Forensic Advisor

Location: Panama City, Panama, Panama
Date Posted: 08-02-2018
Forensic Advisor
Panama City, Panama
International Travel Is Anticipated
Existing Secret Clearance Required
ATSG Corporation prides itself on our proven dedication to providing expert assistance to our government partners—without any surprises. We work hard to honor our commitment to our clients while ensuring our employees feel secure and empowered in their work. We take excellent care of our team so they may have the freedom and confidence to focus on their missions and provide nothing but the best output on the work site and at home.
The company provides a variety of services within the Intelligence Community. Our products may be diverse but the results are one and the same—on schedule, on budget, and completed with superior quality. We are experienced in areas such as Mobility, Enterprise Architecture, Data Processing, Law Enforcement Mission Support, and Acquisition Support. As an organization, we are consistently expanding our footprint in the contracting community.
The Forensic Advisor will serve as a forensics subject matter expert (SME)/consultant to the Panamanian Institute of Legal Medicine and Sciences (IMELCF). The Advisor will provide guidance in the areas of standard operating procedures, forensic laboratory quality control mechanisms, and chain of custody, proficiency testing preparation, record keeping, documentation preparation, and mentoring/guiding IMELCF staff according to international standards.               

  • U.S. Citizen, Third Country National, or Local National.
  • Existing Secret Clearance is required. This contract does not allow for processing of new clearances. Qualified candidates must possess a minimum of a Secret Clearance. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Chemistry or Forensics from an accredited college or university.
  • At least ten (10) years demonstrated experience in forensic laboratory analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and managing a forensic laboratory.
  • Demonstrated experience performing testing and scientific analysis relating to crime investigations.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the daily operation and activities of American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) and ISO accredited-forensic laboratories that provide conventional and complex services such as forensic toxicology, pathology, crime scene investigation, and DNA analysis.
  • Demonstrated involvement in active criminal case work within the last three (3) to five (5) years.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on projects and issues within overall policy guidelines.
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication in both Spanish and English including making presentations, writing briefs, and lab reports, writing action and information memos, providing testimony, providing press guidance, and in general correspondence.
Preferred —
  • Master’s degree of science or forensics from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrated advanced/fluent oral and written English and Spanish language skills.
  • Demonstrated experience testifying in State superior court and or Federal court in the U.S.
  • Demonstrated international forensic experience.
  • Demonstrated experience testifying in a court abroad.
  • Demonstrated experience setting up a DNA Data Base Laboratory.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the different Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
  • Demonstrated experience managing the use of forensic DNA databases and databanks to include CODIS.
  • Demonstrated experience performing scientific analyses in connection with legal investigation of homicides and sexual assaults using STR’s system, and Mitochondrial DNA analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and G19 International forensic labs accreditation.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting internal and external audits for ASCLAD, ISO 9000, and ISO/IEC 17025 in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Demonstrated experience assisting a forensic laboratory to achieve ASCLD-laboratory certification.
  • Demonstrated experience assisting a forensic laboratory to achieve ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
  • Demonstrated affiliations with one or more or the following associations: American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Association of Forensic Sciences, and International Association of Forensic Toxicologist.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Panamanian law enforcement and justice sector issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Department of State and INL Bureau functions, roles, and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in English and Spanish, with superiors, colleagues, academia, business professionals, and the general public.

  • Assist in the implementation of projects and programs.
  • Serve as the Section’s subject matter expert on all forensic related issues and activities and coordinate with INL/Panama’s existing programs including the Accusatory Justice System program.
  • Advise the INL/Panama Justice Sector Program Manager on developing, planning, and implementing all forensic program policy, training, and inter-agency coordination.
  • Assist in the planning of long-range forensic program activities and ensuring that the forensic program is closely coordinated with other INL/Panama programs.
  • Assist in the development of program strategies and implementation plans within the rubric of current U.S. assistance and Panamanian national strategies, making recommendations to adjust those programs and strategies throughout.
  • Assist with developing and coordinating a training program to successfully complete ASCLAD, ISO 9000, and ISO/IEC 17025 audits.
  • Provide operational and managerial advice to the Institute of Legal Medicine and Sciences (IMELCF).
  • Assist the IMELCF in drafting policy guidelines (privacy, ethics, quality control, etc.), designing the operational framework, reviewing and revising the existing organizational structure, developing technical specifications and designs, reviewing and revising job descriptions for IMELCF staff.
  • Assist IMELCF staff with drafting, revising, and/or updating forensic laboratory operating procedures, quality control mechanisms, or other areas needing improvement in accordance with international standards.
  • Provide briefs, presentations, and/or reports on programmatic progress to INL/Panama in Spanish and English as required by INL/Panama.
  • Coordinate activities for NFSTC, the grant holder for certifying forensic labs in Panama.
*Candidates are encouraged to submit a .doc or .docx resume that explicitly addresses each of the requirements listed above. 
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