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(CONSULTING SERVICES – Individual SELECTION)

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About AAEDC

After the collapse of Taliban regime in 2001 NATO forces took the lead to enable the Afghan Government to provide security, establish efficient service delivery systems, good governance and promote economic opportunities in Afghanistan. Based on the London conference and followed by Kabul conference in 2010, it was proposed that the Afghan troops should take the security responsibility and ownership of the country. The transition process was completed and Afghan forces assumed full security and responsibility at the end of 2014. Resolute Support was launched on 1 January 2015 to provide further training, advice and assistance to the Afghan security forces and institutions. Following to the security transitions, Resolute Support has planned to partially handover the strategic airfields that include Bagram airfield, Qandahar airfield, Helmand airfield, Herat airfield, Mazar Sharif airfield and Nangarhar airfield to Afghan government. Indeed it was estimated that these airfields are worth of approximately 10.1 billion dollars that includes significant amount of facilities, equipment’s and other machineries, which requires proper operation and maintenance on regular basis. Furthermore the Resolute Support requested the Afghan Government for preparing a comprehensive plan for these airfields for responsibility hand over to Afghan government.
Afghanistan National Unity Government started work on the establishment of Afghanistan Airfields Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) who will be leading the airfield transition process and will be providing relevant support accordingly.

Considering the strategic geographic location, huge amount of constructed infrastructure facilities, availability of raw materials and business opportunities, GIRoA has envisioned to convert these Airfields into Special Economic Zone (SEZ) which will contribute in the country export promotion, GDP increase, employment creation, economic development, security and regional cooperation in the region.
Afghanistan Airfield Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) was established on 23 July 2015 by the presidential decree Number 43 of the Afghanistan National Unity Government (NUG).
This commission was established to efficiently and economically use the airfields, which were previously transferred to Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the airfields, which are supposed to be transitioned to GIROA in near future.
The AAEDC is comprised of Authorized Representative of the office of the NUG CEO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Ministry of Economy,





Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior Affairs and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority. Mr. Daoud Sultanzoy the senior Advisor to President Ashraf Ghani is the Chairman of the Commission who established AAEDC secretariat inducting well-functioning group of Afghan professionals who are closely working with national and international counterparts, and AAEDC local chapters.
This commission has the responsibility and authority to develop airfields business plans to maximize economic opportunities for Afghanistan. In addition to that the commission is obliged to facilitate and lead responsible transition of Airfields, Conversion of Airfields to SEZs, Creating efficient business environment, Capacity building/technical assistance, policy Analysis, reforms and development and building relations with national & international counterparts.

Job Summary

The consultant will support the AAEDC to attract investment flows into SEZs and develop first ever SEZ in the country. AAEDC is developing SEZ concept, SEZ law, and SEZ policies to scope out investment opportunities and screen potential businesses for further development into eligible SEZ projects.
While the SEZ concept is new in Afghanistan and is a broad field that focuses on a broad economic intervention, investment opportunities, there is also a need to develop strategic and operational steps to attract investors, lobby with different entities and process the initial documents such as ASEZ Authority, Structure and SEZ Establishment. In order to achieve this aim, the Consultant shall support the AAEDC and its secretariat

Job Details

Date Posted: 07 Nov 2017 Reference: NPA/AAEDC/96/Cs-1956/
Closing Date: 28 Nov 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Consulting Open Ended: NO
Nationality: International Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 10 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

• Present an action-oriented plan for technical assistance, capacity building and attraction of investors
• Provide strategic advice on how to align afghan government and private sector interests in supporting the development and establishing of first ever SEZ in Afghanistan.
• Review AAEDC SEZ concepts and provide technical assistance in terms of full-fledged thought SEZ and incentive regime that outlines all aspects of SEZ considering context, security and business environment of Afghanistan.
• Identify suitable funding mechanisms (at least three) to finance the selected project and map possible de- risking strategies to make and establish viable SEZ.
• Identify potential international, national and regional investors, and provide strategic advice on connecting them with AAEDC and Presidential Palace.
• Organize an investor forum with potential investors. The Consultant is expected to advise and format the forum, as well as manage policy engagement to ensure government and stakeholders are on board.
• Manage policy and law engagement with stakeholders to support the above activities
• Provide technical and advisory assistance to enable AAEDC, prepare and produce all required mechanism, polices and framework for SEZ
• Provide capacity building training for AAEDC, its secretariat and other involved entities on SEZ and its impact on the country.




4. Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables

The Consultant shall complete
• PowerPoint presentation slides, outlining the SEZ concept
• A report on potential investment flows into SEZs and first ever SEZ that includes SEZ concept, SEZ law (review of SEZ law), and SEZ policies to scope out investment opportunities and screen potential businesses for further development into eligible SEZ projects.
• Stakeholder and investor mapping
• Documentation of policy engagement with stakeholders (e.g. minutes, briefs, etc.)
• Arrange Investment Forum/ International Conference to attract investors
• Given below are the requirements for capacity building training “but not limited” to
1. Develop Training Curriculum
2. Work as International Trainer
3. Class duration (full working day)
4. The strength of class will be 10 to 15 persons
5. Two training programs (each program will be for 30 days)
This position is located in Kabul, with a trip to any potential SEZ inside the country of Afghanistan. This position will report to the AAEDC Executive Director.

6. Reporting relationships:
Report to AAEDC Executive Director of AAEDC Secretariat


7. Period of Assignment:


The Assignment duration is 4 months, and may be subject to be extended based on the mutual consent.

Skills

• Skills to listens and responds constructively to other team members’ ideas
• Ability to identify and promptly tackle morale problems
• Skills to find creative ways to make persons work rewarding
• Ability to work independently and also as an effective team member
• Recognizes and encourages the behaviors that contribute to teamwork
• Recognizes and rewards person for their achievements

Managerial competencies:
• Proficient communication skills
• Provide high-impact performance feedback
• Proven ability to lead and motivate staff in challenging environments;
• Ability to develop and manage professional relationships
• Implementer – also gets things done, looking for ways to turn talk into action and generate practical activity
• Coordinator – manage the group dynamics, often in a leadership role
• Team Worker – helps the team to work effectively by supporting personal relationships
• Resource Investigator – gathers external resources and information to help the team
• Monitor-Evaluator – good at critically assessing ideas and proposals, and at making decisions
• Assist and collaboratively work with colleagues to achieve organizational goals

Communication:
• Give and collect information
• Influence the attitudes and behavior of others
• Form contacts and maintain relationships
• Make sense of the world and our experiences in it
• Express personal needs and understand the needs of others
• Make decisions and solve problems
• Anticipate and predict behavior
• Regulate power





Qualifications

• Advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in economics, finance, business and related fields
• At least 10 years of experience in business and project design and development, ideally related to development of SEZ in developing countries
• Proven track-record experience of working with private sector, donor agencies and international investors to identify and facilitate investment opportunities, especially Agriculture, Mining, Manufacturing and IT.
• Familiarity with Afghan government structure and systems is preferable.
• Fluency in both spoken and written English.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Masters Degree,

Submission Guideline

AAEDC now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above mentioned services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (in addition to the educational qualifications, experience of similar assignments and country of work etc. should be incorporated in the CV to be submitted along with expression of interest/application).

Expression of Interest must be delivered to the address below (In Person, by mail or by email) latest by 28 November 2017 at 16:00 hours (Kabul Local Time).
Interested consultants may obtain further information by sending an E-Mail below mentioned during office hours [i.e. 09:00 to 16:00 hours].

Attention: Aziz Ahmad Obaidi
Procurement Manager (Consulting Services Department)
National Procurement Authority (NPA), AOP
Pashtunestan Watt, Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone Number: +93 (0) 202147556, (+93) 0794563164
Email: to Submission e-mail

Submission Email

aziz.obaidi@aop.gov.af, wais.rahimi@aop.gov.af,umar.sultani@aop.gov.af, mohsin.nisar@aop.gov.af, tamana.safi@aop.gov.af,Nasrullah.sahibzada@aop.gov.af

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