Director of Political and Diplomatic Affairs
Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States - Washington, DC

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The Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director of Political and Diplomatic Affairs reporting directly to the Representative on matters related to US policy towards Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, emerging policy trends and research and public diplomacy, to ensure continued and effective real time communications between the KRG-US and the various departments of the US government and the Diplomatic Community in the US. Successful candidates will receive a 6-month contract leading to a permanent position.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Provides the representative with a weekly report on the political and foreign policy community climate on Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
Ensure sustained communication and interaction between the KRG-US Mission and the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and the National Security Council.
Monitor U.S. government policy initiatives, speeches related to Iraq and the Kurdistan region.
Draft reports, summaries and analysis of key documents, publications, speeches and meetings relevant to Iraq and Kurdistan.
Act as liaison between the KRG-US Mission and the diplomatic community, and ensure the KRG-US’s participation in diplomatic functions and events in the U.S.
Act as control officer during official KRG delegation visits.
Attend official meetings/events with and/or on behalf of the Representative.
Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in international relations, political science, or a related field; Masters degree preferred.
Ability to speak, read and write Kurdish.
Experience working with political parties, legislatures, elections or on community organizing; and/or experience in a diplomatic mission or public administration/government.
Exceptional ability to analyze political issues and develop project-specific recommendations.
Cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, and policy makers.
Excellent oral and written communications skills. Must be able to communicate nuanced, complicated political and social concepts to a broad range of audiences.
Professional experience working in cross-cultural settings.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
Team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
Organized, disciplined, and proactive.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE
Extensive knowledge of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and issues relevant to the Region.
Established relationships with national and international, primarily Kurdish, press.

TO APPLY:
Submit CV, cover letter, and three references to us{at}krg.org. Please put “ATTN: Political and Diplomatic Affairs” in the subject line.

Deadline for application submission: May 28, 2014.