Iraq is considered a high-risk zone, but not all jobs are associated with high risk. Civilian contractor jobs are very popular, and if that’s what you want to do, you can contact some of the private military companies.
Search the Internet to find more job offers, and don’t forget to visit the forums. You will be able to communicate with people who have already worked in Iraq. Do this before you make your final decision.
What are the main categories of contractor jobs in Iraq?
Security – 18 %
Base support – 43 %
Logistics and Maintenance – 6%
Interpreters and translators – 6 %
Communication support – 7 %
Training – 9 %
Transportation – 1.6 %
Construction – 1.5 %
Some of these jobs carry high risk of getting hurt or killed, which is exactly why the salaries are high. However, not all jobs are associated with high risk. (*In Iraq, there is always certain level of risk. You have to know this before you decide to apply for any of these jobs.)
Where to Find Jobs in Iraq
Your first option is the Internet. You can find different types of jobs with complete details, information on the employer, etc.
Since Iraq is a high-risk country, it is best to find out more about the security level in the area where you want to work.
Working in the Iraq Strategic Partnership Office in Baghdad
If you are interested to work in Iraq, you can visit the U.S. Department of State and find more information on the Iraq Strategic Partnership Office. It was established in order to support executive agencies and facilitate their work related to strategic partnership between the Republic of Iraq and the United States.
The Iraq Strategic Partnership Office operates under the U.S. embassy directives. Most of the staff members are from the United States, and their jobs are actually located within the U.S. Embassy Baghdad. Several positions are located in other places in Baghdad.
Most of the work is done in the office. However, this environment is extremely unstable, potentially dangerous, and telecommunications (including the Internet connections, too) are very unreliable.
Fieldwork is more demanding. Employees must wear helmets and body armors (weighing nearly thirty pounds). The terrain is uneven and quite rough. Off-road vehicles, military troop aircrafts, and helicopters are used for transportation purposes.
If you want to apply, you need to meet certain requirements. First, you have to be a U.S. citizen, and you must have the medical clearance, security clearance, and ethics clearance. All positions require certain work experience.