In a late update to the post below
about the HUD Iraq email, I noted that a similar email had gone out to employees in the Department of Commerce. The Commerce email mentioned two positions opening up.
The first was for a "trade development specialist." The second was ...
Public Affairs - Global Outreach (GO) Team
Commerce Employee detailed to Department of State's Iraq Reconstruction
Report to U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer
Open to Commerce Permanent Career and Political Public Affairs
Multiple positions available - 3 to 12 month assignments
Language: not required
Position Description: GO Team members generally will serve in Iraq on a three-month rotational basis; some members may be detailed or assigned to Baghdad for a full year. Supervises all media aspects of news conferences, press events, media day trips and media interaction with all high level U.S. visitors including Congressional Delegations. Coordinates media day trips highlighting reconstruction projects and progress in governance at the provincial level. Works with Iraqi Government officials at the local level to develop, plan and implement media events showcasing progress in various regions of Iraq. Develops relationships with American press corps, International press, Regional Arabic press, US and Coalition Military Forces, and the Iraqi press to help facilitate media coverage of events throughout Iraq.
GO Teams will consist of 8-12 persons whose focus is building a sustained capability to facilitate media coverage throughout Iraq, building upon the success of three previous iterations of Public Diplomacy "Surge Teams." Go Teams will supplement US Embassy Baghdad's Public Affairs Office, work in conjunction with MNF-I public affairs officers, and support public affairs outreach activities of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) and Regional Embassy Offices (REOs) located outside of Baghdad.
Passed along without comment.