Blog Archives

Strengthening Women’s Political Participation

Phase 1: October 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020

Click the link below to read the Narrative report on UNAMI Phase 1

UNAMI Narrative Report

Terms of Reference (ToR)

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant

 

Position:Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant

Location: Baghdad, Iraq

Application Deadline:September 8, 2020

Starting Date:September 15, 2020

End Date: January 15, 2021

Contract Amount: $10,000

 

Background:

The Iraq Foundation (IF), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC and Baghdad, Iraq is looking to hire a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist/Company (M&E) to lead the Foundation’s programs’ evaluation processes. The position is based in Baghdad with potential local trips to project sites in different Iraqi governorates.

IF is implementing the three-year project “Improving Policy, Service Delivery, Gender Equality and Responsiveness to Iraqi Citizens” (October 2018 to September 30, 2021), in partnership with Global Partners Governance (GPG, United Kingdom). With the support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the project aims at making the policy and legislative process in Iraq more representative of the concerns of Iraqi citizens. Developed jointly by the Iraq Foundation and Global Partners Governance (GPG), the project is a direct response to requests for support from senior politicians, officials, parliamentary staff and civil society organizations after the May 2018 elections in Iraq. In a combination of targeted support for both the Iraqi Parliament and civil society, it seeks to develop mechanisms for public engagement in the parliamentary decision-making process in line with international best practice.Asked by our partners to also address the persistent gender inequalities in both policies and political representation in Iraq, the project provides cross-cutting support to women MPs on issues of political leadership and gender-sensitive policy making.

Taking into account the concern of our partners in Iraq, we are focusing on four areas of intervention:

  1. Strategic and reform-focused political leadership within parliament
  2. Parliamentary committees to adopt more inclusive and evidence-based policy mechanism
  3. Linking parliament with the provinces and constituencies on service delivery
  4. Cross-cutting support to women politicians, working on political leadership and gender-sensitive policy making.

 

Scope of Work:

  1. Design and Implement M&E System:
  • Develop and implement M&E plan of project to generate regular information related to progress of the project.
  • Develop common indicators for data collection, design data collection tools/ templates, and lead the data collection/generation process.
  • Provide technical support to project staff on implementing M&E plan and logical framework.
  • Liaise with project management to collect and analyze data and to determine progress achieved.
  1. Project Information Management
  • Track project’s output and outcome level results on the periodic basis in close coordination with project’s implementing team.
  • Oversee the collection and verification of data from the field as stipulated in the M&E plan.
  • Review and compile monitoring reports, project progress reports, evaluation reports, photographs, case studies video documentaries, power point presentation, etc.
  1. Capacity Development in M&E
  • Provide technical support to staff members for all M&E related activities.
  • Train staff members and partner NGOs on M&E concepts, skills and tools.
  • Work closely with implementing team for enhancing their capacity for proper data collection and reporting.
  • Contribute to design TOR, training materials, communication materials related to project and M&E System.
  1. Quality Assurance
  • Review field level assessment reports, baseline studies and evaluation reports.
  • Ensure that reports from partners/consultants are complete and meet the quality requirements.
  • Undertake the quality control of project’s implementing strategies and approaches.
  1. Reporting and Documentation
  • Oversee the M&E unit’s periodic progress report and assist project team to prepare period reports of project through providing M&E related information.
  • Collect and highlight success stories/case studies, best practice documentation, lessons learned; and update and manage that information in project’s reports and other knowledge products.
  • Work closely with the project team to ensure that lessons learned from project evaluations are documented properly.
  • Develop a knowledge management system for project’s products.
  • Submit a final report of all the findings (in English).
  1. General responsibility:
  • Prepare monitoring field visit plan and conduct monitoring visit as and when required.
  • Conduct regular monitoring to project’s interventions to ensure the quality delivery of inputs and contribute for generating expected results.
  • Participate in internal and external monitoring mission.
  • Work closely with the project team member and relevant stakeholders for monitoring and evaluation of project interventions.

Requirements:

  • At least five (5) years of experience in humanitarian and/or development organization in designing, implementing, and overseeing M&E related tasks.
  • Sound knowledge and experience on writing reports.
  • Experience of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and facilitation skills.
  • Hands on experience in designing and managing M&E databases and matrices.
  • Strong statistical skills including knowledge of Microsoft applications.
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language along with writing and communication skills.

Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325

On September 3, 2020, Iraq Foundation, in cooperation with UN Women, the Women Empowerment Department, Women MPs, with funding from the Swedish Development Agency, held a focused meeting on Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Second National Action Plan, in the presence of the First Lady, Dr. Sarbagh Salih, and a number of distinguished members of the House of Representatives and regional and international experts.

 

 

 

The Iraq Foundation (IF) wishes to contract with an External Evaluator to carry out an independent evaluation of its Women Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The one-year project is implemented in Ramadi, Anbar province; Tikrit, Salaheddin province; and Mosul and Hamdaniya, in Nenawa province, and targeted women, families, and local communities. For further information please see the attached Terms of Reference document.

Yesterday, IF President Rend Al-Rahim attended a ceremony at the residence of Ambassador Farid Yasseen in Washington, DC to hand back to the Iraqi government over 3,800 ancient cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, and other antiquities smuggled out of Iraq.

31890991_10155825289769032_9060649727602720768_n31841538_10155825289849032_3116227063644684288_n31841685_10155825289814032_5041271104094601216_n31789359_10155825289899032_9109607892306100224_n

SFS InviteIraq Foundation is proud to support the Sun Force Sisters Informational Discussion about their critical work in Iraqi Kurdistan helping female survivors of ISIS’ Yazidi genocide.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:30pm
The Middle East Institute, 1319 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

REGISTER

The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (HR 390) has passed the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support and is now in the hands of the US Senate. The bill will provide essential humanitarian relief to religious and ethnic minorities that have experienced unthinkable atrocities as victims of genocide at the hands of the ISIS, and will promote accountability for the perpetrators of these offenses.

IF places its full support behind HR 390 and urges its swift passage by the Senate so it may be presented to President Trump for his signature. The sooner this bill is passed, the sooner vulnerable persons in Iraq and Syria can receive the vital support they so desperately need. The passage of this bill with the support it has already received from both parties will be a strong, unifying message from the American people that we recognize the atrocities that have been committed on these populations by ISIS and will not abandon them during their time of need.

IF President Rend Al Rahim has signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging his support and full effort in passing this bill in the nearest possibly time frame. The people of Iraq and Syria are counting on us.

Click Here to read the full text of the HR 390

kids

 

IF is proud to commemorate 12 years of hard work by our Iraq Country Manager in Baghdad,Dhefaf Al-Jarahi.Dhefaf has been with the Foundation since 2005 and has been a leading force behind our programs on the ground in Iraq ever since. Her passion for her work is apparent every day and is a true embodiment of the mission of IF to create a better future for the people of Iraq. IF wishes her nothing but further successes and achievements down the line.

 

 

Open letter to Mr. António GuterresUnited Nations SecretaryGeneral

Letter from a group of Women Civil Society Organisations in MENA

Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

We congratulate you on your appointment as Secretary-General of our United Nations and, recalling your swearing-in ceremony where you called on leaders to listen to the needs of their people in the interest of the global stability upon which we all depend, we call on you to heed the recommendations set out herein in your mission to serve our common humanity.

As women activists from the Middle East and North Africa, we have witnessed the important role women are playing in bringing about positive change in the region, often at considerable personal risk to themselves and their family. Following a 10- year campaign by women’s organizations in Yemen, the Yemeni National Dialogue fixed the age of consent to marriage at 18 years for both sexes in the draft constitution. Meanwhile in Morocco we drafted legislation to combat people trafficking, working in alliance with parliamentary blocs to ensure the draft was considered and approved. From Libya through to Iraq, women have provided essential medical, legal, psychosocial and financial support to victims of war and conflict – often without prior experience of rights-based community activism.

Despite these gains however, women in the region continue to face grave threats. We refer first, to the deepening of violence perpetrated against women before, during and after conflict. Women are increasingly impacted by the spread of small and light weapons, Similarly, the extensive use of explosive weapons in highly populated areas, and the systematic destruction of infrastructure and health facilities affected women in Syria and Yemen gravely and disproportionately. Conflict-affected countries have also experienced steep rises in people trafficking, principally women and girls, who are often forced into domestic and sex work and slavery. In Palestine, women are at the receiving end of increased domestic and other forms of social violence associated with the effects of a protracted military occupation. Similarly in Egypt, incidences of sexual harassment and assault on women have multiplied exponentially since 2011.

Second, the failure of mechanisms to support meaningful participation of women activists and women’s organizations in political processes both at the domestic and international levels means that women’s experiences and perspectives have been largely absent from dialogue and decision making to resolve conflicts. In Syria, we have been unable to influence negotiating parties to agree to a 30 per cent quota for women’s representation, whilst in Yemen the participation of women in UN- sponsored peace last summer was abysmal with two (2) women representing the government, one (1) woman representing the General People’s Congress, and zero (0) women representing the Houthis.

Third, the increasingly repressive measures against civil society, including restrictions on NGO registration, scope of work and funding, as well as freedom of movement through the imposition of travel bans on activists by individual regimes and more recently by the USA, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, against seven Muslim-majority countries, mostly in the MENA region, represent attempts to silence the rarely heard voices of civil and political activists working to secure and safeguard human rights and equality for all in the face of extreme adversity. Ultra conservative and reactionary elements in political currents across the MENA region, and globally, have made advocacy on women’s rights issues near impossible, with women human rights defenders becoming victims of murder and enforced disappearance.

You will be aware that popular feeling towards the United Nations throughout the Middle East and North Africa is one characterised by a lack of faith in the Organisation’s ability to implement its mandate in line with the principles of the Charter. You will know that this is because the Security Council has repeatedly been unwilling to responsibly discuss the situation in numerous countries of the region, including Syria and Palestine, let alone enforce its own resolutions. You will know that trust has been lost because of the actions of some UN agencies, funds and programmes in the region.

But you may not know that our trust has also been lost because of the lack of action on the part of some UN envoys and mediators in the region to implement Security Council resolutions and other provisions of international law which call for the meaningful inclusion of women in their delegations and negotiating parties. Indeed, some envoys have publicly questioned the relevance of CEDAW in the region.

We welcome your acknowledgement of the shortcomings of the United Nations today and your commitment to reform the way it works. As part of your road map to advance women’s rights and set the UN back on track as an Organization that works for the common interests of our shared humanity, we set out below 10 points which we urge you to consider:

  1. Include the candidate’s track record in advancing women’s rights as a central criteria in making senior appointments, including envoys, mediators and representatives, as well as the head of the departments of Political Affairs and Peacekeeping Operations. Such appointments should also be gender- balanced and culturally diverse.
  2. Ensure that senior staff, including envoys and mediators to conflict countries in the MENA region, as well as representatives and heads of the departments of Political Affairs and Peacekeeping Operations, comply with international law. In particular, Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and its associated resolutions, and CEDAW, including through robustly advocating with negotiating parties to meaningfully include women in their delegations, including through quotas, and to integrate women’s experiences, rights and perspectives through the work of the delegations.
  3. Ensure sustained, high level gender expertise to the UN Secretary General including through an ongoing Senior Gender Advisor to the Executive Office of the Secretary General with core support and a high level of influence, in order to ensure that women’s rights and gender issues are integrated across all analysis, planning, policies and activities.
  4. Strongly encourage the Security Council to integrate women’s rights and gender throughout its work, including by reporting on the 2015 Global Study on Women, Peace and Security in thematic and country-level work both in and outside of New York.
  5. Ensure reliable, accessible, and flexible UN funding to women’s organizations and efforts in support of women’s rights at the grassroots level is prioritised and increased by advocating for other multilateral and bilateral donors to increase their support; encouraging substantial increase in development assistance allocated to women-led civil society for gender equality (CRS code 15170); calling for strengthening of civil society-inclusive UN funds (such as the Global Acceleration Instrument, Peacebuilding Fund WPS Initiative); developing strategies to enhance participation of women led civil society in donor conferences, and; calling for the lifting of restrictions on the work of women’s organisations and human rights defenders due to domestic ‘counter-terrorism measures’, in Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Lebanon especially.
  6. Take concrete actions to address the shrinking civil society space in the MENA region as well as the systematic targeting of women human rights defenders.
  7. Ensure that UN Women works collaboratively with and in support of women’s grassroots associations, including by adequately investing in gender and peace budgets of UN Women, DPA, DPKO and other entities; providing training and support and; ensuring monitoring and accountability mechanisms to evaluate such initiatives that enable women to contribute to cycles of learning and improvement for peace.
  8. Condemn the proliferation of explosives, small firearms and light weapons in the region, which have immediate and long-lasting effects that include the destruction of civilian infrastructure and increased gender based violence.
  9. Strengthen UN support for fragile and conflict affected states to realise the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 5 and 16 on gender equality and peace. This should include: addressing gender equality and peace data gaps including on arms transfers, which directly impact gender based violence (SDG 16.4); taking action to increase the number of UN funds that include civil society in the leadership and financial allocation of the funds (such as with the Global Acceleration Instrument); building mechanisms with international financial institutions to strengthen women’s meaningful inclusion, and evaluating and improving the impact on women’s human rights in conflict settings of IFIs in post-conflict reconstruction.
  10. Establish a women’s civil society board to regularly advise him and his team on issues relating to the advancement of women’s rights. This board should be comprised of representatives of women’s organizations, including youth movements, from across the globe as well as New York-based organizations.
  11. The Secretary-General should report yearly to the General Assembly on progress made on (i) the integration of women’s rights and gender issues across the three pillars of the Organization, human rights, peace and security and development and (i) your commitment to reach gender parity across the Secretariat, and Agencies, Funds and Programmes.

We stand ready to work together to move from a culture of fear of one another to trust in each other, and to work with you, Secretary-General, to build a world defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter, and to restore trust in the United Nations.

Yours, in respect and solidarity,

ABAAD – Resource Centre for Gender Equality – Lebanon

Adaleh for Rights and Freedoms – Yemen

Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development – Egypt

ASUDA – Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Atwar for Research and Community Development – Libya

Awan Organization – Iraq

Badael – Syria

Baghdad Women Association – Iraq

Basmat for Development – Syria

Bihar Relief Organisation – Syria

Dawlaty – Syria

Fondation NISSA pour la Culture et la Démocratie – Tunisia

House of Ideas – Yemen

Iraqi 1325 Network – Iraq

Iraq Foundation – Iraq

Kesh Malek – Syria

Musawa-Women’s Studies Center for Equality – Syria

Palestinian Women Development Society – Palestine

Sawa for Development and Aid – Lebanon

Sawa Foundation – UK

Sisters’ Arab Forum for Human Rights (SAF) – Yemen

Syrian Female Journalists Network – Syria

Syrian Feminist Lobby – Syria

Syrian League for Citizenship – Syria

Syrian Women League – Syria

To Be for Rights and Freedoms – Yemen

Together We Build it – Libya

Union for Women’s Action – Morocco

Urnammu – Syria

Woman Leadership Institute – Iraq

Women Now for Development – Syria

Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling – Palestine

1325 Network – Libya

Arabic Version: http://wilpf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SG-Letter-30.03.2017-Ar.pdf

IF commends the United States House of Representatives on approving the bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act that will make women’s inclusion a key pillar to US foreign policy. This action will strengthen peace and security initiatives by affirming the presence of women in dialogue, a critical component to ensuring stability. In doing so, the Act asserts that the US is committed to making the significant contribution of women in preventing and resolving conflict a core priority. Inclusive security has long been championed by IF through our work in Iraq, most notably with our ongoing Al Rasid Project. The legislation will now be sent through the United States Senate for final approval.

To contact your local senator to encourage their support on the Women, Peace, and Security Act, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121