The purpose of the Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA) project is to advance effective, accountable, and transparent governance in Iraq. The USAID effort, works with the Government of Iraq (GOI), including the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) at all levels to better responds to citizen needs by supporting the reform initiatives and Iraqi change agents on inclusive governance and public sector transparency, accountability, and economy. “Reform Initiatives” includes 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 objectives:
- Enhance GOI service delivery capacity
- Improve public financial management
- Strengthen monitoring and oversight of service delivery and public expenditures
- Support Iraqi change agents (cross cutting objective)
The Administrative Financial Affairs Directorate (AFAD) was created to assume responsibility for provincial public financial management as a result of decentralization focusing particularly on the decentralized directorates. AFADs are responsible for:
- release/distribution of federal-government financial allocations to decentralized directorates;
- compilation and submission of provincial operational and investment budgets and tracking and monitoring of their execution;
- consolidation and submission of financial reports to MoF;
- audit and financial control;
- financial operations of decentralized directorates;
- collection of and accounting for provincial and federal revenues; and
- other related services as needed.
IGPA/Takamul project recognizes the importance of AFAD in promoting decentralization and improving service delivery, financial management on provincial level, local revenue generation and how organizational redesign and restructuring can help AFAD and the governor’s office (GO) achieve these goals. In Year 2, the IGPA/Takamul Public Financial Management (PFM) team conducted a comprehensive review of all laws and regulations affecting AFAD and its operations through an independent legal advisor. The PFM team reviewed the AFAD mandate, current roles and responsibilities principle organizational structure and mapped existing processes.
In Year 2 and 3, IGPA project supported AFADs to prepare draft local revenue legislation that was enacted by the Provincial Council. The provincial AFADs that worked with the provincial councils to enact local revenue laws will now need to implement the laws based on the MoF requirements, mainly to open bank accounts to deposit local revenues collected based on the new laws. IGPA supported Wasit and Babil provinces to open bank accounts to begin managing and reporting on local revenues collected.
The main objectives of the Legal Advisor’s scope of work are to:
- Support AFADs in select provinces in drafting local revenues legislation based on the MOF instructions and work with the provincial governments to review and enact the local revenue laws.
- Support the AFADs in select provinces to implement approved local revenue laws by opening bank accounts in accordance with Ministry of Finance requirements to deposit the local revenues collected.
- Support the IGPA PFM team to implement the training and capacity building program for AFAD on using the IGPA-developed local revenue toolkit for drafting and getting local revenue legislation enacted and administering and managing local revenues generate in accordance with the legislation
- Specific Tasks of the Advisor
Under this Scope of Work, the Advisor shall contribute to performing, but not be limited to, the following specific tasks:
Task 1: Support AFADs in select provinces in drafting the local revenues legislation based on the MOF instructions and work with the provincial governments to review and enact the local revenue laws. The STTA will support the AFADs in select provinces to draft local revenue laws and to work with the provincial government to get the local revenue legislation enacted.
Task 2: Support the AFADs in select provinces to implement approved local revenue laws by opening bank accounts to deposit the local revenues collected. Support the local revenue departments in AFADs in the other provinces and the legal committee at the provincial councils on the implementation of enacted draft laws including opening bank accounts for depositing local revenues collected.
Task 3: Support the IGPA PFM team to implement the training and capacity building program for AFAD on using the IGPA-developed local revenue toolkit for drafting and getting local revenue legislation enacted and administering and managing local revenues generated in accordance with the legislation.This task will involve supporting the IGPA PFM team to conduct local revenue workshops for building capacity and assisting AFAD local revenue departments and decentralized directorates to increase local revenue generation for improved basic service delivery. The consultant will participate in the local revenue workshops to be conducted in the provinces at the regional level.
- At least a Masters’ degree in law
- At least 10 years of experience working with Iraqi judicial system at both Federal and provincial levels
- Prior work experience will federal and local revenue laws and regulations.
- Excellent legal writing skills in Arabic with adequate communication skills in English is preferred but not required.
- Familiarity with Law 21, PFM Law and other relevant Iraqi laws and regulations
- Published legal studies
- Familiarity with Do No Harm Principles and be willing to receive training from the project on the principles
- Writing skills with the ability to prepare legal review and analysis reports
- Training and capacity building skills
- Computer skills in MS office package
- Effective communication and facilitation skills with persuasion abilities
- General Statement
The Senior Local Revenue Legal Advisor will be based at their home base with trips to Baghdad, Erbil and other provinces as needed to fulfill the tasks of this scope of work. Under this SoW, IGPA/Takamul project will be responsible to cover all other indirect implementation costs including: Air and ground transportation, lodging, Per-diem, and phone communications.
All deliverables should be prepared in English and Arabic.
- How to apply [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.