Alternative Development Director



The Alternative Development (AD) Director will report to the Chief of Party (COP) and will be responsible for Leading and managing I Alternative Development/Livelihood (AD/L) Initiatives. He/She will play a lead role in the design, implementation and management of alternative livelihood projects as well as institutional coordination. He/She will interact with senior government officials, donors, and other key stakeholders in the Alternative Livelihood areas to include agricultural production, irrigation, livestock and water resources management and marketing. He/she will also assume additional program management and coordination responsibilities to support the COP on strategy, implementation and attainment of goals and objectives.

The Alternative Development Director will be responsible for the overall management of agricultural development and marketing activities. This includes managing the AD unit in program offices and providing leadership, QA/QC, training and oversight to the AD/L operations. The AD Director will develop innovative ways to optimize training impact and assist to create synergies with GIRoA and other projects.

The AD Director will work closely with the M&E and MIS/GIS teams on data collection and impact analyses developed using the project’s cloud-based management information system. The AD Director will also oversee Communications and Reporting staff.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Manage agricultural development/alternative livelihood and marketing activities;
  • Provide QA/QC for agricultural development/alternative livelihood and marketing activities;
  • Training; innovative ways to optimize training impact;
  • Formation, implementation, and oversight of AD/L activities and plans;
  • Create synergies with GIRoA, including but not limited to Ministries of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, Public Works, and Counter-Narcotics;
  • Create synergies with other projects from INL, USAID, and other clients;
  • Work with MIS/GIS team on data collection and impact analyses;
  • Oversee communications and reporting staff;
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of MCN/DCN needs for capacity building, and develop tailored technical assistance packages (TTAPs);
  • Support and oversee the implementation of Capacity Development Plan to achieve the milestones identified and address the identified capacity gaps;
  • Develop training curriculums based on the assessment;
  • Develop a Gender Action Plan (GAP) for AL/AD, which will translate gender mainstreaming into concrete actions guiding implementation of AL programs;
  • In coordination with MCN Livelihood Directorate support the establishment and coaching of producer associations linking them to networks;
  • Obtain information on relevant organizations and projects including marketing opportunities for the MSMEs;
  • Research the demand of local and/or international markets facilitating the development of specific production targets and value chains;
  • Identify bottlenecks and possible interventions that contribute to Poppy reduction. 

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Graduate degree in Agriculture or relevant field;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in planning, coordinating, and leading agricultural programs and projects related to alternative development;
  • Proven capabilities in project development and management;
  • Proven leadership, teambuilding and problem solving skills;
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and capacity building;
  • Experience in work plan design and budget development and monitoring, ensuring compliance with scope, schedule, and allocated budget commitments;
  • Experience in entering alliances and promoting synergies with and coordinating activities among different sectors: public, private, social, and non-governmental, at all social and educational levels;
  • Fluency in Dari/Pashto;
  • Ability to perform specialized tasks related to Results-Based Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of program, managing data, reporting;
  • Ability to provide inputs to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, re-engineering processes of MCN, Alternative livelihood policy, Gender policy and implementation of new systems;
  • Experience influencing policy-making decisions through written and verbal communications;
  • Ability to change and adapt to fluid environments;
  • Integrity and ability to work with minimum supervision and under pressure.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working in Afghanistan or other conflict environments.

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