Mr. Abdul Kareem Kasim, USAID COR, encourages participants to take into consideration the future impact on and satisfaction of their constituents – Iraqi citizens who have legitimate concerns about and expectations of the results of decentralization efforts
On August 8-9, GSP/Taqadum’s Organizational Development (OD) Specialists, Chief of Party (COP), Cameron Berkuti, along with project International Public Administration Adviser, Mr. Murat Daoudov, hosted a meeting of 14 select Governor’s Offices representatives from the seven selected provinces of Babil, Baghdad, Basrah, Diwaniyah, Dhi Qar, Kirkuk, and Wasit, including Baghdad Deputy Governor of Administrative Affairs, Mr. Kareem Mohammed; as well as USAID/Iraq Contracting Officer Representative, Mr. Abdul Kareem Kasim, where participants began preliminary efforts to create optimal organization of the Governor’s Office (GO) in the light of the devolution process. Mr. Kasim encouraged participants to take into consideration the future impact on and satisfaction of their constituents – Iraqi citizens who have legitimate concerns about and expectations of the results of decentralization efforts.
The meeting resulted in participants agreeing to: 1) adopt the project-developed unified GO Organizational Structure endorsed by Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi based on its approval by the High Commission for Coordination between Provinces (HCCP) in December 2015; and 2) establish an “Administrative Decentralization Division” within the existing GO Organizational Structure to facilitate the working relationship between Governor Office and transferred directorates. This division will be responsible for: 1) managing and organizing all correspondence; 2) providing advice; and 3) coordinating activities between all the devolved directorates and units. Participants also took preliminary steps toward developing a management model to support this approved GO Organizational Structure.
Stressing the importance of a rapid and successful transition into a new organizational setting to avoid delays and complication that would negatively affect the provinces, GSP/Taqadum COP, Mr. Cameron Berkuti, stated how important provincial cooperation had been in the huge successes the project had made over the years supporting Iraq’s decentralization efforts – despite the country’s ongoing political, security, financial, and economic challenges. “The provinces’ insistence to transfer ministerial functions and provided services has been fueled by their desire to best serve Iraq’s citizens,” said Mr. Berkuti, highlighting that 18 directorates, along with their staff and financial allocations have already been transferred from the ministerial to the local level. “We need to consider the future, the upcoming 2017 elections, and build a GO Organizational Structure that will serve the generations yet to come vision.”
On August 30-31, a GSP/Taqadum delegation consisting of Senior Specialists, Mr. Besman Al- Jebouri (Organizational Development) and Mrs. Khadija Al-Jabiri (Policy), and International Public Administration Adviser, Mr. Murat Daoudov, met with Babil Deputy Director General of Education, Mr. Radhi Obiad Hajwal, and Diwaniyah GO Administrative Decentralization Division Manager, Mr. Hussein Kadhum Mansoor, and discussed the initial recommendations regarding the implementation of the GO’s organizational structure and roles and responsibilities distribution within governor’s organization structure. The meeting resulted in the design of key procedural tools after the review of the following three suggestions:
On September 7, a GSP/Taqadum delegation, including Chief of Party, Mr. Cameron Berkuti, Deputy Chief of Party, Mr. Alaa Al-Hakak; Senior Specialists Mr. Ahmed Al-Sinjari (Legal) and Mr. Besman Al-Jubouri (Organizational Development); and International Public Administration Adviser, Mr. Murat Daoudov hosted a successful meeting with High Commission for Coordination between Provinces’ Secretariat (HCCPSEC) Chair, Dr. Torhan Al-Mufti, who after reviewing several recommendations proposed by the project, approved the following:
As a result of this meeting, GSP/Taqadum set in place a four-week rapid action plan to execute the following requests made by Dr. Al-Mufti:
BAGHDAD On September 28, GSP/Taqadum hosted a meeting of 50 representatives from the High Commission for Coordination between Provinces Secretariat (HCCPSEC), including HCCPSEC Chair, Dr. Torhan Al- Mufti, Ministry of Planning (MOP), Supreme Audit Board (SAB), UNDP, and Institute on Governance (IOG), and officials from the 15 provinces.
The result of this meeting saw participants agree on the following:
International Public Administration Adviser, Mr. Murat Daoudov will develop a final draft of the Management Model aimed at improving the functionality of the Governor’s Office Organizational Structure and present it to High Commission for Coordination between Provinces’ Secretariat (HCCPSEC) Chair, Dr. Torhan Al-Mufti, for approval.