Political and Development Officer and Translator at the British Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. 319 views

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Job Category

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The British Embassy in Baghdad is seeking an individual for the position of Political and Development Officer and Translator, Grade – B3 (L).


The British Embassy in Baghdad is looking for a highly motivated, proactive and enthusiastic individual to become our new political and development officer and translator.  This role is vital to the smooth running of the Embassy. The job holder will enable the political and development teams to engage effectively with a broad range of Iraqis by providing effective organizational, networking and translation support.  The post holder must be a flexible team player, able to deliver results quickly and accurately with great attention to detail and be able to quickly shift priorities between a varieties of different tasks, for example providing occasional administrative cover in the ambassador’s private office. About 70% of the job will be supporting the political team and about 30% of the job will be supporting the development team. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience of working in an embassy, to help develop a career working with the international community.

Main Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Translation and interpretation (40%):  Including written translation from Arabic to English and oral translation during meetings.
  • Political and Development team support (40%):  including arranging events and meetings, networking, arranging official travel, and information management.  Manage the political team budget and Post’s learning and development budget.
  • Visits (10%): Assist with visits, including by UK Ministers and senior officials.  Tasks include setting up programmes and organising logistics.
  • Administrative Cover (10%):Periodically providing translation and administrative cover to the ambassadors private office, for example to help arrange and support meetings with Iraqi Ministers, Political Party leaders and other senior public figures when colleagues are on leave, or in response to urgent commissions.

Key Competencies: 

  • Delivering at Pace– Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Collaborating and Partnering– People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done. At all levels, it requires working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.
  • Making Effective Decisions– Effectiveness in this area is about using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.  It means showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well-reasoned justifiable decisions.
  • Delivering Value for Money – Delivering value for money involves the efficient, effective and economic use of taxpayers’ money in the delivery of public services.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience


  • Fluent communication skills in English and Arabic language (both spoken and written).
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (Example: Political Science, International Relations, Political Economy, Domestic Law, International Law, Human Rights, Government, Public Policy, Public Administration or History.)
  • Minimum two years’ work experience in a similar role.
  • Excellent translation skills between Arabic and English and vice-versa.
  • Strong team-working and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, high profile environments, and deliver to deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programmes.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience


  • Experience living or working in southern Iraq e.g. Basra, Nasiryia, Diwanyia, Kut, Amara etc.

Required competencies

Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline

12 April 2021


B3 (L)

Type of Position

Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week



Middle East & North Africa



Location (City)


Type of Post

British Embassy

Number of vacancies


Starting monthly salary (USD)


Start Date

1 May 2021

Other benefits and conditions of employment

Working Hours and Remuneration: 

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including up to 20 days of annual leave.

The role grade is B3 (L) grade, with a base salary of US$ 2,130 per month. This base salary is paid 12 times a year.

In addition there is a security allowance of US$300 per month payable as part of this package. The allowance is subject to review and may be altered or withdrawn at any time. No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

This position is offered on a Full Time, Permanent contract basis.

Conditioned working hours are 38 hours per week. Normal working hours are Sunday – Wednesday 0800–1600 and Thursday 0800-1400. There is flexibility for starting and leaving times as long as conditioned hours are completed.

The successful candidate will be subject to a 90 days probationary period.


If you are selected for this position, we will be able to employ you as long as:

  • We can obtain the appropriate level of local and UK security clearance for you.
  • You have (or be willing to obtain) the right to live and work in Iraq. Candidate’s residence permit and work permit, and the expense to obtain them, will be their own responsibility – the Embassy does not provide residence or work permits.

Additional information

To Apply:

Interested candidates must attach the following documents along with the completed online application form:

  • An updated Curriculum Vita (CV) of no more than three pages.
  • A covering letter of no more than two pages

** (Your application must include the above attachments and must include examples of when you have demonstrated the competencies outlined above in the cover letter. Applications that do not include this information will be rejected).


All applications must be received before 23:55 (Baghdad Time) on 12th April 2021.


Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large amount of applications we receive only those shortlisted for interview (competency-based)/assessment will be contacted.

The start date mentioned in the advert is an assumed start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security-vetting procedures.  Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances and reference checks.

The British Embassy Baghdad is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally are subject to Terms and Conditions of service according to local employment law.

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