OBXtek is currently staffing for the critical position of Military Strategic & Operations Planning Advisor in Hungary. The tasks for this position are as follows:
TASK A:Conduct an Initial Landscape Assessment that includes a Gap Analysis
Within sixty (60) days after arrival in Hungary, the Advisor shall have:
achieved an initial understanding of Hungarian MoD and HDF planning and decision-making processes and the associated gaps between the current state of planning at the strategic and operational levels and the desired end state;
framed the problem set sufficiently such that the Advisor can make relevant recommendations for future actions by the partner country and the Advisor can identify areas in which to focus their expertise and efforts during their period of performance.
Within sixty (60) days after arrival in Hungary, the Advisor shall produce an Initial Landscape Assessment that includes a Gap Analysis that:
outlines the existing Hungarian MoD and HDF planning and decision-making processes;
identifies associated gaps in achieving a fully integrated joint planning and decision-making process; and
explains the limitations the MoD and HDF face in achieving a system that integrates vertically and horizontally through all MoD domains, as compared to the system currently in place.
The Initial Landscape Assessment and Gap Analysis should be completed in direct coordination with the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), MoD/HDF, and ISG.
The template for the Initial Landscape Assessment and Gap Analysis will be provided by the GDRP Program Office. Progress toward the completion of the Initial Landscape Assessment and Gap Analysis must be captured in monthly progress reports as described below until completion of the assessment.
TASK B: Facilitate development of a Country Action Plan
Within thirty (30) days after the Initial Landscape Assessment has been completed, the Advisor will work with the MoD and HDF to develop a Country Action Plan that must:
outline HDF strategic planning objectives
break down the steps required to achieve those objectives
address how HDF Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), education, training, personnel, budget, and other relevant policies can be adapted to reflect:
how MoD/HDF joint planning at the strategic level provides the appropriate civilian leadership with options on use of the military in achieving national objectives;
how strategic guidance improves planning of specific activities at the operational level to achieve strategic and operational level objectives. Recommendations should primarily focus on improvements at the MoD level and below;
how MoD/HDF strategic and operational planning of the HDF might align with U.S. and NATO planning concepts;
how the MoD might assist in integrating Hungarian forces into combined formations in support of U.S., NATO, and UN operations, such as enhanced forward presence (eFP) battle groups, peacekeeping missions, and Operation Resolute Support;
how the HDF can develop its professional cadre by incorporating strategic and operational planning best practices, and other related activities, to effect change at the institutional and/or strategic level.
identify specific types of advisory support services required to achieve objectives;
include milestones and time-lines.
The Country Action Plan should be developed in partnership with HDF in close coordination with the ISG, the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy, the ODC, and the GDRP Program Office. The Country Action Plan should be approved by HDF senior leadership. The Advisor should advise the U.S. Embassy of any steps needed to build the necessary political support for the changes and process identified.
The Contractor may be required to provide reach-back support to the Advisor, should the Advisor identify short-term training requirements or other advisory support services to address gaps.
TASK C: Develop and regularly update a Work Plan
Within fifteen (15) days after the Initial Landscape Assessment has been completed, the Advisor will develop a Work Plan that outlines Country Action Plan objectives, milestones, and corresponding activities that the Advisor will undertake until the end of the performance period. The Work Plan should list the required tasks over the next thirty (30) days.
The ODC and GDRP Program Office should agree on the overall goals and objectives in the work plan. The Advisor is required to update the work plan every thirty (30) days throughout the period of performance.
A template for the Work Plan will be provided by the GDRP Program Office but will be completed and updated by the Advisor. The Work Plan should connect the activities of the Advisor to the overall Country Action Plan. While the Country Action Plan may extend beyond the Advisor’s period of performance and include other support services, the Work Plan should focus specifically on the Advisor’s own deliverables and tasks during their period of performance.
The Advisor is required to brief the U.S. Embassy team on a monthly basis, which should include at minimum the Political Section and ODC. The Advisor is required to brief on what steps or engagements have been made over the last thirty (30) days, what steps or engagements are planned for the next thirty (30) days, and highlight any issues or areas where the Advisor could use support from the U.S. Embassy team to build required political support or momentum. The Advisor shall provide a summary of the monthly meeting and include updated work plans in the Monthly Progress Report described in Section 8e below.
TASK D: Provide advisory services to implement the Country Action Plan
The Advisor shall act as the trusted Advisor for MoD and HDF. In this role, the Advisor will provide technical assistance and expert guidance to MoD/HDF on development and implementation of the Country Action Plan to help the HDF develop professional, effective and accountable military joint planning capabilities, curriculum for training and education, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
In close coordination with MoD, HDF, and ODC, the Advisor shall identify and coordinate requirements developed in the Country Action Plan that address critical capability gaps and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of available military planning capabilities.
As the joint planning expert, the Advisor’s primary role shall be to shepherd the MoD/HDF to make the necessary joint planning improvements so that they can efficiently and effectively reach their desired end-state, and help develop curriculum as needed to address this goal (and other related goals).The Contractor may need to provide reach-back capability to the Advisor if additional training and/or workshop events are required, which shall be coordinated closely with the MoD, ODC, and GDRP Program Office.
As part of their advisory services, the Advisor shall attend HDF (or subcomponent) staff meetings and planning sessions, as well as ODC contractor meetings.
As appropriate, the Advisor shall interface with other international advisor's to stay current on needs, and de-conflict assistance requirements.
TASK E: Maintain Performance Monitoring Framework and support data collection activities for program monitoring and evaluation.
The Contractor and Advisor shall closely track progress against the aforementioned Work Plan and Country Action Plan, both of which are to be captured in the monthly progress reports. The GDRP Program Office is responsible for providing guidance on the development and maintenance of the Performance Monitoring Framework; however, the Advisor will be required to work with the GDRP Program Office to determine the specific objectives, as well as the frequency of data collection and definition for each indicator in the corresponding framework. The Advisor shall begin data collection for all M&E indicators, as provided by the GDRP Program Office, following award of the contract. Data collection shall be conducted on a regular and continuing basis from the time that each Performance Monitoring Framework is approved until the task order is completed.
Must be a U.S. citizen with Secret clearance.
Required two (2) years’ Joint U.S. military planning experience with the J3 Operations
Prior demonstrated experience utilizing the Joint Planning Process to facilitate mission analysis to produce actionable joint operation plans for senior military leaders
Demonstrated strong facilitation and consensus building skills
Two (2) years of experience developing curriculum and teaching military operational and/or strategic planning at a “war college” (or similar professional military education institution)
Prior demonstrated experience and cultural fluency in working with Partner Nations
Two (2) years of experience advising foreign military or government.
Experience managing strategic planners or force development experts.
Experience as an advisor to senior leadership of a military, government, or private sector organization (for example to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy)
Experience in the country or region
Four (4) years of experience developing curriculum or teaching military operational and/or strategic-level planning at a professional military education institution (e.g. War College, National Defense University, Command and General Staff College
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: In country: car rental, living quarters allowance, annual home leave to location plus US per diem
Standard OBXtek company benefits to include 401(k), health and dental insurance, ...
Internal Number: 2019-3379
About OBXtek, Inc.
OBXtek Inc. is an established, award-winning, service disabled veteran owned business providing information technology and professional management services to the federal government. Our corporate growth has coincided with our investment in our employees as well as in outreach to our civilian and military community.
Headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia and founded in 2009, OBXtek is a fast-growing leader in the government contracting field. Our mission is Our People…Our Reputation. Our people are trained professionals who enhance our customers’ knowledge and innovation using technology, collaboration, and education.
We offer a robust suite of benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, matching 401K, paid time off, tuition reimbursement plans and much more.
As a prime contractor for 93% of our current work, OBXtek pairs lessons learned across disciplines with industry standard quality practices such as CMMI-Dev Level III, ITIL, 6Sigma, PMI, and ISO. Our rapid growth has been recognized by INC500, the Washington Business Journal, and Washington Technology magazine.
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