Arabic Linguist

Job Locations SA-Riyadh
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 4 months ago(4/6/2020 6:25 PM)
Location : Location
Clearance Requirement
Job Requires Relocation


*** This position is contingent upon a contract award ***


SOSi is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Linguist in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in support of the Office for Program Management, Ministry of Interior (OPM-MOI) team. This is a high visibility position. The Linguist will report directly to the Program Manager. He/she will maintain and create professional relationships with members within the OPM-MOI team and support the U.S. Government’s strategic relationships, planning, and implementation of programs in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Interior.


  • Interpretation and Translation Services.
  • Perform simultaneous or consecutive interpretation of events/conferences from English into Gulf Arabic and from Gulf Arabic into English.
  • Interpret training courses during classroom presentation.
  • Perform simultaneous or consecutive interpretation on a per-hour basis.
  • Translation duties may include, but are not limited to, project specific agreements (PSAs), course curriculum, manuals publications (including newspapers), diplomatic notes, and correspondence. Translations are from English to Arabic or from Arabic to English.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Translation with no less than 3 years' experience or two years of College degree with four years of experience.
  • Experience: Three to four years of progressively responsible experience in translation, interpretation and/or language training in English and Arabic.
  • Language Requirements: Level IV (Fluent speaking/reading/writing) of English and Arabic required. (These skills will be tested).
  • Skills and Abilities: Ability to translate and interpret information and/or material in a timely manner.
  • Ability to understand the details of all speech in Modern Standard Arabic & Colloquial Saudi dialect(s).
  • Job Knowledge: The applicant should be primarily a linguist, but must also possess office skills, have information management skills, and, be knowledgeable about Saudi Arabian culture, government structure, political and economic environment.
  • Ability to concisely focus listening ability with verbal and written communication to tailor messages for the target audience.
  • Ability to take a logical and analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues.
  • Ability to work efficiently and productively and manage time well.
  • Capacity to work under deadlines and in stressful situations without becoming overwhelmed or stressed.
  • Capability to display confidence in your capabilities, colleagues, and the company.




  • Good knowledge of the Middle Eastern and Saudi Arabian geography and culture and adequate knowledge of American culture.
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Interpreters shall display fluent spoken Arabic and English and be capable to perform instant analysis in order to understand correctly the substance of the words and information to be interpreted, including attention to detail and nuances. They shall adapt to constantly changing circumstances, personalities, and work environments.
  • Interpreters and translators shall master a wide range of terminology in many fields, as well as have a thorough knowledge of the Government, history, and culture of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and of the cultural differences between the languages.
  • Interpreters and translators shall also possess sufficient specialized knowledge to be able to handle, with personal research and/or topical briefings by the Government, any technical subject of high complexity, and be able to bridge terminology gaps, incongruent methodologies, different measurement systems, and similar disparities. Perform interpreting with clarity, accuracy, and professional, poised delivery. Interpreters shall perform interpreting services with the desired tenor of a public statement or the goals to be reached in a negotiation.
  • Capability to trace, analyze and define previously unknown concepts and theories, developing equally sophisticated counterpart terms in the other language that have the equivalent meaning and impact in a different cultural environment.
  • Must be able to successfully pass security and medical requirements if applicable

Working Conditions

  • Requires periods of non-traditional working hours including consecutive nights or weekends when necessary.
  • Fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Standard office work environment; standard work week is Sunday - Thursday.
  • May require some travel within Riyadh.


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


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