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 Kirkuk 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 22 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, and 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 Kirkuk 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 tribal council directorate building. In a governorate well-known for its diversity, where Arabs, Kurds, Christians and Turks people live in one community, tribal leadership asked the governorate to construct a building for the Kirkuk Tribal Council. This center will serve as a venue for the awareness raising campaigns, forums, and regional conferences to provide education on issues such as women’s rights, the electoral system, human rights, and anti corruption. Budgeted at $6.5 million, this 3-floor building will host 100 employees with facilities of administrative offices, meeting rooms, a garage, and public space. The project was critically behind deadline, with consistently increasing variation in schedule. To address the issue, Tarabot assisted governorate engineers to use MS project techniques to re-estimate project resources and correct flaws in the the project schedule. A new master schedule has improved tracking, and gradually delays are decreasing.
To provide the potable water service to 1,000 residents of the Al-Rasheed low-income housing compound, the governorate has started a project for a water compact unit consisting of three aboveground galvanized steel tanks with immediate water pumping capacity of 50 m^3/ hr. the project is budgeted at value $1.8 million and estimated to be completed within 6 months. However, project deliverables were behind schedule, and project engineers with assistance from Tarabot used MS project techniques to correct the project delays. The project is under execution and the new tracking system is expected to result in a decrease in variation.
Through hands-on application alongside Tarabot advisors, governorate engineers have begun to translate their knowledge into practice.
Tarabot also supported 13 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 Kirkuk.