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Manager Management

College Park, Maryland, United States
August 25, 2018

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Najeebullah Siddiqui

**** ****** **** ** *** ***, Maryland 20740 202-***-****


Grant management and operation professional with 14 years’ experience in grants management, value chain management, program management, operation, and logistics for USAID funded projects at managerial roles.

Key Skills

• Program management

• Grants Management

• Operation and Logistics

• Training and Capacity building

• Management and Supervision

• Language Skills: English, Farsi, Pashto and Urdu


Grants Manager 09/30/2015 - 03/19/2018

Development Alternative Incorporated, Kabul, Afghanistan

DAI works with a wide range of clients, including national and local governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, private corporations, and philanthropies in more than 150 countries.

Review grantee proposals, applications, and budgets for cost reasonableness and adherence to grant management strategy and policies

Train local grantees in compliance with USAID assistance regulations, including ADS 303 rules and regulations, and DAI grant policies and procedures

Prepare, analyze, and evaluate submissions to Requests for Applications (RFAs), Annual Program Statements (APS), or other solicited and unsolicited proposals, as outlined in the Grants Manual

Help facilitate Grant Selection Committees, ensuring that Committee participants understand evaluation criteria, have no conflicts of interest, and are trained in the required evaluation process

Establish and maintain accurate grant documentation for each new award

Oversees grant implementation from executing and signing of the award, monitoring of and documenting grantee activities, administrative actions, as necessary, and final reports

Responsible for reviewing grant deliverables and vouchers for payment before disbursements are made

Oversee grant closeout procedures, including disposition plans, as applicable

Technical Advisory Officer 07/13/2014 - 09/29/2015

Agricultural Development Fund, Kabul, Afghanistan

ADF is an independent financial entity providing agricultural loans to financial intermediaries, agribusinesses and farmers in 34 provinces of Afghanistan.

Identifies Value Chain interventions within ADF financed value chain groups that will contribute to the success of the investments made by clients of ADF, suggesting approaches, methodologies and interventions.

Oversee activities of field personnel tasked with value chain upgrading initiatives at regional level consistent with the Annual Work Plan and in close coordination with the Technical Services Director.

Supervises Technical staff in the identification of lending opportunities among strategic value chains and in the implementation of technical assistance to ADF clients.

Supervises the implementation in the field of Value Chain grants to support project clients in the areas of crop management, and market development

Organizing and coordinating ADF promotional and marketing events such as national and international exhibitions and Ag-Fairs, Ag Shuras and other promotional activities.

Contributes to the development of the technical capacity of Afghan staff in the regions

Senior Manager for Value Chain Strengthening 11/01/2011 - 07/12/2014

Development Alternative Incorporated, Kabul, Afghanistan

Coordinate the organization for the participation of Afghan Agribusiness in national, regional and international trade fairs related to the agriculture and livestock sectors. This requires the collaboration with ACE’s Grants unit and Regional Offices as well as with different MAIL Directorates and partner programs.

Collaborates in the provision of technical assistance to ADF clients, thereby ensuring the quality of the assistance that contributes to success of business ventures and enabling clients to comply with their credit obligations. Strong focus is on the development of Marketing Strategies, Business Plans and Investment plans.

Collaborates with ACE’s Policy Unit in the implementation of Regional Workshops in close collaboration with DAIL and other partners in order to identify policy issues constraining the growth of strategic Value Chains.

Program Manager 09/01/2010 - 07/30/2011

IRD/AVIPA Plus, Kabul, Afghanistan

Designed the Trainer Program component of a 10, 5000 per year Farmer Training program, including the curricula, implementation plan.

Controlled a $1,400,000 Farmer Training budget.

Improve the training skills of District Trainers, MAIL extension staff and AVIPA sub-contractors’ field staffs.

Recruited 12 of agricultural experts to develop training materials and train trainers in participatory teaching methods.

Managed 25 training events for 380 trainers.

Managed two radio programs targeting men and women farmers in 18 provinces.

Manage the production of 36 pre-recorded scripts providing technical information on wheat cultivation, including topics selected to address current conditions in target provinces.

Supervised the selection of 120 agriculture specialists to be technical speakers in farmer call-in radio programs.

Additional Work Experience:

Senior Program Officer - IRD/AVIPA Plus, Kabul, Afghanistan 09/2009 - 08/2010

Regional Manager - AVIPA Seed Program Land O Lakes Inc, Kabul, Afghanistan 10/2008 – 08/2009

Media Communication and Farm Store Specialist – DAI Inc. Kabul, Afghanistan 03/2008 – 08/2008

Project Director - Women’s Production Association, Herat Afghanistan 01/2007 – 02/2008

Project Manager – DIRPA Land O Lakes Inc, Kunduz Afghanistan 11/2004 – 01/2007

District Manager – USAID APEP, Logar Afghanistan 11/2003 – 10/2004

Field and Logistic Officer – CoAR (Catholic Relief Services) Mazar Afghanistan 11/2001 – 09/2003


MBA, Masters of Business and Administration, 09/30/2016

Kardan University, Kabul, Afghanistan

Bachelor of Business Administration, 12/30/2011

Newports Institute of Communication and Economics, Karachi, Pakistan


Value Chain Program Design June 08-12th 2014 CHEMONICS/USAID Kabul, Afghanistan

Strategic Financial Management for NGOs, FM2 (MANGO) DUBAI.

Basic Financial Management for NGOs FM1 (MANGO) DUBAI.

Management Training, Alternative Development Program in Northeast Afghanistan (ADP/N), 2008

Proposal Writing Training, Business and Marketing Service Agency of Afghanistan (BaMSA), 2007

Management Training, Global-Afghanistan Reconstruction Organization, March 2007

Microsoft Computer Academy, 2002-2003

English Course, Asia English Language Centre, Peshawar, Pakistan

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