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ACOTA Senior PSO Staff Trainer at IDS International Needed Apply Now

IDS believes in resolving conflict and building innovative approaches to do so. Combining operational expertise with an intimate understanding of today’s greatest challenges to bring our customers the solutions required for success in a complex and multidimensional world. We tailor solutions for a diverse range of government, military, nonprofit, and public-sector clients.

IDS International is seeking a Senior PSO Staff Trainer to support the ACOTA Peacekeeping Operations Training and Assistance in Zambia. The Senior PSO Staff Trainer is the Team Lead’s principal Peace Support Operations (PSO) staff instructor and the Deputy TL supporting the TL. The Senior PSO Staff Trainer performs in a mentor and assist role to the partner nation trainers and Battalion Commander and staff throughout training. This position is contingent upon award.


  • Instruct and supervise PSO unit staff operations training for units deploying to PSOs.
  • Staff Operations training shall focus on operations center organization, operational command and control, staff functions, Intelligence Preparation of the Area of Operations (IPAO), and the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) in accordance with partner SOPs, UN, NATO and US doctrine integrated as appropriate for positive effects.
  • Develop POIs, lesson plans, and training support packages for collective training carried out as noted in each GPOI task order.
  • Training shall support the preparation of partner country units for deployments to and sustained operations in multinational peacekeeping operations by training commanders and staffs in PSO command and staff operations skills and procedures.
  • Ensure all training scenarios are based on the most current mission area information from Areas of Operation where the units will deploy.
  • Training will involve classroom instruction and PSO Command Post Exercises.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a BA or BS Degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) cumulative years of experience in military operations to include combat arms battalion/brigade level staff or as a civilian trainer of military staff required
  • Familiar with standard military training concepts, practices, and procedures

Preferred Qualifications

  • U.S. Military combat arms experience and knowledge or PSO experience at battalion level and possess the ability to fill the role of TL if required to best support the goals and tasks of the GPOI Program
  • Experience operating in areas with limited life support and in hardship conditions
  • Military Education Level 3 or 4 (Command and General Staff College or equivalent) preferred
  • United Nations Peacekeeping Operations experience preferred

Employee needs to be able to sit at a workstation for extended periods; use hand(s) to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Most positions require ability to work on desktop or laptop computer for extended periods of time reading, reviewing/analyzing information, and providing recommendations, summaries and/or reports in written format. Must be able to effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing. 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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