The Private Sector Development & Employment Promotion (PSD) Project in Iraq is a multi-donor action commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The PSD Project supports governmental efforts of creating conditions for a growth-oriented business and investment climate in central and south Iraq as well as Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It provides advisory services for economic reforms to government partners and supports fact-based policy making through promoting the inclusion of private sector representations, academic institutions and civil society organisations into policy-making processes. In addition, the PSD Project supports the creation of employment prospects in the private sector for young Iraqis, especially women and returnees, following an integrated approach that combines labour market-driven skills development and job placement measures as well as entrepreneurship development, and advisory services for MSMEs.
Overall, this multi-donor action puts emphasis on developing long-term abilities of its partners such as Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, chambers and business associations. Special attention is given to sectors with a strong potential for growth such as agribusiness, solar energy, waste management, and hospitality, with a regional focus on Baghdad, Basra, Diwaniyah, Diyala, Erbil, and Mosul.
Cultural, societal, and financial issues are some of the main causes for women to not look to follow their entrepreneurial desires in setting up or expanding businesses in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Women-led businesses tend to face a great deal more issues than their male counterparts when it comes to planning, creating, running, accessing finance, and expanding or upscaling their businesses. With these clear issues so prevalent within Iraq and the KRI, the PSD project is seeking to conduct a bespoke need analysis report to outline issues facing women-led businesses. This assessment should provide the PSD project with the main issues, obstacles, and hindrances facing women-led businesses, while not solely focus on one aspect of the women-led business but clearly outlining issues ranging from starting up their business to expanding or upscaling their business.
Feedback and suggestions on how the project can best support women-led businesses in the relevant project regions of Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Mosul, and Diyala should also be incorporated into the assessment. Clear distinctions should be made in identifying the differences in support within each project region to allow the PSD project to understand the status quo and how best to support women-led businesses. The contractor is required to conduct meetings and interviews with relevant government entities, CSOs, women-led businesses, chambers of commerce, and business associations virtually to provide a comprehensive outline of the current struggles and possible measures to be undertaken while also including desk research into the assessment.
The assessment should also look to include current and past implementation undertaken by PSD with a view to providing feedback on upscaling or expanding them in the future (if necessary). This assessment should finally look to provide recommendations that are in line with the objectives of GIZ, including sustainability and upholding the policy of do-no-harm.
The approximate technical requirement of the consultant is as follows:
- Education/training: First class university qualification (Advanced university degree is preferred) in business administration, economics, management, or engineering.
- Language: Excellent business language skills in English, Kurdish, and Arabic.
- Professional experience: Minimum 2 years experience in business consulting, business development, and business administration, specifically related to small and medium companies and women-led businesses.
- Regional experience: Knowledge of the business landscape and economic context in Iraq (including the Kurdistan region) for at least 3 years.
Interested individuals are kindly requested to express their interest for the above-mentioned services, to send a Letter of Interest with the following documents:
1. The Curriculum Vitae CV.
2. Provide a letter directed to GIZ exploring the interest to work with GIZ for the above-mentioned service.
3. At least three References
4. Bank data with all details from a local bank (Bank Name, Account Holder, IBAN, account number).
5. A copy of ID or Passport.
Interested individuals must submit the above requirement forms (I. to IX.) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject name ‘’ PSD – Women led business needs analysis‘’. The deadline for submission is: On Sunday, 27.06.2021 AT 15:00