In 2011, I undertook the charge of the Task Team Leader for the Iraq PFM Project under the Iraq Trust Fund with a project cost of $16 million. Under the project, a fully functional MTEF was developed, the Iraqi Medium-term Fiscal (IMF) model was made operational, a comprehensive historical database of fiscal information was put in place, and the Budget preparation process was improved with an increasingly detailed policy focus during strategy discussions. A new ‘Cash Management and Commitment Manual’ was prepared and training imparted. The Capacity Development Plan of the Ministry of Finance Accounting Training Center was prepared and approved by the government. Skills of the Board of Supreme Audit staff in financial, risk-based, procurement, and performance audit and the capacity on oil audit, forensic audit, arbitration, contract management and M&E was significantly enhanced.
Under my strict supervision, there was a significant increase in the disbursement rate from 3 % to 61 % between 2011 and 2013. There was a delivery of fully functional MTEF, Budget Strategy, and Cash Management and Commitment Control Manual.
I also conceived the idea of implementing Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) for Iraq – a project that was dropped earlier by US Treasury due to security threats. I restarted the process by engaging Free Balance made the government agree on the functional and technical requirements of the system. I also completed the System Requirement Study (SRS) for resulting in a government demand and a new investment lending of $30 million.
I also worked as the TTL for the Iraq Public Sector Governance program under which I organized and facilitated a governance workshop in Beirut in which short and medium term measures to enhance transparency, accountability and participation in Iraq were identified. Based on these, a three year programmatic technical assistance was designed to prepare and implement a prioritized, sequenced and resource-backed Governance Action Plan (GAP). A draft GAP was prepared and was put under use.