Political Officer / Reporting Officer, Iraq

The Shaikh Group
  • Location
    Baghdad, Iraq
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 12

Position description


The Shaikh Group (TSG) is seeking to hire a full-time Political Officer and a part-time Reporting Officers to join the team working on its Iraq Initiative. Through this project, The Shaikh Group aims to positively contribute toward key transformation processes in Iraq including toward accountable governance, diversified and equitable economic opportunity, and alternative state-society and centre-periphery relations, by strengthening shared understandings and developing consensus-driven proposals on relevant reform initiatives at the local/provincial and national level.


The Political Officer will report to the Iraq Team Lead and will contribute directly to shaping the substantive direction of the project, facilitating workshops, and engaging with Iraqi and international stakeholders at all levels. Their responsibilities include research, engagement with Iraqi stakeholders from different political, civil society, activist and professional backgrounds, design and facilitation of dialogue workshops and other interventions, and engagement with international policy makers.  The position that will be covered by the Political Officer is the one of Baghdad Axis Coordinator.

The Reporting Officer will also work in the Baghdad Axis of the project and will report to the Political Officer-Baghdad Axis Coordinator. He/she will responsible for drafting reports, advocacy papers and briefings related to project outcomes.



  • A university degree in relevant discipline (e.g. Middle East studies, political science, international relations).
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Strong understanding of Middle East and international affairs, with a focus on Iraq.
  • Excellent political research and analysis skills.
  • Excellent communication, drafting and editing skills in English.
  • Fluent spoken and written Arabic.
  • Ability to take initiative and to execute multiple tasks in a responsible and organized manner, as a member of a team.
  • Ability to travel as required. 


  • Previous experience working on Iraq.
  • Previous experience working on mediation support or peacebuilding.

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