee Health Insurance, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability Insurance. We also offer a 401k retirement company match, paid Holidays and Personal Time Off. 

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Minimum physical demands for on task positions: Employee needs to be able to sit at a workstation for extended periods; use hand(s) to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Most positions require ability to work on desktop or laptop computer for extended periods of time reading, reviewing/analyzing information, and providing recommendations, summaries and/or reports in written format. Must be able to effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing. Employee may be required to occasionally lift and/or move moderate amounts of weight, typically less than 20 pounds. Regular and predictable attendance is essential.
Team Members on Task (CONUS only, minimal or no job-related travel):
• Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
• Office Type Environment with Temperature Control. May be exposed to chemicals related to office equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. General office environment.
Team Members on task (CONUS and OCONUS assignments, some travel):
• Specific vision abilities required by the job may include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
• Team Members deployed to a combat zone must be physically able to live in austere conditions during off duty time that may include extremes in temperature, noise, and must not have any medical conditions that require access to uninterrupted power sources.
• Team Members deployed to a combat zone will be subject to hazardous conditions which may require them to wear a kevlar helmet, individual body armor and/or wear a gas mask for extended periods of time.

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Celestar is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to providing equal opportunity for all applicants or employees on the basis of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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