Mar 22, 2022

Vetting Specialist (OCONUS - Erbil, Iraq)

  • Mid Atlantic Professionals dba SSI
  • OCONUS - Erbil, Iraq
Full-Time Defense Government Law Enforcement & Security Other Strategy - Planning

Job Description


Mid Atlantic Professionals, Inc. (dba SSI) is an 8(m) Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), providing cleared professionals and solutions since 2002 for the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DOS), Special Operations (SOF), Intelligence Community (IC), Law Enforcement, Healthcare Community, and other government agencies. As a prime contractor, we manage and staff large-scale and complex contracts in over 45 states, 5 continents, and 22 countries throughout 80 government installations. We have been awarded over 400 contract and task order award wins over the past 18 years and made the 2013-2017 Inc. 500/5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Core services we provide include, but are not limited to, Intelligence & Language, Security and Facilities, Training and Exercise Support, Program Management, Administrative and Professional, Healthcare Support, and Information Technology.

SSI recognizes that our employees are our most valuable assets, and we will recruit and search for the brightest and most talented individuals available. As with our customers, we are dedicated to providing our employees with a valuable and rewarding experience and continued growth. SSI is looking for motivated, skilled, and qualified personnel to join our family. We provide highly competitive compensation and benefits programs. Please visit our website for more information at

This position will be stationed in Erbil, Iraq.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • This position is located at U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas primarily in designated high threat countries.
  • Support the vetting program designed to clear both host country nationals and third country nationals for access to Chief of Mission facilities or recommend their denial of access.
  • Schedules and conducts in-depth counterintelligence and counter-terrorism vetting interviews of locally employed staff job applicants and locally employed staff undergoing a renewal of their security certification. Also conduct interviews specifically related to polygraph failures and any other investigations under the direction of the Regional Security Officer.
  • Provide timely written Memorandums of Interview for RSO review and approval.
  • Compile information provided by Identity Intelligence Analysts into a final vetting report for RSO review and approval.
  • Interviews walk-in sources, conducts liaison, supports security/force protection programs and produces timely written reports and assessments.
  • Provide analytical support for the conduct of polygraph examinations as required by RSO SOPs.
  • Provide direct support to the Regional Security Office as appropriate, thereby freeing Regional Security Officers for other duties.
  • Ensure that individuals who pose a potential threat to U.S. interests are added to appropriate watch lists and that information regarding these individuals is shared with Regional Security Officers in a timely manner.
  • Ensure compliance with laws, regulations, executive orders, and directives promulgated by Congress, the Secretary of State, and the Director of National Intelligence to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Answer e-mail inquiries from other offices regarding threat information. Responses should provide analysis and assessment, as necessary, and should be sent in a timeframe commensurate with the urgency of the threat.
  • Prepare and present oral briefings on their findings to CCV management and other DS offices as appropriate.
  • Participate in foreign travel for the purpose of deploying DSIAS to new locations at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. This duty includes providing training to Foreign Service National Investigators on DSIAS and conducting mass enrollments of locally employed staff into DSIAS.
  • Perform Temporary Duty at any RSO Office world-wide to work as a Vetting Specialist to support the RSO mission of vetting locally engaged staff employees and job applicants.
  • Utilize DSIAS to biometrically enroll locally employed staff and job applicants at U.S. Embassies and Consulates world-wide.
  • Undertake any other auxiliary duties as assigned to support the DS/ICI/CCV mission.
  • Ensures the proper storage and maintenance of accumulated data (classified and unclassified).


  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Ability to obtain a Top Secret security clearance with Special Compartmented Information access.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a trained counterintelligence agent or HUMINT collector (Military Occupational Specialty 35L Counterintelligence Agent, 35M Human Intelligence Collector, 351L Counterintelligence Technician, 351M Human Intelligence Collection Technician, 18F Special Forces Intelligence Sargent or other military or civilian equivalent).
  • Prior experience in Afghanistan or Iraq is highly desirable.
  • Experience with U.S. Department of State security operations preferred.
  • Must have experience with personnel vetting, and/or investigative questioning techniques and be knowledgeable regarding classified search engines and databases related to the personnel vetting process.
  • Experience with CELLEX collection and analysis highly desirable.
  • Ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation to officials with regard to the interpretation and application of intelligence information.
  • Skill in oral and written communication to prepare and present analysis, provide guidance, solicit information, defend proposals, and negotiate agreements.
  • Experience in the collection, analysis and dissemination of foreign affairs and terrorism related information.
  • Ability to deal effectively with individuals at all organization and management levels both inside and outside the Department in order to establish and maintain liaison with individuals representing a broad range of organizations and interests involved in and affected by Directorate programs. This includes Intelligence Community and other Executive Branch agencies.
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to prioritize multiple and sometimes conflicting and complex tasks.
  • Must be able to operate as part of a team, cooperate effectively with other team members, and be mission focused.
  • Must be in good physical condition in order to perform overseas travel to high threat locations that may involve extended travel time and exposure to dangerous conditions that require use of personal protective equipment while exercising special safety precautions.

SSI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that treats all employees and applicants equally without discrimination because of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. We comply with all applicable laws governing employment practices and do not discriminate. SSI complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the EEO is the LAW poster. You can view SSI's EEO Policy. SSI does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on inquiring about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees. We comply with all laws and regulations set forth in the Pay Transparency poster.

As a federal government contractor, in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, SSI is required to develop annual Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs). Any employees or applicants who wish to review the Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) for Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities can contact us at (301) 540-8864. If you are a disabled individual or disabled Veteran and require a reasonable accommodation in applying for any posted position, please contact us at [email protected] or call (301) 540-8864.

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