Iraqi Cultural Advisor

Job Details

Location: Baghdad, Iraq

Job Code: 170101

Number of Openings: 1

The ICA or ‘Iraq Cultural Advisor’ (ICA) will possibly be required to travel to and within the provinces of Baghdad, Anbar, Babil, Najaf, Karbala, Tikrit and Diyala often to do tasks in areas where Mission staff has been prohibited or restricted. Absent the presence of experienced ICAs, 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, or to monitor PD-funded grant programs. The ICAs may also be used as a conduit to distribute English teaching materials for the Regional English Language team and Officer.

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.

Responsibilities

  • Arrange and attend meetings between U.S. Embassy Baghdad representatives and local cultural, cultural heritage, sports, arts, media, higher education and education officials, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and individuals and organizations with a mutual interest in furthering the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy agenda.
  • Monitor and report on cultural and cultural heritage developments, educational institutions, economic and political developments that affect the Embassy’s ability to engage with the public, assistance programs, and PD-funded grant activities.
  • 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 or PAS events and/ or relations with the public and / or government institutions.
  • Assist in facilitating educational and cultural exchanges, and coordinating public outreach activities and booths, as requested by the Senior Public Engagement Coordinator.
  • Assist in identifying and supporting the selection of candidates for speaker/ envoy (visiting or virtual) and exchange programs.
  • Offer interpretation and translation services as requested.
  • Serve as liaison with universities, schools, arts, film and sports teams, cultural and cultural heritage groups, think tanks, NGOs, provincial councils, municipalities, mayoralties and other institutions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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 provinces to which they are assigned (English and Arabic are required).
  • The individual must be able to work independently.
  • The individual must possess good working knowledge of virtual platforms such as ZOOM, Skype, Adobe Connect and so on which are widely used for virtual sessions organized by PAS where the ICA serves as a coordinator/ facilitator.
  • 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.
  • They must demonstrate an understanding of U.S. policy in Iraq and the surrounding region, and the ability to keep on top of these developments.
  • They must demonstrate skill in written communication, memoranda, briefing materials, report writing and responses to inquiries, and a wide range of other written materials.
  • They must demonstrate skill in oral communication to provide advice and guidance, present briefings, conduct meetings, and publicly articulate USG policy in a variety of formats.
  • They must possess the necessary good judgment to operate in an often tense and/or dangerous security environment.
  • They must have the ability to independently plan and execute long term strategic programs, document events photographically, and draft persuasive social media content.
  • Must be able to engage with media and press and interpret between media and USG officials. Must stay abreast of the latest media stories and be able to inform key decision makers on media trends and late-breaking stories.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English teaching, English translation or literature, U.S./North American Studies, Humanities (Arts, Culture, cultural heritage etc. or related), media, communications or similar field required.
  • Three years full time work experience in an educational, cultural heritage or cultural institution such as a University, NGO, or government ministry.
  • Level 4 in Arabic is required.
  • Level 3 in spoken English, level 4 in written English is required.

Compensation

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.