American Institutes for Research

Individual/Independent Consultant – Trainer on the Public Health Approach to Prevention

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AIR is currently hiring independent consultants to deliver the DoD SPARX Knowledge training to members of the military’s prevention workforce. Period of performance: September 2021-August 2022. Workload: 70-115 hours per month.  AIR will contract directly with the independent consultants under a consulting purchase order agreement.


The Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) initially developed the DoD SPARX Knowledge training to build the capacity of the military’s prevention workforce to engage in primary prevention of sexual assault. The curriculum was later revised and expanded to include a broader focus on prevention of self-directed harm (i.e., suicide) and prohibited abusive and harmful acts (i.e., sexual assault, harassment, child abuse and neglect, domestic abuse, substance abuse). These behaviors negatively impact many areas of military life, including mission readiness, command climate, physical health, and the well-being of individuals and their families.


Trainers must possess expertise in the public health approach to prevention, specifically primary prevention. Expertise in violence or suicide prevention is desirable but not required. Military experience is desirable but not required.


This position will not require travel. The DoD SPARX Knowledge training is a synchronous online training, which is delivered by a team of trainers in a virtual classroom format.


The trainer will work remotely. Trainers must provide their own computer equipment including web cam.


About AIR:


Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world. The AIR family of organizations now includes IMPAQ, Maher & Maher, and Kimetrica.


The responsibilities for this position include:

  • Provide training on the public health approach to prevention.
  • Coordinate training delivery with a team of other trainers.
  • Participate in debrief sessions with AIR staff and clients (including DoD personnel).


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in a related field such as Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Education or a bachelor’s degree with 4-7 years of related experience
  • Training or teaching experience
  • Expertise in the public health approach to prevention, specifically primary prevention
  • Expertise in violence or suicide prevention is desirable but not required
  • Military experience is desirable but not required



  • Proficient at engaging participants in a virtual environment.
  • Skilled in working with diverse populations
  • Commitment to promoting health equity




All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 


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