Supporting the National Food Systems Dialogue in Iraq

Location : Baghdad, IRAQ
Application Deadline :21-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :21 Working Days over a period of 3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


A.Project Title and Reference Number


Supporting the National Food Systems Dialogue in Iraq


B.   Project Description 


As part of the Decade of Action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Secretary-General is convening a Food Systems Summit to establish the future direction and accelerate action for sustainable food systems.


In preparation for the summit, each Member State is invited by the United Nations Deputy Secretary- General to initiate Member State Food Systems Summit Dialogues through June 2021. These national dialogues will result in the shaping of national pathways to sustainable food systems and in expressions of intent from a broad range of stakeholders to support these pathways. Member States’ Food Systems Summit Dialogues are developed under the auspices of a Member State

Dialogue Convenor, a government representative responsible for organizing the national dialogues.


Besides the Member State Dialogues, two more types of Food Systems Summit Dialogues can be convened: (1) independent dialogues, convened by individuals or organizations independently of national authorities but with the opportunity to formally connect to the summit process through an official feedback mechanism; and (2) global summit dialogues, set to take place alongside key global conventions on climate, biodiversity, environment, nutrition, oceans, economies and related issues within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that have connections to food systems.


FAO, WFP and ITC under the guidance of RC office in Iraq are supporting the National Food Systems Dialogue, part of that support include providing technical and logistical support for holding workshops as part of the dialogue. The scope of this ToR falls within this domain.


Duties and Responsibilities

C.   Scope of Work


Through guidance of WFP and National Convenor and in coordination with FAO and ITC, the consultant will support Government of Iraq in organizing 3 workshops inline of the National Food Systems Dialogue. The consultant will be expected to:

  • Identifying key stakeholders to be invited to the workshops;
  • Develop the workshop package including concept note, agenda, handouts and presentation;  
  • Coordinate the process of sending invitations, ensuring proper attendance, representation, and fulfillment of workshop purposes;
  • Facilitate the workshops main and sub-events (round table discussions, panel discussion, etc.);
  • Take notes, document discussions and overall workshop findings
  • Draft the workshop report outline key issues identified and the recommendations including actions to be taken.
  • Develop communication material for the events, starting with press release and interest stories to be used on webpages, etc.

    The consultant will be expected to deliver the following (in English and Arabic):

  • A pre-workshop package for each workshop including:
    • List of invitees/attendees
    • Workshop agenda, presentation, handouts
  • A detailed narrative report after each workshop that captures workshop’s discussions, flow and recommendations.

    E.      Institutional Arrangement


    The consultant will be contracted through UNDP, however, operational reporting lines will be to WFP Head of Resilience.


    F.      Duration of the Work


    The expected level of effort shall not exceed 21 working days on When Actually Employed. The overall duration of this assignment shall not exceed 3 months.


    Duty Station


    The duty station for this assignment is Baghdad, with possible travel to other areas of Iraq


  1. Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, notably in-depth understanding of and ability to evaluate electoral logistics and operational processes, and its implication in electoral calendar; provides guidance and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing; shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Team Work: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors on-going developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications of the Successful Contractor


  • PHD in Agriculture, Supply chain, Food Production, Climate Change, Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Science or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in any of the mentioned disciplines with strong experience and demonstrated knowledge of Food Systems and FSS context in Iraq.
  • Experience in facilitating similar event, leading discussions, and act as event coordinator.
  • Experienced in working with government and national stakeholders around policy, national studies and reports.
  • Sound drafting abilities in Arabic and English.

Scope of Bid Price and Schedule of Payments


The consultant will be expected to deliver the following (in English and Arabic):


Key Deliverables


Completion Date




  • A pre-workshop package for each workshop including:

-List of invitees/attendees

-Workshop agenda, presentation, handouts

10 Days before the workshop



- A detailed narrative report after each workshop that captures workshop’s discussions, flow and recommendations.

1 week after the workshop




J.       Recommended Presentation of Proposal


Interested and qualified consultants/parties are invited to apply. The applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications (does UNDP have a specific template?) :

  1. A technical proposal detailing applicants’ understanding of ToRs, indicating a work plan, timeline, and CV.
  2. A financial proposal highlighting the number of days (in relation to the workplan) and daily rate (this must be submitted separately).
  3. Contacts (email and phone) of 3 former clients who will act as referees.


K.      Criteria for selection of the Best Offer




Max. Point




Criteria A:  Professional experience

  • Professional experience in the mentioned disciplines and food systems knowledge. (10)
  • Experience in facilitating similar event, leading discussions, and act as event coordinator. (10)
  • Experienced in working with government and national stakeholders around policy and similar level discussions. (10).









Criteria B: Technical Proposal

Understanding of the task, soundness of methodology proposed and schedule in the technical proposal with demonstrated track record in doing related work













Important Note:

Interested candidate has to access procurement notice ref: IRQ10-IC082/21 – Supporting the National Food Systems Dialogue in Iraq through e-tendering platform and submit through a below link:

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