Employer: TRI-COR Industries, Inc.
Location: Ninewa, Iraq
Iraq Cultural Advisors (ICA) will support the U.S. Embassy in Ninewa, Iraq, and its consulates. Travel to and within the provinces by Mission staff has been prohibited or restricted. Absent the presence of experienced ICA’s, the Mission has limited or no ability to engage with provincial leaders to gather information about conditions on the ground, to promote educational and cultural exchanges and U.S. business, or to monitor USG funded programs. The ICAs may also be used as a conduit to provide services in provinces to American citizens. ICA’s are Iraqi nationals with specific knowledge and experience in Political, Economic, Commercial, Public Affairs, Humanitarian, and Law Enforcement fields. Officers within Embassy sections will be assigned to supervise ICAs, who will operate in the provinces. Officers with these oversight roles will be designated “USG Representatives.”
The ICA’s will serve the following functions:
Serve as the liaison and point of contact with provincial leadership, political parties and other assigned leaders.
Arrange and attend meetings between Embassy representatives and local officials, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and other prominent individuals and organizations.
Monitor and report on issues related to the Iraqi military forces, the Ministry of Interior forces, the Shi’a and local tribe mobilization forces, and issues related to public order, crime, policing, checkpoints, human rights violations by security forces.
Respond to requests for information from the Embassy and prepare spot reports as required on provincial developments.
Track and report on local and provincial media, including radio, television, newspapers and websites, for news which impacts the province or U.S. policy.
Assist in facilitating consular services, particularly American Citizen Services, as tasked.
Assist in facilitating educational and cultural exchanges, as requested by USG Representatives.
Assisting in trade and business facilitation, as requested by USG Representatives.
Assist in identifying and supporting the selection of candidates for visitor and exchange programs.
Offer informal interpretation and translation services as requested.
Serve as liaison with universities, schools, NGOs, and other institutions.
Act as Point of Contact (POC) for RSO at Personal Security Detail (PSD) movement destinations.
Other duties as assigned.
The individual needs to possess sufficient linguistic expertise to engage in discussions across all sectors of interest.
Individual must be multi-lingual, and able to read, write and/or translate potential languages used within the province to which he/she is assigned – English, Arabic, Kurdish or Turkmen.
The individual must be able to work independently.
The individual must possess extensive contacts and direct access to local decision-makers involved with all activities in the province, as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to maintain these contacts and develop new contacts as necessary.
S/he must demonstrate an understanding of U.S. policy in Iraq and the surrounding region, and the ability to keep on top of these developments.
S/he must demonstrate skill in written communication, memoranda, briefing materials, responses to inquiries, and a wide range of other written materials.
S/he must demonstrate skill in oral communication to provide advice and guidance, present briefings, conduct meetings, and publicly articulate USG policy in a variety of fora.
S/he must possess the necessary good judgment to operate in an often tense and/or dangerous security environment.
Level 3/3 in English is required.
Level 4 in Arabic.
Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies/Culture.
One year or more experience working with Ministry of Defense Officials.
TCI offers a competitive compensation package.
TCI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that values diversity in our workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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