Omnicom’s Mercury Public Affairs unit has landed a $360K one-year contract with Qatar for research, advice and assistance regarding the work of nongovernmental policy institutions and academic institutions active in studying Middle East issue.

The firm works under the auspices of the public diplomacy office of Qatar’s Washington embassy.

The Arab state remains under an economic/political boycott by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and others for its cozy relations with Iran and hosting the Al-Jazeera satellite TV network.

Mercury’s fee of $30K per-month could be bumped up to $40K in the event that the client requests that it plan, organize, staff and attend two separate thought leadership events in Qatar.

Senior VP Katherine Lewis (BGR alum) and director Kaylee Otterbacher (former aide to Wisconsin Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner) are key personnel on the Qatar business.