Marketing Manager

  Roots of Peace
  Afghanistan Unspecified 367
Date Posted:Feb 13, 2011
Reference:ROP-CHAMP-M.M-38
Closing Date:Feb 17, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Male
Functional Area:Administrative
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Roots of Peace:

Founded:  

Roots of Peace (ROP) is a humanitarian, not-for-profit organization focused on the removal of land mines and the restoration of agriculture in former conflict zones. ROP implements the Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP), which is a four-year program, funded by USAID in Afghanistan. The Program is implemented in the following Provinces: Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan, Ghazni, Logar, Wardak, Bamyan, Paktya, Paktika, and Khost. CHAMP offers farmers the opportunity to establish new orchards and new vineyards and/or to install trellising on existing vineyards. The Program will be quite similar to the World Bank MAIL-HLP orchards establishment program being implemented by ROP in Northern and Central Afghanistan. CHAMP will be responding to farmer demand for the species of trees and grapes to plant. We expect that in the higher altitudes, farmers will demand apples, almonds, apricots, walnuts and some grapes. In the lower altitudes, farmers will demand citrus, apricot, pomegranate and some almonds. We will select farmers for participation based on their agreement to pay a portion of the cost of the saplings, trellising and/or other materials provided by CHAMP.

Job Summary:

The CHAMP Marketing Manager assist the ROP Marketing Specialist, Country Director and CHAMP Chief of Party to implement the value-chain-based marketing program described above in the Project Summary.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Develop working relations with major fresh fruit merchants in Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad and elsewhere and with the farmers who supply them with product
• Work with these farmers and merchants to identify potential improvements in production and marketing practices that will result in higher profits for both merchants and farmers.
• Develop and implement programs to assist the farmers and merchants to test potential improvements in production and marketing practices, including the identification of new, more profitable markets and buyers.
• Become competent in the entire array of knowledge required to profitably produce and market Afghan horticultural crops. This will include familiarity with standard production practices; but, will show expert knowledge or, at least, enthusiastic interest in all the functions required to harvest, package, ship and market agricultural produce.
• Become competent in analyzing and reporting the associated costs and profits of marketing targeted agricultural products.
• Become competent in developing and presenting power point presentations to report on marketing activities and program results to Afghan and foreign audiences.
• Develop the CHAMP marketing program plans of work and related budgets.
• Write and submit, in a timely manner, biweekly, quarterly and annual reports
• Write end of program reports to describe the activities and results of short-term marketing projects and field trips.
• Become competent in guiding merchants on study tours to visit potentially new market and attend trade shows.
• Develop and present training events for the educational benefit of producers and merchants.
• Plan and direct the activities of two to five, regional marketing managers, implementing CHAMP marketing programs with farmers and merchants.

Job Requirement:

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Finance, Economics, Accounting or agriculturally-related degree.

Job Location:

Afghanistan
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