The purpose of the Iraq Governance Performance and Accountability (IGPA) 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 will support the GOI and the citizens of Iraq in forming partnerships and collaborative efforts to solve problems jointly. IGPA 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 (cross-cutting objective)
Purpose: This consultancy falls under IGPA s Objective 4. The objective of this technical assistance is to provide senior advisory support, through a CIO, for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), spearheading the implementation of reforms in public financial management (PFM) systems, processes and technology, thereby helping to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Government.
KRG is fortunate to have visionary leadership in key areas, particularly in the senior leadership team, and in some IT disciplines. What the CIO role will bring is reinforcement of the link between policy-makers and an e-enabled public service that has the electronic tools necessary to support enhanced service delivery vision.
Building upon the success of the Biometric Registration and Identity Management initiatives in reducing the proportion of total KRG expenditure devoted to personal emoluments, a series of further interventions is planned to institutionalize the benefits already realized and to prepare for the right-sizing of the civil service. The framework for this has been defined at a high-level that identifies seven Process and eight Technical interventions.
Period of Performance : The duration of this consultancy will be one year
Responsibilities and Key Tasks:
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Advisor will be responsible for the below tasks:
The immediate objectives, within the first 90 days of the engagement are:
• Re-validate the approach, and the relevance of each intervention at the strategic level.
• Prepare summary plans for each intervention, along with separate TA and goods/services requirements, including SoW for each.
• Build a coherent Service-Oriented Architecture (SoA) landscape, focusing upon sustainability, development of local capacity, and a pragmatic blend of commercial software and locally-developed integration tools to deliver the e-Government services as planned.
The medium-term objectives of the engagement are:
• Manage the complex delivery programs for multiple interventions (concurrently where practicable)
• Provide the critical ICT capabilities to support key organizational objectives.
• Coordinate multiple donor engagements into a coherent and pragmatic service-delivery improvement model
The advisor is expected to provide strategic guidance that is both sound and pragmatic, along with detailed-level technical/implementation advice to support the Kurdistan Region in strengthening and developing the internal systems that support its economic development. Operating in the context of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF) Needs Assessment, completed in March 2015, and the Implementation Plan, currently under preparation, for PFM Reform, this activity will provide senior-level advisor(s) to support KRG officials at the MOEF and other selected ministries.
The advisor will assist the KRG to specify and manage the implementation of transformational eGovernment systems and processes designed to address multi-faceted policy, administrative, and procedural issues that will enhance both service delivery and public expenditure management.
Based in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the CIO will provide strategic advice and guidance, mentoring, business and systems analysis to senior managers in the MOEF, the IT Department of the Council of Ministers, and other selected KRG ministries and agencies.
Specifically, the Advisor will manage specific coordination between the planned Processes and Technical interventions and will elaborated upon the interventions in more detail as the first outputs of the planned advisory support work.
• Action Plan - Due within 90 days of the effective date of the award.
The action plan will be a detailed implementation plan that aligns with KRG priorities to increase the efficiency of public expenditure management in the areas related to improving public financial management and service delivery for each of the fifteen processes and technical interventions identified.
This action plan will include:
• Project Plans, dependencies, milestones, and target delivery dates
• Risks/Issues, mitigation plans and contingencies
• A catalogue of SoWs that support delivery of the Plan (both for TA and goods/services) along with a procurement strategy that includes methods, plans and timelines
• A Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) framework for the engagement, and supporting SoWs
• A list of recommended interventions for technical assistance by USAID/Iraq.
• Detailed technical architecture design, integration, business justification, and Statements of Work for additional short-term Technical Assistance interventions in support of cross-cutting SoA delivery framework.
• On-going M&E outputs as required by USAID/Iraq, including risk/issues, quality and communications plan status.
• Weekly written bulleted briefs and policy notes for USAID/Iraq as required
• Monthly progress reports each month the advisor will provide to USAID/Iraq a brief report of no more than three (3) pages highlighting progress made against the Action Plan and adjustments to be made as necessary.
• Final progress report one month before project end date, provide to USAID/Iraq
Industry Type :
General Trading / Export / Import
Functional Area :
Desired Candidate Profile
The Minimum Requirements are:
• An advanced degree in Technology, Economics, Financial Management, Public Administration, or another relevant field required.
• Specialized expertise in specific, relevant areas of eGovernment systems, PFM and integration including the development of key policies and procedures for implementation and oversight, as well as in relevant MIS design and specification.
• Extensive operational and policy making experience in the subject areas; usually stemming from senior government positions or consulting delivery experience and familiarity with best international practice.
• A minimum of 10 years of practical experience in a senior line or advisory position within a ministry of finance, or a related budgetary institution, international consultancy and/or academia, with relevant experience in the design and implementation of substantial technology-enabled reform agendas.
• Application systems experience in the field of business analysis, SoA design and implementation and able to develop functional design and technical specifications for the technology to be acquired or developed.
• A mix of public and private sector expertise is preferred.
• Ability to conduct technical discussions and to write reports in English to a high standard and under tight deadlines is essential; Kurdish fluency is desired but not required.
• Previous experience working in Kurdistan is desired but not required.
Location and Reporting:
The Chief Information Officer will be based in Erbil, Iraq and will report to the Regional Programming Manager, IGPA/Takamul based in Erbil or his designee.