SME Iraqi Cultural Advisor

Job Details

Location: Basrah, Iraq

Job Code: 161101

Number of Openings: 1

Company Overview

TCI (TRI-COR Industries, Inc.) is a global IT Services and Software Products firm with a successful 34-year track record in delivering top-notch products, services and solutions to both the private and public sectors. We are a CMMI Level 3 company in both Services and Development and operate two Innovation labs where we research, develop and apply leading edge technologies prior to bringing innovations to our clients to solve their business problems. Because of our culture and practices, we offer our clients low-risk innovations that help them achieve sustained cost savings.

TCI offers excellent work environment as well as open and innovative culture that foster our employees’ growth and promote happiness. Our happy employees deliver innovative, efficient and effective solutions to our clients. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, TCI serves clients in the D.C. Metro Area, O’Fallon, IL, Denver, CO, Fort Gordon, GA, Dayton, OH, Burlington, VT, Oklahoma City, OK, Kansas City, MO, and The Republic of Iraq. We seek highly qualified and talented individuals with the desire to be life-long learners to join our team of awesome professionals.


The incumbent works independently but reports directly to their assigned USG Representative who assigns work in terms of the general objectives to be accomplished and provides policy guidance as needed. The incumbent independently plans and carries out assigned responsibilities. The incumbent informs the USG Representatives of issues with widespread impact. Completed work is reviewed for the accomplishment of overall objectives and for thoroughness of analyses and soundness of advice and guidance. Recommendations for action and solutions to problems are normally accepted without significant change.

The ICA's may work in any of Iraq's eighteen provinces and 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 political developments, educational institutions, economic and business sector developments, assistance programs(*), and essential services delivery.
  • 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.
  • Assist Embassy visitors without IZ badges by escorting them in the Embassy.
  • Act as POC for RSO at PSD movement destinations.
  • Other duties as assigned, these responsibilities apply only to ICAs working for sections that implement programs.

Required Qualifications

  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.