Director General, Private Sector and Industrial Affairs

  Ministry of Commerce and Industries
  Afghanistan Unspecified 284
Date Posted:Dec 14, 2010
Closing Date:Dec 26, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Economic Growth
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
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Job Summary:

The Director General for Private Sector and Industrial Affairs will facilitate the process of creating balanced industrial growth in Afghanistan by leading the implementation of the Industrial Policy and SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) Strategy of Afghanistan; implementing measures to encourage greater formalization of the Afghan economy, and working with AISA to design and implement activities to increase national and international investment.

As a newly merged Directorate, the Director will play a key role in the transition to the combined Directorate.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Within six weeks of joining he/she shall develop an action plan for revamping the system in accordance with rules and regulations for better quality services delivery and also a work plan in agreement with his/her supervisor (Minister or Deputy Minister).
2. Manage the transition of the two separate Directorates (Private Sector Development and Industrial Affairs) to engender a culture of mutual respect and co-operation, and bring about a shared understanding of goals.
3. Consult on and manage the first phase of implementing the Industrial Policy.
4. Finalize the Formalization Strategy, including a clear and realistic implementation plan.
5. Design a strategy for utilizing Development Budget funds to implement the recommendations made in the Doing Business Indicators Diagnostic Report and initiatives outlined in the Industrial Policy and SME Strategy.
6. Manage private sector policy and strategy development to implement, review and revise policies over time.
7. In collaboration with the Private Sector and Civil Society Enabling Council (PSCSEC), establish regular forums for interaction with private sector and government stakeholders in which to identify barriers to growth.
8. Identify priority skills and training needs for the private sector and develop a proposal for funding to address these gaps.
9. Engage with the Policy and Strategy Unit (PSU) and Central Statistics Office (CSO) on data gathering, analysis and reporting to guide mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation (M and E) and direct the Directorate's policy initiatives.
10. Provide PSDIAD staff with clear direction, motivation and supervision.
11. Ensure that he/she transfers knowledge and skills to other individuals and working teams in an effective regular manner in order to improve managerial ability, motivation and confidence.

Results expected
1. An appropriate action plan is developed and implemented.
2. An effective system of designing a strategy instituted.
3. Private sector policy and strategy development managed.
4. Regular forums with private sector and government stakeholders established.
5. Proper work processes are established within the department.
6. An effective internal and external coordination system is in place.
7. Proper reporting, analysis and briefing mechanisms are established.
8. A proper system of transfer and maintenance of skills and knowledge within the directorate is in place.

Reporting obligations

The Director General for Private Sector and Industrial Affairs will report to the Deputy Minister for Private Sector and Industry Development.

Job Requirement:

1. Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Management Public Administration, and Commerce, or any other related fields with 3 years of relevant experience. Or a Bachelor degree in the mentioned subjects with 5 years relevant experience.
2. Excellent Communication skills both written and verbal in Dari or Pashto and English languages.
3. Computer skills in MS. Office are required.

-Desirable attributes

1. Knowledge and understanding of competition and consumer protection issues in Afghanistan and familiarity with international best practices in this field.
2. Strong analytical skills and ability to suggest a range of possible solutions to problems.
3. Good verbal and written communication skills.
4. Strong and proven leadership skills and the ability to motivate and lead a team or a group of professional staff.
5. Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations.
6. Planning and organisational capabilities – able to set priorities and monitor work plans against objectives.
7. Able to produce reports and other documents up to a professional standard.
8. Ability to use Microsoft office applications and the internet.
9. Must be reliable, honest, objective and hard working.

Notice of revision

These terms of reference may be revised subject to operational needs.

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