About UNDP in Iraq

Iraqi schoolgirls
Photo by MagicCarpet/UNDP Iraq 2011

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
A woman receives legal aid from a UNDP legal aid desk. Photo Jamal Penjweny/UNDP Iraq 2012

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 2013

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?

UNDP Iraq's Resident Representative

Dr. Jacqueline Badcock assumed her role as the Deputy SRSG and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq and UNDP Resident Representative on 6 May, 2012.

Previously, Dr. Jacqui Badcock served as the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines from 2009. Dr Badcock served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Papua New Guinea from November 2004 to July 2009. She served in the same post representing the UN in Namibia for four years from 2000 to 2004.

Dr. Badcock has worked in the Pacific Region for almost 20 years serving in Papua New Guinea from 1979 to 1983 with Save the Children Fund, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, covering all 22 Pacific island Countries from 1983 to 1989, as UNICEF Representative in the multi-country office in Suva, Fiji covering 14 countries from 1994 to 1998 and conducting consultancy work for AusAid, WHO and the University of the South Pacific in various countries from 1989 to 1990. She also served as a Chief Technical Advisor and Deputy FAO Representative in Vietnam from 1990 to 1994 and UNICEF Representative in Lao PDR from 1998 to 2000.

She was a Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Canberra from 1989 to 1990 and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Hawaii from 1984 to 1989.

Dr. Badcock holds an Honours degree in Nutrition from the University of Surrey, UK and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

UNDP Iraq's Country Director

Dr. Adam Abdelmoula was appointed as UNDP Iraq Country Director on 4 August 2013. Adam recently completed a 13-month period as the Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative/Designated Official (RC/RR/DO) for Syria (May 2012- to June 2013). Prior to that, he was the RC/RR/DO for Kuwait (March 2010 to May 2012).

Adam was previously the Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) in Geneva. From 2004-2007 he was the Deputy Chief Human Rights Officer for United National Mission in Liberia. Prior to this, Adam was the Senior Human Rights Adviser and Team Leader for UNOHCHR/United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq/United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (2003-2004). From 1999-2003, he served in Somalia for UNOHCHR as a Senior Human Rights and Rule of Law Adviser.

Before his career began in the UN system, Adam worked for the Fund for Peace, the Institute of International Education, Human Rights Watch, and Lawyers Committee for Human Rights based in the USA. From 1989 to early 1991, he worked for the Ford Foundation, as well as the Arab Lawyers Union in Egypt. He practiced law in the Sudan from 1982 to 1989.

Adam holds a PhD in Public International Law from Georgetown University Law Center (USA); a Masters in International Law from Harvard Law School (USA); and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from University of Khartoum (Sudan). He speaks fluent Arabic and English.

A dual citizen of the Sudan and the USA, Adam is married and has three children.

Current Staff Count for Iraq

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 45
UN Volunteers 3
UNDP Staff 65
Total 113


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.

Expert in National Development Plan
IC-076/12 Anti-Corruption Awareness Raising Campaign Advisor 47,260.00
IC-046/12 Local Governance and Decentralization Specialist 118,609.00
IC-013/12 NMD IFD Consultant 36,896.00
IC-102/12 International Consultant: Senior Community Security and Social Cohesion Advisor 39,000.00
IC-100/12 Youth Parliament Mapping International Consultant, UNDP - Iraq 39,561.77
IC-110/12 Specialist of Local Economic Develpmentin Conflict Setting 35,937.00
IC-118/12 Communications Analyst 52,800.00
IC-025/12 Information Analyst 31,148.00
IC-079/12 Information Technology System Specialist for Integrated Criminal Justice  58,500.00
IC-037/12 Micro,Small &Meduim Enterprise (MSME) Programme Strategy Advisor 39,334.44
IC-024/12 TB programme EvaluationTeam Leader 59,339.00
IC-086/12 Energy Efficiency Road Map and Tariff Scheme/Framework for Iraq Electricity Sector Consultant 39,800.00
IC-029/12 Capacity Building Consultant for Implementation of a KRG Development Management System (KDMS) and Support to Institutional Aid Effectiveness 38,343.00
IC-072/12 Project Implementation and Management Advisor 61,140.00
IC-032/12 National Liaison Officer/Translator/Interpreter 32,148.00
IC-009/12, IC-095/12 Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Consultant to support UNDP “SALW Preparatory Support Project” in Iraq 114,229.00
IC-053/12, IC-031/12 Senior Advisor, Private Sector Development Programme for Iraq 140,576.00
IC-069/12 Electoral Software Development Specialist 49,355.00
IC-016/12 English Teacher/ Curriculum Developer 212,243.20
IC-001/12 HR Commission and COR Advisor 67,718.00
IC-067/12 Project Officer 71,819.70
IC-041/12 International Legal Aid Expert 66,311.60
IC-081/12 Parliamentary Capacity Building Advisor 35,712.00
IC-056/12 Web & Database Developer 37,062.00
IC-011/12, IC-101/12 Economic and Social Infrastructure Needs Assessment Coordinator 190,684.00
IC-074/12 Electoral Capacity Development Specialist 85,644.00
IC-030/12 Project Document Editor / Development Specialist  45,305.00
IC-040/12 Knowledge Management Consultant 38,004.00
IC-059/12 Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor 173,464.00
IC-078/12 Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Commission of Integrity (CoI) Advisor 37,570.00
IC-080/12, IC-124/12 Information Technology System Specialist for Criminal Justice under the Rule of Law 159,846.00
IC-036/12 Vocational Training Programme Specialist 37,609.00
IC-098/12 Vocational Trianing Programme Specialist 62,734.00
IC-087/12 Team leader for the Outcome Evaluation of UNDP – Iraq 73,235.00
IC-077/12 Anti-Corruption Senior Technical Advisor 60,000.00
IC-015/12 National Consultant Environment Strategy Support Programme 47,885.68
IC-052/12 Capacity Building Senior Consultant 34,194.00
IC-063/12  e- Governance Data Policy Senior Specialist   42,467.00
IC-083/12 Social Cohesion Consultant 55,227.15
IC-022/12 Expert in National Development Plan 66,000.00
IC-007/12 Procurement Specialist (Commercial) 181,848.00
UNDP Leadership
Resident Representative

Dr. Jacqueline Badcock assumed her role as the Deputy SRSG and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq and UNDP Resident Representative on 6 May, 2012. Previously, Dr. Jacqui 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.

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