Afghan Cultural Advisor (Pashto)

Job Locations AF-Kabul
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(8/14/2020 10:36 AM)
Location : Location
Clearance Requirement
Top Secret/SCI
Job Requires Relocation


SOSi is seeking an Afghan Cultural Advisor (Pashto) in support of a U.S. government customer. Afghan Advisors provide cultural expertise in support of missions in Afghanistan. 


  • Be open-minded and committed to working towards a free and democratic Afghanistan, and be willing to support the efforts of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan
  • Conducts real-time and accurate interpretations of ongoing conversations in English to Pashto and/or applicable local dialects
  • Translates written English to Pashto and translates written Pashto to English. English translations must clearly convey the general meaning and be free of factual errors (i.e. numbers, names, places, etc, are accurately translated).  Pashto translations are expected to be error free and grammatically/idiomatically correct.  Must be able to write in Pashto.  
  • Must be able to type in English and Pashto.
  • Provides analysis of and recommendations about Afghan political, social, economic, cultural, religious and tribal issues and other potentially newsworthy trends in the AOR
  • Gathers information on issues that are important to the Afghan people and the supported command
  • Provide summary and/or full translations of Afghan news if required
  • Must be able to competently use MS Office and understand file management (creating, naming, saving, and updating file folders, sub-folders, and documents)


  • Active DOD TOP SECRET security clearance with SCI eligibility
  • Bachelor’s degree highly desired
  • Afghan Cultural Advisors must possess a demonstrated, intimate, firsthand understanding of Southwest Asian culture and Afghan society in particular, acquired by personal experience or professional study
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working, studying and/or interacting in predominantly Afghan communities or present clear evidence of contacts and relationships with key circles of influence in Afghan society of pressing value to our customer or other supported end-user entities. Experience may include university education in Afghanistan, time spent in Afghan refugee camps, and/or adult work experience in Afghanistan
  • Possess demonstrated knowledge and understanding of independently verifiable tribal, political, religious, business and/or military connections in Afghanistan that are of value to the U.S. effort.
  • Possess ability to establish community and business contacts in the actual area(s) where the individual is scheduled for deployment
  • Be able to communicate fluently and effectively verbally, and possess excellent writing skill sets, in English and Pashto, as well as other applicable Afghan languages or dialects spoken where assigned. An ILR proficiency level of 3+ in listening, reading, and writing is required 
  • Able and willing to translate documents and conduct real-time, accurate and concise oral interpretations of conversations
  • Proficient operating required computer and communications equipment, including word processing, graphic presentation and spreadsheet software. AAs must also be capable of using a Pashto keyboard in conjunction with their duties
  • Excellent written, oral, briefing, interpersonal and technical skills

Working Conditions

  • Willing to live and work in Afghanistan in shared living quarters and function effectively in a region designated as a hazardous duty area

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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