Cultural Advisor and Linguist (OCONUS), Arabic, RESTON, VA


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SOSi is seeking a Cultural Advisor and Linguist in support a U.S. Government program in Iraq. The primary mission of the program is to advise and assist Executive U.S. military and civilian personnel engaged in mentoring and assisting various Iraqi government security ministries and other offices that support U.S., COALITION and foreign military Sales programs. The goal is to help these organizations improve performance in order to attain the capability to organize, train, equip, and sustain all Iraqi Security Forces.

Advisor to senior Ministry of Defense.
Assist OSC-I with the responsibility to manage and execute the duties at the ministerial level.
Advise and assist OSC-I with the development of Ministerial engagement strategies to enhance the systemic capability and continued functional development of an effective Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
Assist OSC-I in the development of strategies to facilitate timely and effective decision-making, and information sharing capabilities, through daily observation and written reports.
Develop solid professional and cultural relationships with MoD senior officials, and other ministries and agencies, to enhance and further OSC-I’s efforts to foster a sound working relationship with our Iraqi counterparts.
The CA shall be responsible for daily and frequent personal contact with MoD/MoP leadership and officials to establish a relationship built on trust, confidence, and confidentiality.
The CA will assist in the development, implementation, and oversight of policies and procedures to enhance the personal and professional effectiveness in execution of official duties.
Conduct travel by military air or ground transportation within Iraq.
Conduct Temporary Duty (TDY) internationally in support to the client and Government of Iraq officials.

Active in Scope Secret clearance.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline.
Native fluency in Arabic and full professional fluency in English (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing).
Possess a sound and current working knowledge of Iraqi MoD, MOI, PMNOC, CTS organizational structure and operations.
Previous strategic experience with U.S. Forces in Iraq since 2011 as a civilian contractor or as a uniformed service member.
Significant knowledge, education, and experience in civil-military relations in a democratic government.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Must be able to translate written documents from English to Arabic and Arabic to English. This may be done in memo or slide presentation for senior US military leadership.
Proficiency in other Microsoft Office applications.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies/Culture, or related discipline.
One (1) year or more of experience working with Iraqi MoD officials.
Working Conditions
Fast paced, deadline driven environment.

Personnel will be subject to various pre-deployment medical screenings and must be of sufficient physical health to endure at least 320 days of 365 deployed to potentially hostile and austere locations.
SOSi is an equal employment opportunity employer and affirmative action employer. All interested individuals will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or protected veteran status. SOSi takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance diversity and inclusion of individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

SOSi / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBSOSi  ICPublic1037254 2023.07.01

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