USAID-Tarabot, in partnership with the Ministry of Planning, is working with the Government of Iraq to execute its investment budget through fair and transparent procurement systems, enabling a favorable environment for international and domestic businesses and better services for the Iraqi people.
USAID-Tarabot worked with the Governorate of Diyala to support the development and adoption of standardized procurement processes and mechanisms for annual procurement planning in line with international standards. Tarabot equipped 57 governorate staff members with this knowledge, and conducted bid opening and analysis workshops to support the development of a consultancy contract for the design of a bridge in Diyala, valued at $8 million. Tarabot also helped the governorate to draft their 2012 and 2013 procurement plans to guide its procurement activities. Further technical support to the Governorate of Diyala was stalled due to the unstable security situation in the province.
USAID-Tarabot, in partnership with COMSEC, strengthened the capacity of the Governorate of Diyala to more efficiently implement its capital investment budget by training 20 engineers on modern project management techniques using Project Management Institute (PMI) standards. Training was provided to engineers in PMI processes, estimation techniques and MS Project, feasibility studies, and earned value management.
With Tarabot’s assistance, engineers went on to apply their new skills on a project for the rehabilitation of District 313 of the Tahrir neighborhood, budgeted at $10.3 million. The project was suffering from delays in scheduling, and lacked deadlines to help keep implementation on track. Tarabot assisted engineers in using MS Project to develop a master schedule to help the project meet its original completion date. The rehabilitation of this neighborhood will update raods, water networks and pipelines, and telecommunications infrastructure, benefiting nearly 2,000 residents. Through hands-on application alongside Tarabot advisors, governorate engineers have begun to translate their knowledge into practice.
Tarabot also supported 11 governorate engineers to prepare them for certification as Project Management Professionals (PMP) through a 35-hour training course and stimulation exercises. The 35-hour course is a pre-requisite for registering with the PMI to take the PMP exam. Engineers are now equipped with the techniques, skills, and knowledge required for certification, ensuring the anchoring of sound project management practices within the Governorate of Diyala.