CAT II Linguist (OCONUS)

Job Locations US-VA-Reston
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(1/27/2023 9:23 AM)
Location : Location
Potential for Remote
Clearance Requirement
Job Requires Relocation
Job Requires Relocation


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


SOSi is currently seeking Linguists in support of a large language services contract. The program supports USSOCOM elements, units, and task forces in the CENTCOM AOR, but these positions are based in OCONUS.


The following languages and/or language combinations are required:  Arabic, Arabic/French, Cyrillic, Kurdish/Arabic, Mandarin, Pashtu, Pashtu/Dari, Pashtu/Dari/Farsi, Amharic, Arabic/Somali, Arabic/French, Fulani, Somali, Pashtu/Urdu, Arabic/Farsi, Farsi, Kurdish/Kurmanji, Russian.


  • Linguists shall have basic typing skills and be familiar with MS Office products including, PowerPoint.
  • Linguists shall have the ability to provide idiomatic translations of non-technical material using correct syntax and expression from the foreign language to English, and vice-versa.
  • Linguists shall have the ability to conduct consecutive, accurate interpretations of ongoing conversations and/or activities.
  • Linguists shall have the familiarity with and ability to conduct oneself per the local culture and customs.
  • Linguists shall be able to deal inconspicuously with local populace.
  • Linguists shall be willing and able to live and work in harsh environments, to include living and working in temporary facilities as mission dictates.
  • Linguists shall have the ability to serve in a combat zone
  • Linguists shall have the ability to function effectively and efficiently during extended periods of high pressure and stress as required by SOF.
  • Linguists shall have the ability to function as integral members of a team of highly trained professionals responsible for the safety and security of U.S. forces, U.S. and foreign dignitaries, and facilities/resources.
  • Category (CAT) II Linguists shall have the ability to operate a Government-furnished light or medium mobility vehicle in support of operations. Individuals shall possess a valid State-issued Driver’s License. The Government will provide vehicle-specific training on-site, as required.

Special Skills

  • The Government may require a certain number of CAT II linguists to receive training in special skills. These may include, but are not limited to; parachuting, rappelling, fast roping, and other insertion/extraction techniques. If required, the Government will provide any required special skill training.


  • Active in scope Secret clearance.
  • This requirement can be based on interim authorizations granted by cognizant authority.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of experience is desired.
  • Previous SOF experience is desirable.

Working Conditions

  • Residence and work location is within the USCENTCOM AOR.
  • Living and working conditions at the assignment location could be remote and uncomfortable.
  • Long hours, exposure to weather and hazardous conditions.
  • Personnel should be prepared to move on short notice and under adverse conditions.

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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