Civilian Work in Afghanistan

#1
Does anyone know of a way that I could find work in Afghanistan and make a contribution towards the military effort? I am a civilian, not even ex military. I am an accountant. I have had to close my business due to the recession after 15 years work. I have tried the MOD but could not make much progress. Willing to consider anything but experience of last 30 years is in finance and running a business generally. Any leads would be much appreciated. Was thinking of something at Bastion or Bagram or similar. I am a UK national with full UK passport, have lived in UK from birth.
 
#4
I'm sure there's plenty of NGOs offering ( Not very well ) paid work . Though I have no idea how you'd go about trying to join one
 
#5
Is this some sort of wind-up? Who the f*ck, especially a Civvie would want to go to 'Ghan 'looking for work because they are unemployed here in the UK?

Mind you, you could always grow a huge Talibandy beard, dress in baggy pants and nightshirt, wear a turban and open a roadside 'Char Wallah' cafe at the side of the road in Kabul......selling tea, coffee, Egg Butties...no bacon... and 'Bean Rollies' Sheesh!

Its like some years ago some naive, numtpy American Christians somehow smuggled themselves into Iraq soon after 'Iraqui Freedom' kicked off.... Their excuse given to their families prior to leaving the States was they were looking for work as electricians and and wanted to give out English versions of the Bible.... of course, they were never heard of again...

Gawd...some people really have 'Stupidity' running through their genes just like Blackpool Rock.... :p
 
#6
uncle_vanya said:
Its like some years ago some naive, numtpy American Christians somehow smuggled themselves into Iraq soon after 'Iraqui Freedom' kicked off.... Their excuse given to their families prior to leaving the States was they were looking for work as electricians and and wanted to give out English versions of the Bible.... of course, they were never heard of again...
Is that not an urban myth ?
 
#7
uncle_vanya said:
Is this some sort of wind-up? Who the f*ck, especially a Civvie would want to go to 'Ghan 'looking for work because they are unemployed here in the UK?

Not that big a stretch of the immagination.
I know a few people to old, to fat, to knackered to contribute anything via the TA etc that have considered looking for work in Afghanistan.
Several of them would jump at the chance.
How many have joined up because of the oppurtunity to go to Afghanistan? That may be a younger (wo)mans game but fat old knackers often have the same interests without the physical abilities.
 
#8
try the stabilisation unit - think it's part of the cabinet office
 
#9
Spanny said:
uncle_vanya said:
Its like some years ago some naive, numtpy American Christians somehow smuggled themselves into Iraq soon after 'Iraqui Freedom' kicked off.... Their excuse given to their families prior to leaving the States was they were looking for work as electricians and and wanted to give out English versions of the Bible.... of course, they were never heard of again...
Is that not an urban myth ?

I think they were a group of anti war protestors whoe went out there to volunteer as human shields expecting to shield hospitals and orphanages etc. They were a bit put out when the Iraqi's surprisingly stuck them at anti aircraft sites and ministry buildings.
 
#10
Poppy said:
try the stabilisation unit - think it's part of the cabinet office
The link for the stabilisation unit is HERE
 
#13
batfink said:
I think they were a group of anti war protestors whoe went out there to volunteer as human shields expecting to shield hospitals and orphanages etc. They were a bit put out when the Iraqi's surprisingly stuck them at anti aircraft sites and ministry buildings.
Yeah I remember them well . They went to Iraq in a London double decker . Truth had it they genuinely thought they'd be guarding hospitals and schools from the co-al airforce only to find the regime ordered them to barracks . They did a quick about turn back to blighty mumbling that they'd run out of funds and that's why they left

And of course there was that Christian Peacemaker Team who managed to get themselves kidnapped by insurgents who murdered one of the team while the survivors had to get rescued by the SAS with Sir Mike Jackson making a public statement of how ungreatful they were


That's why I asked if the bible sellers were an urban myth ? Surely such stupidity would have been heavily publicised ?
 
#14
If you are genuine, then try looking at the Stabilisation Unit, which is maintaining a register of usefully qualified folk who could help in Afghanistan or around the world. Its early days, but it has potential to make itself into something quite good. They are recruiting at the moment IIRC.
 
#16
I once went there on holiday in 1977
 
#18
simon52 said:
I am 100% genuine. Thanks for the reponse so far esp jim30, ViroBono,Hobo-Ken,Shortarms and Poppy. Have sent you a PM each.
Check out the Afghan embassy
 
#19
simon52 said:
Does anyone know of a way that I could find work in Afghanistan and make a contribution towards the military effort? I am a civilian, not even ex military. I am an accountant. I have had to close my business due to the recession after 15 years work. I have tried the MOD but could not make much progress. Willing to consider anything but experience of last 30 years is in finance and running a business generally. Any leads would be much appreciated. Was thinking of something at Bastion or Bagram or similar. I am a UK national with full UK passport, have lived in UK from birth.
Do you know what you are doing, ?
Back in the 80s I was one of the first civilians to go and work in the Falkland Islands and we had a lot of people like you, but a great many had no military or over seas experiance, It was pittyfull to see some of these people who were so homesick in one of the roughest construction sites on the planet, where simpathy just did not happen, FFS one bloke jumped off the ship only a few days after leaving Capetown on one trip. I think 18 comitted suicide while I was there, they could not travel home as the ships took a month to return from South Africa and the waiting was to much for them
 
#20
Simon....as others have suggested your best bet is the FCO stabilization unit. I am registered with this and a few of my colleagues have been deployed through it. They maintain an all skills database so the sooner you register on line the better. Have a think about doing the CONDO course too, this will give you some basic skills and at least some insight and it is a good qual to have. Some companies put you through CONDO others expect that you may have it.
 

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