Call for MSMEs Consultants

Posted 10 months ago by GIZ
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Services
The Private Sector Development and Employment Promotion (PSD) project is demanding services for individual consultants for Tendering Processes and Procedures Assessment for MSMEs. 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Iraq assists the Iraqi Government on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ offers a wide range of services to governments enabling them to perform reform measures, to private sector entities in order to lead economic growth, and to international institutions to implement their development objectives. BMZ has commissioned GIZ to implement the Private Sector Development & Employment Promotion project (PSD) in Iraq. PSD aims to create and foster employment opportunities in Iraq with a focus on young people (especially young women) as well as returning refugees in the provinces of Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Diwaniya, and Mosul. Service requirement: PSD will look to conduct a comprehensive assessment for the KRI and Iraq to identify the most predominant sectors in Iraq where SMEs can be awarded contracts as suppliers or subcontractors. The objective of the assessment is to provide GIZ with an outline of the sectors that have most potential for MSME participation in tender processes; understand what the obstacles and hindrances are to MSMEs in bidding for tenders; and provide thorough feedback about measures that can be undertaken to support MSMEs to better prepare them for the awarding of tenders. This assessment should also include the following: 
1. Identify at least 3 sectors that are most active in tendering processes and have good potential 
for SMEs to work in. 
2. Identify requirements for SMEs to take part in tendering processes of different sectors (e.g. registration with the ministry of natural resources in KRI before being able to apply for tenders in the oil and gas sector) 
3. Identify the means of advertising tenders in each sector and identify the types of services that have the most likelihood of being offered for tenders. 
4. With a focus on the oil and gas industry in the KRI and southern Iraq, identify the requirements for SMEs to participate in tenders in both areas and by their respective governing authority. Make clear distinctions between the requirements needed in the KRI to participate in tenders and requirements required in southern Iraq also. 
5. Identify hurdles and obstacles to SMEs to participate in tendering processes or being able to 
be awarded contracts. 
6. Identify at least 5 SMEs with experience in being awarded tenders and the tender processes in each of the 3 sectors identified by the consultant. The aim is to better gauge their approaches to being awarded tenders and how they could possibly benefit from synergies, or partnerships with other SMEs to have an added value in the tendering process. 
7. Provide feedback and suggestions on possible measures to support the SMEs. E.g. networking 
sessions, trainings, support for companies to work together. 8. Identify possible areas where the chamber of commerce can have a supporting role to SMEs 
looking to bid for tenders. 

The approximate technical requirement of the consultant is as follows: 
  • Education / training: University qualification (Master level is preferred) in business administration, economics, management or engineering 
  • Language: Excellent business language skills in English and Kurdish, fluency in Arabic is a plus. 
  • General professional experience: Minimum 3 years’ experience in the field of business consulting, business development and business administration, specifically related to small and medium companies. 
  • Specific professional experience: Knowledge in procedures and processes of tendering (to submit bids and draft tenders) 
  • Regional experience: Knowledge of the business landscape and economic context in Iraq (including Kurdistan region) 
  • Development cooperation experience: Experience in working with development cooperation would be a bonus. 

Interested individuals are kindly requested to express their interest for the above-mentioned services, to send a Letter of Interest with following documents: 
1. The CV with references 
2. Provide a letter directed to GIZ exploring the interest to work with GIZ for above mentioned 
3. Bank data with all details from a local bank (Bank Name, Account Holder, IBAN). 
4. A copy of ID or Passport. 

This expression of interest is a market search for qualified Consultants and GIZ keeps the right for appropriate selection of the best qualified consultants for future demand of MSME services. 
Interested individuals must submit above requirement forms (1. to 4.) via email to with the email subject name ‘’ EOI – MSMEs Consultants ‘’. 
The deadline for submission is: On Sunday, 11.10.2020 AT 15:00 


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