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UNDP's response aims to prevent the complete economic breakdown of the Afghan economy and to assist Afghans in constructing a new economic model that is centered around private sector-led recovery. Within the scope private sector led economic recovery, ICPSD will support Afghanistan’s Financial and Banking Sector, Private Sector Resilience and Islamic Finance through the delivery of the following activities:

  1. Technical Support to the Financial and Banking Sector
  2. Private Sector Resilience: Agricultural Value Chains and Access to Energy for Industrial Parks
  3. Islamic Finance: Technical Assistance to Afghanistan Microfinance Sector for Economic Recovery and Women Empowerment

Agriculture is key for Afghanistan’s trade and for the livelihood of its people. More than 80% of the country’s population, and almost 90% of the people living in poverty are in rural areas. For example, in 2011/12 agriculture was a source of income for 49% of all households and the main source of income for 30%. Agriculture also employed about 43% of the total workforce in 2019. Moreover, 75% of Afghanistan’s exports are in agricultural goods. The manufacturing sector depends on agricultural production as well. An estimated 90% of the manufacturing industry and a large portion of its exports depend on agricultural production.

The GVC upstream trade and input supply actors have successfully shaped the quality and compliance regime worldwide, which is now an established policy tool. GVC actors need to influence the management of the chain with quality products and timely delivery of products, receive logistics and intermediation services and buy inputs. The potential role of the ‘hidden middle’ value chain actors as socially compliant suppliers would contribute to sustainable practices and higher incomes of producers is especially notable in the light of SDG 2 which aims to end hunger, achieve food and nutrition security and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030 Output 3 will engage GVC upstream and downstream actors as leveraged interventions where an intervention in one entity can produce big changes conforming with the UNDP’s value proposition. Private sector engagement deep dive consultation established linkages with three leveraged interventions entry points private sector partners that have the potential of and willingness to partnership forming, committed to and aligned with UNDP pro-poor value proposition

The UNDP IICPSD requires a consultant with a strong understanding of the business community in Dubai for the targeted value chains to facilitate meaningful partnerships with private sector entities. Their familiarity with the international trade and businesses for the targeted value chain crops and livestock will contribute UNDP's pro-poor value proposition and support the missing-middle agricultural value chain actors in Afghanistan in accessing global trading partners

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In response to the growing importance of Global Value Chains (GVC) in shaping the quality and compliance regime worldwide, this project aims to engage GVC upstream and downstream actors in leveraging interventions to strengthen agricultural value chains in Afghanistan. The scope of work for this UNDP ToR includes the following key activities:

1. Identification and Engagement of GVC Actors:

  • Identify and establish linkages with private sector partners committed to and aligned with UNDP's pro-poor value proposition, and who have the potential and willingness to form partnerships
  • Map and select the traders for event that will agree to a 50:50 cost sharing for their travel expenses
  • Assess the potential role of the 'hidden middle' value chain actors as socially compliant suppliers that contribute to sustainable practices and higher incomes of producers

2. Development of Engagement Plan for the Business-to-Business (B2B) GVC-National Trade Meetings:

  • Engage GVC upstream and downstream actors in dialogue to create a plan that outlines the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of each actor within the value chain
  • Develop Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) that formalize partnerships and collaboration among GVC actors

3. Facilitation of Business-to-Business (B2B) GVC-National Trade Meetings:

  • Organize B2B GVC-National Trade meetings in Dubai (UAE), as one of important destinations for Afghanistan's export-import trade
  • Foster collaboration among GVC actors, conducting logistics and event management tasks
  • Write programme agenda and logistic note for the event. 

4. Reporting and Documentation

  • Document the progress, challenges, and lessons learned throughout the implementation of the project
  • Write project final report with summary results from event and engagement plan


  1. Shares knowledge across the organization and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
  2. Ability to work independently and with a team
  3. Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Required Skills and Experience

The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualification:


  • Bachelors’ degree in agriculture, agronomy, international marketing, business, economics, or other related field


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in agricultural or global value chains, global marketing, international business, or international trade
  • Experience in developing global value chain event facilitation
  • Experience working on agriculturalsector in Afghanistan and the targeted value chain crops and livestock
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills

Language skills:

  • Excellent written and oral skills in English and Arabic