Request For Proposals For A Social Work Expert (Strengthening Supervised Practicum Experience), Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI)


Program Overview:

SEED Foundation in coordination with Salahaddin University’s social work department is implementing the ‘Protecting and Empowering Survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)’ program. This program is supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The aim of the program is to build the next generation of social workers in the KRI by equipping undergraduate students in social work with the knowledge and skills to support vulnerable people, including survivors of GBV and those at risk, to better prepare social work graduates for employment.

Following completion of an assessment for the social work department, SEED’s technical experts will now work closely with faculty at Salahaddin University to strengthen the curriculum through the development of additional content, including gender, gender equality, GBV, and psychosocial support, and adapting global resources to the local context and needs.

Objective of Consultancy

Social work students at Salahaddin University complete a supervised practicum for three months in year 3 at an educational institution. Then, during a portion of Year 4, students complete a practicum at NGOs or government agencies. However, students do not receive consistent supervision, and their progress is not assessed in a comprehensive way.

Accordingly, SEED seeks an expert that is experienced in social work, particularly supervising students, to help equip practicum site supervisors and university faculty with supervision techniques and approaches to assess students’ progress in practical skills. This will include the creation of a standardized processes and guidance for practicum sites and the university including supervision management and requirements, learning contract templates to enhance the practicum experience, and delivery of training

Expected Outputs and Deliverables


Estimated Time to Complete



1 day remotely

January 16, 2022 – March 31, 2022

Develop materials on supervision techniques/requirements and assessing student progress in practical skills.

3 days remotely

January 16, 2022 – March 31, 2022

Conduct three days of training to faculty and practicum site supervisors in:

● Supervision techniques

● Assessing student progress in practical skills

Provide PowerPoint slides/training material. The training must also include a pre and post test, and be followed with a report.

5 days in Erbil

January 16, 2022 – March 31, 2022

Develop guidance for practicum sites and students regarding agreed-upon expectations for the practicum experience.

2 days remotely

January 16, 2022 – March 31, 2022


In accordance with the requirements above, the expert is expected to commit to the assignment between January 16 and March 31, 2022, including remote work and time in the Kurdistan Region if applicable, as requested by SEED. The expert must complete the work within the agreed timeframe.


Your proposal will be evaluated based on the following criteria:



Weight (%)

1) Education


Advanced degree in social work or other field relevant to the scope of the assignment.



2) Knowledge and Experience


Evidence of at least 5 years of experience as a supervisor of social workers, ideally with students or recent graduates.



Expertise in social work practicum and internship development and improvement.



3) Language Skills


English required, Kurdish and Arabic a plus



4) Technical Proposal


Proposed methodology for carrying out this assignment



5) Work Plan


Implementing the deliverables in the RFP and their milestones**



6) Financial proposal


Total cost





● The expert will be managed by SEED’s Program Director. The expert will also work very closely with SEED’s Education Program Coordinator (remotely or in-person).

● The expert will be required to utilize his/her own technology equipment and maintain workable Skype, ZOOM and email accounts for communication.

● All materials produced by the expert during the period of this consultancy will belong to SEED.

● The expert must sign SEED’s Code of Conduct, and abide by all provisions of these policies for the duration of the consultancy period.

● The expert will need to travel to areas of program implementation. This cost should be mentioned in the financial proposal section.


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