Business Development Services Provider/BDSO (Re-announced)

Job Location:





Business Development

Employment Type:

Full Time


Per Month

Vacancy Number:


No. Of Jobs:




Years of Experience:

3 years’ experience on the related fields.

Contract Duration:

6 Months extendable




Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, commerce, or social sciences.

Close date:

18 Jan, 2017



The Mission of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is to ensure the social, economic, and political welfare of rural society, especially poor and vulnerable people, through the provision of basic services, strengthening local governance, and promoting sustainable livelihoods.  MRRD accomplishes this mission through donor funded national programs in the areas of governance, infrastructure and economic growth.

The Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme (AREDP) is aimed at harnessing the potential of the private sector for inclusive economic growth and sustainable job creation in rural Afghanistan over a 10-year time period. The program aims at building on the social capital gained under the National Solidarity Program (NSP) and transforming it into economic capital.

Job Description:

Hold initial orientation meetings with the provincial stakeholders at various levels;
Arrange and chair meetings with those SMEs previously identified by external consultants in a detailed situation analysis study;
Continue networking to identify potential SMEs in the respective region;
Arrange and conduct seminars, workshops, and media campaigns to attract potential entrepreneurs in the province;
Launch the competitive process through which potential entrepreneurs can apply for the AREDP provisioned set of services and incentives;
Perform a need assessment for each of the interested SMEs in the region;
Conduct the technical feasibility and economic viability study for each of the potentials and interested SMEs;
Develop a business plan and followed by a detailed business support action plan for each of the targeted SMEs;
Liaise with the business development trainings providers to prepare and to arrange general business development trainings for the selected SMEs;
Liaise with the technical training specialists to arrange product/service specific trainings;
Assist the SMEs in preparing their loan applications and brief them on the general procedures and requirements of the various financial institutions in the region;
Assist the SMEs in developing an adequate organizational structure and in improving their human resource, administrative and accountancy systems;
Assist the SMEs in developing an adequate product branding strategy;
Establish backwards linkages with community suppliers, raw material suppliers, technology providers and other suppliers linked to the value chain;
Monitor the progress of the SMEs and provide support as needed;
Launch the Innovative Award scheme competition at the respective province and identify the best SME(s) for the year;
Assist SMEs to participate on the available fairs at the respective province, region;
Conduct, arrange, or facilitate exposure visits for targeted SMEs countrywide and internationally;
Based on the knowledge of the local community, support and communicate to the headquarters any new initiative which could improve the SMEs’ development processes;
If necessary, provide (technical) assistance to the Provincial Enterprise Facilitators (PEFs) in the province;

Job Requirements:


A high school certificate with a diploma in business administration and 4 years of relevant work experience. A bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, commerce, or social sciences with two years of relevant work experience or a master's degree in a similar field with at least one year of relevant professional work experience. The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated interest in rural development and should possess a sound understanding of development organizations’ general procedures

Management skills: planning, organizing, prioritizing, time management, conflict management and a proven ability to manage staff and to contribute to their skills and capacity development

Communication skills: good communication skills, with fluency in Dari and English are required. The candidate should be able to draft reports and the write e-mails and letters in English. Pashto would be a further asset.
Computer/Technology skills: The applicant should be computer literate and should be well acquainted with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point and MS Outlook. The applicant should also be able to browse and surf the internet and to use instant messaging


Professional appearance;
Teamwork and good interpersonal skills: the candidate should be able to establish positive relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender-balance;
Ability to determine and to review priorities and to meet deadlines;
Ability to multi-task and to work under pressure;
Ability to work without direct supervision;
Willingness to travel to AREDP targeted provinces in Afghanistan contingent upon normal security considerations

Submission Guideline:

Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their applications electronically through
While submitting your applications please mention the Title of the position plus Vacancy Number in the subject of the e-mail; please do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates with your application. If you are short listed you will be asked to submit electronic copies of your educational certificates and if you are invited to written test you will be required to present the original certificates. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date of the position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test Note: In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. Applicants are strongly advised to inform potential supporters of this restriction which shall be strictly enforced.

Please don’t forget to type the Vacancy Announcement Number (289/017/HRCSD/AREDP/MRRD) in Subject while applying online. Application without vacancy number will not be accepted.

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