The project “Private Sector Development and Employment Promotion in Iraq”, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aims to improve the economic and social perspectives of young people and returning refugees in Iraq. Volatile oil prices, insecurity, policy constraints and a saturated public sector contribute to a high youth unemployment rate and limited private sector growth, recently also amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic. The project is based on two modules covering respectively support to economic policy reforms and employment promotion.
The first module of the project aims at supporting the Iraqi government and the government of the Kurdish Region with the planning and implementation of economic reforms towards a better investment and business climate. It follows a multi-stakeholder approach and comprises 5 outputs related to (1) capacity-building for economic policy, (2) public-private dialogues, (3) civil society involvement for economic reforms, (4) support to evidence-based policy making and (5) corruption prevention and business integrity.
The second module aims at improving the employment prospects in the private sector in Iraq. This is done through (1) youth skills development by offering and increasing needs-orientation of vocational qualification, (2) capacity building of training institutions, (3) media campaigns to increase the attractiveness of the private sector as an employer for young women and men, (4) support for growth-oriented micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) and (5) Market innovations for business development and entrepreneurship promotion. PSD is demanding services for advisory services for the years 2021 until 2023. The minimum requirements of the experts are as follows.
The applicant should have the knowledge and experience in conducting advisory services to the government and senior officials. The service could be conducted in person or via online portals where the applicant has to be flexible in terms of availability to perform the required services and has the equipment.
At least a university degree (MA or Ph.D. are of added value) in either of the following or related fields or majors:
Business administration and management
Fiscal and monetary policy management/development
Banking and finance
Agriculture and environmental studies
Economic fact-based journalism
English is the official communication language. Written and spoken fluency is mandatory. Arabic (written and oral fluency) is essential if the service is required in Federal Iraq. Kurdish (written and oral fluency) is essential if the activity is required in the Kurdistan region.
Fields of Experience
Several years of experience should have previously been acquired in those or related (depending on the required advisory):
Public finance management
(Macro) economic reforms
Policy and process development of economic reforms
Private sector development
Digitization, e-government, e-banking / mobile payment
Organizational/ strategy development
International experiences are beneficial.
Advisory services are provided for ministries, (senior) government officials, members of the parliament, business associations, state-owned companies, independent civil society organizations. Other beneficiaries are possible.
Interested individual consultants are kindly requested to express their interest in the above-mentioned service, to send a Letter of Interest with the following documents:
1. The CV.
2. A copy of ID or Passport.
3. Bank data with all details from a local bank (Bank Name, Account Holder, IBAN).
4. Provide a letter directed to GIZ exploring the interest to work with GIZ for above mentioned service.
This expression of interest is a market search for qualified consultants/individuals and GIZ keeps the right for appropriate selection of the best qualified consultant/individual. After this expression of interest, you might be asked for more detailed information and the criteria of selection will be shared with all selected consultants/individuals for future demand under this Advisory Services.
Interested consultants/individuals must submit above requirements via email to Procurement.Iraq@giz.de with the email subject name:
“PSD – FoA1 – Advisory Services”.
The deadline for submission is:
Before 15:00 local time.