SME Operation Officer/BDSP

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 728
Date Posted:Dec 5, 2018
Closing Date:Dec 17, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Business Administration
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:4 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:


The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) was established to develop and implement programs promoting responsible social and financial growth in rural areas, primarily in the non-farm sector. It has employees in all 34 Provinces of Afghanistan, and delivers a wide range of programs funded both by the Ministry itself and the International Community. MRRD aims to reduce poverty amongst the approximately 80% of Afghans who live in rural areas by implementing a made-in-Afghanistan “Pro-Poor” growth strategy which calls upon the government and civil society to address the macro economic constraints, the small size of the formal private sector, and the realities of rural poverty in order to implement realistic poverty reduction and development strategies. These strategies are developed within the broader context of the interim Afghan National Development Strategy (i-ANDS), the roadmap the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GOA) is following as it works towards achieving the UN’s Millennium Development and Afghan Compact goals. MRRD has six (6) Programs. For more information please refer to the following web site

Job Summary:


Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

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.

Duties & 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;

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


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 Keywords:

SME Operation Officer/BDSP
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