PROJECT TITLE
Engaging three marginalized groups in local development plans
ORGANIZATION
Institute on Governance (IOG)
DUTY STATION
Baghdad, Iraq with frequent visits to other provinces
(interested candidate does not have to live in Baghdad)
ASSIGNMENT DURATION
Up to 65 working days for the period of June 01, 2021 to October 31, 2021
REPORTING TO
Project Manager and International Expert
ELIGIBLE NATIONALITIES
Current resident of Iraq
DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Service contract to support implementation of all required activities for a field survey and 126 dialogue meetings in 14 districts in Iraq outside of Kurdistan Region and Kirkuk Province. This work will be shared with 2 or 3 other facilitators.

A. BACKGROUND

A need was identified to engage civil society in the local development projects, enabling them to prioritize their needs and having their voice heard by local governments as they develop local development plans.
As part of this overall plan, the Institute on Governance is tasked with the following:

  • Work with the national partners to conduct a survey in 14 selected districts to provide actual information on the numbers, needs, and representations of three marginalized groups (women, youth, and people with special needs).
  • Conduct dialogue meetings for selected representatives of the three groups with the relevant local authorities in the 14 selected districts.
  • Analyze the results of the meetings based on the collected minutes of meetings and identify the lessons learned and challenges each group faces.

B. OBJECTIVE

The project aims at implementation of a field survey to analyze the needs and representation of three vulnerable groups (women, youth, and people with special needs) in 14 selected districts in 14 different Iraqi governorates (excluding KRI and Kirkuk). Based on the results, dialogue meeting will be organized between the representatives of each group with their local authorities in all 14 districts (126 dialogue meetings) to increase the participation of women, youth, and people with special needs in the local development process.
The objective of the assignment is to provide support to the International Expert and Project Manager to implement the project and coordinate its activities to achieve the desired goals in 14 selected districts. This will include coordination with other team members and national counterparts, as required.

C. SCOPE OF WORK

The Project Facilitator is expected to provide the necessary support and coordination to ensure the best quality of work implementation at most cost effective value during the timeframe of the project. Specific tasks will be as follows:

  • Meet with government senior officials at federal and provincial levels to coordinate and discuss project’s related activities.
  • Provide necessary coordination and facilitation for various meetings and group discussions with stakeholders, including but not limited to the Central Statistical Organization (CSO), the Qamaqam and other local authorities in 14 districts and local NGOs. This includes per-meetings arrangements with related logistics, minutes of meeting and other requirements that ensure the success of each meeting.
  • Follow up with different counterparts and stakeholders on decisions and action items from all meetings
  • Research local NGOs and/or social media platforms to identify activist groups of women, youth and people with special needs.
  • Support implementation of the survey and final selection of representatives from the three groups (women, youth and people with special needs) who will participate in Dialogue Meetings with local authorities
  • Support the implementation of the questionnaire, verification of the collected information, aggregation of the data for each group in each district and of the survey results. This will include coordination with the field surveyors who will be tasked to collect the data.
  • Provide necessary support to draft a discussion guide and agenda for the dialogue meetings
  • Establish the schedule of Dialogue Meetings and draft/circulate the agenda and schedule for each Dialogue Meeting to the representatives of the three groups and local authorities in each district.
  • Provide necessary inputs for the regular progress reports
  • Provide any other necessary support for the project’s activities as required.

D. QUALIFICATIONS, SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AND ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Having a bachelor’s degree is essential. Bachelor’s degree in sociology, development, political science, international relations or any other related discipline would be an asset. Master’s degree would be an asset.
  • At least 5 years of experience working with government senior officials at federal and provincial levels.
  • At least 5 years of experience working on civil society, local development, democracy or/and governance related issues with a successful track record
  • Experience in organizing consultation sessions with different stakeholders and in facilitating multi stakeholder dialogue including civil society.
  • Experience in enabling environment for civil society participation, capacity development and capacities in promoting accountability.
  • Excellent analytical capacities and ability to produce written material of the highest quality in English and Arabic languages.
  • Excellent communication, networking, coordination and facilitation skills.
  • Experience in community participation in provincial development plans and priorities framework would be an asset.
  • Fluency in Arabic language is required with proficiency in both written and oral English
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding/local expertise on the civil society issues in Iraq
  • Experience in development, management of development projects or experience in assessment/evaluation of different types of development projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment

E. COMPENSATION

Compensation is based on a normal working day in Iraq according to local practice of 8 hours days. The rate is US $ 150.00 to US $180.00 per day, based on the qualification and experience which is inclusive of an allowance for costs related to use of personal car, local transportation, internet, phone and computer. Salary is for a maximum of up to 65 working days from June 01, 2021 to October 31, 2021.
Timesheets shall be submitted and duly signed by the Consultant. Timesheets shall indicate the nature of the work, linked to the task identified of the project and the number of hours worked per day.

A. TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION

The daily compensation rate covers the allowance for costs related to use of personal car and local transportation. Ground transportation in Iraq between provinces for work related activities will be incurred by the hired Driver when appropriate (and directly paid by IOG). If other service providers are used, the consultant needs to maintain and submit receipts as part of his/her invoice.

About Institute on Governance (IoG)

Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto.  Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest’, which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.

The IOG’s vision is to be the pre-eminent, independent Canadian source of knowledge, research and advice on governance and its continuous improvement.

The IOG works with a wide range of clients and partners, including governments, communities, business and public organizations to assess their governance and to develop programs for improvement.  While much of our activity takes place in our home base in Canada, we also work extensively with international partners and governments

Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Interested candidates can send an updated CV to info.iraq@iog.ca not later than May 25, 2021.