Matching Grants Analyst (f/m*)

  SME Client Support Afghanistan LLC
Master's Degree   Multi City Full Time 677
Date Posted:Jul 18, 2020
Reference:2020-03
Closing Date:Jul 31, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Management,Banking,Accounting/Finance
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:3 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About SME Client Support Afghanistan LLC:

A.     Institutional Background

SME Client Support Afghanistan LLC (“SCSA”) is a consulting and service company registered with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) with its headquarters in Kabul and sub-branch in Mazar-e-Sharif and plans to open further sub-branches in Herat, Kandahar and Jalalabad. SCSA is fully owned by ACGF - Afghan Credit Guarantee Foundation (“ACGF”), a foundation with legal incorporation in Cologne, Germany. ACGF is a credit guarantee fund with the mission to improve access to finance for Afghanistan’s small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) by sharing the credit risk of the Afghan partner financial institutions (“PIs”) and by improving their SME lending capacity with technical assistance (“TA”). ACGF has been founded in 2014 by DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Governed by a service contract concluded between ACGF and SCSA, SCSA provides a broad range of ancillary services in the context of ACGF’s credit guarantee and technical assistance operations.

SCSA is a consulting company, not a financial institution, and it does not provide any financial services. SCSA does not have contractual relationships with the Afghan PIs; it acts as service provider to ACGF carrying out a range of various services, e.g. conducting market research on SME finance, conducting training needs assessment, providing ongoing technical assistance to PIs (e.g. training-on-the-job and coaching of SME credit staff), providing support services for the credit guarantee appraisal and guarantee claim appraisal, carrying out monitoring support for the guarantee portfolio and the compliance of the partner financial institutions, collecting various types of information for ACGF (market-, portfolio-, risk-relevant information) etc.

B.     Purpose of Program

ACGF is in preparation to become the project execution agency for the implementation of two SME matching grant (MG) programs in Afghanistan. The donors of the programs, which core activities are planned to run until mid-2023 are two large international finance institutions. The overall goal of both programs is to support the survival of SMEs during the Corona crisis, to protect existing employment in supported SMEs and to prevent potential spill-over effects of the crisis to the Afghan financial sector. Moreover, a wide array of measures is being introduced under both programs to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak on SMEs not only on the short- but also on the medium-term in Afghanistan. In detail, both MG programs will:

1.      Support Corona crisis adaptation, including market re-engagement, recovery, and productive capabilities of SMEs across sectors;

2.      Strengthen the pipeline of bankable firms and demand for banking services; and

3.      Deploy and build on a simple and tested instrument, which is MGs.

SCSA will be responsible, in coordination with and close supervision by ACGF, for the operational implementation and execution of both programs in Afghanistan. Under both programs, the five big Afghan economic centers Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Herat and Kandahar will be covered, where most SMEs are located. The MG program will have a dedicated agricultural component. The MG program will be run in competitive “rounds”. Each round will have pre-announced criteria on eligibility and priorities. SMEs are requested to apply during the round’s application window. Selected SMEs will be supported with MGs in two categories of costs, which is (i) capital costs and (ii) non-capital costs.


Job Summary:

In both programs, the roles and responsibilities of SCSA will, inter alia, include: implementing the program, communicating it to SMEs through pre-defined marketing and public awareness efforts, operationally executing the competitive rounds, receiving MG applications, supporting the due diligence process, preparing documents for MG decisions at ACGF level, supporting the monitoring and overseeing the utilization of the MG for the intended purpose, collecting data, and providing reports to stakeholders or ACGF as required.

For both programs, a MG Department has been created at SCSA which is in charge of the responsibilities outlined above. For this Department, SCSA is looking for a Matching Grants Analyst (f/m*) in Kabul to start as soon as possible.


Duties & Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Matching Grants National Program Manager, the Matching Grants Analyst (f/m*) will have the following core duties and responsibilities:

·        Supporting the Matching Grants National Program Manager as well as ACGF in:

Designing and implementing both MG programs successfully

Making the MG scheme visible on an ongoing basis, such as promoting MG application rounds; both through online and offline advertising campaigns, workshops, and other marketing tools

Running the competitive “rounds” of the MG program administratively, such as identifying promising SMEs eligible for MGs, supporting them to register and apply for MGs, collection of applications, screening of applications and shortlisting applicants for ACGF’s MG committee in accordance with pre-defined criteria ACGF’s MG committee

Preparing and presenting relevant and necessary financial and non-financial information to ACGF’s MG committee in order to reach decisions regarding applications at ACGF management level

Coordinating and conducting the MG due diligence process of SMEs

Monitoring and overseeing the utilization of the MG for the intended purpose and reporting to ACGF

Managing and monitoring of the implementation of MG TA projects and ensuring achievement of all predefined objectives

·        Collecting, preparing, and providing project data for / to ACGF, e.g. to prepare status reports about the project for national and international stakeholders, such as Afghan ministries and international development finance institutions

·        Assisting in timely entry of MG information in relevant database for tracking and reporting and organizing and maintaining MG documentation, including grantee reports and correspondence

·        Ensuring compliance with the scheme’s implementation criteria that will be documented in the MG Manual prepared by ACGF

·        Coordinating with internal and external audit as well as Monitoring & Evaluation team for monitoring of MGs and activities

·        Coordinating day to day activities with the Matching Grants National Program Manager and ACGF

Any other task assigned by supervisor

Job Requirement:

The optimal candidate for the Matching Grants Analyst (f/m*) has the following qualifications:

·        Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in business management, banking, finance, accounting, economics, or related field is a plus

·        A minimum of three (3) years of job experience in a relevant field with regard to MG programs or similar SME finance programs in a least developed country context

·        Very good knowledge of the Afghan private sector and good understanding about Afghan SMEs

·        Advanced project management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with attention to details, also under time pressure

·        Fluent, both spoken and written, in English, Dari and Pashto Languages

·        Excellent Communication skills

·        Good analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to follow a structured approach in fulfillment of tasks

·        Good data collection and reporting skills

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and other computer applications

·        Ability to act on own initiative and work confidentially

·        Flexibility and mobility, such as ability and willingness to spend more than 50% of the working time on field work outside of the office and to travel extensively throughout Afghanistan

Experience with and commitment to working in a diverse workforce

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar, Herat, Kandahar
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