Cayuse Holdings
  • 03-Feb-2020 to 03-Apr-2020 (HST)
  • Business Unit Home Team
  • Riyadh, SAU
  • Full Time

Cayuse Technologies provides Application Development, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Data Services Professional Services and government services in both office and virtual environments with a highly-skilled U.S. workforce.

We are seeking an Independent Verification and Validation Adviser to support the Office of Program Management Ministry of Interior (OPM-MOI) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Introduction

This position is located in the Independent Verification and Validation Unit of the Office of Program Management Ministry of Interior (OPM-MOI) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  The Ministry of Interior (MOI) requested that the Department of State form OPM-MOI to establish a Critical Infrastructure Protection program (CIP) to assist in strengthening the ability of the Saudi Arabian government to protect and secure critical infrastructure.  OPM-MOI is a bilateral organization made up of US and Saudi Government representatives; the US section is known as OPM-MOI-US and the Saudi section is known as OPM-MOI-KSA.  OPM-MOI-US leads an interagency effort currently including the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice with the possible addition of other agencies and offices in the future.  The Government of Saudi Arabia broke out some security functions of MOI into a separate State Security Presidency (SSP) in 2018.  OPM-MOI may continue working on SSP projects and potentially sign new agreements with SSP. 

The incumbent will monitor and report on cost and schedule performance of federal government agency and contractor activity under Project-Specific Agreements (PSAs) pursuant to the Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA) signed May 16, 2008, as extended, to facilitate the transfer of technical knowledge, advice, skills and resources from the United States to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the areas of critical infrastructure protection and public security, including border protection, civil defense capabilities, and coast guard and maritime capabilities. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Report to the OPM-MOI-US and OPM-MOI-KSA Program Directors and other OPM-MOI staff and subordinate units as directed by the Program Directors on project performance of requirements in terms of schedule, cost, and deliverables against specific performance metrics as defined in PSAs and related agreements.
  • Provide advice to the OPM-MOI-US and OPM-MOI-KSA Program Directors to help improve overall program performance.
  • Communicate with US project managers and their staff as directed and agreed by the US managers and in accordance with stipulations of signed PSAs regarding IV&V requirements and status.
  • Review and analyze project requirements and plans to confirm completeness, accuracy, and consistency throughout the project lifecycle in accordance with signed PSAs.
  • Monitor and report on project schedules as agreed by Program Directors and Project Managers in annual baseline reviews and updated in monthly, quarterly, and annual program management reviews.
  • Monitor and review invoices and financial reports.
  • Monitor PSA implementation performance.
  • Other related duties as assigned. 

Guidelines

Guidelines consist primarily of broad mission and policy statements related to USG interests in providing management and logistical support to OPM-MOI-US efforts to increase the capacity of MOI to fulfil its mission of protecting the Saudi Arabian people and critical facilities.  The incumbent must exercise exceptional initiative, creativity and independent judgment in identifying and developing optimal approaches to accomplishing key support objectives in an environment of broad scope and complexity.  Frequently there are no precedents to govern behaviour in unusual and sensitive situations.  The methods and procedures developed by the incumbent may serve as precedents for others.  The incumbent must also use imagination and ingenuity in developing flexible solutions to support administrative challenges. The incumbent must follow USG law and Department of State regulation to the maximum extent possible while respecting host-country law and customs.

Complexity

The work involves providing advice and guidance to the OPM-MOI-US and OPM-MOI-KSA Program Directors and other OPM-MOI staff as directed by the Program Directors on taking the actions necessary to ensure the timely completion of the OPM-MOI mission.  Complexity results from the multi-agency structure of OPM-MOI and the broad mandate that it has to provide a variety of assistance to MOI.  The incumbent's responsibility for identifying and overcoming obstacles to effective coordination and integration of OPM-MOI activities, for advising the Program Directors on key policy and planning decisions, and for improving management of OPM-MOI programs and OPM-MOI-US staff, comprised of a large and diverse staff of civilian and military experts, also adds to the complexity of the work.  OPM-MOI Projects require dynamic leadership and expertise and complex innovation, strict adherence to high-level policy without lower-level interpretive assistance, and the ability to single-handedly or in concert with a variety of other stakeholders resolve critical problems and achieve difficult goals in multiple projects.  Each project is broad in scope and complicated by many technical, administrative or political features.   

Physical Demands

Many of the demands of the work can be performed in a typically sedentary office environment.  Physical demands associated with travel to and from remote areas, for example on a site visit within KSA, in restrained time frames over under-developed infrastructure and conveyances, require an average resistance to fatigue and physical hardships.  Individuals undergoing medical treatment or taking certain medicines that limit their physical or mental abilities may find it difficult to adhere to the limitations recommended by their physician(s).  The harsh desert climate conditions in Saudi Arabia, with exceptionally high heat and sandstorms, create hardships for some individuals.  Restrictive social norms in Saudi Arabia are also a factor. 

Knowledge and Qualifications Required

  • Degree in information systems management, business administration, technology management, or related disciplines or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working on large federal IV&V project.
  • Prior international experience.
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, time management, organizational skills.
  • Self-directed and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to effectively interact with personnel involved in policy, technical, operational, and program management work.
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite and MS Project, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write and edit a variety of general business correspondence, management reports, technical presentations, proposals and position papers.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or DAWIA PM Level I, II, or III.
  • Must be able to travel within Saudi Arabia and to the U.S.  

Supervisory Controls

The incumbent is a contractor whose work product is intended for the OPM-MOI-US and OPM-MOI-KSA Program Directors and other OPM-MOI staff as directed by the Program Directors.  The IV&V contractual activities are monitored by the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), and, subject to Contracting Officer instructions and guidance from the OPM-MOI-US and OPM-MOI-KSA Program Directors, the COR may be authorized to provide direction to the contractor in the execution of his or her duties.

Scope and Effect

The purpose of the position is to report on the proper implementation of OPM-MOI-US programs in Saudi Arabia.  Successful execution of assigned responsibilities is of critical importance to US strategic national security, economic, defence, and foreign policy objectives in the Middle East.

Contacts and Purpose of Contacts

Contacts will be with senior US and MOI officials, senior staff of interagency partner organizations, OPM-MOI staff members, officials and other personnel from other federal agencies, and personnel from the private US and international industry.  Contacts are to explain and coordinate operational plans and requirements, resolve problems, and coordinate and advise on a variety of sensitive operational issues.

SECURITY CLEARANCE - This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a security clearance or access for the duration of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Cayuse Technologies is committed to a diverse workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact our Operations Department at (541) 278-8200 for assistance.

 

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