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Sr. Project Specialist – Ministry of Finance, Embedded (Administrative Decentralization)

Management Systems International (MSI)
Location: Iraq
Last Date: September 7, 2011
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Sr. Project Specialist – Ministry of Finance, Embedded (Administrative Decentralization)

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 management of the project as well as representatives from the Government of Iraq (GOI). This position is designated to work within the Ministry of Finance (MoF) as part of USAID/Tarabot's AD component. This person will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with the MoF, 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.

• Under guidance of the MoP/MoF 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, and activities with other ministries.
• Develop, maintain and manage contact with officials from the MoF in a professional manner, and to serve as a direct liaison of the project within the ministry.
• Assist the MoP/MoF Ministries Team Leader and AD component management with their broader efforts to implement large-scale solutions.
• Liaison, coordinate, and provide operational assistance as needed to AD team leaders and component 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 MoP/MoF team's annual work plan.
• Collect information and prepare detailed analyses pertaining to the designated ministries for presentation to component management.
• Assist the designated team leader to prepare summary reports as necessary to fulfill monitoring and reporting requirements.
• Carry out other duties as requested by the MoP/MoF team leader or other AD component advisors as requested.

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

a. Education: BA/BS degree in Finance, Statistics, Economics, Public Administration, or another relevant field is required. Additional professional certifications or training will be viewed favorably.

b. Experience: Demonstrated expertise in a professional, technical, or administrative management field is required. Documented prior experience working for or with the MoF is extremely beneficial. Prior experience with USAID projects is highly desirable.

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

d. Knowledge: This position requires some knowledge of the structure, bureaucracy, and day-to-day operations of the MoF, as well as excellent understanding of GoI culture and ministerial protocol. Professional knowledge of USAID compliance requirements is also desirable.

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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