Company Overview

For 30 years, clients in the private and public sectors have relied upon SOS International LLC (SOSi) for critical operations in the world’s most challenging environments. SOSi is privately held, was founded by its current ownership in 1989, maintains corporate headquarters in Reston, VA, and specializes in providing logistics, construction, training, intelligence, and information technology solutions to the defense, diplomatic, intelligence and law enforcement communities.

All interested individuals will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or protected veteran status. SOSi takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance diversity and inclusion of individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

1-190530-9027: Senior Strategic Communications Planner
LocationOverseas - Afghanistan
Open Date8/5/2019

SOSi is seeking a Senior Strategic Communications (SSC) Planner for a full-time position supporting our United States Government (USG) customer.   The SSC Planner serves as a civilian counterpart to senior Military Information Support Operations (MISO) Officers, Information Officers (IO) and other senior military personnel to plan for, develop and execute information operations.  This positions reports to the Operations Manager. 


  • Acts as a planner and advisor to U.S. and Coalition MISO and IO Officers
  • Assists in long term and short term planning of MISO and IO that support USG strategic objectives
  • Provides research and insight to support target audience analysis and product development
  • Incorporates assessments in MISO process
  • Integrates pillars of IO within planning and execution
  • Produces Operation Plans (OPLANs), Operation Orders (OPORDs), Fragmentation Orders (FRAGOs), white papers, and other military documents as required
  • Prepares and presents briefs for senior USG and military officials. Work products must be of General Officer or Senior Executive level quality
  • May be required to liaise with USCENTCOM, USSOCOM, USAFOR-A, RSMA and other relevant U.S. governmental agencies
  • If serving as a liaison, must have the ability to synchronize and de-conflict between the client’s organization and embedded organization while ensuring client focus is highest priority

  • Active DOD TOP SECRET security clearance with SCI eligibility
  • Bachelor's Degree and experience and familiarity with the Afghan and international media environment strongly preferred
  • Possess minimum of 10 years of experience working in Strategic Communications, IO, or PSYOP with the U.S. military, and have held the rank/grade or equivalent of O-5/GS-14
  • Understanding of the PSYOP/MISO process, Military Decision Making Process (MDMP), and Joint Operational Planning Process (JOPP)
  • Must have a strong understanding of the culture, history, and geography of Afghanistan
  • Must have working proficiency in Microsoft Office Power Point, Excel, and Word
  • Organize and properly prioritize work assignments and function well in an environment that requires constant multi-tasking - and often long hours
  • Excellent written, oral, briefing, interpersonal and technical skills


  • Fluency in foreign language


  • Willing to live and work in Afghanistan in shared living quarters and function effectively in a region designated as a hazardous duty area.
  • Travel outside secure compounds independent of Coalition Forces, as required