Maritime Security Advisor

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 11-13-2017
MicroSystems Automation Group (MSAG) is recruiting for a Maritime Security Advisor (MSA).  The consultant will provide maritime security advisory support to the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) country team and the Bureau of African Affairs (“AF”) to assist with the development and delivery of U.S. Government programs promoting the development of professional, effective maritime security activities at the national, sub-regional and continental level.
Tasks will include:
  • Provide advice to both the U.S. Ambassador to the AU and to the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the African Union Commission on issues and programs related to the advancement of maritime security and safety on the African continent. 
  • Provide talking points and other maritime related briefing materials for the Ambassador or other senior officials, when directed by the Contracting Officer Representative (COR), to discuss maritime security and related issues publicly.
  • Attend maritime security working groups (e.g., AU or donor) to inform and advise them of current U.S. maritime security policy, strategies, and programs. 
  • Monitor and report on other international partners’ maritime support and activities  in support of the AU  The reports shall include priorities, funding levels, strategic engagement, and technical training.
  • Update the AU on a quarterly basis of U.S. maritime security and safety policies and activities, to include findings at the sub-regional and national level on this task order.
  • Monitor and report on the policies and activities of the Yaoundé-based Maritime Interregional Coordination Center (CIC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and signatory states of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct to implement the “Yaoundé process”.  The “Yaoundé process” encompasses: (1) the 2013 Yaoundé Code of Conduct, (2) the ECCAS, ECOWAS, and Gulf of Guinea Commission (GCC) Memorandum of Understanding on Safety and Security in the Maritime Area of Central Africa and West Africa, and (3) efforts to promote regional capacity-building and regional interoperability in the Gulf of Guinea. Reported information shall include political actions outlining specific actions to implement the Yaoundé process, opportunities or challenges that arise in the African partners’ implementation, and shifts in political or programmatic priorities.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to the African partners in their development of a strategy, including an outline of the general process to develop a strategy, the key elements that should be reflected in the document, lessons learned based on other partners’ who have produced similar products, and the difference between a strategy and implementation plan.
  • Monitor and report on U.S. and African partner activities to implement maritime security strategies. 
  • Produce four (4) country maritime assessments on an annual basis per the COR’s instructions, in coordination with other U.S. government, international and African partner stakeholders.  The purpose of this assessment is to inform U.S. Government security assistance programming based on structured analysis.  This assessment will include (1) identifying U.S. strategic end-states to build maritime capacity with the partner nation; (2) identifying the partner nation’s maritime priorities/end-states through consultations with key players across the host nation maritime interagency; and (3) assessing the partner nation’s maritime capability gaps to inform training/equipment requirements. An assessment outline or template will be provided by the COR after the award.
  • If prior U.S. maritime security assistance has been provided, work with AF’s Maritime Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) expert to monitor the partner’s use and sustainment of that assistance. .
  1. U.S. Citizenship
  2. Master’s degree and at least 10 years prior professional experience working in the maritime security and safety or related discipline OR a Bachelor’s degree and at least 15 years of prior professional experience working in the maritime security and safety or related discipline.
  3. Must have reached, at a minimum, the rank of O-5 in the military or equivalent (i.e. FS-02/GS-14) in a civilian capacity.
  4. Must have a minimum of one year of prior professional experience working in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • A Secret clearance is required for this position.
MicroSystems Automation Group (MSAG) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business headquartered in Falls Church, VA. Since our beginning in 1986, we have provided technology solutions for Government and Commercial clients. Our company has a GREAT corporate culture and is very customer and employee oriented.  Find our company reviews on at



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