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Business Development Officer

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About TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN

Background
Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit, non-governmental organization specializing in urban regeneration, business development, and education in traditional arts and architecture. We seek to provide jobs, skills, and a renewed sense of national pride to Afghan men and women. Since 2006 Turquoise Mountain has cleared 30,000 cubic meters of rubbish from the streets, restored 112 historic and community buildings, created a primary school and a clinic, and installed water, electricity and sanitation through the historic traditional craft neighbourhood of Murad Khani in the old city of Kabul. It has created the internationally-accredited Institute for Afghan Arts & Architecture, training the next generation of craftsmen and women in woodwork, jewellery and gem cutting, calligraphy and miniature painting, and ceramics. Finally, it has sold US$ 5,000,000 of Afghan artisan products internationally.

Job Summary

Purpose

Turquoise Mountain aims to transform the Afghan craft industry into a significant driver of national economic growth and job creation. In November 2015 Turquoise Mountain began a three year, USAID funded program, dedicated to creating a self-sustaining and diverse Afghan artisan sector that is able to flourish independently of foreign aid, employing thousands, empowering women, instilling pride, and creating a new more positive image of Afghanistan around the world. The program aims to support at least 115 Afghan artisan businesses, and create 1,100 new or better direct jobs in supported businesses over the lifetime of the program.

Job Details

Date Posted: 18 Jun 2017 Reference: TMT-18-17 Business Development officer
Closing Date: 01 Jul 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Business Administration Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 2 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Business Support Manager, the Business Development Officer will:

1) Support identified artisan businesses with practical and tangible advice and support to improve and grow their business.
2) Accurately assess the needs of identified artisan businesses and find practical solutions that address specific needs.
3) Support Turquoise Mountain’s monitoring and evaluation team to measure Turquoise Mountain’s impact on the supported businesses.
4) Provide in-person business mentoring for selected artisan businesses.

Personal Competencies Required

• Experience and skill in working in private sector development, particularly micro and small enterprises;
• Personal experience owning or working in a small or medium size enterprise a plus;
• Experience providing business related trainings or similar is a plus;
• Past or current engagement in artisan sector a plus;
• An adaptable and energetic problem solver with good communication skills;
• Ability to generate new ideas for the growth of supported Artisan businesses;
• Demonstrated experience working as a part of a successful team;
• Strong self-initiative, committed, flexible and loyal.

Skills

• A native speaker
• Fluency in English
• Competent operating Microsoft office programs

Qualifications

• Bachelors in Business or equivalent in relevant field required, MBA preferred;
• 3+ years’ practical experience in small to medium size business or related work

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Business Administration

Submission Guideline

Interested qualified candidates should send a full CV with a cover letter explaining their motivation in applying for the job and highlighting their relevant skills and experience to the below submission email no later than 1-July-2017. The subject line of the email must be: (TMT-18-17Business Development officer).otherwise the application will not consider.
Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview

Submission Email

vacancy@turquoisemountain.org

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