Kurdish Bahdini / Kurmanji Linguist

Linguistics Columbia, Maryland Job ID: 2016-11396


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Must be a US citizen - Security clearance is not required to apply; however, applicant must be willing to undergo a background investigation and polygraph to establish the security access required for employment.

Required Skills:

  • The qualified candidate should be able to comprehend formal and informal uses of the native language with a full understanding of the cultural, social, and political implications of the language in use, based on an upbringing in a Kurdish-speaking region where Kurmanji or Bahdini is a primary dialect
  • The qualified applicant shall be a native speaker of Kurdish Kurmanji or Bahdini, raised to adulthood (generally regarded as 18 years of age) in a Kurdish-speaking region.  
  • Applicant must demonstrate sufficient levels of Kurdish dialect and English language proficiency (generally equivalent to Skill Level of 3 on the ILR Scale) by successful test performance, which may include translation of written and/or audio material into English language.
  • Prior translation experience preferred
  • Basic computer and keyboarding skills required.
  • Applicant should be prepared to provide date and place of birth, date of immigration to the U.S., date U.S. citizenship granted, and history of formal education and employment.


  • Higher education in both Kurdish and in English is strongly preferred.