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New Career Opportunities in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan:

(Source: UN)

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New Career Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)

(Picture: Finger pressing a new career start button, from Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock)

New Career Opportunities in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan:

(Source: UN)

(Picture: Success, growth, career, development signpost from 3D_Creation/Shutterstock)

Cabinet endorses Institutional Performance Management System

Iraq’s Institutional Performance Management System endorsed for implementation across Iraq’s Public Sector

The Council of Ministers has endorsed “Iraq Government-Wide Institutional Performance Management System” for immediate application across public sector institutions in Iraq. The system is a non-prescriptive business excellence framework for organizational management, designed to help organizations to become more competitive.

It provides a framework that allows public sector institutions to determine their current level of excellence and identify areas for improvement.

With the technical assistance provided by Iraq Public Sector Modernization Program under UNDP, who shared international best practices and standards, the system was developed by the Council of Ministers Secretariat (CoMSEC), in consultation with key Iraqi stakeholders, including the Federal Board for Supreme Audit (FBSA).

The system design was guided by the “European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM)” standards. It was first piloted during the second half of the 2017 in the ministries of Electricity, Youth & Sports and Trade.  Lessons learned from the pilot were used to further refine the model for the implementation throughout the public sector.

UNDP Iraq supported the Government of Iraq’s preparedness to implement this innovative performance management system through a major capacity development program, which concluded on the 22nd of March, 2018.  This program benefited a total of 142 staff from 21 federal ministries and CoMSEC who received training in the fundamentals and procedures of the institutional performance management.

The Government of Iraq’s institutional capacity was further strengthened through the specialized training of a team of 20 Iraqi staff from CoMSEC and FBSA who will be leading the implementation of the new performance management system.  This team has successfully completed the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Assessor Training (EAT), the internationally recognized standard for performance management.

With this training, the team will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to effectively assess the public sector institutions in the year 2018 and beyond. Effective public sector management allows the Government to set clear goals, monitoring the activities of the ministries in order to better allow it to expand on successes and correct deficiencies. This helps ensure that all Iraqis are better served by their government.

This nationally-owned and -led initiative falls within the framework of UNDP Public Sector Modernization Program support to Government of Iraq to reinforce its mechanisms for accountability and efficiency, IPSM works to support more efficient, accountable and participatory governance at national and sub-national levels in Iraq.

(Source: UNDP)

Strengthening Women’s Role in Protecting Iraq’s Environment

To strengthen women’s participation in national environment protection, disaster preparedness and risk response to climate action, an electronic platform was launched on “Women for Safe and Green Iraq” (WfSGI).

This is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Environment, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The aim of WfGSI is to provide space for dialogue, technical discussions, and develop consensus and collective inputs to influence gender responsive policies, strategies and plans for a greener and safer Iraq.

The platform will seek to create opportunities for women for continued professional development and entry points to engage and find innovative solutions for an environment-friendly and resilient country. It also raises awareness of activities and events related to gender and sustainable development issues and create a space for networking with international institutions and women’s groups.

The WfSGI electronic platform was founded by a group of gender units from various Iraqi ministries, in collaboration with the UNDP in Iraq to create the first women’s forum for a safe and green Iraq. “The new platform brings together several ministries, departments from central and Regional Government towards a shared mission of promoting gender equality and empowerment of women in support of sustainable environment management, disaster risks reduction and climate change”.

This was stated by the Deputy Minister for Health and Environment (MoEHNV), Mr. Jassim Al-Falahi at the launch of WfGSI. He added, “With the setting up of this platform, the Governmental institutions in Iraq will now be better aware of the importance of women’s participation in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

The Deputy Country Director of UNDP Operations in Iraq, Mr. Thair Shraideh said, “Women in Iraq are  more vulnerable to environment and disaster risks and hazards due to socio-cultural and structural obstacles in the way of their participation at every level in the development process and their constrained access to resources in general. There can be no sustainable development if the structural and social barriers that hold back half the population are not addressed”.

Close to 125 representatives from the Government of Iraq, non-governmental organizations and disaster risk management experts and gender focal points participated  in the launch of WfGSI. UNDP Gender Specialist, Ms. Sundus Abbas stated that “UNDP would work with all its partners to extend support to this initiative and to ensure its sustainability.”

On the occasion of the launch, the Ministry of Culture facilitated an exhibition of paintings on the theme of women and development by more than 20 women artists and painters from across the country.

UNDP has been a major partner of the Government of Iraq in addressing the challenges in areas of environment, energy, and disaster and climate risks management. Environmental protection is core to UNDP’s development mandate. The Environment, Energy and Climate Change (EECC) programme cluster responds to the national challenges through a host of projects that aim to promote resilience based development in Iraq by addressing the root causes, risks and mitigation measures associated with environmental degradation, climate change and disasters shocks. In so doing, UNDP’s strategy is to capacitate the relevant ministries, departments and the regional authorities to fulfil their obligations and commitments in terms of policy, legal and regulatory functions.

(Source: UNDP)

Australia Increases Support to Stabilization in Iraq

Australia Substantially Increases Support to Stabilization in Iraq

The Government of Australia has contributed an additional USD 13.5 million (AUD 18 million) to the UNDP Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas of Iraq liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings Australia’s total contribution since 2015 to USD 16.5 million (AUD 22 million).

UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq, Ms. Marta Ruedas, said:

The progress being made is clearly visible across the country. Roads are being repaired, hospitals are reopening, electricity is being restored and people are returning to work. More than 60 percent of the almost 6 million people who fled during the conflict have returned home.

“UNDP deeply appreciates the timely and flexible funding provided by the Government of Australia, and while there remains a great deal of work to do, this generous contribution will help liberated areas get back on their feet.

The Australian Ambassador to Iraq, H.E. Dr. Joanne Loundes, said:

Australia is committed to the stabilisation and redevelopment of Iraq.  On top of restoring essential public services and rehabilitating critical infrastructure in liberated areas, the FFS prioritises projects that meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including women.  

“Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a core part of Australia’s foreign policy, economic diplomacy and development work and I welcome the opportunity to support work that directly contributes to this objective.

At the request of the Government of Iraq, UNDP established the Funding Facility for Stabilization in June 2015 to facilitate the return of displaced Iraqis, lay the groundwork for reconstruction and recovery, and safeguard against the resurgence of violence and extremism.

The Facility currently has more than 2,000 projects underway in 31 liberated cities and districts, helping local authorities to quickly rehabilitate essential infrastructure. Over 95 percent of all stabilization projects are carried out by local private sector companies, providing a key source of employment for local people.

(Source: UNDP)

Safe Drinking Water for 33,000 in Erbil Governorate

Access to safe drinking water is ensured for over 33,000 people in the Governorate of Erbil

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Erbil Governorate completed the rehabilitation of the main water treatment plant in Rawanduz sub-district, which provided safe drinking water to over 33,000 people, including 2,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).

With support from the Government of Germany, UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and Erbil Governorate upgraded key components of the treatment plant, including construction of a pumping station, main transmission pipeline and water treatment unit.

The upgrade of the water treatment plant will help alleviate chronic shortages, ensure adequate supply of clean water and improve health conditions for the local population.

At a ceremony marking the completion of the project, the Minister of Municipalities and Tourism (MOMAT) for the Kurdistan Regional Government, H.E. Mrs.  Newroz Mawlood Amin, said:

“I feel very lucky to be here today to open the Bekhal-Rawanduz water plant. The project is delivering potable water in line with international standards, benefiting people living in Rawanduz district and surrounding villages.”

The Governor of Erbil, H.E Mr. Nawzad Hadi, said:

“This project has addressed a surge in demand for basic services caused by the influx of IDPs in many villages. We thank the residents of Rawanduz for their generosity in welcoming IDPs and we praise both host communities and IDPs for living peacefully in this area.”

The Mayor of Rawanduz, Mrs. Kwestan Qadir, added:

“Because of the poor quality of water, local communities, especially children, were suffering from waterborne diseases. This project will increase the supply of drinking water to households from 1.5 hours over two days to 24 hours a day/seven days a week. This is a remarkable achievement. We are confident that the improved access to safe water will prevent potential future outbreaks of water-related diseases.”

UNDP’s Programme Manager for ICRRP, Mr. Ashley Carl, noted:

“One of the first steps to recovery after a crisis is ensuring people have access to basic services. ICRRP is strengthening access to basic services and improving the life of vulnerable communities throughout Iraq. With donor support ICRRP has launched more than 30 new infrastructure projects across the country. We are glad to have contributed to such an important project focused on supporting local authorities in meeting the increased demands for essential services to at risk communities.”

UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) promotes the recovery and resilience of communities vulnerable to multi-dimensional shocks associated with large-scale returns and protracted displacement of Iraqis and Syrian refugees.

This is achieved through a medium-term, 24-36 month period of programming integrating crisis management capacity building, rehabilitating basic service infrastructure, livelihood recovery and social cohesion.

(Source: UNDP)

New Career Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)

New Career Opportunities in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan:

(Source: UN)

Gender Mainstreaming in Iraq’s Elections

UNDP and UNAMI works with Iraqi High Elections Commission (IHEC) on gender mainstreaming in Iraq’s elections

20 participants from IHEC’s gender unit participated in the first of a series of capacity building activites planned to support IHEC in the period leading up to the upcoming elections.

The workshop, jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNAMI, in cooperation with IHEC, aimed at enhancing the capacities of the gender team to promote greater political participation of women in elections both as candidates and as voters.

IHEC Chairperson Mr. Maan Al-Hitawi said:

“We believe that women are not only half of population but are the whole society, that is why the strategy of the Council of Commisioner is focusing on supporting the gender team as central part of IHEC structure”.

Speaking on behalf of UNAMI, DSRSG Ms. Alice Walpole opened the workshop and said:

Women’s political participation in Iraq is characterized by progress as well as setbacks. In terms of numerical representation at national and local governance levels, Iraq has some of the highest rates globally.

“The significant representation of women in Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR) is largely attributable to the use of a quota (25%), I welcome the recent formation of the IHEC Gender committee aimed at mainstreaming women’s participation throughout the several phases of the electoral process, devising tailor made interventions and promoting gender equality within IHEC’s internal structures, procedures and policies”

Speaking on behalf of UNDP, Country Director Mr.  Mounir Tabet said:

“The gender gap is one of the main issues that UNDP took into consideration in developing its support for the delivery of free, fair and transparent elections. We are aiming to fully support IHEC’s gender engagement strategy and to empower the role of women in elections as candidates, political activists, voters, CSO actors, throughout the electoral cycle”.

Facilitated by UNDP’s gender specialist, the workshop reviewed the electoral processes from a gender perspective, referring to the importance of building gender classified data and to learn from good practices of promoting women participation in electoral processes.

After the workshop, participants will hold a one-day meeting targeting gender units in line ministries in order to collaborate and coordinate efforts of raising awareness of women and men in the public sector and encouraging more active participation in the elections.

Additional workshops will be facilitated by UNDP and IHEC’s gender team at the national and provincial levels. These workshops will also suppot the gender unit to conduct a review of election materials from a gender perspective and to help the team establish a social media platform to promote greater participation of women in the upcoming elections.

UNDP and UNAMI are jontly planning to support IHEC’s gender team  activities In priority areas of gender mainstreaming the election process with focusing on encouraging active women participation in election and enhacing capacities of IHEC’s gender focal point in governorates to ensure gender mainstreaming in electoral process.

(Source: UNDP)