Project Assistant (Supporting Start-up Enterprises)


Job Description

CTG stands for Committed To Good. With an ethical approach at the heart of all that we do, it is a description that makes us proud. Respect for the fundamental human rights of our staff, and those our staff encounter, is a cornerstone of our values. We strive for gender equality, inclusion and diversity, providing fair and equal opportunities for all. We take a zero tolerance approach to corruption and stay true to local labour laws and all local statutory requirements.

In operation since 2006, today we are honoured to serve clients in 15 fragile and conflict-affected states assisting with disaster relief, peace building, humanitarian aid and development programmes through our specialised recruitment, HR management and operational services.Overview of position IOM, with financial assistance of the European Union, developed the Reintegration and Development Assistance in Afghanistan (RADA) project to support sustainable reintegration of returnees within their communities of return. RADA is implemented in eight provinces of high return to achieve the following results: Sustainable reintegration: Returnees and communities in areas of high return in Afghanistan share an enabling environment for sustainable reintegration in which returnees reach a level of economic self-sufficiency, social stability within their community, and psychosocial well-being that enables them to cope with (re)-migration drivers.

Activities include integrated Community Development projects, support to businesses, start-ups and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Capacity strengthening: The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) and its departments at the provincial level, has strengthened capacities to plan, coordinate and facilitate the provision of comprehensive reintegration assistance.

Activities include technical assistance, peer-to-peer Capacity Building and the establishment of referral mechanisms and structures such as Reintegration Information Centres (RIC) at the provincial level.

Reception Assistance: Persons who are returned to Afghanistan under the Joint Way Forward Framework and additional arrangements on non-voluntary returns, are provided with immediate assistance at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Activities include medical and psychosocial screening and referral, temporary accommodation and onward transportation.

Knowledge development:  Comprehensive data collection, trend monitoring and research contributes to an evidence base on return, reintegration and development policy and practice in Afghanistan.

Activities include data collection and Analysis to monitor results, impact and contextual trends, publications and roundtables contribute to policy discussions at the national and international level.

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Manager and the Programme officer for skills and enterprise development and the direct supervision of the Senior Project Assistant, the successful candidate will ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the business start-up component as per the guidelines outlined in the EU/DEVCO funded project “Reintegration and Development Assistance in Afghanistan” (RADA) through the following responsibilities: Role objectives

  • Assist with the development and implementation of the SME component of the RADA project, with a special focus on female-owned businesses, and ensure smooth implementation of Business Support activities, including coordination with implementing partners, selection and support to project participants, and monitoring of activities to ensure achievements of targets.
  • Ensure alignment to national priorities in the field of Economic growth, Private Sector development as per the Afghanistan National Peace & Development Framework (ANPDF) and ensure synergies with National Priority Programmes such as the Citizen’s Charter.
  • Support in Refining the SME manual including detailed operational guidelines for implementing partners and field staff on how to select participants, prepare and implement all activities related to SME, Business Development, referrals and partnerships under the RADA project.
  • Support RADA programme officer in the Mapping of and engaging with major public and private sector actors in women economic empowerment in Afghanistan.
  • provide guidance to IOM and implementing partners’ field staff and community volunteers, support senior project assistant in developing a capacity building plan on SME support and coordinate its implementation.
  • Provide Technical Support and oversight to field staff through provision of ongoing support, on the job training and field monitoring of the activities to ensure quality standards are met are in line with the relevant guidelines and project indicators.
  • Contribute to reporting, including for visibility and communication purposes, on SME activities, provide inputs for monthly reports as well as for any other relevant documents / publications.
  • Ensure adequate integration of cross-cutting issues such as protection, labour rights, gender and decent work in project assessments and implementation, in close coordination with relevant IOM units.
  • Ensure accuracy in data collection, sorting, storing, filing and reporting regarding business start-ups.
  • Close follow up and coordination with project staff and project stakeholders on progress of SMEs start up components.
  • Undertake regular duty travel to all target provinces.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.
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N/A Key competencies


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies: Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values: • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

• Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

• Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

• Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

• Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

Note: Appointment is subject to funding availability.


Must demonstrate a good understanding of the business climate and entrepreneurship in Afghanistan, challenges and opportunities (including technical and financial) for newly established enterprises, with a special focus on female-owned businesses, understand national policies and priorities and is able to cascade to another team members; Must have demonstrated knowledge of standard office software for reporting purposes including Microsoft Word products: Excel, Word and PowerPoint.Team management   Further information

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management, Entrepreneurship or a related field from an accredited academic institution with four (3) years of relevant professional experience.

Experience in working with social enterprises, knowledge and understanding of issues related to returning migrants and reintegration is an advantage.

Experience in remotely supporting teams and proven good communicational, analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills; Experience with international organizations, UN agencies, (international) non-governmental organizations is preferred VI. Languages: Fluency in English and Dari is required. (Oral and written) Advantage working knowledge of (Pashto) Interested applicants are invited to send curriculum vitae through ACBAR website by Close of Business (CoB) 05 July 2021 latest, we do not accept hard copies.

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