British Embassy Baghdad

IQB – Mason Assistant (S3)

Job Overview

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)

Estate Operations

The British Embassy Baghdad has a vacancy for a Mason Assistant to join our Technical Works Group (TWG) in a large residential compound. The Mason Assistant will be responsible for carrying out various masonry repairs and maintenance tasks to ensure that the compound’s buildings and structures are kept in good condition.

The Mason Assistant will work both indoors and outdoors and must be prepared to work in all weather conditions. They will be required to provide an essential support to the Mason to perform the job’s routine; mixing grouts and moving it to the work area; stand, walk, climb, bend, and stoop for extended periods; and may need to lift, transport, and carry heavy materials and equipment. The job may also involve working in confined spaces and at heights.

The Mason Assistant will work as part of a wider Maintenance Team and will be required to collaborate and communicate effectively with other team members. The job may also involve working in proximity to Compound Residents, and the Mason Assistant must maintain a professional and courteous demeanour at all times.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist the Mason with the preparation of materials, including mixing mortar and transporting relevant materials and tools to the work area.
  • Aid in the layout and measuring of work areas, following blueprints or instructions from the lead Mason.
  • Lay out work with the use of relevant materials such as chalk lines, tapes, squares, plumb bobs, and levels; and mix cement with the use of hoes, cement-mixing equipment, or any other relevant hand tools.
  • Clean and maintain tools, equipment, and work areas to ensure a safe and organised environment.
  • Assist with performing routine inspections and assessments of the Compound’s buildings and structures to identify any masonry issues that require attention.
  • Carry out repairs and maintenance work on the Compound’s masonry structures, including walls, pillars, stairways, and other building components.
  • Install, repair, and replace masonry components, including bricks, stone, and concrete blocks.
  • Apply various coatings and finishes to masonry surfaces, such as waterproofing and sealants.
  • Prepare and mix cement, mortar, and other materials required for masonry work.
  • Cut and shape masonry materials to the required size and shape using hand and power tools.
  • Maintain accurate records of all masonry work carried out, including materials used and time spent on the job.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Technical Works Group (TWG) to ensure that all maintenance tasks are completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Adhere to all safety protocols and regulations when carrying out masonry work.

The above list is not exhaustive, and the jobholder will be required to be flexible as specific responsibilities could change in the future and this would be at the discretion of the line manager. The job description may be reviewed to meet changes in business needs. The jobholder may also take on other ad hoc tasks as required.

Key behaviours required:

  • Working Together – Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources, and support.
  • Delivering at Pace – Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.



If you are selected for this position, we will be able to employ you as long as:

  • We can obtain the appropriate level of local and UK security clearance for you; and
  • You have (or be willing to obtain) the right to live and work in Iraq. Candidate’s residence permit and work permit, and the expense to obtain them, will be their own responsibility – the Embassy does not provide residence or work permits. If you have any questions about residency and/ or visa requirements, you should contact the relevant Iraqi Government Ministry.

  • Relevant work experience as a mason assistant or equivalent, ideally for at least two (2) years.
  • Solid knowledge of masonry techniques, materials, and tools.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy materials and work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to learn from experienced masons.
  • Ability to follow instructions closely. Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Fluent communication skills in Arabic, both spoken and written.
  • Ability to work independently and to work well with others.
  • Sound interpersonal skills. Demonstrates courtesy and consideration in dealing with staff and other stakeholders.
  • Able to express ideas and messages in English (at least basic/ conversational level).
  • Holds at least a high school diploma or equivalent.

Ability to read and interpret blueprints and construction plans.

Delivering at Pace, Working Together

27 May 2024


Full-time, Permanent


Middle East & North Africa



British Embassy




21 July 2024

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including up to 20 days of annual leave (calculated pro-rata).

The role grade is S3, with a base salary of US$ 986 per month. This base salary is paid 13 times a year. In addition, the role attracts a security allowance payable as part of this package. This security allowance is subject to review and may be altered or withdrawn at any time.

No accommodation nor relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

This position is for a full-time employment on a permanent contract basis. Employment is also subject to a 90-day probationary period.

Conditioned working hours are 38 hours per week. Normal working hours are Sunday to Wednesday from 08:00 to 16:00 and Thursday from 08:00-14:00. The jobholder will be required to be flexible in their approach to hours worked as these will be dictated by operational needs and will involve working out of hours (evenings/ weekends/ holidays) in the event of an emergency.

The Embassy encourages a culture of continuous learning. Training will be given in the role. All employees have access to the Civil Service Learning platform, which gives access to training to improve job specific skills. Employees are entitled to a minimum number of annual training days.

Application process:

Interested candidates must include to their online application form

1) an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV);

2) a covering letter/ motivation essay stating how you meet the requirements of the role; and

3) specific examples in the relevant sections of the online application form of how you meet the key behaviours and skills required.

Applications that do not include these this information will not be considered.

All applications must be received before 23:55 Iraq local time on 27 May 2024.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.


Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those shortlisted for the next step of the recruitment process will be contacted.

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful at interview may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of six (6) months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.

The start date mentioned in the advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security-vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances and reference checks.

The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around 2-3 months. The security clearance process includes checks available in country and in the UK, dependant on the security level required for the role and the candidate’s profile and UK footprint. You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign, and we are working hard to minimise any disruption.



The British Embassy Baghdad is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local employment law.

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