USAID Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability Project Gender Budgeting Pilot Consultant
Abuja, NG
3d ago

Scope of Work

SOW Title : Gender Budgeting Pilot Consultant

Work Plan No : 2.4.2 Gender Budgeting Pilot

Date of SOW : 11 / 17 / 2019

LOE : 60 days with the possibility of extending

Job Classification : International

Reporting to : Public Financial Management (PFM) Team Lead

Duty Station : Baghdad with possible travel to Erbil

Background and Rationale

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)

IGPA also supports the fulfillment of the GOI’s commitment toward decentralization as a means toward achieving the above objectives, particularly the enhancement of the responsiveness of public services to citizens’ needs and the improvement of transparency and accountability in the use of public resources.

IGPA aims to improve service delivery, public financial management, and the monitoring and oversight of both. A gendered view is critical for designing and implementing technical assistance that strengthens the social contract between all Iraqi citizens and their government.

The STTA Consultant position will provide flagship PFM technical assistance by engaging the national and provincial budgeting processes as an entry point for addressing inequities related to gender and social inclusion.

Activity Description

Short term technical assistance (STTA) is needed to develop a detailed scope for a three-part activity that will help IGPA address gender and inclusion through various gender budgeting related activities at the national and provincial level for key GOI stakeholders including Ministry of Planning (MoP), Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA), Governor’s Office (GO) Provincial Women’s Empowerment Directorate (PWED), Provincial Planning and Development Council (PPDC) and Administrative Financial and Administrative Directorate (AFAD).

This scope of work describes the activity that will support national-level gender responsive budgeting, provincial level budget planning and analysis, and planning resources for social service delivery in support of anti-domestic violence (ADV) efforts.

The Consultant will report to the PFM Team Lead and collaborate with the Director of Equality and Inclusion (E&I) in Iraq.

This activity requires development of the following documents and activities for the GOI :

  • Guidelines for national level gender responsive budgeting . According to the 2019 PFM Law (Article 10), the MOP and MOLSA are responsible for developing and including a specific gender budget for annual federal consideration for the national budget.
  • Guidance and capacity for doing so are limited at present. Therefore, the Consultant will support MOP and MOLSA to develop detailed guidelines to develop gender budget as part of the annual national budget process.

  • The Consultant will support MOP and MOLSA to prepare guidelines to : assess sectoral budgets for gender entry points; assess specific activities that have or should have gender components;
  • and design appropriate gender-responsive budgets. Guidelines will detail data collection, analysis, and how to prioritize gender related activities as part of the overall budgeting process.

    Guidelines will help MOP and MOLSA understand how and when to engage provincial level institutions for follow up on decentralized gender-budgeting and planning.

  • Plan for training PWED in basic provincial planning and budgeting processes . Iraq’s gender infrastructure is weak, particularly related to decentralization.
  • Neither federal nor provincial level institutions are well-placed to play the critical role of mainstreaming gender for improved service delivery and greater accountability.

    As a result, GOI requested IGPA to build the capacity of a Year 3 workplan activity to be implemented by the PFM team involves provincial level gender units (PWED) with the PPDC to engage in provincial planning and budgeting in meaningful ways.

    Given that PWED position and roles within provincial structures remain unclear, a detailed implementation plan is needed to operationalize this planned activity within the current operating environment.

    The Consultant will present a detailed plan and materials for training PWED and PPDC in basic provincial planning and budgeting processes in coordination with the provincial AFAD (situated in the GO in each province).

    It is important to involve the PPDC as the PPDC is responsible for the provincial planning process and for developing the provincial development plan.

    Gender Responsive Budgeting Pilot for ADV Support Services .

    The pilot will be designed to use a gender lens to analyze existing budgets and cross-sectoral initiatives, identify gaps, and design and fund public services that address the specific service needs associated with domestic violence protection.

    This pilot should be designed to work primarily with the MoP to fulfill its mandate for gender budgeting.

    For this activity it will be important at the provincial level to involve the Women Social Protection Department (WSPD) connected with the MOLSA Woman Social Protection Office.

    This office provides social services to women including widows, divorced, and women survivors of abuse and violence. The WSPD prepares its budget and sends it directly to MOLSA without coordinating with the GO / PWED.

    The activity can include a component that works with the WSPD to build their capacity in preparing the gender budget and linking the WSPD with PWED to exchange information and receive and give feedback.

    The Consultant will also work closely with the Erbil-based PFM and Gender Coordinators to develop a related gender budgeting pilot activity for targeted Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) stakeholders.

    Key responsibilities of the Gender Budgeting Pilot Consultant in KRI are :

  • Engage MOLSA officials to assess capacity and commitment to addressing gender and social inclusion in annual budgets.
  • Develop gender budgeting guidelines that can be applied and followed by MoP and MoLSA.
  • Develop detailed plan for training PWEDs, PPDC and AFAD in gender planning and budgeting and with specific attention to the PWED current status and unclear mandates.
  • Coordinate with Task Order 5 team to design Gender Responsive Budget Pilot for ADV support services.
  • Meet with government officials and civil society to discuss needs and build support for proposed gender responsive budgeting pilot.
  • Deliverables

  • Guidelines for central-level gender responsive budgeting by MOP and MOLSA (for GOI).
  • Training plan and materials for preparing PWED with PPDC and AFAD to engage in provincial planning and budgeting (for GOI).
  • Detailed description of ADV gender responsive budgeting pilot activities and scope (for GOI).
  • Weekly and final progress report. Progress reports are due to the PFM Lead no later than 5pm Baghdad time every Tuesday.
  • The progress report will summarize the Consultant’s actions, achievements and recommendations throughout the period and will include the following in annexes : dates, participants, and notes from all meetings with GOI / KRG officials and key local stakeholders.

    The reports will also include the approximate LOE provided per activity.


  • BS / BA and 10 years of experience or Master’s and 7 years’ experience.
  • Proven knowledge of gender principles, mainstreaming, and governance.
  • Proven knowledge of Gender Responsive Budgeting principles and standards, and a track record of successful implementation
  • Strong writing and facilitation skills
  • Ability to interact with senior management and GOI / KRG government officials
  • Experience working in post-conflict, developing country environments preferably Iraq or similar country experience
  • Willingness to travel to Iraqi provinces
  • Estimated LOE and Timing

    Estimated LOE of 60 days initially with the possibility to extend. Timing for STTA consultancy is early January through March 2020

    General Statement

    The Gender Budgeting Pilot Consultant’s work will primarily be conducted in the Baghdad IGPA office with potential visits to provinces.

    20- March

    Draft guidelines for national level gender responsive budgeting.

    Conduct meetings with MOP and MOLSA to gather documents and information to draft guidelines

    Prepare first draft of national level gender responsive budgeting guidelines

    Share draft w / MOP and MOLSA for feedback

    Finalize guidelines based on draft and share with MOP for approval and adoption for the next budget cycle

    Prepare detailed training plan and materials for PWED with PPDC and AFAD to participate in the provincial planning and budgeting processes

    Visit 2 - 3 province(s) and meet with PWEDs, PPDC members and Governor Office representatives to discuss the PWEDs role in the provincial planning and budgeting process and gather information for the training program

    Prepare training plan and workshop materials (presentation, handouts, case studies) and agenda in collaboration with IGPA E&I team and PFM team

    Conduct train the trainer workshop for IGPA E&I and PFM team to conduct the PWED, PPDC, AFAD training workshops

    Prepare final train-the-trainer workshop report with workshop outcomes, recommendations and finalize trainings list.

    Coordinate with Task Order 5 team to design Gender Responsive Budget Pilot for ADV

    Meet with Task Order 5 team to discuss the elements of a gender responsive budget pilot for ADV based on the budget analysis of available resources for women’s and domestic survivor services

    Draft a concept note for the TO5 gender responsive budgeting pilot for ADV

    Share the draft concept not with the TO5 team to socialize it with the key stakeholders for feedback

    Finalize the concept note and a tentative action plan for implementing the TO5 ADV gender budgeting pilot based on the passage of the ADV law

    Provide weekly report in line with IGPA / Takamul guidance

    Prepare weekly reports and submit to PFM Lead

    Prepare final report for submission to PFM Lead

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