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This is a standing role for a Team Lead to support the ACOTA Peacekeeping Operations Training and Assistance. The Team Lead (TL) will be the Program Manager’s primary point of contact for contract execution and coordination of this Task. The TL will be the in-country manager of the workflow process and is the primary interface with the US Embassy, Partner Nation military leadership, US military, international partners and other stakeholders associated with PSO training. This role is a part-time training rotation role, requires travel to one of the African countries we operate in and is not an immediate hire. 


  • Provides in-country direction and management for contractor provided task order activities.
  • Manages personnel assignments and reassignments to in-country training tasks and missions as required.
  • Maintains professional standards of accountability, quality, and effectiveness of vendor personnel.
  • Monitors and tracks movement of all task order contractors traveling to, working in, and departing from the country where the TL is deployed.
  • Responsible for the conduct of individual and collective training for established and/or newly formed PSO units based on the task, condition and standard in UN PSO doctrine and associated POI. 
  • Provides direction and oversight of day-to-day operations in country for contractor training activities.
  • Coordinates and manages all in-country contractor personnel and logistical support for contractors on this Task.
  • Responsible for all aspects of training management for contractor personnel and coordination with the partner nation and the COR, as well as for execution in coordination with the partner nation and GPOI.
  • Ensures all instructor/trainers are prepared to teach in accordance with standards defined in the task order. Supervises all in-country training from the Contractor. 
  • Coach, teach, and mentor both the senior unit leader and partner country trainers toward performing effective PSO and achieving self-sufficiency respectively. 
  • Senior instructor-leader on the ground, managing all aspects of contractor provided training support to support the development of the PMTC to include partner nation trainers.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completed U.S. or foreign equivalent Military Education Level 4 (Command and General Staff College).
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years military operations and training experience cumulative with directly related experience in overseas program operations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Commanded a combat arms (armor, cavalry or infantry) at the battalion level in the U.S. or foreign military land forces that will allow that individual to best support the task order objectives and goals while mentoring the peacekeeping battalion leadership.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Attainment of military grade of O-5 or higher.
  • Experience operating in areas with limited life support and in hardship conditions.
  • French language proficiency. [Language proficiency is defined as “limited speaking and reading proficiency”, which generally comports to a ILR rating of 2:2, DLAB rating of 2:2, or State Department rating of S-2:R-2.]

Must be an effective communicator both verbally and in writing. Most positions require ability to work on a desktop or laptop computer for extended periods of time. Computer activities include reading, reviewing and analyzing information, as well as providing recommendations, summaries, and reports in written or verbal format. Additionally, positions require ability to sit at a workstation for extended periods; use hand(s) to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; as well as speak and hear.

Employee may be required to occasionally lift and/or move moderate amounts of weight, typically less than 20 pounds. Regular and predictable attendance is essential.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law.

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