District Officer - Enterprise Development and Market Linkages (BDSP)

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 614
Date Posted:Jul 15, 2020
Closing Date:Jul 27, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:2
Functional Area:Government,Social Science ,Business Administration
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:4 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Contractor
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English



The Government of Afghanistan (GoIRA) launched the Women’s Economic Empowerment National Priority Program (WEE-NPP) on March 8th, 2017. The WEE-NPP forms the third pillar of the GoIRA’s Gender Strategy which is encompassed in the broader Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) – the country’s five-year development plan. The WEE-NPP aims to build poor women’s capacity to strengthen the economy of their households, communities, and the entire nation. It is structured as an umbrella program (rather than a stand-alone project/operation) that would operate through over a dozen line ministries (through ongoing or pipeline projects) and coordinated through a Program Coordination Office (PCO) in the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD).

The Mission of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is implementing the Women Economic Empowerment Program (WEE-RDP) to ensure the social, economic, and political well-beings of rural society, especially with the 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 (Citizen Charter, Sustainable Economy Growth and the Boarders Sustainable Development) defined as the MRRD pillars.

Women Economic Empowerment-Rural Development Project (WEE-RDP) is a flagship national initiative of the GoIRA and part of the Sustainable Economy Growth pillar of MRRD, which intends to increase social and economic empowerment of rural poor women in selected communities during a five year project. It would work in 5000 villages in all 34 provinces across Afghanistan in close collaboration with Citizen Charter (CC) and assuring convergence with other MRRD projects, NHLP project of MAIL, Access to Finance project (TUP) of World Bank, etc. The project will work closely work with Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) and other stakeholders from financial sector to promote access to finance in selected rural areas

Job Summary:

The District Officer (DO) will be based at the district and shall manage all activities of Enterprise Development and Market Linkages (EDML) Unit at the district level, which generally includes enterprise development and capacity building activities focused in the district.

This position is based on the concept of Business Development Services Provider (BDSP) and the salary payment will be made against deliverables performance.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Implement EDML Unit’s district plan as per the ToR and achieve the designated deliverables in coordination with District Coordinator (DC) and EDML unit Regional Officer (RO).

Mobilizing Saving Groups (SGs) and Self-Help Groups( SHGs) members in coordination with Community Mobilization and Institution Development (CMID) and Access to Finance (A2F) Units’ Officers to establish Enterprise Groups (EGs).

Mobilizing and formation of Producers Associations (PAs) from EGs in the same value chain or production activities which have growth potentials in the district or province. 

Develop business plans, technical feasibility studies, maturity assessments for EGs and PAs.

Develop and provide capacity building trainings in coordination with DC and RO to the already registered EGs and PAs including book keeping, accounting, marketing, labeling, packaging, product development, inventory management, environmental and social safeguard, on the job training, management, business administration and etc.

Organizing, arranging and leading exhibitions for EGs and PAs in coordination with DC and RO at district, province and region level.

Establish market linkages (forward and backward) for sustainable business development of the EGs and PAs.

Assist EGs and PAs in product development, promotion, packaging and quality improvement.

Assessment of the EGs and PAs in coordination with DC and RO for catalytic grant.

Support EGs and PAs in certification, registration and membership with agencies, bodies, federations etc for business capacity building and partnerships.

Assist and cooperate with A2F unit to solve financial needs of the EGs and PAs

Assist DC and RO in developing annual, monthly, and weekly work plans for the smooth operation of activities at the district level.

Regular data collection and updating MIS.

Assist and cooperate with M&E unit and regularly update M&E data.

Undertake field visits, assessing situations, providing feedback and necessary support to DC and RO leading towards effective and quality implementation of program for EGs and PAs.

Regularly monitor and field visit of the EGs and PAs and provide necessary guidance for betterment of their business

Prepare regular success stories and case studies of EGs and PAs

Regular reporting to the provincial and main offices

Perform any other activities given by main/provincial offices

Job Requirement:

Knowledge/Experience4 years experiences in business development activities at field level with GoA institution, an NGO, or a development agency in Afghanistan.

Minimum a Bachelor Degree from any recognized University in Business Administration (Major in Business Development or Marketing), Management and Commerce, Social Science.

Computer skills (Office)

Excellent in English (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) required

Fluency in written and spoken Dari/Pashto

Experience in training, business development, capacity building, and system set-ups follow-up and monitoring and administrative management will be an advantage.


Ability to multi-task, be flexible, and effectively lead a team in a high pressure working environment;

Professionalism in appearance and demeanor

Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative

Willingness and ability to travel in rural areas of Afghanistan.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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