• Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 October 2018
  • Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Closing on 30 December 2020
  • Talent pool

Job Description


Nationality: American National (AN) or Third Country National (TCN)

Base of Operations: Kabul, Afghanistan

Required Clearance: Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT)

Tetra Tech seeks candidates to be considered for DEPUTY CHIEF OF TEAM – OPERATIONS (DCOT-O) position on the INL-funded Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP ) in Afghanistan.

JSSP’s primary objective is to support the development of an Afghan professional cadre that is capable of sustaining, equipping, managing, and enabling its own criminal justice organizations. JSSP provides training and capacity building for Afghan officials in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Supreme Court (SCt), Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), and other justice sector organizations. The project has three main components:

Case Management System (CMS): CMS is an online application designed to track criminal and civil cases. The CMS is intended to harmonize and interlink justice institutions to effectively perform their functions.

Organizational Capacity Building (OCB): This component focuses on capacity building for justice institution personnel and ensuring that justice institutions are able to fulfill their mandates and operate independently.

Legislative Capacity Building (LCB): JSSP’s efforts in LCB contribute to ensuring that laws and related documents are coherent, comply with the Constitution, treaties and conventions, and incorporate internationally recognized standards for the protection of women and vulnerable groups.


Duties: The Deputy Chief of Team-Advisors (DCOT-A) is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the technical team and ensuring that activities are implemented on time and of excellent quality. The DCOT-A will be the senior advisor to the COT on all program matters and will therefore require a full depth of understanding of all JSSP activities. The DCOT-A shall share representational duties with the COT, including strategic engagement and high-level relationship building with counterpart institutions. The DCOT-A shall:

  • Coordinate, integrate, supervise, and direct all JSSP activities to ensure consistency of action and message, and progress towards established objectives
  • Provide technical leadership and direction to entire JSSP staff including direct support of key deliverables
  • Conduct regular meetings with the JSSP team to ensure that team members are clear on U.S. Embassy and INL initiatives and policies and to coordinate efforts
  • Assist in the overall management and direction of the JSSP Local National office and programs
  • Supervise the performance of advisors and provide technical guidance to Component Leads
  • Be responsible for oversight of all program reports, deliverables, success stories and requests for information, ensuring they reflect program accomplishments and progress
  • Oversee the process capacity building of local Afghan staff at counterpart justice institutions, including high-level training and mentoring to ensure that knowledge and skills are transferred during implementation
  • Rapidly respond to requests for information from INL and Tetra Tech
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience combined with a PhD from an accredited Afghan or international university, or 5 years of relevant experience combined with a master’s degree, or 10 years of experience combined with a bachelor’s degree
  • Law degree preferred
  • A minimum of three years of experience in management roles that included strategic planning, program management, resource management and budgeting
  • The candidate should demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the formal Afghan Justice system, with a particular emphasis on the coordination and interaction of the Afghan justice ministries
  • The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, stressful environment. In addition, the candidate must be flexible, willing to perform other duties and work irregular hours
  • The candidate must be able to cite past professional or personal experience that demonstrates an ability to work effectively under stressful situations; the candidate must also demonstrate understanding that the role of a DCOT-A necessitates irregular hours and a flexible, positive, and assertive attitude
  • The candidate must have experience developing positive, professional relationships with clients, colleagues, or business partners. Interpersonal skills are tremendously important as they ensure that the DCOT-A can work as an effective leader and team member an also forge successful partnerships with Afghan government officials and the JSSP staff
  • The candidate must have excellent spoken and written English skills and be able to fluently communicate with senior international officials in person, over the phone, and over email
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • The candidate shall have strong personal references and no unexplained departures from previous assignment

Please submit a cover letter and resume to referencing the job title and project name in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

About the Organization

Tetra Tech is a global, leading consulting firm providing practical and sustainable international development services. From promoting peace, stability, rule of law, and economic growth, to health and education, to improved natural resource management, Tetra Tech brings an integrated approach that is focused on building the capacity of communities and individuals to create strong, healthy, and resilient societies. With over 16,000 employees in over 400 offices across the globe, Tetra Tech’s capabilities encompass the full life cycle of solutions. Tetra Tech is committed to diversity and gender equality in all of its operations, both in the US and overseas. We strive to reflect these goals in our global mission and in our workforce. We encourage applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial, and cultural groups. Tetra Tech is proud to be an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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