Senior Program Manager - Development Finance
for ACGF – Afghan Credit Guarantee Foundation
ACGF is looking for the Head of Matching Grants (MG) Program (f/m) leading our MG programs and respective units in Germany and Afghanistan.
We are looking worldwide for a potential candidate – the employee for this position can work remotely on a permanent basis if the time zone provides a sufficient overlap with German and Afghan working hours.
A. Institutional Background
ACGF – Afghan Credit Guarantee Foundation is a charitable foundation with headquarters in Cologne, Germany and an office in Berlin. ACGF was founded in September 2014 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (a member of the KFW Group). ACGF is further supported with funds provided by the World Bank via the Afghan Government.
ACGF's mission in the area of Development Finance is to improve access to finance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Afghanistan by providing credit guarantees and related technical assistance to Partner Institutions (PIs) – banks, micro-finance and micro-deposit institutions. ACGF implements its mandate by providing partial credit guarantees to Afghan financial institutions for loans extended to Afghan SMEs. Likewise, ACGF provides comprehensive related technical assistance (TA) to its PIs in order to establish and develop best practice SME lending capacity. Besides the provision of credit guarantees and technical assistance, as an additional field of business, ACGF will provide MGs to eligible SMEs in Afghanistan in the near future.
ACGF is closely working with its Afghan subsidiary SME Client Support Afghanistan LLC (SCSA) based in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif. Further offices in three major economic centers are planned to be established soon.
B. Program Background
ACGF is in preparation, with the support of external consultancy, to become the project execution agency for the implementation of two SME MG programs in Afghanistan on behalf of large international donors. The programs will run until mid-2023 and their overall goal is to support the survival of SMEs during the Corona crisis, to protect existing employment in supported SMEs and to prevent / reduce potential spill-over effects of the crisis to the Afghan financial sector. Moreover, a wide array of measures is being introduced under both programs to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak on SMEs not only on the short- but also on the medium-term in Afghanistan. In detail, both MG programs will:
Under both programs, the five big Afghan economic centers Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Herat and Kandahar will be covered; this is where most SMEs are located. The MG programs will have a dedicated agricultural component. The MG program will be run in competitive “rounds”.
For both programs, a MG Department has been created at ACGF which is in charge of designing, implementing, and executing the programs; this department will be headed by the Head of MGs Program. To ensure a successful implementation of the two programs on the ground in Afghanistan, a MG Department at SCSA in Kabul was created and a National MG Program Manager at SCSA will be hired who is the local counterpart of the Head of MGs Program at ACGF. In total, both MG departments will be operated by more than thirty professionals, under the supervision of the Head of the MG Program.
C. Purpose of the position
In both programs, the roles and responsibilities of the MG Departments at ACGF and SCSA will, inter alia, include: implementing the program, communicating it to SMEs through pre-defined marketing and public awareness efforts, operationally executing the competitive rounds, receiving MG applications, supporting the due diligence process, preparing documents for MG decisions, supporting the monitoring and overseeing the utilization of the MG for the intended purpose, collecting data, and providing reports to stakeholders or donors as required.
The Head of the MG Program will design and manage the MG Department at ACGF and supervise the MG Department at SCSA. He/she will be accountable for the planning, controlling and operational management of both MG programs at ACGF. The Head of MGs Program will have a direct reporting line to the CEO of ACGF.
D. Duties and Responsibilities
The Head of MGs Program (f/m) will be responsible for all areas of MGs, such as design, planning, budget, implementation, administration, reporting and compliance. He/she will have the following core duties and responsibilities:
The optimal candidate for the Head of MGs Program (f/m) has several years of experience in the successful management of at least two MG programs and meets the following requirements:
F. What ACGF offers:
Further information about ACGF can be found on our website [...] are looking worldwide for a potential candidate – the employee for this position can work remotely on a permanent basis if the time zone provides a sufficient overlap with German and Afghan working hours.
Please apply through [...] with a cover letter, CV, incl. references of two MG programs, and remuneration expectation (gross salary in EUR) until September 15, 2020. For questions regarding this position, please contact Mr. Bernd Leidner (Chairman of Management Board) at email@example.com.
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