Resident Advising (MoDA) Opportunities

The Institute for Security Governance, Resident Advisory Program – the MoDA (Ministry of Defense Advisors) Program – partners senior Department of Defense (DoD) civilian experts with foreign counterparts to build institutional capacity in key areas, such as Acquisition and Logistics, Personnel and Readiness, Strategy and Policy, Human Resource Management and Financial Management. Click HERE for MoDA Program information and application guidelines.

MoDA leverages the specialized capabilities of DoD civilians and provides reach back support along with cultural, operational, and advisor training to ensure that in-country advising is appropriate and effective. Since July 2010, MoDA has trained and deployed 600+ resident advisors to over 20 countries.


The following Resident Advisor (MoDA) opportunities are available to qualified GS-13/14/15 civilians in permanent DoD positions. A secondment with MoDA requires two months CONUS training prior to deployment for a 12-24 month tour.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are types of deployments?
Most deployments are Temporary Change of Station (TCS), for no longer than 30-months. There are a limited number of TDY deployments. We now have some Term Hire positions, so look in USA Jobs for those postings (in planning for Georgia, Qatar, Kuwait).

Do you pay my salary?
No, we reimburse your parent organization for a back fill once you deploy, if requested by your agency.

How does my organization get paid for a backfill and my premium pay (entitlements)?
With our assistance your organization completes a GT&C FS-7600 to start any pay updates.

You need an active, non-expired government travel credit card.
You’ll need an active DTS profile/account (staying with your home station for timecard/HR (secondment), your DTS is cross-org’d to us for funding) A secondment (sometimes referred to as a “job rotation”) is a chance to temporarily work on a different team within your organization, or in some cases, for a different organization entirely.

Where is and are dates of training?
Strategic Advisor Training, conducted by DSCU, occurs at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, three times a year. This training is three weeks long and typically followed by three weeks of Country Mission Studies, in D.C. (virtually at this time) once an Advisor Candidate is assigned a deployment mission.

Can I be promoted for this deployment?

Is the tour accompanied?
In most cases the 24-month assignments can be accompanied, and in most cases pets can be with you as well. Our team works with the US Embassy.

Our team works with US Embassy personnel to identify the latest on child education capabilities as these vary by country. The program pays for your child’s education at a DoDEA accredited school or DoD School. Please visit Department of Defense Education Activity.

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Course Login

Registration for DSCU courses is completed using the Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD) Learning Management System (LMS) hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). You will access the LMS using a dialog similar to that shown to the left. Click the "Need help signing in?" link (indicated by the arrow) if you need help.

If you are a student who currently occupies a Security Cooperation Workforce position, you should be immediately redirected to DSCU’s instance of the CSOD learning management system after logging into the DAU hosted site. If you do not see any DSCU courses available after login, you will need to take one of the following actions:

  1. Register for the Introduction to Security Cooperation Course (SC-101).
  2. Change your organization in your CSOD profile. Follow these Directions for Changing your Organinization so you can view your DSCU courses.

Click the button below if you are ready to proceed.

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Alternately, if you are already registered for an ILT/VILT hosted on Blackboard, use the button below to go directly to Blackboard for login instead.

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