Cultural Advisor and Linguist

Job Locations IQ-Iraq
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 10 months ago(12/28/2019 8:11 AM)
Location : Location
Clearance Requirement
Job Requires Relocation


**This position is contingent upon contract award**

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.

  • Advise and assist the customer with the development of Ministerial engagement strategies to enhance the systemic capability and continued functional development of an effective Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MoD), Minister of Interior (MoI) and the Director of the Prime Minister�s National Operation Center (PMNOC) and Counter Terrorism Service (CTS)
  • Assist the customer 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 senior Iraqi officials, and other ministries and agencies, in order to enhance and further efforts to foster a sound working relationship with our Iraqi counterparts
  • Responsible for daily and frequent personal contact with Ministerial leadership and officials in order to establish a relationship built on trust, confidence, and confidentiality
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and oversight of policies and procedures to enhance the personal and professional effectiveness in executionof official duties
  • Coordinate and manage operational and administrative planning requirements to include: suspense, schedules, and strategic and operational plans
  • Develop a daily rhythm to meet all requirements within the parameters of available resources
  • Personally coordinate and development and scheduling of key leader engagement strategies to enhance advisor effectiveness and leverage systematic improvement in capabilities, as well as coordination at the highest levels of leadership
  • Prepare and deliver briefings to senior military officials on the status of the Iraqi staff, systems, programs and transition progress and provide written results and an action plan for the future


  • Active Secret clearance
  • Bachelor�s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Native fluency in Arabic and full professional fluency in English (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing); Proficiency in Kurdish required for some positions
  • 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


  • 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 


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