STTA Provincial Environment Development BPR Expert_ Multiple Provinces
Fulltime- Short term contract
September 5, 2021
September 19, 2021
The purpose of the Iraq Governance Performance and Accountability (IGPA) - Takamul project is to advance effective, accountable, and transparent governance in Iraq. This USAID effort, implemented by DAI, will work with the Government of Iraq (GOI) at all levels to better respond to citizen needs by supporting reform initiatives and Iraqi change agents on inclusive governance and public sector transparency, accountability, and economy. “Reform initiatives” includes support to improve service delivery functions, public financial management, and open government initiatives. IGPA/Takamul will support the GOI and the citizens of Iraq in forming partnerships and collaborative efforts to solve problems jointly. IGPA/Takamul has four (4) objectives:
1. Enhance GOI service delivery capacity
2. Improve public financial management
3. Strengthen monitoring and oversight of service delivery and public expenditure
4. Support Iraqi change agents to ensure sustainability of reform
Under the Climate Change Governance activity, Task Order 6, IGPA will support the Government of Iraq (GOI) as it seeks to increase its efforts at addressing climate change issues as part of its commitment to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The approach and activities of TO6 involve a mixture of mitigation and adaptation, and reflect IGPA’s experience and lessons learned while undertaking programming in the key service delivery sectors of water, solid waste, electricity, and agriculture. Additionally, TO6 will leverage the project’s productive relationships with Iraqi decision-makers and civil society to focus on strengthening governance – the provision of technical assistance to improve decision making, planning, resourcing and the creation of policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks that will support climate change action and build resilience of GOI institutions at all levels.
The purpose of this task order is to provide technical assistance under the general scope of the overall contract through three tasks: a) Improving climate change governance in key sectors b) Supporting GOI in addressing climate changes, including engaging Iraqis and COP26 participation; c) Supporting provincial level climate change governance.
IGPA Task Order 6 must coordinate and complement activities closely with the Governments of Iraq, other USG- funded activities, and other donor-led initiatives designed to strengthen climate change adaptation in ways that leverage their investments to ensure burden sharing and build upon achievements and lessons learned from past climate change adaptation initiatives.
IGPA has enjoyed considerable success in developing key governance structures at the provincial level in support of decentralization including the Provincial Planning and Development Councils, Provincial Evaluation
Departments, Administrative and Financial Affairs Directorates, and Provincial Women’s Empowerment Departments. The Task Order will leverage the relationships established and lessons learned by the project to increase the ability of provinces within Iraq to incorporate affective climate change governance at the local level. A key entity for this task will be the provincial environmental protection councils, an entity established in most provinces.
The status of the Provincial Environment Development and Protection Councils is uneven across the country, with some councils constituted and others relatively inactive. The Task Order will undertake an initial assessment of the status of these councils in selected provinces and select three pilot target provinces (one each in the south, central, and northern region) in which to undertake a program of support to revitalize the councils, including their structures, capacities, and activities. The support will reflect the importance of the council to be
the lead agency at the provincial level in engaging with both the public and the other provincial governance entities (Provincial Planning and Development Councils, Provincial Evaluation Departments, Provincial Women’s Empowerment Departments, and civil society organization offices) to ensure climate change mitigation is reflected in planning processes, evaluation and monitoring, and civil society engagement.
The purpose of this position is to provide technical support to selected provincial environment protection councils, which will include but not be limited to organizational development and staffing, the creation of bylaws, a capacity needs assessment, and initial strategic and work planning. Task Order staff will then seek to scale up the establishment of similar councils in other provinces and seek to both link them to each other and form a network for the Federal Council for Environment Development and Protection led the Ministry of Environment in Baghdad.
1: Revised SOPs, TORs, and Bylaws
- Description: The expert will work closely with three (3) provincial environment protection councils to update and revise standard operating procedures, terms of reference, and bylaws.
a. Finalized and approved (by councils) revised operating documents for each provincial council, including:
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Terms of Reference
b. Initial development workshops with three pilot provinces, introducing and outlining:
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Terms of Reference
2: Revised Organization Charts
- Description: The expert will work closely with three (3) provincial environment protection councils to update and revise organizational charts.
- Deliverable: Finalized and approved (by councils) revised organization charts documents for each provincial council, including:
- Master Organization Chart
- Roles and Responsibilities per Position
- Relationship and POCs to other organizations
- Master’s degree in clean energy, climate change, environmental studies, environmental engineering, public policy, law, or related field (or equivalent work experience) is preferred but not required.
- Bachelor’s degree in clean energy, climate change, environmental studies, environmental engineering, public policy, law, or related field.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in environmental studies, clean energy, stakeholder consultations, local governance, and/or climate change programming.
- Extensive experience working with provincial-level ministerial staff and legislators in Iraq.
- Experience on USAID environment sector-oriented projects is preferred but not required.
- Demonstrated experience supporting projects on green finance, natural resources management, renewable energy policy, greenhouse gas management, or climate change mitigation and adaptation options preferred.
- Experience drafting and designing standard operating procedures, organization charts, terms of reference, and bylaws.
- Fluency in Arabic is required. Fluency in Kurdish is preferred.
- English (speaking, reading and writing) required.
- Excellent technical and report writing skills.