Senior Advisor (GDRP-Kosovo)

Career Area: Technical Services
City: Pristina
Country: Kosovo
Job Description


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Constellis provides opportunities across every major continent for individuals who want to build successful careers in a fast-paced, growing industry. Legal, moral and ethical business practices remain at the cornerstone of our culture and Constellis continues to be recognized for our emphasis on quality and compliance. This strong track-record of performance is supported by our deep relationships with our government and commercial customers. Our employees worldwide, the majority of whom are military or law enforcement veterans, have ambition and passion for creating a safer world. Join us to Secure Success!


The Senior Advisor shall provide expert guidance and training, and provide the advice and technical assistance needed to develop and implement a Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) Program at the Ministry of Defense (MoD). The Senior Advisor shall also support effective interagency coordination by the MoD within the Government of Kosovo (GoK) around PPBE.

*Position Location: Kosovo

  • Assess the PPBE regulations, staff and current operating procedures, with the aim of evaluating the success and gaps of the existing PPBE process and develop ways to optimize operations and communication with PPBE stakeholders
  • Assist the MoD to develop more efficient and effective processes for acquisition, procurement and contracting. This shall include, but is not limited to:
    • Advise on acquisition reform best practices such as: multi-year contracting for services and procurement, developing a list/process of qualified vendors and creating a blanket purchase agreement with qualified vendors to allow for rapid procurement of minor equipment (e.g., tents, generators, food, cooking equipment, water, etc)
    • Support the MoD/KSF to streamline a process to allow for the delegation of authority for small contracts
    • Advise on contract negotiation best practices and assisting the MoD in developing a framework to receive and scrutinize contracts
    • Advise the MoD on best practices for conducting independent cost-estimates for Total Lifecycle Acquisition costs and performance metrics
    • Advise on the development of divestiture plans, including selling, scrapping and/or demilitarizing (for equipment and infrastructure)
    • Assist in the development of a sustainable PPBE system to operate and support PPBE processes
    • Assist in the developing and institutionalization of a transparent logistics system
  • Provide at least two PPBE workshops each year, with each workshop provided to the director and deputy director level for all logistics, planning and budgeting departments, in addition to the department staff level personnel. This shall include but is not limited to:
    • Evaluating the progress of the attendees across the workshops and identifying knowledge improvement needs
    • Facilitating a whole-of-government budget planning exercise
  • Work with the MoD Legislative Liaison and the logistics, planning and budgeting departments to develop a budget cycle and work with the Strategic Communication Department on communicating the new PPBE process to PPBE stakeholders
  • Assist the MoD and KSF in working with the Kosovo Assembly to identify and determine appropriate budget requests and coordinating with the MoD Legislative Liaison to communicate the budget request
  • The Senior Advisor shall act as the trusted advisor for the GoK and MoD
  • The Senior Advisor shall also brief the U.S. Embassy Political Section, ODC and the Defense Attaché Office monthly
  • Where other barriers to institutional change with regards to strategic planning exist, the Senior Advisor shall work to identify those barriers, make recommendations to the GoK and MoD to overcome them, and where possible, work to address them in support of the desired end state
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Secret Security Clearance required
  • Master’s Degree in areas such as Public Administration, Business, Finance, International Relations or a similar field AND at least six (6) years of U.S. military and/or U.S. civilian professional experience with PPBE as a former officer or government official in the field of Armed Forces Acquisitions (Programming/Execution), Strategy (Planning/Programming), or Finance/Comptroller (Budgeting/Execution) at least at the O-5 or FS-02/GS-14 level, OR
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the aforementioned areas AND at least ten (10) years of professional experience with PPBE
  • Have reached, at a minimum, the rank of O-5 in the military or equivalent in a civilian capacity (i.e., FS-02/GS-14)
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience working either on Joint Staff or another Major Staff, or within the Office of the Secretary of Defense or equivalent PPBE-responsible office in the Department of Defense
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience advising senior foreign military or senior government officials
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in developing and delivering training and workshops for military, national security or government audiences
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in institutional capacity building and aptitude to share knowledge, mentor and coach others
  • One prior year of experience advising foreign governments and working abroad.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be able to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment


  • Experience in all areas of PPBE: Acquisitions (Programming/Execution), Strategy (Planning/Programming) and Finance/Comptroller (Budgeting/Execution)
  • Four (4) years of experience in establishing and institutionalizing PPBE programs and processes inclusive of the management structure, procedures and skills necessary to develop defense or national security budgets, acquisition plans, planning and logistics requirements, and to manage contracts, procurements, lifecycles and acquisitions
  • One (1) prior year of experience working in the Balkans on defense or national security projects


Constellis offers a comprehensive, total rewards package that includes competitive compensation and a flexible benefits package that reflect its commitment to creating a diverse and supportive workplace.


Constellis protects critical priorities safely and efficiently around the world. Operating in 40 countries and based in the Washington D.C. area, our 22,000 Constellis employees bring unparalleled dedication and passion for creating a safer world and upholding the highest standards of compliance, quality and integrity. As a leading global provider of risk management, security, humanitarian, training and operational support services to government and commercial customers worldwide, Constellis’ forward thinking solutions include a range of synergistic services, including background investigations, social intelligence tools, advanced training, logistics and life support, UAV and K9 services, and crisis response mitigation. At Constellis, our number one priority is to secure success for our customers. For more information, visit www.constellis.com


Work conditions can vary from a busy office environment to field work, both subject to frequent interruptions. Travel to austere environments may also be required. Additional specific details related to working conditions may be outlined in your Statement of Work.


Requires intermittent standing, walking, sitting, squatting, stretching and bending throughout the workday. Requires constant use of hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms. Additional specific details related to physical requirements may be outlined in the Company’s Performance Work Statement or Contract with the client.