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Legal Advisor

Management Systems International (MSI)
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Last Date: September 7, 2011
Email:  (Reference:

Legal Advisor, 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/Proposal Summary:
Management Systems International 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 Advisor is a member of the professional staff of IARP and is expected to provide analyses, advice, and solutions to management of the project as well as representatives from the Government of Iraq (GOI). Work includes a variety of legal review, complex analyses, and creative problem-solving as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with high-level GoI counterparts.

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


• Research and analyze existing laws, decrees, and regulations released by the CoR, CPA, or other pertinent entities such as ministries to find legal space for decentralization.
• Support the overall decentralization effort by assisting to devise regulations, laws, or decrees to facilitate decentralization of the functions of designated GoI entities.
• Assist the Legal Decentralization Team Leader to study models of decentralization from other countries and disseminate analysis of these models as they possibly pertain to Iraq to relevant GoI officials.
• Prepare summary analytical and research reports for presentation to GoI decision-makers, USAID, or project management.
• Fulfill project reporting requirements as requested.
• Carry out other duties as requested by the designated team leader.

• Completion of education with an advanced degree in Law or Public Administration is required.
• Minimum of seven to ten years of progressively responsible, relevant experience.
• Arabic and English fluency is required for this position;
• Demonstrated understanding of Iraqi laws and regulations and how they relate to decentralization of services.
• Knowledge of the structure, bureaucracy, and day-to-day operations of the GoI, as well as excellent understanding of GoI culture and government protocol.
• Prior experience with USAID projects is highly 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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