Military Advisor

  • Job Tracking ID: 512454-586902
  • Job Location: Bogota, COL
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: August 11, 2017
  • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Apply type: application

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Job Description:

*Pending Award

Ian, Evan & Alexander Corporation (IEA) is in search of a Military Advisor to support the Department of State in Bogota, Columbia.

The Advisor will support, assist, and advise INL and the U.S. Embassy in Colombia in their efforts to help Colombia interdict narcotics and criminal trafficking groups. The Advisor will provide strategic planning, general administrative, and policy advice concerning overall program priorities and objectives, as well as work with INL/WHP to develop and manage programs and related issues. Besides managing training, mentoring, technical assistance, and limited equipment procurements to support Colombian security forces and judicial authorities, the Advisor will liaise with and coordinate the activities of USG agency implementers in the justice sector reform area as it relates to the professionalization, training, and operations of law enforcement personnel. The Advisor will play a key role in shaping future program design and engagement strategies with the Colombian government.

The Advisor will liaise with other agencies/governments active in the fields of strategic planning, intelligence, policing, law enforcement, security assistance and cooperation, and with host government contacts. The Advisor provides support for developing a range of citizen security, law enforcement, rule of law, and counternarcotics programs in Colombia, which is of significant interest to the public and to Congress.

The Advisor advises and assists the Organized Crime and Counternarcotics Program Manager with the following:

  • Coordinating and advising on the implementation of USG-funded projects in support of the Colombian Army and Air Force operations and coordinates with appropriate agencies of the Government of Colombia (GOC) and other Embassy sections (such as Military Group, DEA, DAO) as required. The specific projects to be coordinated include training and equipping of Colombian Military Units (COLMIL); providing assistance to the CN Brigade operations, in support of interdiction missions and counternarcotics (CN) high value targets; CN Brigade forward infrastructure development; base security enhancements; logistical support; CN Brigade intelligence coordination; training for CN Brigade personnel; support CN battalion’s eradication efforts; and communications.
  • Evaluating and advising on the performance of COLMIL units supported by USG assets and makes recommendations to improve the capability of these units.
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining appropriate internal management control systems and end-use monitoring. Ensures that INL programs are not subject to waste, fraud, or mismanagement. Helps manage and monitor the use of all U.S.-provided commodities intended for appropriate purposes.
  • Assist in the preparation of required reporting such as the annual budget request for International Narcotics, Crime and Law Enforcement (INCLE) funds and the Mission Resource Request. Coordinates annual reporting requirements for INL (e.g., the INCSR Volumes I and II, the End-Use Monitoring Report, etc). Helps administer and monitor the expenditure of funds provided to Colombian armed forces. Prepares program
  • documentation and procurement requirements for security assistance projects. Helps prepare regular reporting, including monthly status reports, to the Organized Crime and Counternarcotics Division Chief.
  • Ensure that all restrictions on use of USG assistance, such as those relating to human rights (Leahy amendment) are observed.
  • Assist INL in project budget preparation, program planning and forecasting. Defines and makes recommendations on commodity procurement requirements and preparation of related project documentation. Provides advice and coordination in matters pertaining to field support of USG-provided equipment.
  • Conduct field surveys, evaluations, and special studies. Prepares periodic reports on the status of program activities and reports on significant program developments.
  • Briefing visiting officials on the status of the USG-GOC Military relationship and Colombian military CN operations. Assists in developing appropriate itineraries, security with COLMIL forces and escorting official travelers, as directed.
  • Develop strategies with the CN Brigade and other Colombian military to disrupt and diminish illegal narcotics trafficking, illegal mining, environmental crimes, and organized crime in critical areas for the USG and GOC.
  • Assist the CN Brigade with other selected COLMIL units with remotely operated aircrafts to support CN missions.
  • Develop relationship to assist CN Brigade with US military forces in order to maximize training opportunities and improve sustainment capabilities of the CN Brigade.
  • Brief Department, Congressional, and other international dignitaries orally and in writing on the INL-funded programs in Colombia. Prepares documents for presentation to the
  • U.S. Congress. Develop appropriate itinerary and accommodates official travelers, as necessary.
  • Ensure effective coordination of INL assistance to the government of Colombia.
  • Providing analysis and guidance in project budget preparation, and program planning.
  • Conducting senior-level field surveys, evaluations, and special studies, as directed.
  • Maintain security awareness and properly handles classified and controlled items and information.

Experience and Skills:


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Fifteen (15) plus years related experience in the fields of military service, security, and counter-narcotics.
  • Demonstrated five (5) years of experience abroad managing bilateral or multilateral policing, counternarcotics, and security assistance programs.
  • Demonstrated experience (preferably in Colombia context) in:
  • Developing and managing long-term security and law enforcement programs, including assessment, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Drafting related reports/documents, annual budgets, and strategic plan submissions;
  • Planning, strategizing, implementing and reporting on projects;
  • Drafting analytical briefing papers, memoranda, letters, and reports for review and/or signature by senior-level officials; and
  • Coordinating and working closely with the Department of State, the Department of Defense, United Nations and/or international community on security sector development programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of military and/or police training activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of command communications, government intelligence procedures, aircraft capabilities and maintenance, and logistics management procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of police and/or military tactics in counternarcotics operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with host-nation counterparts, departments, and ministries to further program objectives, in a timely and concise manner.
  • Demonstrated superior coordination and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written English (4/4) and Spanish (3/3) communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of military and/or police (preferably both) training and operational activities, with a counternarcotics focus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of command communications, government intelligence procedures, and logistics management procedures.
  • Active Secret security clearance


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Demonstrated substantive security or law enforcement experience overseas.
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating networks of government officials and NGOs in context of program implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience working directly for the Department of State.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of weapons and armament systems is desirable.

Ian, Evan & Alexander Corporation (IEA) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.