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Afghanistan/Pakistan Trade Policy Specialist - USAID Afghanistan Value Chains – High Value Crops

Location: Asia
Location: Afghanistan
Job Code: 5416





Level of effort:                          90 Total LOE days

Period of Performance:            November 1, 2020 - January 30, 2021

Base of Operations:                    Kabul, Afghanistan



Afghanistan Value Chains – High Value Crops (AVC-HVC) is a market-oriented project that operates throughout the country, with regional offices in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Kandahar. AVC-HVC promotes sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, in line with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock's National Comprehensive Agricultural Development Priority Program. Afghanistan’s high value crops sector contributes significantly to the country’s economic growth and employment.

Building on past U.S. Government investments in agriculture, AVC-HVC represents USAID’s shift towards private-sector and agriculture-led economic growth by building the capacity of individual high value crop-related enterprises to be profitable and competitive. The activity provides the enterprises with business development services and advice, driving profits and employment in a sector that supports approximately 80 percent of the Afghan population.  

Recently, AVC-HVC has been tasked with supporting the efforts of the Afghan government to negotiate better terms of trade with Pakistan, including exports to and through Pakistan. The negotiations have gained momentum and there is need for high-level policy support.

Objectives and tasks

The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical support to senior Afghan government officials in the prioritization, documentation, and presentation of trade policy issues affecting AF/PAK trade and transit.The Trade Policy Specialist will support the strategic analysis process, will—together with local specialists—write evidence-based policy analysis reports and policy recommendations.The candidates are expected to have a prior knowledge of AF/PAK trade issues and the underlying political economy influencing it.



  • Provide senior-level technical advice to senior Afghan government officials in the negotiations with Pakistan
  • Produce high-quality policy analysis reports
  • Produce concise and realistic policy recommendations that take into consideration trade between South and Central Asia, and the strategic role of Afghanistan
  • Help prepare presentations, speeches, and organize meetings, working with operations and technical teams


  • University degree in economics with master’s degree in Political Economy, Trade Economics, or similar discipline
  • In-depth understanding of trade policy and the underlying political economy of AF/PAK relations
  • Outstanding strategic analysis and outstanding writing skills
  • Able and willing to work long hours, and own and lead the negotiation process
  • Energetic, self-starter and results driven



The Trade Policy Specialist will report to the Chief of Party.



Work and living facilities are in high security zones with frequent security drills and protocols and limited access to medical facilities. General work environment and living quarters requires ability to walk numerous flights of stairs on a daily basis. Security protocols require the individual in this position to be able to quickly climb multiple flights of stairs while wearing 30 lbs. of personal protective equipment, walk swiftly or run across uneven terrain without assistance, and enter and exit project vehicles without assistance.


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