Agriculture Value Chain Expert / Deputy Project Coordinator – Baghdad

About the International Trade Centre
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN). It is the only multilateral agency fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). ITC’s mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and development through trade and international business development. ITC Headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

ITC projects and programmes contribute to the global efforts to achieve UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Aid for Trade agenda.

ITC works at three levels:

  • Strengthening the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy;
  • Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them;
  • Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs.


ITC will be implementing the project “Strengthening the agriculture and agri-food value chain and improving trade policy in Iraq” between 2020 and 2025. This project, funded by the European Union, aims to contribute to inclusive growth and job creation, particularly for youth for Iraq citizens. It seeks to enhance the trade competitiveness of Iraq’s agribusiness value chain, while improving the country’s trade policy.
The principal government counterpart for this project is the Ministry of Trade. Additional project counterparts are the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Planning, and the Federation of Iraq Chambers of Commerce, among others.

Project objectives:

  • Overall objective: Contribute to inclusive economic growth and job creation, particularly for youth in Iraq.

Project outputs (expected results) :

  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) competitiveness and sustainability strategies are designed for high-potential products targeting domestic markets;
  • Productive and commercial value chain alliances and capacities of MSMEs to compete effectively enhanced;
  • Increased capacities of the enabling business environment to better support value chain competitiveness (with a particular emphasis on the improvement of knowledge and skills for employment among youth);
  • Iraq’s trade policy is improved for enhanced performance and value chain competitiveness.

Project team:
A Project Management Team (PMT) will be established to oversee daily activities, manage and track budget and resources, provide administrative oversight, including monitoring and compliance, and manage relationships with key partners.

The PMT is composed of

  • The ITC headquarter-based Project Manager and Technical Lead who guide and coordinate technical and programmatic, administrative and financial aspects of the project in close collaboration with ITC Project Output Leaders, other international organizations and designated national counterparts;
  • ITC technical officers/experts for the project outputs are responsible for the implementation of specific project activities under each output. All activities are implemented under the supervision of the ITC HQ Project Manager, in close coordination with the National Project Office and jointly with national partners and stakeholders;
  • A Project office in Baghdad with international and national resident staff. The office will house three professional staff, namely a Project Coordinator, a Value Chain Expert and a Business Environment Adviser, as well as a Project Administrative Assistant. The team will be supported by three additional part-time staff: a Communication Specialist, a Monitoring and Evaluation Expert and a Security Referral. The office will assume coordination and day-to-day management and will also extend technical support to project implementation. The office will equally be the outreach, communication and development of working relations with stakeholders.

The Value Chain Expert will work under direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator and overall supervision of the ITC HQ Senior Project Manager. The full-time Value Chain Expert, based in Baghdad, Iraq, will oversee project-planning, implementation and assume day-to-day coordination with ITC HQ and national focal points at the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and other counterparts.

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