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REGIONAL SENIOR PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT TEAM LEAD

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About DAI

BACKGROUND:
DAI is implementing the USAID funded program Women in the Economy (WIE) across the five major population centers in the regional economic zones (Kabul, Mazar, Heart, Jalalabad and Kandahar) in Afghanistan. The primary objective of Women in the Economy is to enable educated Afghan women between the ages of 18 and 30 to increase their participation in the mainstream, formal economy by securing employment with advancement potential and by helping grow revenues for businesses owned by women or that employ women as 30% or more of their staffs.

Job Summary

PURPOSE:
WIE’s Private Sector Development [PSD] component has been charged with growing revenues through innovative approaches to private sector development. Innovation will require thinking about private sector development in a new way and working with non-traditional partners in addition to leveraging other donor projects. New solutions may be found anywhere, including private sector solutions to changes in developed markets.

The Regional Private Sector Development (PSD) Team Leader will be responsible for the implementation of the PSD component’s portfolio of activities in the assigned region. The incumbent will be closely working with the Senior Regional Manager and Regional Manager of WIE’s Regional Office to implement all activities of the PSD component in the region together with managing regional PSD team members. More specifically, the individual will lead PSD regional team members in identifying WIE’s client business issues and opportunities, make recommendations for supporting those businesses, implement all current activities of PSD component including grants, subcontracts, and direct implementation activities. Also, the Team Lead is expected to manage her/his team, bridge with WIE’s HQ PSD team on implementation of activities, and achieve PSD team targets. The Senior Private Sector Development Team Lead will be managing biggest portfolio of WIE client businesses in the central region. The individual will also be representing WIE’s PSD in some major events in Kabul in addition to assisting WIE’s HQ PSD team in organizing major and national events in Kabul from time to time.

Job Details

Date Posted: 02 Aug 2018 Reference: DAI/WIE
Closing Date: 16 Aug 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Private Sector Dev Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

OBJECTIVE AND DUTIES:
• Together with Senior Regional Manager (SRM) and Regional Manager (RM) manage the portfolio of private sector development in the assigned region;
• Manage PSD regional staff members in the region including, but not limited to, technical direction, portfolio allocation, review of business applications for various WIE support activities, and proposing new initiatives together with regional PSD staff members;
• Identify potential client businesses together with regional PSD staff members, assess needs and issues, and make proposals on supporting those businesses to WIE’s HQ PSD team;
• Provide oversight and quality control of active grants and subcontracts implementation in her/his region, and report deviations;
• Collaborate with M&E and WIE’s Communications teams on collecting various types of data for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting purposes;
• Track, document and constantly report lessons learned, issues, and make recommendations to WIE’s HQ PSD team on corrective measures;
• Represent WIE’s PSD efforts, achievements, and work in some major events as requested;
• Assist WIE’s HQ PSD team in organizing and conducting major and national events;
• When requested, be part of technical proposals evaluation;
• Contribute to WIE’s PSD HQ team quarterly planning exercise with WIE PSD HQ team;
• Make recommendations, prepare and coordinate with WIE clients for USAID events that require WIE’s private sector development clients;
• As requested, coordinate with stakeholders on different collaboration in Kabul – attend meetings, discuss possibilities of collaboration, and make recommendations to WIE’s PSD HQ team;
• Other activities assigned by Senior Regional Manager.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Minimum five years of experience working with either private businesses or donor organizations that work for private sector development or a combination of both, and/or a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, commerce, economics; or, 10 year experience with bachelor’s degree, preferably in business administration, economics, or commerce.
• Entrepreneurial, willing to take calculated risk.
• Practical understanding of difficulties currently being faced by private businesses, especially, women owned businesses.
• Understanding of business operation from startup to expansion.
• Able to work independently and take responsibility for translating concepts into implementable activities.
• Good networker, ideally with well-established network in private sector and development community.
• Able to focus on project objectives and work collaboratively toward the goals
• Fluency in English is required.
• Demonstrated familiarity with constraints faced by women-owned and/or majority women owned businesses in Afghanistan.
• Ability to travel to regional offices – Mazar, Jalalabad, Kandahar, and Herat.
• Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

REPORTING:
• The position reports to the Senior Regional Manager, central region.

Qualifications

Master's degree

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12

Education:

Masters Degree, Business Administration

Submission Guideline

To apply: Please send your CV & Covering letter to below email address and include REGIONAL SENIOR PSD TEAM LEAD - KABUL in the subject line of the application

Submission Email

DAIWIE@dai.com

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