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Aviation Ops & Mgmt Advisor, Baghdad, Iraq ID# 15583


Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions (CNMS) is committed to delivering innovative solutions to solve its clients’ toughest problems, whether it be in the next state or around the world. CNMS utilizes the most qualified teams to support each client’s mission, providing responsive, strategic and innovative paths forward. CNMS makes it a priority to build personal, business relationships with each client and to consistently go beyond their expectations.


Serves as the principal advisor to the Senior Manager, Airfield Operations & BDSC Director and other Senior Embassy officials in identifying short and long range operational and aviation security requirements in support of US Embassy Baghdad air operations, regional logistics/distribution operations, transiting of US Mission personnel.


a) Provide internal BDSC support in the areas of property accountability, disaster response, installation support, authorized use of common use facilities and transiting personnel programs.

b) Provide expert advice and guidance to ensure that the organization operates at optimum efficiency and effectiveness and in compliance with key aviation regulations and accepted practices.

c) Brief and advises senior airfield management on a regular basis on operational developments, trends and issues of significant interests; provide expert advice and counseling on practical solutions to a broad range of critical and complex operational and aviation security issues affecting the BDSC’s ability to efficiently fulfill its roles and responsibilities in support of the US Embassy.

d) Advise in the areas of memoranda of agreement/understanding and other agreements related to co-location of USG and non-USG entities and related cost sharing for joint use of the facilities.

e) Prepare functional system plans which provide for equipment/data security, communications information technology and audio/visual services as needed as required to support aviation security and aviation operations.

f) Support the presence of several USG agencies, non-USG agencies, non-US organizations and those agencies direct hire employees and contractor staff.

g) Accesses the operational strengths and weaknesses of the Support Hub and advises appropriate DOS personnel in effectively addressing operational issues, new program opportunities, changing requirements and in developing methods to effectively manage the dynamic nature of the logistical, aviation, medical, housing and other missions.

h) At the direction of the Senior Manager, Airfield Operations & Management conducts numerous complex and high priority special assignments, involving research and fact finding to support the development of operational plans for activities of critical importance to the effective accomplishment of the Support Hub’s mission.

i) Provide the Senior Manager, Airfield Operations & Management with timely and relevant data for decision-making on critical, complex and sensitive operational issues; coordinate and facilitates communications on planning and operations matters between the BDSC and other offices of the US Mission in Iraq, other government agencies, regional representatives, representatives of donor nations, and non-governmental agencies.

j) Provide counsel as necessary to ensure that required actions are understood and carried out in accordance with the decisions and directions of senior airfield leadership, advises senior airfield leadership of any necessary follow-up on decisions to ensure the completion of required actions in a timely manner and comply with accepted practices.

k) Advise on the preparation of reports, papers and other documents for the Senior Manager, Airfield Operations & Management, ensuring they are well-written, fully coordinated with other affected organizations, timely, and complete, including preparation of sensitive products for Chief of Mission level action.

l) Consult with BDSC section leads at the direction of the Senior Manager, Airfield Operations & Management and other managers on a regular basis to discuss operational issues and to provide expert guidance in optimizing operational effectiveness, interface with host government aviation officials in support of required US Embassy Baghdad functions.


This position will not have supervisory authority.


a) A minimum of eight (8) years of aviation operations and management experience in Iraq is required.

b) A Bachelor Degree in a aviation related field is strongly desired.

c) Demonstrated experience operating in a complex government, military and civilian aviation environment interfacing with senior leadership.



a) Mastery of operational and management concepts, methods and best practices to provide expert guidance to the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center (BDSC) leadership with sound and effective guidance in the planning and implementation of support operations.

b) Expert knowledge of the operating requirements of a comprehensive logistics support program providing a broad range of services in support of a USG overseas activity in a high threat location including aviation, medical services, regional logistics/distribution operations, ground transportation and other related functions.

c) Provide expert advice and guidance to the Senior Manager, Airfield Operations & Management, and other senior Embassy leadership.

d) Ability to interact effectively with individuals in garnering cooperation and support for key planning, operations and management initiatives in the assigned program area.

e) Ability to provide leadership and work effectively, cooperatively in a multi-disciplinary team environment under considerable stress and minimal supervision.

f) Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to plan, organize, coordinate and oversee operations.

g) Provide advice and guidance to reconcile conflicting viewpoints, negotiate agreements with various stakeholders.


Level 4/5 in English is required.



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