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New Career Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)

New Career Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)

Study: Niche Markets and Growth Sectors in Northern Iraq

Iraq, and in particular northern Iraq, is rich in agricultural resources. Recent years, however, have seen an over-reliance on the oil sector to drive growth. In 2014, deteriorating security and conflict in Iraq, coupled with a dramatic fall in global oil prices, caused a severe economic recession in the country.

The Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government faced severe fiscal crises whilst millions of displaced Iraqis and Syrians depended on humanitarian support.

Through the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting in both crisis response and economic recovery, and is seeking to promote development by building a resilience framework.

With the security and economic crises affecting millions, livelihoods programmes can help to provide diverse and sustainable employment opportunities to promote economic growth. Agriculture programmes in particular have value-added opportunities to lead this growth. However, structural challenges remain an obstacle.

UNDP’s ICRRP evaluated the performance and potential of promising niche markets to map the value chains, identify activities that can be established or expanded locally and, finally, inform further tailored livelihood interventions to be undertaken within the selected sectors by partners, the private sector, and government bodies.

The analysis of niche markets provides valuable information in terms of the existing gaps, constraints and potential opportunities, including linking with existing initiatives and commercial interests. This will help to boost market performance either by establishing a new activity within the value chain that currently relies on imports, or by supporting and modernizing existing activities. This study has been made possible by the generous support of the Government of Japan.


  • Demand for fresh flowers, decorative plants and greening of urban areas has grown, especially in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • Products originating from fruit, such as juice, dried/dehydrated fruits, canned fruits and jams are popular
  • The domestic fresh herb sector is small and fragmented, with the products mainly imported
  • Regarding all three niche markets, production tends to be small-scale, relies on conventional methods, and can be modernized to vastly improve productivity
  • All sectors offer employment potential for targeted populations: internally displaced people, refugees, host community members, youth and women

The full report can be downloaded here.

(Source: UNDP in Iraq)

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)

Criminal Case Management Course for Judges

Criminal case management course for judges and prosecutors in Ninewah, first of a series of UNDP activities to support effective criminal justice administration in Iraq

Twelve Iraqi judges and prosecutors from the Governorate of Ninewah successfully completed a criminal case management course held in Baghdad on 25-26 August 2017. UNDP Rule of Law Programme designed and conducted the course collaboratively with the Higher Judicial Council and the Judicial Development Institute.

The judges and prosecutors came from Mosul, Rabia, Sinjar, Makhmour, Shikhan, Zumar, Tal Aafr and Hamdania courts in Ninewah. They are sepcialized in adjudicating terrorism and criminal cases committed against Sunni, Shia, Christian, Yazidi, Shabak and Kurd populations during the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The course addressed effective justice administration, stages of complex crime investigations, assessment of strengths and challenges of the Iraqi justice system, prosecution system, digital evidence, in addition to money laundering and terrorist financing, and forensic flows.

Attending the closing ceremony, Chief Justice Hon. Faiq Zedan expressed appreciation to the judges and prosecutors “for their commitment and hard work under very challenging conditions.” He added: “The Higher Judicial Council will continue to collaborate with UNDP to improve the judiciary in response to the needs of people in Iraq.”

Participants identified priorities to improve Iraq’s criminal justice system, particularly in newly liberated areas. Amongst key recommendations was to establish a comprehensive unified database for terrorist suspects to help avoid duplication of names and improve access to corresponding information on suspects’ alleged crimes.

Other recommendations included: increasing the number of judges to address the large case load, increasing the number of qualified and trained judges and investigators to assist the police, training and equipping police for better crime prevention and detection, and rebuilding destroyed court houses and detention centres in Ninewah.

Judge Ghanim Mohammed Sultan said:

“The course helped the participating judges and prosecutors to enrich their knowledge and expand their vision … In spite of challenges on the ground, we will do our very best to provide justice for all in Ninewah and hold to account those who have committed crimes against the people.”

UNDP’s Rule of Law Programme Manager, Ms. Chamila Hemmathagama, said:

“The workshop helped participants to gain new knowledge on areas such as criminal case management specifically related to terrorism cases, digital evidence and the role of forensic evidence in detecting crimes. This is just the beginning of a series of workshops to develop a robust training programme for judges and prosecutors in Iraq with a specific focus on liberated areas.”

The next workshop will take place in September 2017 for 12 judges and prosecutors from the Governorate of Anbar. Outcomes of the two workshops will be maximized to further refine and review the training curricular and required topics for future trainings in discussion with Higher Judicial Council and the Judicial Development Institute.

(Source: UNDP)

Strategic Urban Development of the Pilgrimage Governorates

UN-Habitat and UNDP are helping Iraq to address strategic urban development of the Pilgrimage governorates of Najaf and Karbala.

Nearly thirty Iraqi officials convened in the holy city of Karbala, on 22-23 August 2017, to partake in an intensive two-day workshop titled “Governorate Urban Strategies for the Pilgrimage Cluster: Meeting the SDGs in Iraq”.

The officials represented the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Municipalities, Construction and Housing, and Public Works, both the national and local levels, as well as Karbala Governorate.

UN-Habitat organized the workshop under the Local Area Development Programme (LADP), a project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the European Union (EU).

Director General for Local and Regional Planning at the Ministry of Planning, Mr. Mohammed Al-Sayed, said:

“We appreciate the chance to enhance coordination between Governorate officials and improve the capacity of the staff at the central and local levels, in line with the decentralization efforts of the government.”

The workshop focused on the on-going spatial analysis of urban issues and development indicators concerning the governorates of Najaf and Karbala, being developed by UN-Habitat in close coordination with the Ministry of Planning.

Germany, UNDP agree $2.8m Funding for Reconciliation

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Embassy in Baghdad signed a cooperation agreement to support civic and community-based reconciliation across Iraq.

Under the leadership of the Implementation and Follow Up National Reconciliation Committee (IFNRC) of the Office of Iraq’s Prime Minister, UNDP has recently launched a major project to support local peace committees and help communities collect information on atrocities and violations committed against citizens during the conflict.

The Ambassador of Germany to Iraq, Dr. Cyrill Nunn, said:

“Reconciliation on a community level is key to a peaceful future of Iraq. As part of Germany’s commitment to the work of UNDP in Iraq, we are very pleased to support this project which will hopefully contribute to building trust between Iraqi citizens and to a more peaceful and resilient Iraq.”

UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said:

“Reconciliation is the highest priority in the country. Nothing is more important now right after the liberation of Mosul than helping communities find ways to live together in peace after the terrible years of conflict. Germany’s generous contribution to reconciliation comes at just the right time.”

(Source: UN)

Key Water Treatment Plant Reopened in Mosul

The Government of Iraq and UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) officially reopened the Al Qasoor Water Treatment Plant at a ceremony yesterday in Mosul.

Al Qasoor is the second largest water treatment plant in eastern Mosul, providing safe drinking water for 35 percent of residents. The plant provides 12,000 cubic metres of fresh water per hour to 24 neighbourhoods, reaching 300,000 people.

Most of the plant’s pumps, valves, switches and control panels were destroyed as well as its chlorination system and filtration pools. Work began on Al Qasoor in early May, even as the fighting in western Mosul continued. The Ninewah Water Directorate oversaw the US$ 1.3 million project, which was implemented by Iraqi company Thfaf Al Rafidain employing hundreds of workers from Mosul.

At the ceremony marking the re-opening of the plant, Ninewah Governor Nofal Hammadi said:

“We are doing everything we can to help Mosul rebuild. I’m proud of the Iraqi workers who bravely began work even while fighting was ongoing directly across the river. This project is a vital step to improving the well-being of the people of Mosul, and we’re grateful for the continuing support from the United Nations.”

Over 1,000 Stabilization Projects in Newly Liberated Areas

By the end of the second quarter of 2017, the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) expanded its work with over 1,000 projects underway that support the Government of Iraq’s efforts to stabilize 23 newly liberated areas.

This report outlines the progress made from 1 April to 30 June 2017 by FFS in the governorates of Ninewah, Salah al-Din, Anbar, Diyala and Kirkuk.

The quarterly report focuses on Mosul, where significant progress was made in upscaling activities in the biggest stabilization effort to date. Almost 300 projects are underway in the city, including rehabilitating critical water and health infrastructure, delivering and installing key electrical supplies, supporting the revival of Mosul University, and providing work opportunities to thousands of residents.

A special feature of this report focuses on women’s participation in stabilization, where important gains have been made throughout FFS project areas. The report also updates the Government of Iraq and the 23 FFS donors on ongoing progress in liberated areas of Anbar, Salah al-Din, Diyala, and Kirkuk. Continued support to these areas ensures that stabilization gains are maintained and returnees feel they can remain in their homes.

The work of FFS has helped create the conditions for the return of almost 2 million Iraqis to their homes. At present, over 3 million Iraqis are internally displaced and the continuance of FFS activities remains an essential component to stabilization in Iraq.


  • Over 1,000 stabilization projects are underway across newly liberated areas of Iraq
  • FFS is implementing almost 300 projects in Mosul
  • Thousands of residents of Mosul are working to revive their city through cash-for-work projects
  • Rehabilitation of critical water infrastructure serving hundreds of thousands of people in Mosul is underway
  • More than 40 projects are underway to support Mosul’s health sector
  • FFS is supporting the revival of Mosul University
  • FFS is supporting vulnerable minority communities
  • FFS is scaling up successful housing and cash-grant programmes in Anbar

Click here to download the full 76-page report.

(Source: UNDP)