Police Advisor - Senior (INL-Honduras)

Celestar Corporation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Dec 06

Position description

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 Senior Police Advisor who will be seated in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  If interested and qualified, we welcome you to post for this challenging opportunity.


CLEARANCE REQUIREMENT:  A Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) Certification is required for this position

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One (1) Year from the Date of Assignment with the potential for Four (4) follow-on Option Years.

Hours for this full-time position will be the core hours of the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.

The position will be stationed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Travel is authorized for this position. Official national and international travel is anticipated.

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). INL/Office of Western Hemisphere Programs (INL/WHP) is responsible for justice and anti- narcotics programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. INL/WHP provides policy guidance and develops, executes, and monitors programs to address the full range of criminal justice issues as they relate to international development. 

INL/Honduras provides policy guidance, and develops and monitors programs to address the full range of criminal justice issues as they relate to stabilization and reconstruction activities in Honduras. INL has been engaged in an effort with the Government of Honduras (GOH) to build the capacity of the Honduran security and justice institutions. Program activities include institutional capacity building, professionalizing the police force through education and training initiatives, improving justice services, fostering coordination within the security and justice institutions, increasing public awareness and access to justice, prevention and extending the formal justice system throughout the country while working with the traditional systems to provide alternative dispute resolution.

The Advisor will report to Celestar. The Advisor works most closely with the US Embassy INL/Honduras Director, Contracting Officer (CO), and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). The Advisor shall maintain open, timely, and effective communications with the INL/Honduras Leadership Team, Embassy Front Office, and, as appropriate, with the INL/WHP Office in Washington on issues falling under the scope of work, resulting in a relationship that proactively addresses potential problems with flexible, workable solutions.

The Senior Police Advisor (SPA) will support, assist, and advise INL/Honduras on the development, implementation and limited oversight of security sector programming including contracts, grants, interagency agreements (IAAs), and letters of agreements (LOAs). The Advisor will advise the INL/Honduras Director and Deputy on engagements with host government, multilateral, and interagency partners. Under the direction of an INL/Honduras direct-hire employee (Program Officer, Deputy Director, or Director), the Advisor will assist with developing police program proposals, work plans, and detailed budgets to reflect INL/Honduras priorities and equities.


  • Advise and assist in the coordination of activities related to preventing/reducing crime in Honduras and improving Honduran National Police effectiveness in investigating major crimes (e.g. homicides, extortions, kidnappings, drug trafficking, money laundering, etc.). 
  • Advise the INL/Honduras Program Officer, Deputy Director, and/or Director on the Honduran government’s progress for achieving the goal of crime reduction at the precinct or higher level. 
  • In coordination with the INL/Honduras Leadership and INL/WHP, develop program priorities, objectives, and guidelines for the Police Program. 
  • Work with INL advisors to identify Honduran National Police personnel training needs and propose training options/course availability in the region or the U.S. 
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the Honduran legal system, with a particular focus on police reform, anti-corruption, and police education. 
  • Advise on the execution of INL projects in accordance with the objectives and terms established in Letters of Agreements, Model Precinct Work Plans, or similar documents. 
  • Serve as a significant conduit for partner government personnel regarding INL/Honduras assistance to the Honduran government police programs. 
  • Advise the Honduran government on the development of best practices to oversee, coordinate, and administer crime reduction related educational and development classes/programs. 
  • Serve as a conduit to the INL/Honduras Leadership on Honduran National Police issues (the Advisor cannot conduct foreign relations or determine foreign policy). 
  • Meet frequently with members of civil society as well as partner government officials to develop projects, discuss bilateral agreements, consult on project implementation, highlight sensitive issues for resolution by the INL/Honduras Leadership, bolster support for increased partner government participation, and inform INL Leadership on program effectiveness (in any meeting the Advisor attends, the Advisor must always self-identify as a third party contractor working in support of INL/Honduras but not an employee of the US Government). 
  • In coordination with the INL/Honduras Leadership and INL/WHP, attend meetings with U.S. and host-government officials as requested, including regional working group meetings (in any meeting the Advisor attends, the Advisor must always self-identify as a third party contractor working in support of INL/Honduras but not an employee of the US Government). 
  • Prepare an annual strategic plan for INL/Honduras Police Program for INL/Honduras Leadership. 
  • Review and assess the organizational and operational capacities of the Honduran government, including National police and local actors. 
  • In consultation with the INL/Honduras Leadership, develop and maintain an assistance plan that will promote effective and sustainable policing practices. 
  • Establish collaborative partnerships in the community between the Honduran government and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase public trust in the police. 
  • Maintain security awareness, safeguard sensitive information, and ensure adherence to the letter and the spirit of U.S. government equal employment opportunity principles. 
  • As requested by the Chief of Mission, the Advisor should make himself/herself available to the Embassy Tegucigalpa Front Office to consult on issues of justice sector development. 


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Bachelor Degree or higher from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak Spanish at the FSI 3/3 Level, respectively. 
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak English and prepare correspondence, reports, and technical documents. 
  • Demonstrated Twelve (12) Years’ of Program Management and Supervisory experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with high-level officials (governmental and non-governmental).
  • Demonstrated relevant work experience in law enforcement, program management, training, and problem-solving methodologies. 
  • Demonstrated communication and liaison skills appropriate to work with a wide variety of governmental, public, and private sector representatives; as well as with local community members and groups. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and direct the implementation of goals, objectives, procedures, and work standards. 
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and recommend long-range plans, development of specific proposals for action, experience in the preparation and administration of an annual budget. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and able to prepare a wide variety of reports or presentations. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with U.S. Government (USG) regulations, standards of conduct, and ethics. 


  • Demonstrated experience as a Lieutenant or above in a city or municipal Police Department responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the city/municipalities police services and law enforcement program to include; patrols, investigations, and administrative support services. 
  • Demonstrated experience as a military 0-4/0-5 serving as an operations officer, plans officer, or commander. 
  • Demonstrated experience as a sworn civilian law enforcement officer or as a military officer in a command capacity with security related duties in an organization of at least Twenty-Five (25) personnel and having attained a rank equivalent to a civilian police lieutenant.
  • Demonstrated police program experience, such as experience with police liaison activities and establishing a police presence in difficult high-crime zones/areas. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with or in support of Interpol, Intelligence Units and Dignitary Protection. 
  • Demonstrated experience and experience working with or in support of DEA, FBI, and DHS entities.
  • Prior experience in Central America Strongly Preferred. 

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.

Your resume must reflect all of the qualifications as outlined above. You must also demonstrate, through your resume, that you have the requisite experience with the responsibilities addressed above as follows:

The factors are in descending order of importance: 

  • Demonstrated experience planning and developing law enforcement strategies and police reform programs; ability to coordinate with host-country civilian and police officials, non-profit organizations, civil society, and the donor community; ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural and overseas environment; and experience deploying techniques for improved police institutions, notably human rights and modern police philosophies. 
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a role model for trying new approaches and building collaborative relationships to implement improved policing methodologies, especially in remote high-crime areas, and use position to influence and educate others; ability to emphasize and reinforce modern police philosophy vision, values, and mission within an organization to support and articulate a commitment for improved policing techniques, with human right equities, as the dominant way of doing business. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of program management, concepts, practices, and principles to analyze and develop recommendations for program implementation and USG objectives. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage resources, influence by design, and effectively collaborate to further goals, objectives, and activities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to perform duties assigned related to the position.

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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