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SME Operation Officer/BDSP



The Mission of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is to ensure the social, economic, and political welfare of rural society, especially poor and vulnerable people, through the provision of basic services, strengthening local governance, and promoting sustainable livelihoods. MRRD accomplishes this mission through donor funded national programs in the areas of governance, infrastructure and economic growth.

The Women Economic Empowerment Rural Development Program (WEERDP) is aimed at harnessing the potential of the private sector for inclusive economic growth and sustainable job creation in rural Afghanistan.

Job Summary


Job Details

Date Posted: 05 Dec 2018 Reference: 967/018/HRCSD/WEE-RDP/MRRD
Closing Date: 18 Dec 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Female
Functional Area: Business Administration Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 4 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Act as a desk officer for the SME component in two of the provinces where AREDP is operating;
Mentor and supervise the Business Development Officers in the assigned provinces;
On a daily basis, liaise with the BDSOs to receive updates and reports from the provincial BDSOs and to share/coordinate them with the SME component;
Communicate any constraint that the SME component might face to the respective provincial office assigned to;
Follow up on any concern or constraint that has been raised in the respective province;
Coordinate the delivery of up-to-date technical services provided by consultants to ensure best project implementation practices with the SME component;
Support SME and M&E components in planning and ensuring regular and accurate monitoring and evaluation of the program;
Work to ensure that the program incorporates M&E results and lessons learnt from field operations to improve and to develop program implementation strategies, methodologies, and results;
Work with BDSOs and SME Development Officers to establish possible backward and forward linkages for the targeted SMEs in the respective province;
Produce bimonthly reports for the SME component on the respective provinces for which the SME operations officer will be assigned to;
In conjunction with the Training and Access to Finance components address the concerns and constraints raised regarding access to finance and training requests;
If necessary, provide technical inputs on the SME development to the SME component, particularly, to the BDSOs consultant;
Arrange, facilitate, or conduct exposure visits for the targeted entrepreneurs domestically and internationally;
Undertake frequent travels to the assigned provinces;
Coordinate the administrative issues of the provincial BDSOs with the program support section;

Undertake any other assignment which falls under SME development component, as per guidance and direction of the SME development component manager;


Teamwork and good interpersonal skills: the candidate should be able to establish positive relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender-balance;

Ability to determine and to review priorities and to meet deadlines;

Ability to multi-task and to work under pressure;

Ability to work without direct supervision;

Willingness to travel to AREDP targeted provinces in Afghanistan contingent upon normal security considerations.


Report to SME development manager and, subject to unavailability of SME development manager, the AREDP Senior Management team.


Bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, commerce, or social sciences with 4 years of relevant work experience
The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated interest in rural development and should possess a sound understanding of development organizations’ general procedures
Management skills: planning, organizing, prioritizing, time management, conflict management and a proven ability to manage staff and to contribute to their skills and capacity development.
Communication skills: good communication skills, with fluency in Dari and English are required. The candidate should be able to draft reports and the write e-mails and letters in English. Pashto would be a further asset.
Computer/Technology skills: The applicant should be computer literate and should be well acquainted with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point and MS Outlook. The applicant should also be able to browse and surf the internet and to use instant messaging.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their applications electronically through below email
While submitting your applications please mention the Title of the position plus Vacancy Number in the subject of the e-mail; please do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates with your application. If you are short listed you will be asked to submit electronic copies of your educational certificates and if you are invited to written test you will be required to present the original certificates. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date of the position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test Note: In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. Applicants are strongly advised to inform potential supporters of this restriction which shall be strictly enforced.

Please don’t forget to type the Vacancy Announcement Number (967/018/HRCSD/WEE-RDP/MRRD) in Subject while applying online. Application without vacancy number will not be accepted.

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is highly committed to increase women’s participation in government sector therefore women are highly encouraged to apply.

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