Country Manager - Africa (ACOTA)

Minimum Education: Military Staff College Certificate
Clearance Level: Secret
ID: 2211
Location: District of Columbia, Washington


The Celestar Corporation was recently awarded a seat on the ACOTA Contract. As a result, in anticipation of multiple Task Order requirements, we are looking to identify multiple Country Managers who will be seated in Africa – Specific Location TBD. Please review the position description below. If interested and qualified, we welcome you to apply for this challenging opportunity.

CLEARANCE REQUIREMENT:  Active Final Secret Level Clearance - Highly Desired


  • Will act as the Program Manager’s primary point of contact for contract execution and coordination of the U.S. Department of State’s complex, multifaceted African Contingency Operations Training Assistance (ACOTA) Program in a designated African country. 
  • As the in-country manager of the workflow process at the deployed location, you will manage all aspects of mission completion. 
  • You will be the primary interface with the US Embassy, Host Nation military leadership, US military, international partners and other stakeholders associated with the training of peacekeepers.  
  • Receives mission guidance from the PM and APO and is responsible for providing in-country direction and management for all contract and task order activities. 
  • Manages personnel assignments and reassignments to different in-country ACOTA Program training tasks and missions as required. 
  • Maintains professional standards of accountability, quality and effectiveness of all deployed personnel on his/her team. 
  • Monitors and tracks movement of all ACOTA contractors traveling to, working in and departing from the country the CM is deployed to. 
  • Responsible for the conduct of individual and collective training for established and/or newly formed PKO units based on the task, condition and standard in UN PKO doctrine and associated POI. 
  • Provides direction and oversight of day-to-day operations in-country ACOTA training.
  • Coordinates and manages all in-country personnel and logistical support for ACOTA contractors. 
  • Responsible for all aspects of training management and execution in coordination with the host nation and the APO. 
  • Ensures all instructor/trainers are prepared to teach in accordance with standards defined in APO task orders. 
  • Inspects and supervises all in-country training. 
  • Liaises with Host Nation, USG, and APO representatives.  
  • Coach, teach and mentor both the senior unit leader and host nation cadre toward performing effective peace support operations and achieving National self-sufficiency respectively.  
  • You are the Senior Trainer / Leader on the ground managing all aspects of training ensuring development of the Peace Support Operations Training Center to include host nation cadre


  • At a minimum, you will have completed Military Education Level 4 (Command and General Staff College)
  • Minimum of Fifteen (15) Years Military Operations and Training experience is required with directly related experience in overseas program operations.
  • Previous experience having worked on this ACOTA Contract is Highly Desired 
  • Must have a relevant blend of combat arms-operational skills, experience, and knowledge that will allow you to best support specific task order objectives and the goals of the ACOTA Program. 


  • Staff experience at battalion, brigade, or Special Forces B Team level (or civilian equivalent)
  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Candidate in grade O-5, or O-6; former Army or Marine Corps combat arms battalion commander
  • French language capability at or above the Foreign Service Institute’s defined 3/3 (Speak/Read) level as you will be routinely working in a French language-only environment
  • Experience operating in areas with limited life support and in hardship conditions

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a Best Athlete Selection Process! Please ensure that the required and/or desired experience is reflected on your resume to receive fair and competitive consideration.

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Minimum physical demands for on task positions: 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.
Team Members on Task (CONUS only, minimal or no job-related travel):
• Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
• Office Type Environment with Temperature Control. May be exposed to chemicals related to office equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. General office environment.
Team Members on task (CONUS and OCONUS assignments, some travel):
• Specific vision abilities required by the job may include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
• Team Members deployed to a combat zone must be physically able to live in austere conditions during off duty time that may include extremes in temperature, noise, and must not have any medical conditions that require access to uninterrupted power sources.
• Team Members deployed to a combat zone will be subject to hazardous conditions which may require them to wear a kevlar helmet, individual body armor and/or wear a gas mask for extended periods of time.

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Celestar is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to providing equal opportunity for all applicants or employees on the basis of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you should have difficulty accessing our online application, please call us during normal working hours for immediate assistance @ (813)-627-9069

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