COVID-19 Adaptation and Recovery Pilot: Supporting Firms’ Resilience, Access to Finance and Growth in Iraq
The COVID-19 outbreak in Iraq is stressing the already strained health and private sectors and setting back the country’s efforts in its fight against poverty. Mobility restrictions, liquidity pressures and uncertainty have had a devasting effect on private sector livelihoods, particularly for unbanked informal firms as well as micro and small formal firms. The project COVID-19 Adaptation and Recovery Pilot (CARP): Supporting Firms Resilience, Access to Finance and Growth in Iraq aims at supporting the resilience of viable micro, small and medium enterprises (“MSMEs”) and the sustainability of their intermediaries in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will focus on the recovery of SMEs from the impact of COVID-19 on the one hand while laying the foundations for a much larger growth program on the other hand around financial inclusion and SME-support measures.
This first component will support immediate relief of the microfinance sector in Iraq, including the most affected formal- and informal-operating small business owners. Two main interventions are being considered: (I) short-term liquidity support to the informal sector through direct funding to eligible MFIs in the form of grants, and (II) supporting the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) to develop NBFI guidelines, establish and operationalize a NBFI Unit at the CBI with a focus on strengthening its institutional infrastructure.
The second component aims to support the strengthening of the SME sector in Iraq, with a focus on Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs). Two main interventions are being considered: (I) enhancing SME capabilities and resilience through blended learning, vouchers, and matching grants, and (II) catalyzing private investment into Iraqi SGBs through ecosystem support grants.
The CARP Project is financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) and is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the Iraqi Ministry of Finance.
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- ln collaboration with the Component 3 Lead, coordinate, manage and monitor Project activities in Iraq based on approved program work plans, results frameworks, milestones and provide quarterly reports on progress, constraints, and proposed remedial actions where required;
- Support Component Leads on implementation and prioritization, where required;
- Support the mobilization of Short-Term Experts/ Business Advisors on the ground;
- Maintain close cooperation with the key stakeholders in Iraq involved in the different components of the program to ensure an ongoing effective and responsive partnerships;
Implement and\or manage specific activities within the program in accordance with work plan and milestones and in line with expertise.
Required qualifications, competencies and experience
- University degree at least on bachelors’ level in social science, economics, business administration, engineering or related field.
- Track record of successful coordination with government and private sector stakeholders, with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience;
- Previous working experience in Iraq under a World Bank funded program with applied knowledge of World Bank policies and procedures, a strong plus
Other knowledge, additional competencies
- Readiness to work in multi-cultural environments and respond to tight deadlines.
- Proactive work attitude and problem-solving approach
- Detailed knowledge of economic, political, social, and cultural dynamics in Iraq
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to motivate staff, partners, and others
- Complete fluency and writing skills in Arabic and English;
Requirements for application:
Please send your CVs/ Resumes and Motivation letter to GIZ.Iraq.Jobs@giz.de
- The reference number and position must be mentioned in the subject line of the email, Ref: (BGH-CARP21-111) Project Coordinator
- Subject line of the application should clearly indicate the vacancy applied for.
- CVs and motivations letters that are in the form of IMG, pictures, screen-shots and links will not be accepted.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
- Applications passed the expiration date of the advertisement will not be considered.