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 Dhi Qar to support the development and adoption of standardized procurement processes, standard bidding documents, and mechanisms for annual procurement planning in line with international standards. Tarabot equipped 54 governorate staff members with this knowledge and these tools, and supported the governorate in subscribing to dgMarket, an open source international web portal for the announcement of tenders. This venue enables the governorate to advertise contracts in a fair, open, and consistent manner.
Tarabot introduced systems for managing procurement documents; thereby, enhancing transparency in the governorate’s contracting practices and processes. Tarabot also assisted the governorate in completing its 2013 and 2014 procurement plans to guide its procurement activities.
USAID-Tarabot, in partnership with COMSEC, strengthened the capacity of the Governorate of Dhi Qar to more efficiently implement its capital investment budget by training two 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 construction of a road, budgeted at $2.5 million. This project is an arterial road to better connect Al Nibras sub-district with the city roads network to facilitate easy and safe transportation for the approximately 60,000 residents of the area. With the support of Tarabot, 20 engineers used PMI techniques and MS project software to estimate the resources required to complete the project within a year, and within budget. A master schedule has been set with all the project deadlines and milestones. A work breakdown structure and project charter have been developed. The project documents are finalized and ready be used in tracking the project performance during the execution stage. Through hands-on application alongside Tarabot advisors, governorate engineers have begun to translate their knowledge into practice.
The Governorate of Dhi Qar has embraced the project management systems promoted by Tarabot through the establishment of a Project Management Office, which will oversee capital investment projects and ensure effective implementation through the use of internationally recognized methodologies.
Tarabot also supported 10 governorate engineers to prepare them for certification as Project Management Professionals (PMP) through a 35-hour training course and simulation 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 Dhi Qar.