Job Title: Pasho-Dari Linguist
Status: Full-time (7 Days a week, 8+ hour work days)
Salary Range: Salary compensation; rate based on experience and category selection
Duty Location: Afghanistan
Citizenship: US Citizenship and ability to obtain a security clearance is required
Position Summary/Candidate Qualifications
Catalyst Operations & Analytics is currently seeking individuals to serve as linguists/simultaneous translators in Pashto, Dari, and English. Applicants are required to speak, read, and write fluently in all three languages. These linguist positions provide direct support to US operations and military personnel in and around Afghanistan. Linguists support the military unit to which they are assigned seven (7) days a week, with a minimum workday of eight (8) hours. Each workday may be extended to 12 hours or longer depending on mission requirements. Linguists must be willing and able to work and live in harsh, austere, and stressful conditions as the mission requires.
Qualified candidates must be able to speak, read, and write in the Pashto, Dari, and English languages to support simultaneous translation activities. The following are the required responsibilities of all linguists on this program:
Provide general linguistic support for military operations; provide interpretation during interviews, meetings, and conferences
Conduct consecutive, accurate translation and interpretation of on-going conversations and/or events
Ability to conduct oneself in accordance with local Afghanistan culture and customs
Deal inconspicuously with the local populace
Ability to serve in a combat zone, if necessary
Interpret and translate written and spoken communications
Transcribe and analyze communications and documents
Provide input to military reports
Position Categories & Language Proficiency Requirements
Category I – US Citizens that are eligible for US security clearance
Category II – US Citizens that hold a current SECRET security clearance
Category III – US Citizens that hold a current TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance
All candidates are subject to language testing to determine proficiency (ILR Level 3 proficiency required in all languages and modalities) at time of application. All hires are subject to annual retesting.
Successfully pass the Department of Defense medical screening requirements
Valid US passport (must have at least 15 months of validity left)
Accept assignments in any location within Afghanistan
Salary is based on position category determinations and the candidate establishing and maintaining language proficiency through initial testing and annual recertification. Under this program, housing and meals are provided at no cost. Individuals hired on as employees are eligible for Catalyst’s suite of benefits, including health, retirement, and travel accident insurance plans, as well as paid leave.
Green Card Holders
While Green Card Holders (GCH) are NOT being hired under this program, if an applicant is a current GCH and has been assigned an US Citizenship Oath Ceremony date by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (proof required), the applicant may be allowed to start the application process for the program at the discretion of Catalyst Operations & Analytics and the US government.
COA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, COA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.