Subject Matter Expert – Juveniles in Kabul at PAE

Date Posted: 9/6/2020

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Subject Matter Expert – Juveniles

SMEs shall work with their CSSP Afghan counterparts to identify and address gaps in the correctional knowledge, skills, and abilities of their GDPDC/JRD counterparts; they shall develop – in coordination with their Afghan CSSP co-team leads – specific mentoring plans for these counterparts, with milestones showing progress over a specific period of performance and defining an end state. The resulting mentorship plans should be fully owned by GDPDC, and should help GDPDC and development partners formulate a common approach to training. The Contractor shall work side-by-side with GDPDC leadership to assist GDPDC in the performance of its core work requirements while mentoring and training to build the independent capacity of current, new, and prospective GDPDC leadership staff. This position is located in Afghanistan.

Before developing the mentoring plans, the Contractor shall devise and conduct pre-mentorship assessments to determine a baseline capacity for GDPDC/JRD – both specific counterparts and the organization more broadly. By understanding the baseline, CSSP will be able to provide more targeted and effective support.


  • Advise JRD leadership on all aspects of international best practices regarding juvenile detention; support JRD leadership on implementation of the JRD-led nationwide training program, classification and case management program, operational directives, and development of educational, vocational, and recreational programs
  • Train appropriate officials on financial planning, to include capital budgets, financial management, accounting, procurement, and auditing
  • Assist JRD in providing system-wide audit and assessment capabilities for facilities, staff, and procedures
  • Work with JRD to implement classification system
  • Stress the importance of classification in countering violent extremism via population management, particularly with regard to separating radical and non-radical juvenile offenders in order to prevent recruitment
  • Advise and mentor JRD on programs and industries
  • Work with JRD on best practices with respect to effectively reacting to external threats
  • Help establish a culture of transparency and accountability
  • Assist JRD leadership in monitoring security situation at JRCs
  • Liaise with international organizations, civil society organizations, the Afghan Government (GDPDC, MOI, MOWA, MOLSAMD, MOJ, MOPH, MOD), and the U.S. Embassy to increase greater adherence to human rights and juvenile justice issues.


  • Working knowledge and experience in managing international development and/or rule of law programs preferred.
  • Preferred international experience in conflict or post-conflict areas of operation
  • Superior interpersonal skills.
  • Superior writing and communication skills


  • Education: A bachelor’s degree plus some demonstration of continuing education in the discipline for which the Advisor will mentor (e.g., certificate program)
  • Experience: Minimum (3) three years as Associate/Deputy Warden (or equivalent); Preferred (2) two years of corrections experience at the management level, with central office, regional or state-level oversight over multiple correctional institutions and operations; Minimum (12) twelve years’ experience in corrections, at least two of which in the discipline for which the mentor will be advising (e.g., Chief of Classification of Records, Director of Training Academy)
  • Security Vetting: Must be able to secure and maintain a MRPT certification
  • Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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