Ministry of Defense Advisors - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

16 Jan 2020 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is recruiting senior executive level qualified candidates to work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense (MOD) to assist the Kingdom with a significant effort to transform its Ministry.  Eight advisors, through the DSCA Ministry of Defense Advisor (MoDA) program, will be part of the U.S. team assisting this important partner with its transformation efforts.   

The Saudi Arabian MOD has established a Transformation Management Office (TMO) to oversee a significant transformation of it Ministry.  The TMO is charged with: (1) identifying problem areas, (2) creating a transformation plan to address identified problem areas, and (3) overseeing its implementation over a 10-year period.  TMO is charged to transform MoD to establish a professional joint military force, a coalition leader and reliable partner, that will: (1) deter against all threats in order to protect the national interests of the Kingdom; (2) collaborate with other ministries to develop mutually beneficial and self-sustaining capabilities to enhance national security; and (3) apply world class management practices in a meritocratic environment. TMO has identified requirements for eight U.S. advisors who have completed the Minister of Defense Advisors (MoDA) course operated by DSCA.  

The role of the MoDA Advisor will function as a program/technical advisor who supports one or more of the areas identified below: (1) Senior U.S. Advisor/Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Strategic Affairs, (2) Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Armaments & Procurement, (3) Advisor the Director General of Administration and Business Excellence, (4) Advisor to the Director General of Facilities & Engineering, (5) Advisor to the Director General of Legal Affairs, (6) Advisor to the Department Head of Training & Education (within the General Directorate of Human Resource Management), (7) Advisor to the Director General of Information Technology, and (8) Advisor to the Director General of Intelligence Policy.  A brief synopsis of each position is listed below.

The Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Strategic Affairs: The Senior Advisor will advance U.S. institutional capacity building objectives by coordinating the activities of the advisors assigned by DSCA, and supporting, reinforcing, and facilitating their efforts to enable the MOD to realize its transformational vision.  Provides advice on strategic issues affecting the Kingdoms transformation efforts.

The Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Armaments & Procurement: provides advice to national level decision makers in four broad categories generally associated with:  (1) Budgeting and Programming, (2) Acquisition (including Procurement), (3) Logistics (including Supply Chain Management and Maintenance), and (4) Procurement of Technology (Research and development). The work involves identifying and communicating possible ways to assist one of the three Deputy Ministers to establish centralized processes for management, acquisition, and procurement across a massive defense enterprise, which has historically been decentralized and supportive of individual services.

The Advisor to the Director General, Administration and Business Excellence: provides advice on a range of administrative processes, as well as a culture which reinforces discipline, support, efficiency, and accountability.  The work involves identifying and communicating possible ways to assist one of the three Deputy Ministers to establish centralized processes for management, acquisition, and procurement across a massive defense enterprise, which has historically been decentralized and supportive of individual services (e.g., navy or air defense forces) to deal independently with internal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) bureaucracy and foreign purveyors of material and services with little regard for efficiency, interoperability, and economies of scale.

The Advisor to the Director General, Facilities & Engineering: providing advice in a variety of engineering facilities and installation management functions which require previous experience in the career field of engineering such as General engineering, Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering strategic leadership of installation and facilities management, including enterprise level base realignment and closure analysis; direct experience advising Departmental or Service level leaders on basing and installation management, facilities and garrison or base operation; and general engineering. 

The Advisor to the Director General for Legal Affairs: provides advice on the establishment of legal structures and a culture which promotes respect for the rule of law.  Provides support and assist three Deputy Ministers, other Director Generals, and Saudi Armed Forces (SAF) Commanders and/or their JAG. The advisor will be called upon to advise commanders on the full range of policy, military justice, administration, and criminal law; advise on all matters pertaining to operational (Law of Land Warfare) and public international law; advise on coalition relations, international law, and relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions; advise on administration and management of the military judiciary system. (NOTE: This position is similar in scope to a DoD-level General Counsel (GC) yet envisions performing functions normally associated with a service-level Judge Advocate General (JAG)).

The Advisor to the Department Head, Education & Training, General Directorate, Human Resources: provides advice on the 10-year Transformation Plan envisions education and training as a vital investment in the human capital that mans the Saudi defense establishment.  Well educated, well trained people are needed to improve the Royal Saudi Armed Forces (RSAF) ability to defend the Kingdom. The Department Head, Education & Training is charged to play a critical role in realizing the vision enumerated in the plan.

The Advisor to the Director General, Information Technology: Provides advise to the Director General, IT (DGIT), on the establishment of a modern, state-of-the-art IT enterprise, which includes creating a functioning General Directorate and seven new subordinate organizations: (1) IT Planning and Support, (2) IT Services, (3) Technology, (4) Telecommunications, (5) Cyber-Security, (6) Application Development & Maintenance, and (7) Infrastructure & Operations. These organizations will operate in a centralized

manner to provide commodity IT to a diverse customer base, which requires reliable assured, and secure IT functions and services to the Royal Saudi Armed Forces (RSAF), in institutional and operationally deployed environments.

The Advisor to the Director General, Intelligence Policy: provides advice and recommendations to assist in the establishment of an intelligence structure and a culture which promotes Government-wide intelligence sharing and respect for law and policy, while accomplishing six broad functional objectives:  (1) Establish coherent, enduring intelligence policies; (2) Establish the intelligence budget (and supporting processes); (3) Sponsor intelligence Research & Development (R&D); (4) Monitor 

intelligence processes and performance across the intelligence disciplines; (5) Recommend enhancements as needed; and (6) Represent MOD in working with other ministries and organizations regarding intelligence sharing and other matters.

Individuals selected for these positions will reside and work in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a term of three to five years at the grade of GS-15 under Chief of Mission authority for force protection.  These term positions are accompanied assignments with full benefits associated with federal term positions. 

DSCA expects some of these positions to be announced in USAJOBs during the months of January and February 2020.  If interested please apply online at USAJOBs.  You can also send a resume to the DSCA MoDA Program office at dsca.ncr.bpc.list.moda@mail.mil (please indicate on the subject line which advisor position interest you).   


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