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Manager Project

Lorton, Virginia, United States
$50000 plus
September 25, 2019

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Zabiullah Ahmadyar

Contact: 571-***-****, Email:

**** ******* *** **** ***, Lorton, Virginia 22079

Public Private Alliance (PPA), Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and women’s empowerment specialist, with more than eight years of experience, including more than two years as Deputy Chief of Party on United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects

Eight years of experience providing technical assistance to encourage private sector investment, business enabling environment reform, workforce development, women’s empowerment and access to finance

Oversaw project staff that developed grants & Public-Private Alliances, as well as procurement & logistics team on US government funded projects of over $100 million.

Strong leadership experience managing project staff; strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task

Native Dari, fluent in Pashto and English, and basic Urdu Education

Bachelor’s in economics, Kateb University, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2016 Baccalaureate, Amani High School, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1988 Experience

Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) Apr 2018 – Aug 2019

Promote Scholarship Endowment (PSE)

USAID, Norman Borlaug for International Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Kabul, Afghanistan

Supports the Chief of Party in all tasks and duties, providing management, technical, and operational leadership for the PSE program. Assists in the development and implementation of the annual work plans. Serves as the primary liaison to sub-awardees, partner organizations, Afghan ministries, and USAID Afghanistan. Ensures compliance with USAID rules and regulations, and the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) policies and procedures. Manages and supervises the team of staff and consultants. Ensures program deliverables, such as reports and work plans, are of high quality and submitted in a timely manner. Provides regular updates the Chief of Party, when he is working remotely.

Senior Regional Manager-Central July 2017- Feb 2018 Women in the Economy (WIE)

USAID, DAI Global LLC, Kabul, Afghanistan Lead the implementation of the Promote-WIE project in the central region, through technical and operational components focused on training for preparation and capacity building of beneficiaries, and job placement Managed a team of 30 staff, including team leads and interns. Oversaw and provided technical support to the central office team to develop 600 scholarships, place 1000 internship/apprenticeship candidates and place 3,000 women in new or better jobs.

Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) - Technical Nov 2015-July 2017 Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) 2 ZABIULLAH AHMADYAR

USAID, International Executive Service Corps, Kabul, Afghanistan Leads implementation of activities through project technical components focused on training and technical assistance to SMEs and implementation of about 300 PPAs (Public Private Alliances). Managed a team that has successfully transferred the right, title and interest of equipment, valued at nearly $44 million, to nearly 300 PPA partners during the life of the project. Oversaw a strategic team that developed 6 industry-specific, policy-driven action plans for the agribusiness, marble, gemstones and jewelry production, construction materials, carpets, and women-owned Small and Medium enterprise sectors for the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MOCI). Facilitated technical leadership and support to an initial project team of 35 and provided overall supervision of 22 staff in Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad, and Mazar-e-Sharif for successful completion of all PPA establishment and oversight.

Team Leader Dec 2013-Nov 2015

Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) USAID, International Executive Service Corps, Kabul, Afghanistan Responsible for managing the implementation and procurement of approximately 200 active PPAs and about 300 PPAs overall, and a threshold of around $20 million for program procurement and implementation for active PPAs during the life of the project. Oversaw selection of partnerships through evaluation criteria; ensured partners were capable of contributing $2 for every dollar ABADE provided. Involved throughout entire partnership development process, including overseeing Request for Application (RFA)/Request for Proposal (RFP) document preparations, registration processes, Afghanistan vetting, organizational capability confirmation, briefing of new partners, procurement and completion of deliverables, time and fund extension amendments, license and vetting validity, equipment and training delivery, and close out and disposition processes. Developed PPA manuals for each project and technical outreach approach for road show presentations. Provided procedural recommendations to improve concept note delivery through electronic submission; streamlined the process and improved accountability of concept note oversight. Managed approximately 30 employees in four regions of the country: Herat, Kabul, Mazar, and Jalalabad. Provided staff with daily guidance and instructions to resolve challenges, obstacles, and ensure implementation and procurement were simultaneously executed.

Senior Public-Private Alliance Specialist Nov 2012-Dec 2013 Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) USAID, International Executive Service Corps, Kabul, Afghanistan Responsible for undertaking pre-award, post-award, and closing activities of the 300 PPAs (Public Private Alliances) planned by the project. Led solicitation of USAID approvals on concept notes, final application packages, and agreement preparation, including business plans. Solicited 25 business partnerships by ensuring technical abilities and financial capabilities met project’s criteria standards. Launched program start-up by developing templates from Request for Acquisition (RFA) stage through disposition. Provided 12 business partnerships with appropriate training assistance focused on capacity building and best practices for sustainability. Participated in six USAID organized events throughout the region that benefitted the ABADE project; liaised closely with Chief of Party (CoP), Deputy Chief of Party-Technical (DCoP-Technical), and Senior Technical Advisor, to establish appropriate start-up systems during program implementation and procurement. Provided team management technical support for PPA specialists, PPA coordinators, and PPA administers. Grants Manager June 2012-Nov 2012

Stability in Key Areas (SIKA-North)

USAID, DAI Global LLC, Kabul, Afghanistan


Responsible for oversight and compliance of grant implementation in adherence with grant policies and procedures for small scale infrastructure projects. Developed policies, practices, and processes throughout all aspects of grants, including the preparation of a grant manual to establish an appropriate start-up system. Implemented program training to five employees from Afghanistan’s Northern provinces. Monitored grant implementation, which encompassed everything from award solicitation to close-out processes.

Grants Implementation Manager Oct 2010-June 2012

Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ASMED) USAID, DAI Global LLC, Kabul, Afghanistan

Ensured compliance of grants implementation with the overall project objectives, which included supporting private sector institutions through policy reforms that helped to eliminate barriers for establishing and sustaining successful businesses. Implemented approximately 261 small grants and 57 Global Development Alliances (GDA) totaling $30 million throughout Afghanistan. Liaised on a daily basis with USAID Contracting Officer's Technical Representatives to obtain approvals and modifications. Managed and provided support to six grant coordinators. Actively handled project closeout and remained engaged until project completion. Grants Coordinator Aug 2009-Oct 2010

Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ASMED) USAID, DAI Global LLC, Kabul, Afghanistan

Supervised four coordinators in the region and in Kabul. Responsible for preparing and executing over 120 grant agreements and modifications in compliance with DAI/USAID rules and regulations. Administered inspection of submitted payment documentation for further processing and certified proper documentation, including overseeing payment of outstanding items amounting to $10-15 million. Maintained organizational online grant tracker in our management information system, oversaw the purchase order development, approval, implementation, and closeout processes, and actively engaged in the grants evaluation committee. Admin/Logistics Officer Oct 2008-Aug 2009

Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ASMED) USAID, DAI Global LLC, Kabul, Afghanistan

Facilitated all logistics for 25 expatriate staff and all visitor travel arrangements, including air travel purchasing, secured timely pick and drop, and organized hotel accommodations. Managed daily office activities such as ensuring office supplies were adequately stocked, oversaw all mail operations, and accurately maintained staff contact information. Assisted Kabul program staff with training and activities preparation, organization, and reservations. Other organizations and positions:

Apr 08 to Oct 08, Facilities Officer, USAID/ASMED (DAI Global LLC), Kabul, Afghanistan

Jan 08 to March 08, House Manager, USAID/ASMED/Edinburgh International), Kabul, Afghanistan

May 05 to Dec 07, Manager (Admin & Finance) with Japan International Friendship and Welfare Foundation (JIFF), Kabul, Afghanistan.

Jan 03 to Apr 05, Director, Medi Educational Support Association for Afghanistan (MESAA), Kabul, Afghansitan

Jan 02 to Jan 03, Admin and Finance support staff, Medi Educational Support Association for Afghanistan (MESAA), Kabul, Afghanistan


Sep 98 to Jan 02, Manager (Admin & Finance), Japan International Friendship and Welfare Foundation (JIFF), Peshawar, Pakistan

Nov 95 to Aug 98, Administrator, Japan International Friendship and Welfare Foundation

(JIFF), Peshawar, Pakistan.

July 94 to Oct 95, Special Driver/Guide, Japan International Friendship and Welfare Foundation (JIFF), Peshawar, Pakistan

April 94 to July 94, Security Guard Supervisor, Japan International Friendship and Welfare Foundation (JIFF), Peshawar, Pakistan.

Professional Trainings:

USAID Rules & Regulations: Grants & Cooperative Agreements, April 8-10, 2013. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Completed six month comprehensive and professional Leadership training provided by ASMED/USAID and conducted by Silk Road Solutions, December 2010 - May 2011), Kabul, Afghanistan

Contracts, Procurement, Grants and DAI field operations training, 2010, Kabul, Afghanistan

One-week office management and scholarship award procedure course at the Education for Development Foundation, 2003, Bangkok, Thailand


Steven Whisenant

Chief of Party

USAID, Promote Scholarship Endowment Activity


Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Emeritus Professor, Texas A&M University

Michelle Morgan,

Chief of Party,

USAID, DAI-WIE (Women in the Economy)


Zdravko Shami,

Former Chief of Party,

USAID, IESC, ABADE (Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises)

+389-**-***-*** Hungary cell: 00-36-30-318-****

Skype: zdravko.kabul

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