|Date Posted:||Jun 5, 2018|
|Closing Date:||Jun 16, 2018|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||Salary is negotiableNone|
|Years of Experience:||2 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About Agricultural Development Fund:
The Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) will act as a second-tier wholesale lending institution that will lend to intermediaries in the agricultural value chain, who will then on-lend to small commercial farmers, defined as farmers with 1-30 hectares. ADF is capitalized by a $100 million grant provided by the United States Government to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the objective of increasing lending to the agriculture sector in order to create a more competitive agriculture sector through expanded agricultural production and increased incomes for agricultural households. ADF will lend directly and indirectly to banks, non-bank financial institutions, credit unions, microfinance institutions and non-financial intermediaries such as private farmer associations, farm stores, agricultural depots, food processors, agribusinesses and other market participants and informal providers of finance that support the development of agricultural value chains in Afghanistan and are able to enhance the supply of agricultural credit to the end-borrowers at the farm level. Until its transition to the Government of Afghanistan in 2014, the ADF is managed by the Agriculture Credit Enhancement (ACE) program a USAID contract.
The Agricultural Technical Evaluation Specialist will coordinate with the ADF Lending Team and will interact with MAIL Office in Southern Region. Also he/she will create coordination with all implementers of value chain activities in the Southern Region with the specific intention of minimizing duplication and redundancy as related to programming activities. The Technical Evaluation Specialist will provide technical support to clients and potential clients of the ADF; plus support ADF staff in achieving value chain development goals. The Technical Evaluation Specialist will contribute to the overall success of the implementation of value chain activities in support to ADF clients.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Works as a member of the ADF Technical Services Team in close coordination with the Lending Team and counterparts to evaluate, analyze, offer assessments and recommendations relative to the processing of Loan Applications from ADF’s clients, ensuring to maximizing the impact of resources provided to ADF as related to value chain development.
Collaborates in the provision of technical assistance to ADF clients, ensuring the quality of the assistance that contributes to successful business ventures and enabling clients to comply with their credit obligations. Strong focus is on the development of Marketing Strategies, Business Plans and Investment plans.
Along with ADF team counterparts, achieve deliverable as defined within the ADF annual work plans.
Coordinates with ADF team members, MAIL counterparts and (partnering) value chain implementers as related to special events, training programs and demonstrations.
Designs VC upgrading strategies, addressing production, processing and marketing priorities.
Keep well apprised of new technology, trends and information internationally and nationally.
Supports the ADF’s compliance to national and international environmental, food and health safety standards and any associated reporting
Other tasks as required by the Technical Evaluation Manager.
Experience supporting the technical development of agriculture value chains, especially horticulture, poultry and livestock. Strong knowledge of production conditions and structure of the field production in the South Region.
Able to work with framers organizations and private agribusiness in developing marketing plans, business planning, including the training for these actors.
Experience in links with regional government authorities such as DAILs and NGOs operating agricultural and livestock programs in the Region.
A University degree or higher in Agriculture.
Two years of working experience in agricultural value chains development in Afghanistan.
Fluent English, excellent Dari and Pashto.
Good command of English Language Reports from the field activities.