Jobs in Iraq are available in support of the US military through a number of government agencies and contracting companies.
The US Army awarded the $150b LOGCAP IV (Logistics Civil Augmentation Program) contract for food, housing and other services to the U.S. soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait in 2007. Three companies were awarded the right to compete for task orders: Fluor, Dyncorp and KBR. Many companies provide subcontractor support to these three prime contractors.
Of the 10,136 contractors supporting U.S. Government operations in Iraq, approximately 4,485 contractors are directly supporting DoD-funded contracts. This is a 15% increase over last quarter, due to an increase in the demand for Logistics/Maintenance and Transportation contractors.
The following numbers reflect DoD contractor personnel numbers and covers DoD contractor personnel deployed in Afghanistan (Operation Freedom’s Sentinel), Iraq (Operation Inherent Resolve), and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). You can see the numbers for previous quarters here.
Total Contractors: 42,412
23,525 – Afghanistan Only
4,485 – Iraq Only
14,402 – Other USCENTCOM Locations
U.S. Citizens :
18,070 – USCENTCOM AOR
9,436 – Afghanistan Only
2,424 – Iraq Only
6,210 – Other USCENTCOM Locations
Third Country Nationals:
18,323 – USCENTCOM AOR
8,873 – Afghanistan Only
1,406 – Iraq Only
8,044- Other USCENTCOM Locations
Local/Host Country Nationals:
6,019 – USCENTCOM AOR
5,216 – Afghanistan Only
655 – Iraq Only
148 – Other USCENTCOM Locations
What Career Fields?
The distribution of contractors in Iraq by mission category are:
- Base Support 795 (17.7%)
- Construction 431 (9.6%)
- IT/Communications Support 206 (4.6%)
- Logistics/Maintenance 1,546 (34.5%)
- Management/Administrative 246 (5.5%)
- Medical/Dental 14 (.3%)
- Other 72 (1.6%)
- Security 404 (9%)
- Training 29 (.6%)
- Translator/Interpreter 373 (8.3%)
- Transportation 369 (8.2%)
NGO Jobs in Iraq
Non-government organization (NGO) jobs with agencies such as USAID offer another approach. According to their website: USAID employs individuals with a wide variety of technical, managerial and operational skills to achieve our international development objectives. Our workforce is made up of direct-hire and contract employees based in the United States and at field missions around the world.
You can find out more about their Iraq operations here.
Department of State Jobs in Iraq
The U.S. Embassy Baghdad and the U.S. Consulates in Basrah, Erbil and Kirkuk employ U.S. citizens, Iraqis and Third Country Nationals (TCNs). Current vacancies and descriptions of the employment programs are listed here.
Jobs in Iraq with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
According to their website: “We are seeking motivated professionals to deploy in support of contingency missions throughout the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. Currently, there are several opportunities for deployment available including Afghanistan and Kuwait in support of Forward Engineer Support Teams and Occupational Command Posts. “
How to Find Jobs in Iraq Faster
Danger Zone Jobs tracks more than 300 companies with overseas contracting jobs in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. You can find out more here.