Iraq PF 20120627050726 WEBIraq continues to build its professional class, but the country still lacks project management experts. With the assistance of our America's operations MSI, the Government of Iraq is looking at  new ways to build a stronger working class.

The USAID-funded Tarabot project has helped the government to see the benefits to Project Management Professionals (PMP) courses.The PMP is an internationally recognized project management certification, which signifies the capacity to work at the top level in the field. Certification requires rigorous study and development of specialized skills. As a result of the demanding training, having certified staff is highly coveted in the public and private sectors.At the start of the Tarabot project in 2011, there were fewer than 20 PMPs in Iraq. The Ministry of Oil is now poised to nearly double that figure, by certifying 17 staff members as PMPs.

For the past 22 months, Tarabot has worked extensively with the government to align management practices with international best practices. Throughout this process, project staff have encouraged each ministry to support PMP-certification initiatives for a contingent of core staff members.

This is the first example of a cost-share initiative between Tarabot and the government. The ministry will commit nearly $65,000 for this initiative, demonstrating the potential for sustainability of the Tarabot approach under Iraqi leadership.

The U.S. education and training organisation AMIDEAST will provide training and facilitate the certification of ministry staff.

Tarabot’s Project Management Unit continues to implement government-wide systems reforms.

This appeared on MSI's website, our America's operation.