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ACOTA Program Manager

IDS International is building a winning team to assist the U.S. Department of State’s African Contingency Operations Training Assistance (ACOTA) Program. ACOTA is meant to provide training, logistics, and construction support to African countries and organization to enhance their capacity. IDS is looking for an experienced Program Manager to support the ACOTA Program. The Program Manager will be responsible for fielding training teams and directing all aspects of contract and task order services in accordance with all ACOTA Program requirements as directed by the ACOTA Program Office (APO). The Program Manager will be involved in all areas related to Operations, Logistics, Plans, Contracts, Human Resources, Finance, Management and Security of Information Systems and Information.

Additional duties include but are not limited to:

  • Managing Safety and Risk Assessments of ACOTA training tasks, Security and Accountability of Equipment, and Quality Assurance/ Quality checks for all ACOTA related projects.
  • Acting as the principal point of contact regarding contract activities to the APO for all contractual and operational matters.
  • Ensuring all contact with the US country team and the host nation military leadership has been coordinated with the APO.
  • Adjusting team assets and company resources to meet host nation training requirements while remaining within the parameters of contract and task order requirements.
  • Maintaining an agile and responsive program with “surge” capabilities to meet evolving training mission requirements for current and new ACOTA partner nations.
  • Collaborating with partner nations’ planners, officials and leaders as well as with U.S. country team members, as directed by and in coordination with the APO.
  • Maintaining a coherent, integrated, and sustained program capability that fosters program continuity, improvement and innovation that allows for the integration and introduction of new training concepts and aids without disrupting host nation training or relationships with other partner nations.
  • Developing and implementing training tasks and exercises realistic for the Area of Operations to which partner country military units will deploy that encompass the most up to date peacekeeping tactics, techniques and procedures.

Required Experience:

  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of military operations and training experience (or civilian equivalent) with a concentration in training local national military personnel at the battalion or brigade level.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a Program Manager in military training field or related area.
  • Previous experience and demonstrated knowledge of PM practices and procedures within the field of training foreign military and PKO personnel.
  • Directly related experience with PM concepts, practices and procedures within the field of training foreign military and PKO personnel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Program Management Institute Certification as a Program Management Professional or Project Management Professional

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Active secret security clearance
  • Minimum of seven years of related experience administering DOD contracts & subcontracts
  • Obtain all necessary background checks and credentials for operating in theater
  • Proficient in the use of spoken and written English language
  • Working knowledge of applicable Federal and Host Nation laws and DOD directives and instructions
  • The PM shall have a relevant blend of military skills, experience, and knowledge that will allow that individual to best support specific task order objectives and goals the ACOTA Program.
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years military operations and training experience (or civilian equivalent) required with directly related experience in overseas program operations focused on training local national military personnel and units at the battalion or brigade level.
  • Has a minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience as a PM in the field of military training or in a related area. 
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