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Mining and Extractives Investment Advisor

Location: Middle East / North Africa
Location: Afghanistan
Job Code: 4715



INVEST is a USAID-funded activity that will develop an approach to sourcing, facilitating, and executing illustrative and impactful deals that catalyze private investment capital and build strategic, market-deepening partnerships in Afghanistan. The optimal approach will provide a suite of service offerings appropriate for each partner or transaction identified in INVEST’s core activity streams – civil aviation, mining, and gemstones. This could include direct or procured transaction advisory support, investor matchmaking, other risk-mitigating approaches to catalyzing commercial investment, or the development of new financial instruments. Additionally, this INVEST activity will continually work to build its network of partners and investors, in Afghanistan, Central Asia, the Gulf, the U.S., and other target regions, to ensure activities are at the forefront of investment and private sector engagement aimed at achieving USAID’s priorities.


INVEST’s focus on Afghanistan’s mining sector aims to rapidly close investment deals advancing large-scale Afghan mineral projects and leveraging foreign investments. INVEST’s support in this core activity stream will use a hybrid implementation model – engaging both transaction advisors and procuring transaction advisory firms.


The Mining and Extractives Investment Advisor will work closely with the INVEST Strategic Investment Advisor and other members of the Mining Investment Advisory team to foster the closing of business deals in the mining and extractives industries. Special emphasis will be on private sector and priority tenders released by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP). 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.


The Mining and Extractives Investment Advisor will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • 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:

    • how partnership aligns or could align with USAID development objectives;

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

    • primary and/or potential partners/stakeholders,

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

    • indicated interest or commitments from potential partners;

    • timeline, including prominent milestones; and

    • 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 private sector and Afghan public and/or private sector parties as to financing, timing, execution strategy, and any other deal relevant terms that are applicable as needed, as well as any other tasks as directed by the INVEST Strategic Investment Advisor.

The Mining and Extractives Investment Advisor will participate in overall work-planning activities led by the INVEST Afghanistan Strategic Investment Advisor (SIA) and Activity Manager and will contribute inputs for any necessary work plans or reports. The team will report directly to the SIA, who will be responsible for overall oversight, technical guidance, and management of the team of consultants. The SIA will remain responsible for communicating with USAID on all matters related to INVEST and/or INVEST’s deals in the mining sector. Any requests to speak or present on behalf of INVEST or the activities in the mining sector should be approved and cleared by the SIA.



  • Weekly bullets (5 to 7 bullets on updates from the week and priority tasks for the following week) – every Friday by 3pm

  • Monthly updates – submitted on last business day of the month

  • Trip reports – submitted one week after trip concludes

  • 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

  • Final Report – within 10 days of closed deals



On/about November 1, 2019 – on/about June 30, 2019. Place of Performance will primarily be the consultant’s home of record with very limited travel to Kabul, Afghanistan.



The consultants will report to the INVEST Afghanistan Strategic Investment Advisor 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 - knowledge of iron ore, copper, gold sectors would be a plus;

  • 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


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