• Full Time
  • Baghdad, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq
  • TBD USD / Year

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.

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Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

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.

Strengthening accountability and tackling corruption are essential for Iraq’s long-term stability, economic recovery, and development. Iraqi and regional Kurdish governments have recently initiated steps to drive an ambitious anticorruption agenda. However, significant gaps remain in legislative and strategic framework, investigation and adjudication, enforcement, and recovery of stolen assets. In March 2021, Iraq adopted the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, but implementation measures are needed.

In May 2021, UNDP in Iraq launched the project “support to justice initiatives curbing corruption and promoting commercial dispute resolution” (hereinafter, Anti-Corruption & Arbitration Initiatives, ACAI) funded by the European Union for a period of four years. The project outcomes are: (1) Improved Legislative and Strategic Framework for Anti-Corruption Reforms; (2) The justice sector, lawyers and CoI are better equipped to process corruption offences due to (2.1) improved technical skills relevant for corruption investigation, prosecution, adjudication and (2.2) improved integrity rules of the justice sector; (3) Enhanced legislation, institutions, and capacity for commercial arbitration through (3.1) Enhanced access to ADR mechanisms through reformed legal framework compatible with domestic needs, best practices, and international conventions, (3.2), Modernized commercial courts, enforcement departments, and arbitration and mediation centers in structure, proceedings, and practices, and (3.3) Enhanced capacities of judges, selected public servants, local arbitrators, and mediators, and increased awareness of ADR among academics, legal and business societies; (4) Create a climate of support in Parliament for anti-corruption reforms; (5) Increased transparency and public accountability.

Duties And Responsibilities

Scope of Work :

Under The Supervision Of The Anti-Corruption Specialist, The Anti-Corruption Will Provide Support And Implement The Training And Drafting Programmes Which Will Include Legal Research, Identify Legislative Gaps, Propose Draft Legislation, Revise Existing Legislation In The Anti-corruption Sector, Support The Impact Assessment Of Legislation And Build The Capacity To Assess Corruption Risks In Selected Sectors. Support In Analysis And Assessments, Facilitate Workshops & Meeting With Stakeholders. Specifically, The Anti-Corruption Will Undertake The Following

  • Advisory Support: Support the technical assistance team to advise on preventive, policy and legislative anti-corruption measures including working mechanisms with representatives of key anticorruption institutions, convening regular meetings, identify and prepare the agenda and material, advice on sequencing of legislative tasks, with a focus on results & quick wins; Produce quality analysis and advice through gathering and verifying information using a variety of tools including observation, interviews with investigators, prosecutors, judges, lawyers, the accused and the convicted, survey questionnaires media reports, official documents such as indictments, verdicts, warrants, summons, websites and media monitoring etc.; Identify gaps in legal knowledge, research and analysis including areas that require external expertise;
  • Analysis and assessment: Support the Senior Specialist in conducting the preliminary assessment existing conditions and developing the methodology of training, investigations, and other aspects of the project implementation programme; Contribute to analysis of monitoring findings, reporting and presentations; Undertake analysis of verdicts, indictments, judicial orders and legal texts. Support the communication unit with drafting material for publication on legislative issues; draft memoranda, talking points, and policy analysis aimed at publicly disseminating.
  • Stakeholder engagement: Liaise with and maintain strong relationships with anti-corruption institutions notably the federal and KRI judiciary and Commissions of Integrity to ensure their cooperation, buy-in, access, and support for the implementation of the project activities; Build trust, communicate and work closely with all the stakeholders in the implementation; Enlist the cooperation of non-governmental entities such as bar associations, judges unions, civil society and trade unions; Identify the appropriate levels of interaction with stakeholders and advice the project management on sustaining dialogue and cooperation with them
  • Facilitation of workshops and conferences: Support the organization of workshops, conferences and public events including the logistics, design, clerical support and translation; Contribute to identify the participants, speakers, presenters and moderators; Support with the procurement, admin and financial processes to ensure timely holding of workshops and conferences; Support the technical assistance team in taking the minutes during the workshops, documenting for communication, M&E and reporting purposes; Identify challenges and risks for holding of events at design, implementation and reporting phases
  • General management support: Ensure timely implementation of the project work plan; Ensures timely and adequate reporting against plans, including timely and articulate progress reports; Manage day to day administrative matters for the project with support from administrative staff and the performance of contractors, consultants and specialist advisers; Provide limited translation & interpretation support to international experts and project manager.

Institutional Arrangement

The Anti-Corruption Analyst shall report to the international Anti-Corruption Specialist.



Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition

Business Development Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.

Business Management Communication

Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Legal Legal Analysis

Ability to digest a large amount of information and facts in order to frame and understand an issue, apply the legal framework to the particular set of facts and present a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the situation presented in order to deliver practical and meaningful advice. This skill includes the ability to provide an objective assessment of the case, the organization’s best arguments for proceeding and a recommended course of action. It also includes the capacity to think creatively and flexibly, within the applicable legal framework

Digital Innovation Data literacy

Ability to use a mix of data sources (quantitative, qualitative or real-time techniques) to develop understanding, identify patterns to inform decision making or identify opportunities for further exploration

Ethics Legal Analysis and Report Writing

Ability to apply legal analysis to a diverse range of complex issues, and express themselves clearly; ability to communicate well, to all levels of staff and contractors/consultants, governments et.al.

2030 Agenda: Peace Governance

Transparency and Anti-Corruption

Required Skills And Experience

Min. Education requirements

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, public administration or a related field , or related field is required, or
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree

Min. Years Of Relevant Work Experience

  • Minimum 2 years (with master’s degree) or 4 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at the national and/or international level in (anti-corruption, governance and justice sector reform) in relevant thematic areas; and establishing inter-relationships among international organizations and national governments

Required Skills

  • Experience in analytical writing.
  • Experience in engaging in substantive multi-disciplinary legal and technical discussions with public officials.
  • Significant experience in training public officials on legal issues, legislative drafting, and preventive anti-corruption tools;
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), database packages, and web-based management systems such as ERP.”

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Intimate knowledge of how judiciary and anti-corruption agencies work

Required Language(s)

  • Fluency in both English and Arabic is required.

Professional Certificates N/A


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant Information About UNDP Rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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