The purpose of the Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA) project is to advance effective, accountable, and transparent governance in Iraq. This USAID effort, implemented by DAI, will work with the Government of Iraq (GOI) at all levels to better respond to citizen needs by supporting reform initiatives and Iraqi change agents on inclusive governance and public sector transparency, accountability, and economy. “Reform initiatives” include support to improve service delivery functions, public financial management, and open government initiatives. IGPA will support the GOI and the citizens of Iraq in forming partnerships and collaborative efforts to solve problems jointly. IGPA has four (4) objectives:
- Enhance GOI service delivery capacity
- Improve public financial management
- Strengthen monitoring and oversight of service delivery and public expenditure
- Support Iraqi change agents (cross-cutting objective)
After 2014, Iraq decided to shift gradually to decentralization to achieve political stability and improve service delivery of some services to the Iraqi citizens. The Higher Commission for Coordinating Among Provinces Secretariat (HCCPSec) works to support the success of the decentralization agenda, and local governments rely heavily on HCCPSec to solve issues related to the transition to decentralization, coordinating issues related to non-decentralized ministries, and solving issues among provinces as they appear. IGPA developed an assistant package in response to HCCPSec needs to enable them to respond to provincial governments’ needs effectively and timely for the improvement of service delivery. Previously IGPA assisted HCCPSec to develop and operationalize its performance evaluation department (PED). IGPA is seeking a Decentralization Consultant to support HCCPSec in gauging the effectiveness of transferred functions and authorities and provide general advice and guidance to the HCCPSec.
The objective of this activity is to support HCCPSec to develop an effective and comprehensive analysis related to the transferred functions and authorities. The selected consultant will also provide general advice and guidance to the HCCPSec where required.
Specific Tasks of the Consultancy
Under this Scope of Work, the consultant will work with IGPA staff and shall contribute to performing, but not be limited to, the specific tasks specified under the following categories:
- Task 1: Familiarize with the HCCPSec mandate and develop an action plan outlining action steps to implement this activity.
- Task 2: Participate in the assessment of the progress of decentralization within Iraq including an initial analysis of ministerial orders to identify the incomplete transfer of functions and authorities impeding service delivery improvements.
- Task 3: Provide periodic advice and guidance as required to the senior leadership of the HCCPSec.
- Task 4: Provide monthly updates to IGPA and develop a final report in English outlining all the support provided under this consultancy.
- Bachelor’s degree in law, organizational development, or equivalent experience.
- Familiarity with the Iraqi legal, technical, and institutional framework.
- Minimum, three years of experience working with USAID funded projects is desired.
- Knowledge of the Iraqi national and sub-national level of government, development, and service delivery context and knowledge of minority needs.
- Proven track record of managing similar projects, including upgrading the organizational structure of service delivery institutions
- Writing skills with the ability to prepare legal review on decentralization and analysis reports
- Training and capacity building skills
- Computer skills in MS office package
- Effective communication and facilitation skills with persuasion abilities
Reporting and Place of Duty
The advisor’s work will operationally on a daily basis report to the Head of the HCCPSec and also to the DCOP programs when required. The work will be conducted primarily in HCCPSec office in Baghdad with the possibility of traveling to provinces.
- Address Baghdad
- How to apply You can address your application to : [email protected] Your application will not be taken into consideration if you do not insert the position title in subject line of your e-mail. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.