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About DAI/AVC-Livestock:

 DAI, a private company, seeks candidates for ongoing multi-year humanitarian assistance initiatives in Afghanistan. Our programs create jobs, enhance value chains, and support businesses to improve the livelihoods of Afghan citizens in a variety of traditional industries and services including carpet production, light manufacturing, food processing, agriculture/agribusiness development, livestock development, and training. We support private businesses, farming communities, and individuals who need to learn job skills and trade production improvement techniques.

The Afghanistan Value Chains – Livestock (AVC-Livestock) is a USAID-funded program expected to run through June 2023. AVC-Livestock utilizes a market systems approach to strengthen and facilitate key transactions at either end of the farmer in targeted value chains – the commercial vendors of the goods and services that farmers need to grow higher volumes of quality products, and the processors and traders who purchase farmers’ harvests. AVC-Livestock is a market-driven, private sector-focused program that aims to sustainably strengthen the Dairy, Poultry, Honey, Red meat, Fish, and fiber value chains throughout Afghanistan resulting in increased incomes, employment, and productivity throughout targeted value chains.

To assist with vertical and horizontal linkages within the value chain, anchor firms must be able to develop relationships with different partners. They also must understand the importance of improving the technology used by firms that supply them inputs and/or utilize the products they produce. Performing private extension advisory services is a way for the anchor firms to build those relationships.

Job Description:

Position Description

The Business Development Specialist will work closely with the Value Chain Leads and selected businesses to analyze gaps and weaknesses or success reasons and identify opportunities for improvement of the livestock processing and marketing activities. He/she will diagnose the deficiencies in the business’s production process and marketing and relation of the business with other value chain actors. He/she will find gaps and weaknesses and provide options and opportunities to address these constraints. He/she will monitor the firms’ progress against clear benchmarks and help the Value Chain Leads in analyses of business environment challenges and weaknesses faced by businesses at any value chain and suggests options for further partnership/deals with the program and the business. He/she will work to support the anchor firms in their efforts to introduce and improve processing technologies. The BDS Specialist will report to the DCOP Technical.

Duties and Responsibilities

Following are the BDS Specialist (STTA’s) main responsibilities but are not limited to:


  1. Identification of livestock businesses’ production processing and marketing constraints within the selected enterprises.
  2. Analyze the business environment of specific businesses and do the market actors mapping for businesses to identify challenges and opportunities.
  3. Research and advise on appropriate technologies for the introduction.
  4. Assess the supply chain of the specific business finds gaps and challenges and suggest appropriate solutions
  5. Encourage SMEs to invest resources in technology improvements.
  6. Facilitate access of businesses to technologies and purchase agreements between technology suppliers and selected businesses.
  7. Team up with Value Chain Leads and support them in activity design and lobbying businesses co-investment during drafting deal notes.
  8. Coordinate with other program technical team members to link businesses with local and international markets improve food safety and tide up the businesses’ relations with other value chain actors within specific value chin.
  9. In collaboration with the Value Chain leads provide technical input with local service providers on the development of Training on appropriate processing technologies.
  10. Help businesses to select and use proper services for business development and profitability.
  11. Contribute to project activities planning reports and deliverables.
  12. Contribute to the development of required reports and M&E activities.

Conduct other tasks as required by COP, DCOP, and Technical

Job Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 7 (seven) years of relevant experience; OR a master’s degree with 5 (five) years of relevant experience. The degree should be in Business Administrating or Agriculture Business, or a similar field.
  2. Preferably three to five years of experience implementing donor projects preferably in agriculture and enterprise market systems.
  3. Previous experience working with SMEs in either an advisory or support role preferably in the livestock sector.
  4. Experience or familiarity working with USAID projects is preferred
  5. Fluency in English and either in Dari or Pashto is required with a working knowledge of the other languages expected
  6. Proficiency in using email, excel and word computer software
  7. Demonstrate effective teambuilding skills, creative problem-solving skills, and ethical management
  8. Must be a self-starter and able to work effectively with limited supervision

Submission Guideline:

DAI is accepting applications from interested individuals.  If you are interested in being considered, please submit your CV and cover letter via ( noting the position title in the subject line.  Only short-listed individuals will be contacted for follow up.  Applicants may be subject to prescreening criteria to expedite placements as they occur.  In submitting your application, you understand that additional requests for information and/or participating in a screening interview to narrow candidate pools for short listing do not constitute a job offer or guarantee of employment.


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