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NIST Seeks Iraq Standards Expert

New York, Apr 19, 2006

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking a standards expert to take on the challenge of a one-year assignment in Baghdad to build a coherent standards infrastructure in Iraq.

According to NIST, the current Iraqi system is "a disaggregated mix of elements of various standards and standards systems from various countries." The country lacks a system for developing and using standards by either government agencies or the private sector, or for assessing conformity to standards. Iraq is looking to develop a uniform standards system and is interested in interacting with U.S.-based standards developing organizations, NIST and the private sector.

If hired, the standards expert would work with the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control, or COSQC (the national standards body), the Ministry of Housing and Construction, the Ministry of Civil Defense (fire protection, intelligent signaling) and other standards setting or “consuming” ministries to increase capacity, build a functioning and coherent infrastructure for standards and conformity assessment in Iraq, and promote the development of modern, open, consensus standards.

For more information on this position and to apply, visit the ANSI Career Opportunities page.

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