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Restricted procedure: Political Economy Analysis of support at central level in Iraq for promotion of community reconciliation, social cohesion and peaceful coexistance

Deadline for applications: 3 June 2019, at 12:00, Danish time

The conflict with Islamic State, and the underlying root causes that led to the group’s rise, highlights the potential for ethnic, tribal or sectarian conflict, further fuelled by pre-existing political disputes and tensions among and between Iraq’s different communities. To inform the decisions of Iraq's international partners, on how to strengthen its support for UNDP's Integrated Reconciliation Project (IRP) and other reconciliation initiatives, and, to increase the political feasibility and quality of future programming seeking to make a contribution to wider social cohesion in Iraq, bilateral donors and the UNDP will undertake a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) of promotion of social cohesion, peaceful coexistence and community reconciliation at central level in Iraq to understand who ‘owns’ and influences the reconciliation agenda and where ‘reconciliation’ sits within the new Parliament and the Government of PM Mahdi.

The PEA will identify specific structural and institutional barriers and opportunitis to reconciliation and understand how individual agents and formal/informal groups currently use political, economic and social processes to promote, influence and/or block social cohesion and community reconciliation within the Government and key government institutions at central level.

Scope of work include a desk review of best practice and terminology around social cohesion/peaceful coexistence/community reconciliation in Iraq; Interviews with key informants within, and mapping of, the offices of the President, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Parliament, the National Reconciliation Committee, and the Permanent Higher Committee for Coexistence and Social Peace; mapping of GoI involvement and non-involvement in major processes of social cohesion and community reconciliation within the governorate liberated from ISIL; applying the insights from the PEA to the Integrated Reconciliation Project (IRP); and specific recommendations to donors on how to enhance the political feasibility of suppor for social cohesion, peaceful coexistence and community reconciliation in Iraq.

Level of effort: approx. 58 consultancy working days spread out on two consultants.

Estimated budget: Total up to 650,000 DKK (approx. USD 100,000) all included, i.e. including remuneration, travel, security cost, audit, reimbursable costs etc. Danish MFA will not have the capacity to, or responsibility for, facilitating the consultancy.

Tentative timing: June-August 2019. 

Deadline for applications: 3 June 2019, at 12:00, Danish time

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the deadline shall be rejected.

Download application form here.

Contact point:      
Name of Programme Officer: Jan Pirouz Poulsen
E-mail address, Programme Officer:
Telephone of Programme Officer: +90 531 546 2000

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender.
Only consultants with substantive and recent experience with analysis of Iraqi politics should apply.