Matching Grants National Program Manager (f/m*)

  SME Client Support Afghanistan LLC
Master's Degree   Multi City Full Time 866
Date Posted:Jul 18, 2020
Reference:2020-04
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:5 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 National Program Manager (f/m*) in Kabul to start as soon as possible.


Duties & Responsibilities:

The Matching Grants National Program Manager (f/m*) will be heading the Matching Grants Department of SCSA and will closely coordinate with ACGF´s Matching Grants Department. The Matching Grants National Program Manager will be responsible in all areas of MGs, such as budget planning, implementation, administration, and compliance. He/she will have the following core duties and responsibilities:

·        Support in designing the overall MG program, developing an annual workplan and budget in close coordination with SCSA Management and ACGF´s MG Department

·        Overseeing the daily operations and ensure smooth implementation of the MG program in close coordination with SCSA Management and ACGF

·        Identifying gaps and optimize the MG administration process, if necessary, updating and revising the MG Manual

·        Supervising and managing the MGs team in coordination with SCSA Management and ACGF

·        Keeping the relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities

·        Verifying and conducting due diligence of SME applicants for MGs

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

·        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

·        Participating in the ACGF’s MG committee to present MG applications, take the meeting minutes and circulate the decision among the participants

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

·        Preparing and reviewing MG agreements as well as required documents and coordinating with ACGF/SCSA for MGs disbursement

·        Supporting ACGF in managing and monitoring of the implementation of MG TA projects and ensuring achievement of all predefined objectives

·        Tracking the MG information in relevant database, analyzing the result and impact of the MG and reporting to ACGF/SCSA

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

·        Onboarding of and providing relevant training to new staff in the MG Department

·        Maintaining records of all payments and preparing monthly records for all MG related activities


Job Requirement:

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

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

·        A minimum of five (5) years of job experience in a relevant field with regard to MG programs or similar SME finance programs

·        Extensive experience in controlling and overseeing of MG applications, approvals, implementation, and close-out processes

·        Previous supervisory and managerial experience, preferably in other MG programs

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

·        Outstanding 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, especially in an international and political stakeholder context

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

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and other computer applications

·        Excellent ability to act on own initiative and work confidentially is a prerequisite

·        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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