Closing Date : 2018-03-09
Duty Station : Erbil, Iraq


Location :Erbil, IRAQ

Application Deadline :09-Mar-18

Type of Contract :Individual Contract

Post Level :National Consultant

Languages Required :English

Starting Date :(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)


Duration of Initial Contract :12 months

Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months


UNDP and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have held negotiations on potential areas of cooperation to sustain significant gains that the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has achieved over the last years by promoting investment, improving the supply of basic services and quality of life, and creating jobs for its people. Over the last decade, the Region has grown fast owing to better security and fiscal stability through the 17% of the federal budget (net of sovereign expenditures) transferred by the Federal Government to the KRG. However, the heavy reliance of Iraq on the extractive sector affects the Kurdistan Region both directly, as it has its own resources, and indirectly via the transfer arrangement from the federal budget. Over 90% of Iraq's public revenues originate from oil exports.

In its Regional Development Vision for 2020, the Kurdistan Regional set five major goals meant to raise the Region's socio-economic potential for sustainable growth through diversification and competitiveness. Specifically, the Vision 2020 development objectives of the KRG include:

Health and social services that meet the needs of the populationAn education system and labor market opportunities that will enable the population to achieve its potential and improve its standard of livingThe necessary physical infrastructureThe development of a diversified economy relying on the private sectorEffective and honest government

The Ministry of Planning, to discharge its responsibilities as lead development planner has commissioned the Socio-Economic Infrastructure Needs Assessment (SEINA) that was produced together with UNDP Iraq and released in 2012. The SEINA has received a positive feedback from all stakeholders and has helped the Kurdistan Regional Government to improve the allocation of public investment resources and attract strategic Public Private Partnerships.

As needs continue to grow along with the expanding population and with the increasing number of businesses owing to the Region's improving economic environment, there is a continuing need to measure gaps and accurately develop policies to accelerate progress in the KRG-led sustainable growth endeavors for the coming years. To anchor development in the Kurdistan Region in evidence-based analyses, the Ministry of Planning requested UNDP to undertake two different studies involving senior UNDP staff and consultants, reputable universities and research institutes and building in parallel the regional capacity to utilize the created outputs for development planning and the measuring of its impacts.

The two requested studies shall be designed to offer to the private sector of the Region and of other interested countries, a good understanding of opportunities to grow in Kurdistan. The overarching goal of those studies and the policy response that will follow will be 'learning with and from the world how to grow together' with a focus on potential cooperation with countries that have successfully designed and carried-out their transition to a market economy.

UNDP will undertake the two studies within the overall scope of the UNDP Iraq Country Programme and the UNDP Global Initiative on 'Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development (2013-2017)' and its Output 4: Public institutions and the private sector have strategies in place for investing resource revenues in economic transformation, social development and environmental sustainability.

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Expert

In conducting these two studies, namely i) Socio-Economic Infrastructure Needs Assessment II (SEINA II) and ii) Skills Needs Assessment (SNA), UNDP will use a blend of national and international consultants. A number of national consultants will be recruited for the studies, including an expert on development planning and legal frameworks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). The expert in development planning and legal frameworks in the KR-I will work within the above context.

Main objective

The main objective of the expert will be to facilitate institutional linkages and make knowledge and experiences in development planning, government institutions, and legal framework in the Kurdistan Region (KR) available to the Coordinator and experts of SEINA II and to those of SNA, to provide local knowledge and insights, and to assist international consultants with both substantive and logistical/practical issues.

More specifically, the Expert will:i) Assist the project team and the UNDP in setting up an operational plan to visit appropriate persons and institutions for the missions of each of the two teams of experts that will prepare the two studies. This will include the relevant Ministries and other governmental bodies, independent institutions, private organizations, international organizations, non-profits, business organizations, etc.

ii) Assist individual international consultants in analyzing the laws currently in force in KR that are relevant to their sector of expertise, and also assist them to resolve practical issues with visits and interviews (helping with linguistic, cultural, and logistical matters).

iii) Participate in mission meetings (most likely daily) for both SEINA II and SNA and contribute to establish whether findings are adequate to analyze the issues at hand, or whether meetings with additional persons/institutions will be required.


Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;Knowledge Sharing & Continuous Learning;Appropriate and Transparent Decision-making.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:The candidate should have a master degree in economics, international development, law or any of the social sciences or equivalent


The candidate should have more than 5 years' experience in development planning, legal and institutional frameworks, and associated fields in developing countries, preferably in the Middle East.Strong organizational and facilitation skills and ability to handle complex tasks with tight deadlines


Perfect command of the English language in writing, reading, and comprehension is required. Knowledge of the institutional framework and governmental organization of the KRG, as well as local legislation would be an advantage, as would knowledge of Kurdish and/or Arabic.

INTERESTED CANDIDATE HAS TO ACCESS PROCUREMENT NOTICE REF: IRQ10-IC011/15 -National Expert / Coordinator on development planning and legal frameworks,Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)-Iraqat the following link:

Please do not send your application through this website and send the complete application to (only application with complete supporting documents received in before or at the closing date will be processed).

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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