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Senior Project Specialist for Ministry Support, Administrative Reform Project, Baghdad

Management Systems International (MSI)
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Last Date: September 7, 2011
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Senior Project Specialist for Ministry Support, Administrative Reform Project, Baghdad

Company Profile: Management Systems International (MSI) is a global international development firm based in Washington, D.C. providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. MSI is part of Coffey International Development, a global international development consulting firm. Together with Coffey ID, MSI now has more than 1,500 development professionals worldwide, a corporate presence in 11 countries and manages more than 200 projects worldwide. It currently manages more than 20 long-term projects in countries, including Iraq, Sudan, Colombia and Russia. Broadly, MSI implements a range of analytical and field projects in its core technical areas, including democracy and governance, strategic management and performance improvement, organizational capacity building, human development and natural resource management. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project Summary: Management Systems International, an international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., is implementing the Iraq Administrative Reform Project - Tarabot. The Tarabot project works to improve the functions of the GOI’s public institutions in order to improve services delivery processes through better governance and resource management approaches.

Position Summary: The Senior Specialist is a member of the professional staff of IARP and is expected to provide pertinent expert advice to representatives from the Government of Iraq (GOI) as well as project management. This position is designated to work with one of the ministry teams within the AD component. Each team will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with four-to-five GoI ministries, and assisting the implementation of the project's annual work plan. Work includes a variety of analytical duties, problem-solving, information-gathering, monitoring, and coordination activities as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with GoI counterparts in the designated ministries.

** Please note that this is a local position. Only Iraqi citizens are eligible to apply.**

• Under guidance of the designated ministries team leader, address technical and operational issues facing the designated ministries in pursuit of USAID/Tarabot's objectives. These activities will span across USAID/Tarabot's component departments, AD core areas, and activities with other ministries.
• Supervise the activities of embedded project specialists, coordinators, and assistants on the designated ministries team as directed.
• Develop, maintain and manage contacts with officials from the designated ministries. Serve as a direct liaison of the project when called upon.
• Liaison, coordinate, and provide operational assistance as needed to AD component management as well as the various AD core area advisors to ensure effective delivery of services to GoI counterparts.
• Work to facilitate and ensure the successful completion of all of the activities found in the designated ministries team's annual work plan.
• Collect information and prepare basic analyses pertaining to the designated ministries for presentation to component management.
• Assist the designated team leader to prepare summary reports as necessary to fulfill reporting requirements.
• Carry out other duties as requested by the designated team leader or other AD component advisors as requested.


a. Education: Completion of education resulting in BA/BS degree or higher in Engineering, Public Administration, or another relevant field is required. Professional certifications or training will be viewed favorably.

b. Experience: Demonstrated substantial experience in a professional, technical, or administrative management field is required. Prior experience within a GoI ministry or with USAID projects is highly desirable.

c. Language Proficiency: Fluency in Arabic and English speaking, reading, and writing (Level IV) is required

d. Knowledge: Professional knowledge of the day-to-day operations of GoI ministries, as well as knowledge of Iraqi government protocol overall, is highly desirable. Knowledge of USAID compliance requirements is beneficial

e. Skills and Abilities: In addition to a technical background in a relevant field, this position requires strong organizational and administrative skills. The ability to present ideas and complex arguments, in writing and in oral presentations, in a logical and persuasive manner, is required. This position will require effective personal-relationship building skills to establish connections with the designated ministries. Ability to work effectively in a team environment is required. Strong computer skills for written document preparation (e.g. Microsoft Word) are required. Strong computer skills for other types of presentations (e.g. Microsoft Power point, Excel) are desirable.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

To apply, please visit our website:


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