ACDI/VOCA

  • Value Chain Lead, Afghanistan

    Job Location
    AF-Kabul
    Type
    Long-term
  • Overview

    Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

    Value Chain Lead, Afghanistan

    ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Value Chain Lead for the Afghanistan Value Chains – High Value Crops (AVC-HVC) project. The USAID-funded AVC-HVC project will work with anchor firms nationwide to reverse market failures, strengthen backward and forward linkages, drive growth, and create jobs for men, women, and youth along the fruit and nuts, high-value horticulture, spices, and medicinal crops value chains. The project will contribute positive and measurable impacts to the sectors and will ensure that local market actors are involved at every stage of the value chain.

    The Value Chain Lead will oversee value chains as determined by the Chief of Party. In coordination with the Value Chain Director, they will design and implement Deal Notes in collaboration with partner anchor firms. This technical position is responsible for Crops value chain implementation and increasing the productivity, exports, sales, and investment in their respective Crops value chains.

    Responsibilities

    • Serve as the principal expert for selected value chain strengthening
    • Identify and analyze constraints within specific value chains and create a strategy for addressing these constraints.
    • Develop linkages between local, regional, and international actors within the value chain.
    • Design activities and interventions to improve value chain service delivery, product quality; and that increases market potential for regional and/or international trade
    • Coordinate delivery of training, extension services, and/or technical assistance to agribusinesses 
    • Establish and manage relationships with anchor firms and agribusinesses West and North region (Herat and Mazar, respectively)
    • Support regional Portfolio Manager in assigned value chain to address needs within their action plans.
    • Monitor and assess progress on targets to meet program objectives.
    • Assist in providing content for quarterly and annual project reports

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in agricultural development, agronomy, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or related field
    • Minimum of 5 years of international development experience including relevant overseas experience
    • Knowledge of productivity and quality improvement technologies and developing and implementing farmer training programs, including working with private sector to embed training in business models.
    • Excellent critical thinking skills and sound judgment.
    • Ability to communicate, negotiate, advise, persuade, or resolve issues that are highly complex or sensitive in nature.
    • Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.
    • Good communication and inter-personal skills with an ability to listen and help others understand complex ideas
    • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail)
    • Proven ability to manage deadlines, work independently with minimal supervision, submit high-quality work plans, prioritize workload, and multi-task in fast-paced environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage local staff
    • Established track record of achieving results within difficult working environments
    • Fluency in English and Pashtu/Dari
    • Ability to speak regional languages is a plus


    Please apply online at www.acdivoca.org/international-jobs. No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

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