Value Chain Director, Market Systems, Afghanistan Value Chains—Livestock (AVC–L)
Abuja, Nigeria
4h ago


Position Title : Value Chain Director - Market Systems

Project Name : Afghanistan Value Chains - Livestock (AVC-L)

Position Type : Long term

Location : Kabul, Afghanistan

Reports to : Chief of Party

Project Background :

Afghanistan Value Chains Livestock (AVC-L), a USAID-funded program implemented by DAI Global, LLC (DAI) supports the expansion of sustainable agriculture-led economic growth across Afghanistan.

AVC-L achieves this goal through the support of anchor firms in the dairy, poultry, red meat, honey, and animal fiber value chains.

AVC-L partners with and supports anchor firms through a market systems development approach implemented through Deal Notes’ which are co-designed agreements that respond to critical constraints while driving project outcomes.

In implementing Deal Notes, AVC-L works almost exclusively with agribusinesses to increase sales, investment, and productivity, among other key indicators.

The growth of the anchor firms promotes the efficiency, profitability, and strengthening of the livestock value chain with a direct and positive impact on rural economies, households, and livelihoods.

The AVC-L program focuses its interventions on key value chain leverage points, such as input suppliers or traders linked to large wholesalers, processors, and farmer associations.

In doing so, AVC-L will accomplish the following fundamental objectives :

  • Objective I : Productivity of Key Livestock Value Chain Increased
  • Objective II : Commercial Viability of Agribusinesses Increased
  • Objective III : Public and Private Agriculture Service Delivery Strengthened
  • Purpose :

    The Kabul-based Value Chain Director will provide technical support and oversight required to fully implement key market systems activities for the project.

    The Value Chain Director will be expected to travel throughout the country, interact regularly with the project team, USAID mission staff, government officials, anchor firms, and other local stakeholders.

    Responsibilities and Key Tasks :

    Supports the COP in achieving project goals by providing technical support in key areas of AVC-Livestock project’s market systems approach implementation.

    Technical and Programmatic Leadership :

  • Responsible for driving the technical direction of AVC-Livestock.
  • Support project activities related to AVC-Livestock’s RIFA Fund, ensuring all Market Actor Partnership Agreements (MAPAs) and Deal Notes take a market systems approach that supports both the anchor firm and the overall system.
  • Work closely with targeted livestock related anchor firms to implement sound growth strategies.
  • Build linkages among livestock market actors working with Afghan industry groups to advocate for policy changes and to develop platforms for self-regulation, which deliver training, certification, quality control, and assurance.
  • Lead market system activities’ implementation and establish a technical vision for them.
  • Facilitate improvements in markets via coaching, collaborative partnerships, business engagement, and strategic engagement with key livestock market actors.
  • Promote systemic change by using a market systems lens to anticipate market trends and risks.
  • Recognize and align synergies across livestock market actors.
  • As needed, advise on improving the performance of supply chain development activities.
  • Work closely with other USAID and donor funded projects that work in agribusiness to ensure complementary and sound approaches when working with anchor firms.
  • Supervise a team of technical specialists in four target value chains (dairy, poultry, honey and red-meat / fiber).
  • Supervise a team of seven (7) Market Systems Implementation staff.
  • Other Related Tasks :

  • Travel to AVC-Livestock’s regional project sites as required and appropriate.
  • Provide written inputs into all AVC-Livestock deliverables including reports, workplans, USAID requests, etc.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the COP and / or their designee.
  • Qualifications :

  • A Master’s Degree in a related field (rural and agricultural development, business and marketing, international trade, economics, social sciences, or international development).
  • Minimum 12 years professional experience, with experience in Afghanistan agriculture preferred.
  • Leadership and senior management experience in leading complex operations and program strategy utilizing market systems approaches.
  • Strong understanding of market-based solutions and agriculture value chains.
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage strategic business partnerships to enhance business confidence and competitiveness as well as change behaviors and attitudes.
  • Knowledge of guiding principles behind social behavior change.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in challenging environments and with multicultural teams.
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain internal and external relationships with stakeholders, partners, and staff.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with multilateral and bilateral regulations and procedures.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant international experience in project management, business development, market system development, and / or value chain strengthening preferred.
  • Experience managing a team of local staff.
  • Demonstrated strong problem-solving skills as well as exceptional customer relations; sound business judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Conditions of Work Requirements :

    Work and living facilities are in high security zones with frequent security drills and protocols and limited access to medical facilities.

    General work environment and living quarters requires ability to walk numerous flights of stairs on a daily basis. Security protocols require the individual in this position to be able to quickly climb multiple flights of stairs while wearing 30 lbs.

    of personal protective equipment, walk swiftly or run across uneven terrain without assistance, and enter and exit project vehicles without assistance.

    DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work.

    DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner.

    DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches.

    All of our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.

    DAI is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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