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Implementing the Iraq Housing Policy: Evaluation, Work Plan Institutional Assessment – National Consultant- Baghdad/Iraq- SSA Contract SC10 equivalent to - GS-7 (UN-HABITAT, Baghdad)
Location: Baghdad
Country: Iraq
Closing Date: 08/05/2011
Date of issuance: 20/04/2011
Generic Expertise: Housing and Construction
Human Settlements
Training and Capacity Building
Monitoring and Evaluation
Minimum Years of Experience: 10
Minimum Education: Masters
Consultancy Announcement Code: VN-CONS/IMIS-008-2011
Specific Expertise: Community Based Development
Development Policy
Housing Design and Standards
Housing Finance
Housing Indicators
Housing Management and Maintenance
Housing Project Management
Housing Rehabilitation and Upg
Planning Standards
Policies and Strategies
Training Design, Monitoring and
Training Needs Assessment (TNA)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Objectives: Iraq has an estimate housing deficit of around 2 million houses (estimated requirement by 2016). To date the Government of Iraq has been directly engaged in housing construction, but has not the capacity to deliver to the level of demand. Housing construction has also been undertaken by households through small contractors, however in order to address the housing situation in Iraq, the Government has identified the need to shift its emphasis from being a supplier of housing to focusing on creating an enabling environment for others actors, in particular the private sector, to have a more substantive role in housing supply. This is captured in the National Housing Policy which was endorsed by the Iraq Council of Ministers in November 2010. It focuses on issues such as land for housing, housing production, housing finance, housing maintenance, informal settlement upgrading and housing construction materials. In order to implement the National Housing Policy a clear work plan is necessary, which establishes institutional roles and responsibilities and budgetary requirement, and in line with this, institutions will in some cases need to be restructured to suit their new functions and capacities strengthened accordingly. The purpose of this assignment is to first 1) Support an international consultant in the evaluation the housing policy and sub-national strategies so far prepared, in line with recommendations of baseline studies; then 2) Work with the international consultant to support the Ministry of Construction and Housing (MoCH) and other housing related institutions in developing a work plan for implementing the National Housing Policy; and finally 3) To support the international consultant in drafting recommendations on institutional restructuring and capacity development in line with the work plan. Key institutions are MoCH, including that State Housing Commission and National Housing Fund, Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works, and to a lesser degree Ministries of Planning, Finance and Justice. Duties and Responsibilities A. Outputs/Deliverables: 1. Evaluation of key products: relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of National Housing Policy and Sub-national Strategies to address housing sector problems highlighted in the Iraq Housing Market Study and other studies. 2. Evaluation of the process of developing the National Housing Policy and Sub-national Strategies, including recommendations/ lessons learnt that can be applied in developing new strategies 3. Detailed medium term work plan for implementing the National Housing Policy, including all key activities and deliverables, roles and responsibilities of MoCH and housing related institutions and budget for each activity. The work plan will build on the Implementation Plan included in the National Housing Policy 4. Institutional Capacity Assessment (MoCH and housing related institutions) including recommendations on Institutional Realignment and Capacity Development in line with the detailed work plan Prior to the consultancy MoCH will have briefed relevant institutions on the National Housing Policy and the outline implementation plan. MoCH will also mobilize committees within each institution to advise on roles and responsibilities and capacity to deliver. UN-HABITAT will recruit national experts to work with the international consultant B. Activities/Tasks: General 1.1 Review of literature and preparation of inception report prepared by consultant on proposed methodology Related to Deliverables 1 and 2 2.1 Facilitate interviews with stakeholders prepared by international consultant and facilitated (1 month) 2.2 Participate and facilitate a consultation workshop 2.3 Support the drafting of evaluation reports Related to Deliverables 3 and 4 3.1 ? Work with the Steering Committee (National Housing Committee) to reach consensus on agreed outcome and process ? Facilitate a workshop with relevant institutions to discuss the Housing Policy Implementation Plan. ? Under the guidance of the international consultant, undertake separate discussions with each institution based initially on the Housing Policy Implementation Plan, in view of developing a detailed, budgeted, medium term Work Plan for MoCH and other housing related institutions (hereinafter referred to as Work Plan) for implementing the National Housing Policy ? Attend briefing sessions and necessary communication with national consultants and to on follow up work in relation to preparing the Work Plan 3.2 ? Support the preparation of Work Plan through consultation with committees representing relevant institutions and with the international consultant 3.3 ? Participate in workshops to present the Work Plan to relevant stakeholders and discussions in order to reach consensus on a final document ? Facilitate separate meetings with each institution in regard to current institutional structure and capacities to deliver the Work Plan under the guidance of the international consultant ? Attend briefing on tools for preparing Institutional Assessment Report. The Institutional Assessment Report will cover relevant departments of MoCH and relevant departments of other ministries linked to the housing sector, it will ascertain the current capacities and structural set-up to implement the Work Plan. This will build on the 2007 MoCH Capacity Assessment and include recommendations on improving institutional structures and capacity strengthening in line with the Work Plan. 3.4 In support of the preparation of an institutional assessment report: ? Undertake surveys of relevant institutions in regard to organizational structure, capacities, training received etc. in relation to the detailed work plan, under the guidance of the international consultant ? Support the preparation of draft Institutional Assessment Report ? Support the preparation of a capacity development plan for MoCH, including costed TORs for priority trainings, outlining areas where the MoCH Training and Knowledge Centre will contribute 3.5 ? Undertake meetings with each institution in relation to the draft Institutional Assessment Report ? Feedback to Steering Committee (National Housing Committee) 3.6 Support the preparation of final reports (1 month home based) C. Conduct of Work and Reporting Arrangements: The consultant will inform UN-HABITAT project team of developments and progress of work throughout the phases of the assignment. The consultant will perform any additional tasks required within the framework of the assignment. D. Duration of Assignment: 8 month period.
Master's degree or Post Graduate Degree level in Architecture / Planning
At least ten years post qualification experience in the housing sector, and experience in working with government institutions in the sector. Previous experience with the UN system is considered an asset.
Fluency in written and spoken Arabic and English. Demonstrates ability in working with Microsoft Office.

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