Senior Value Chain Officer

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Job Detail

  • Job ID 11896
  • Salary Salary and Benefits are according to Internal SCA salary scale
  • No. of Opportunity 1
  • Experience 3 Years
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Qualification Bachelor Degree
  • Hour full-time
  • Opportunity type Job
  • Duration The position is Project based
  • Vacancy No. HRM/MRMO 011-23
  • Organization Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
  • Location Balkh

Job Description

Job Description:

Under direct supervision of the rural development project manager,  the value chain senior officer is responsible is to carry out a Value Chain Analysis to assess the market demand and market trend of the selected products (High value crop production, small business enterprises activities and local entrepreneurs product mainly in  Faizabad, Aqcha and Khanaqa districts  of Jawazjan province  with support in  Charkent district of Balkh province and Dare-e-Suf district of Samangan province. . In particular, the Value Chain Analysis should shed light on the status and feasibility of existing and potential markets and determine which hold promise of employment opportunities, product expansion, market viability, value addition opportunities, quality improvement and input availability.

 Main Responsibilities:

  • The Value Chain Senior Officer will consist of the following key tasks:
  • Task 1: Value chain identification and selection.
  • Performing a desk review based on the available data and market assessment.
  • Verifying constraints and holding consultations with stakeholders to determine specific value chains appropriate for further analysis.
  • Undertaking a brief market assessment to identify local, national and regional trends, market size, supply and demand gaps, imports and exports, distribution networks, etc.
  • Task 2: Mapping the value chains.
  • Describing the structure and flow of the chain in logical clusters – the various actors of the chain, from pre-production (supply of inputs) to industrial processing and marketing.
  • Quantifying the value chain. This involves adding detail to the basic data collected under the task 1 (structure and flow).
  • Holding meetings with stakeholders, including various actors from the entire chain, and gathering information for the mapping exercise prior to moving on to analyze the value chain performance.
  • Task 3: Analyzing value chain activities and performance.
  • Identify key quantitative and qualitative indicators (time, cost, value added and productivity at each stage) for the selected value chains.
  • Analyze the value chains’ external factors of competitiveness, including their economic and social environment, as well as their industrial and technological environment.
  • Analyze the value chains’ technological capacities, including utilization of inputs, the production system and the products manufactured.
  • Task 4: Identifying value chain performance constraints and development opportunities.
  • Facilitating the definition of the value chains’ development prospects and objectives by taking into consideration the findings of the mapping exercise and of the overall techno-economic assessment.
  • Identifying constraints and ranking them in accordance to their impact on backward and forward linkages.
  • Identifying development opportunities in the value chains and their ranking in terms of impact, short-, mid- or long-term feasibility, etc.
  • Identifying the value chains which can have particularly positive impact on the livelihoods of the poor, or other vulnerable groups.
  • Formulation of scaling up strategy for each value chain, including a list of concrete interventions required, and the related investment gaps.
  • Recommendations on the policies and measures geared towards enhancing the competitiveness of each value chain. The aforementioned should also encompass the support services, namely technology, financing, investment and export promotion, etc. These recommendations should take form of 1-to-2-page documents.
  • The clarification of roles and responsibilities for the implementation of the scaling up strategy, as well as recommended policies and measures for improved competitiveness
  • Task 5: Reporting:
  • Prepare value chain assessment report containing findings, challenges and recommended solutions for the parts 1-4.
  • Any other report required by the donor considering the proposal requirement for the value chain analysis.
  • Other related assigned by the line manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of agribusiness, agriculture economy/ Agronomy, economic, and business administration. Master’s degree would be in plus.
  • At least 3 years of progressive work experience in the similar roles in the field of value chain assessment and analysis.
  • Practical experience in conducting value chain market assessment and analysis.
  • Have a good supervisory, monitoring, analytical and troubleshooting skills.
  • Understanding on research and survey methodologies, designing, and implementing Livelihood and food security, value chain study and market assessment is required.
  • Computer skill at operator level, especially with MS Office packages.
  • Good spoken and written skill in English, Pashtu and Dari languages and possess good skills in reporting writing.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the project sites within Afghanistan and adjust to SCA environment.

How to Apply:

  • Interested qualified candidates should submit a full CV (maximum four pages) with a cover letter explaining their motivation in applying for the job and highlighting their relevant skills and experience.
  • To apply online please send your application / CV to through the link below:
  • Academic certificates or references need not to be submitted at this time. These will be requested if called for interview.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be invited for written test and/or interview.
  • Applications after the given deadline is not accepted.

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Background and reference checks are part of the recruitment process and will be conducted for the successful candidate.

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