About UNDP in Iraq

Iraqi schoolgirls
UNDP is present in Iraq since 1976. Photo MagicCarpet/UNDP Iraq

Iraq was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has worked to support the Government and people of Iraq in their transition towards reconciliation, peace and stability since 1976 in the areas of democratic governance; poverty reduction; crisis prevention and recovery, and energy and environment.

Since 2003, UNDP has also been supporting emergency physical rehabilitation projects and has been enhancing the quality of basic service delivery, including health, water and electricity.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP’s work in Iraq is closely linked with the priorities of the Government, the United Nations Country Team in Iraq, and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq.

UNDP Iraq signed its first Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2011-2014 with the Government in March 2011. The CPAP is fully aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2011-2014) – a joint document of United Nations agencies in Iraq and the Government of Iraq’s National Development Plan (2010-2014).

legal aid recepient
UNDP legal aid desk. Photo Jamal Penjweny/UNDP Iraq

UNDP's priorities for this period are:

  1. Fostering Inclusive Participation and Reconciliation
  2. Strengthening Accountable and Responsive Governing Institutions
  3. Grounding Democratic Governance in International Principles
  4. Promoting Inclusive Growth, Recovery and Achieving the MDGs
  5. Restoring the Foundations for Development

What are our results?

An Iraqi citizen proudly displays he has voted. Photo by Jamal Penjweny/UNDP Iraq

UNDP has contributed to strengthening the democratic process in Iraq through its support to the 2013 provincial elections. Electoral regulations and procedures were developed in preparation for the 2013 Governorate Council Elections. UNDP provided capacity building support to the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) in the run-up to the Governorate Council elections, which took place on 20 April and 20 June 2013, respectively. Major areas of technical support included updated voter registration, data management, public outreach aimed at enhancing the participation of women, youth and people with disabilities, electoral dispute resolution mechanisms and procurement of ballot papers and other election materials.

Helping Iraq achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is among UNDP's top priorities, as this will ensure better lives for all Iraqis. UNDP is committed to accelerating human development and assisting Iraq to achieve these goals by 2015, especially in the areas of enrolment in primary education, unemployment, and access to safe and reliable water and sanitation services. UNDP has initiated comprehensive and inclusive consultations with its counterparts for Iraq to contribute in the conversation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

  • Men and women in Iraq now have equal opportunities to access tuberculosis treatment; by the end of September 2012, a total of 7,142 cases had been detected and treated, including 3,703 women and 3,439 men.
  • Iraqi ministries were able to implement $4.1 billion worth of infrastructure and economic projects in sectors like electricity, water and sanitation, oil, irrigation, transportation and industry;
  • UNDP handed over Iraq’s first specialized tuberculosis (TB) hospital to the Government of Iraq in Sulaymaniyah;
  • Fallujah's General Hospital was rehabilitated into a new Maternity and Children's facility with 358 technical staff, including 29 doctors, 40 percent of whom are women;
  • In partnership with 54 NGOs, UNDP delivered US$20 million of projects in response to humanitarian needs, including initiatives in education, food, water and sanitation, shelter, agriculture and health;
  • Iraq was able to launch its first reconstruction and short-term employment programme, creating five million temporary jobs nationwide;
  • The Mussaib Thermal Power Station was rehabilitated, boosting its capacity by 200 megawatts per second, providing a stable supply of much-needed energy to the national grid;
  • A water treatment plant in the Al Askari Shrine in Samarra City was fully rehabilitated, providing clean potable drinking water to 100,000 residents;
  • The Government developed primary and secondary school curricula promoting concepts of accountability and transparency.
  • UNDP organized a national anti-corruption campaign that included educational workshops for more than 34,000 Government and Iraqi NGO participants, 9,500 of them women;
  • A UNDP small grants programme is building the capacity of 34 grassroots non-governmental organizations (NGOs), providing a model for the Iraqi Government, which has plans to implement its own grant system in the near future
  • Iraqi Kurdistan now has three legal help desks that, in 2012, provided free legal advice to over 7,300 people, full court representation to 310 of those people and conducted more than 150 public outreach sessions providing information on legal rights, one-on-one counselling on specific issues and in some cases full representation;
  • The Government passed Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s anti-domestic violence bill;
  • Iraq established the independent High Commission for Human Rights;
  • The Ministry of Interior launched a national database to track incidents of domestic and gender-based violence.

Who are the decision makers?

Dr. Jacqueline Badcock, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, is the Resident Coordinator for the UN Country Team in Iraq, and the Resident Representative for UNDP.

UNDP has appointed a Country Director who is responsible for the day-to-day work of UNDP Iraq. Our Country Director is assisted by two Deputies, one leading the Programme and one for the Operations.

UNDP's senior management team in-country is composed of:
Dr. Adam Abdelmoula, Country Director
Ms. Rini Reza, Deputy Country Director Programme
Ms. Rosemarie De Souza, Deputy Country Director Operations

Current Staff Count for Iraq

Current UNDP staff and service contracts in Iraq (2014).

Contract Type  
UNDP staff 70
Service contract 49
Total 121


Our Consultants

Below is a list of all UNDP Iraq consultants who have received more than US$ 30,000 in the most recent concluded calendar year (2013).

Advisor on corporate social responsibility and PSD 50,000.00
Project completion management advsior 59,018.00
IRQ10/IC-012/13 (KRG) – Board of Supreme Audit (KBSA) advisor 65,740.00
IRQ10/IC-017/13 Electoral media and communication consultant 56,169.00
Senior mine action consultant   
IRQ10/IC-021/13 Procurement specialist (commercial) 159,864.00
IRQ10/IC-023/13 Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Commission of Integrity (COI) advisor 74,790.00
IRQ10/IC-028/13 Senior expert to provide technical support to strenghthen the role of Inspectors General (IG) within their ministries   
Financial consultant 42,850.00
IRQ10/IC-037/13 National Human Development Report (HDR) translator 30,000.00
IRQ10/IC-038/13 Field logistics support consultant 30,000.00
E-Governance Government Interoperability Framework and national enterprise architecture senior specialist 36,518.00
IRQ10/IC-047/13 National Human Rights Advisory Board consultant   
IRQ10/IC-048/13 International expert in post-conflict local economic development 65,400.00
IRQ10/IC-054/13 Graphic design advisor 36,100.00
IRQ10/IC-062/13 Knowledge management 49,940.00
IRQ10/IC-065/13 Procurement consultant 48,460.00
IRQ10/IC-066/13 Senior specialist, PSDP-I 97,498.00
Senior advisor, PSDP-I 122,084.00
IRQ10/IC-072/13 NHDR Advocacy and communications consultant 39,113.00
IRQ10/IC-076/13 Lead e-governance national enterprise architecture and SOA guidelines senior specialist (PN.55/13) 30,725.00
IRQ10/IC-079/13 Parliamentary expert for UNDP Iraq 45,369.00
IRQ10/IC-082/13 Lexicon reviewer consultant 31,837.00
UNDP Leadership
Resident Representative

Dr. Jacqueline Badcock assumed her role as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq and UNDP Resident Representative on 6 May, 2012. Previously, Dr. Badcock served as the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines from 2009.

Country Director

Dr. Adam Abdelmoula was appointed as the UNDP Iraq Country Director on 4 August 2013. Adam recently completed a 13-month period as the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC) for Syria. Prior to this, he was the RC for Kuwait and prior to that he served as the Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.