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Mining and Extractives Expert at DAI in Afghanistan

Mining and Extractives Expert

Location: Asia, Europe, Middle East / North Africa, North America
Location: Afghanistan
Job Code: 4066



INVEST Project

In April 2017, the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a co-creation process for private sector partners to collaboratively design approaches to blend government funding with private sector capital to improve development impact.

In September 2017 following this co-creation process USAID awarded a contract to DAI as the INVEST apex partner to set up a buy-in mechanism that would allow USAID missions and Washington D.C. offices flexible access to a wide set of partners to support activities aimed at catalyzing private investment.  

USAID/Afghanistan seeks to unlock the potential of private capital to drive inclusive growth. Increasingly, private investors and businesses are looking to emerging markets for better returns and new market opportunities. Specifically, USAID can leverage its resources – grants, technical assistance, guarantees, and convening power – to help raise awareness of investment opportunities, lower transaction costs, and mitigate the risk of investments that generate positive social, economic, and environmental impact.

USAID is interested in unlocking corporate models and innovations using their own corporate funds/assets to directly address business growth opportunities in Afghanistan. Such investments may aim to increase human capital capacity, ensure the health of workers, enhance political and/or economic stability in communities where the business operates, and/or mitigate environmental factors that impact business operations. Such investments may align well with USAID’s development objectives.   

The Consultant will work closely with USAID/Afghanistan and INVEST to foster the closing of business deals in the mining and extractives industries.  Special emphasis will be on private sector, industry experienced consultants with private sector contacts and industry understanding in the areas of steel, gold, and marble.   


The consultant will be responsible for identifying and directly engaging corporate/industry investors and match them with business relationships and investment opportunities in Afghanistan, with the final objective of closing investment and business transactions/deals.

  • Develop a list of corporations – international, US, and/or regional – that are interested and willing to deploy corporate funds/assets, advisory services, technical transfer and other investments and business opportunities into Afghan public and private sectors.

  • Identify potential donors with similar interests

  • Match-make these international investors with the applicable, relevant and timely opportunities in Afghanistan working closely with afghan public and private sector influencers, decision and policy makers.

  • Provide feedback, recommendations and detailed descriptions of these potential partnership/investment opportunities. Recommendations can be greenfield or already developed opportunities. Descriptions should include:

  1. how partnership aligns or could align with USAID development objectives;

  2. how USAID mechanism could be utilized to incentivize or close deals;

  3. primary and/or potential partners/stakeholders,

  4. potential role for each partner/stakeholder in the structure, including USAID role (financial and non-financial);

  5. indicated interest or commitments from potential partners;

  6. timeline, including prominent milestones; and

  7. benefits, challenges, and risks of the structure for all partners.

  • Out of the identified and agreed upon partnership and investment opportunities, the consultant is expected to close investments identified.

  • A closed deal will constitute structuring an agreement between the Indian and Afghan parties as to financing, timing, execution strategy, and any other deal relevant terms that are applicable as needed.

The Consultant will participate in overall work planning activities led by the INVEST Afghanistan Team Leader and will contribute inputs for the work plan from their respective sector. Consultant will work with other INVEST Sector Leads as needed.


  • Pipeline and investment profiles of interested corporations, as described above – within first 15 days

  • Summary of potential deals and investment opportunities – TBC

  • Closed, structured deals – March 31, 2019

  • Final Report – within 10 days of closed deals


108 days of LOE from November 2018 – March 2019, with option to extend. Place of Performance will primarily be consultant’s home of record with travel to India, and Kabul and elsewhere for work planning, meeting potential investors and buyers.


The consultant will report to the INVEST Afghanistan Team Leader or their designee, who will be responsible for technical supervision and acceptance of all deliverables.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and 10 years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree and 15 years’ experience in relevant field;

  • Demonstrated experience in market facilitation and investor matchmaking;

  • Demonstrated experience working with the extractives sectors, mining, marble, gold etc;

  • Experience working with private sector;

  • Experience working with both donors and investors;  

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to multi-task;

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and as a part of a complex team;

  • Ability to prioritize effectively in an environment where prudent judgment in essential;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct corporate investment experience in emerging markets;  

  • Experience working in Afghanistan.

  • Private sector contacts in relevant industries

To Apply visit DAI´s career page.

Last updated by Norma Garza Oct 30, 2018.


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