We are seeking a Portfolio Manager, for the USAID-funded Afghanistan Value Chain (AVC) – High Value Crops (HVC) Project. This 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, while supporting the rapid growth of 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 increase the efficiency of market actors involved at every stage of the value chain.
The Mazar Portfolio Manager will represent the project before anchor firms; he/she will manage the day-to-day relationship with the firms and will ensure that they succeed pursuing their upgrading strategies. He/she will diagnose the constraints on business growth and develop a clear action plan to address these constraints. He/she will monitor the firms’ progress against clear benchmarks and help the Regional Director determine if the businesses are succeeding or failing. Additionally, the Mazar Portfolio Manager will work to support the anchor firm in their efforts and provide a conduit for the provision of specialized technical assistant, as required.
- Identify potential anchor firms within the four economic regions in Afghanistan based on the set criteria and needs.
- Engage with the firms’ managers to diagnose constraints on business growth.
- Lead the strategic analysis of the firms
- Negotiate a “Deal Note” spelling out the respective responsibilities of the firms and the project to address those constraints, define milestones, and state outcomes.
- Maintain a continuing relationship with firms, providing needed business development services and technical assistance.
- Identify and arrange specialized technical assistance and financial support provided by the project to the firm.
- Work with the regional M&E Team and Gender & Youth Specialist to determine whether anticipated results are being achieved by the firm and project in collaboration, and if not, how the project and firm should adapt.
- Carry out other tasks as needed to support the project in Afghanistan and to ensure successful activity implementation.
- Other tasks as assigned by the project management.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a related area.
- Hands-on experience in the private sector/business community related to high value crops.
- Demonstrated experience in the provision of business development services.
- Demonstrated business sense and analytical skills, with the ability to spell out clients’ key problems and how to solve them.
- Knowledge of agriculture and value chain development in Afghanistan. Good knowledge of key actors and stakeholders in the relevant sector.
- Relationship management skills including problem-solving, people skills, commitment to client firms, and business community networks.
- Must be able to travel to the four economic regions in Afghanistan
- Must be fluent in English. Fluency in one of the local languages is essential.
About the Organization
Since 1963 and in 146 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 delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of approximately $174 million.