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Tender for International Individual Consultant Economic Empowerment Expert

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United Nations Development Programme
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The Government of Iraq (GoI) has recently published a two-volume White Paper for economic reform outlining its vision for drastic changes to the Iraqi economy, with a focus on the financial sector, public service sector and reforms targeted at decreasing expenditures and driving up non-oil revenues. Iraq’s international partners, donor countries, and international organizations are supporting the GoI with necessary technical assistance it requires to execute its reform programme.

As such, there are 64 reform projects in the GoI White Paper for economic reform which encapsulate some four hundred reform actions. These projects will require national and international expertise in order to execute and achieve the expected reform outcomes.

In the new COVID-19 context, the ongoing crisis will erase almost all the progress made in the past five years—thereby compounding existing challenges in rural and fragile settings and raising demand from the “new poor,” urban economies, and migrant populations (World Bank 2020).

Aware of the risk of dependency on the cash transfers, the GoI is currently keen on developing an economic and productive inclusion model, to the Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs (MoLSA) throughout launching an innovative economic inclusion pilot program, possibly given the name FORSA (opportunity) – which is an economic empowerment and poverty graduation program targeted the poor the ultra poor in Iraq. The pilot program will be tailored to the exact socioeconomic situation of the poor in Iraq, to test and demonstrate the implementation of the best international practices of economic inclusion.

This ToR considers economic inclusion as the gradual integration of individuals and households into broader economic and community development processes. This integration is achieved by addressing multiple constraints or structural barriers faced by the poor at different levels: the household (for example, human and physical capacity), the community (social norms), the local economy (access to markets and services), and formal institutions (access to political and administrative structures). Throughout the report, these constraints are viewed as simultaneous and often inseparable. They are viewed as impacting extreme poor and vulnerable groups most intensively.

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Annex 1 - IC Contract Template (for information);

Annex 2 - P11 Form

Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions (for information);

Annex 4 – RLA Template (if consultant wishes to be recruited through an employer) - (for information).

Annex 5- Code of conduct forms (The Consultant Firm and each member of the Assessment Team consultant will be requested to read carefully, understand and sign the “UN Code of Conduct”).

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