Combating Wildlife Trafficking / Transnational Crime Program Advisor

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

Position description

The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor. The Department of State’s mission is to advance U.S. national security interests, fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives that build a freer, prosperous and secure world.


INL keeps Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores.
The Office of Global Policy and Programs (INL/GPP) engages in multilateral and bilateral diplomatic and programmatic efforts. This office is responsible for promoting USG foreign policy and national security interests in a range of priority crime issues, including anticorruption, anti-money laundering, cybercrime and intellectual property rights, environmental crime/wildlife trafficking, and organized crime. INL/GPP’s Wildlife Trafficking Team plays a leadership role in INL, the Department, and the inter-agency community in combating Wildlife Trafficking/Environmental Crime internationally, including with regard to INL’s role in implementing the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking. The team’s principal roles are 1) domestic policy development through interagency and intra-Department coordination; 2) development of and participation in multilateral processes and other diplomatic and public diplomacy initiatives; and 3) development and management of funded projects and activities to advance our policy goals. The team can also collaborate with or assist INL regional offices on development and implementation of bilateral programs with an environmental crime component. The team works closely with other elements of the Department, DOJ, DOI, DHS, and other partners, in several key international efforts, with a focus on adoption of international standards and capacity building.
The he Combating Wildlife Trafficking / Transnational Crime Program Advisor, referred to Advisor, for the remainder of this contract, serves as an environmental crime/wildlife trafficking program advisor in the Global Policy and Programs Office of INL and provides assistance in aspects of the Environmental Crime/Wildlife Trafficking program. The incumbent’s work will principally focus on environmental crime/wildlife trafficking law enforcement training and technical assistance programs with international organizations, NGOs, and other law enforcement agencies, but will engage in other aspects of the team’s work upon request. The Advisor will also support the team’s work in areas such as transnational organized crime more broadly and atrocities prevention.


The hours for this full time position are the core hours of INL/GPP: Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.


If applicable, telework is authorized only with prior INL/AP Office Director, INL Contracting Officer (CO), and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) approval, in accordance with Department of State and INL policies.
The physical work location is the INL/GPP office at State Annex (SA-01), Columbia Plaza, 2401 E St., NW Washington, DC.
Travel is authorized for this position in accordance with the award
There is mandatory training required for DOS-specific equipment, systems, and processes (reference 13 FAM 300 Agency Mandated Training), which shall be completed promptly and in accordance with Department policy.

Travel related training (i.e. FACT (CT650), HTSOS-C etc.), may be required, if applicable.

  • Work as part of a small team responsible for managing the environmental crime/wildlife trafficking program and other transnational programs.
  • Provide support on the daily implementation of the program; to include preparation of papers and correspondence concerning program issues and provide general assistance with the program as directed.
  • Undertake logistical and programmatic support for funding agreements, including through securing specialized grants training; assist with budget process including production and processing of obligating documents such as interagency agreements and letters of agreement; assist in overseeing project implementation; assist with the maintenance of funding and budgetary spreadsheets pertaining to task order and program management; and provide assistance to the Team Leader on drafting, reviewing and amending all manner of procurement requests and task orders as assigned.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with office and other INL colleagues, members of USG law enforcement agencies involved in programming, and USG personnel assigned to U.S. Embassies that are associated with relevant program and policy processes.
  • Monitor the implementation and performance of projects being conducted by other federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, assisting the team with overall program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Develop knowledge and expertise in various aspects of environmental crime/wildlife trafficking and other transnational crime policy issues and program activities.
  • Draft a variety of technical, programmatic, funding, and informational memoranda and letters; assist in the preparation of responses to Congressional questions, press guidance, and interagency documents in accordance with Department policies and regulations.


  • U.S. Citizen.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Two to four years’ experience in relevant field; Demonstrated knowledge of specific country issues, including specialized knowledge of international narcotics and law enforcement, or similar type programs sufficient to ensure project work is in compliance with management policies and procedures and in conformance with the Foreign Assistance Act and other regulatory procedures and guidelines.
  • Proven knowledge of Federal policies and procedures including methods of providing assistance and the Federal budget process.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of players;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation with regard to the interpretation and application of analysis.
  • Experience drafting US government reports and documents, such as the INCSR, embassy cables, and other documents.


  • Demonstrated prior experience with and knowledge of the State Department’s foreign assistance process, the structure and hierarchy of U.S. embassies, and State Department policies and processes.
  • Bachelor's from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, environmental policy, economics, history, law, statistics, or in the humanities.
  • Demonstrated minimum of three (03) years’ experience in program management and/or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience working on or academic studies related to international affairs.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Demonstrated superior interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

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