|Date Posted:||Feb 5, 2019|
|Closing Date:||Feb 12, 2019|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||Salary is negotiableNone|
|Years of Experience:||3 Years|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About Agricultural Development Fund:
The Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) will act as a second-tier wholesale lending institution that will lend to intermediaries in the agricultural value chain, who will then on-lend to small commercial farmers, defined as farmers with 1-30 hectares. ADF is capitalized by a $100 million grant provided by the United States Government to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the objective of increasing lending to the agriculture sector in order to create a more competitive agriculture sector through expanded agricultural production and increased incomes for agricultural households. ADF will lend directly and indirectly to banks, non-bank financial institutions, credit unions, microfinance institutions and non-financial intermediaries such as private farmer associations, farm stores, agricultural depots, food processors, agribusinesses and other market participants and informal providers of finance that support the development of agricultural value chains in Afghanistan and are able to enhance the supply of agricultural credit to the end-borrowers at the farm level. Until its transition to the Government of Afghanistan in 2014, the ADF is managed by the Agriculture Credit Enhancement (ACE) program a USAID contract.
Provinces to travel:
Duties & Responsibilities:
The ‘Technical Evaluation Specialist’ is expected to perform/handle the following duties/ responsibilities. These are illustrative and may undergo a change keeping in view the mandate of the ADF.
Provide technical support to existing and potential/prospective clients of the ADF.
Provide technical support to the credit and risk management departments in the ADF.
Undertake technical feasibility exercises in regard to the loan and grant proposals received by the ADF, more particularly with reference to the internationally accepted best practices/standards of food safety, health, hygiene and environmental compliance.
Provide technical inputs in designing credit and other products/services of ADF.
Undertake sector/activity specific and region-specific studies to validate the business models of ADF.
Maintain a robust database/MIS on the agricultural sector in the country, with a view to mapping the potential for enhancing agricultural lending by ADF.
Represent ADF in the meetings of the national/regional technical working groups and in other academic/technical events.
Facilitate the conduct of training programs/workshops.
Any other duties and responsibilities assigned by the management of the ADF.
Job Location:Afghanistan, Badakhshan, Badghis, Baghlan, Balkh, Bamian, Daikondi, Farah, Faryab, Gardez, Ghazni, Ghowr, Hairatan, Helmand, Herat, Jawzjan, Kabul, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Nimruz, Nuristan, Oruzgan, Paktia, Paktika, Panjshir, Parwan, Samangan, Sar-e Pol, Takhar, Wardak, Zabul
Must be a graduate (with high grades, B plus) in Agriculture Sciences/Agriculture Engineering. Preference will be given to the candidates having Post-Graduate qualifications/MBAs in Agri-Business.
Must have at least 3 years’ experience of working in a technical/academic institution, agricultural development project, bank/financial institution, etc.
Knowledge of agricultural financing and the tenets/principles of Islamic/Sharia finance would be an added advantage.
Must have strong communication, presentation and report writing skills, including in the use of MS Office package.
Should be fluent in English and Pashto/Dari languages.