The following vacancies are currently available at ACGF:

The Head of the Matching Grants (MG) Program (f/m) – European Union-wide
Finance Controlling Officer (f/m)

The Head of the Matching Grants (MG) Program (f/m) – European Union-wide

The Head of the Matching Grants (MG) Program will design and manage the MG Department at ACGF and supervise the MG Department at SCSA. He/she will be accountable for the planning, controlling and operational management of both MG programs at ACGF. The Head of MGs Program will have a direct reporting line to the CEO of ACGF.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Head of Matching Grants Program (f/m) will be responsible for all areas of MGs, such as design, planning, budget, implementation, administration, reporting and compliance. He/she will have the following core duties and responsibilities:

  • In coordination with external MG consultants:
    ° Establishing the MG Operations Manual and other required implementation guidelines for the MG Department, incl. essential forms and templates
    ° Designing and implementing project management standards, governance and compliance arrangements, risk mitigation mechanisms in coordination with ACGF Risk Department, and other technical aspects for the MG Department
    ° Developing and executing the MG communications and outreach plan to Afghan SMEs
    ° Evaluating needs of adjustments to existing systems/capacity to incorporate MGs as a new field of business at ACGF
    ° Providing strategic guidance for both MG programs
  • Designing the operational and structural set-up between the MG Department of SCSA and ACGF, e.g. internal communication channels and assignment of responsibilities to team members
  • Developing annual workplans and budgets with regard to both MG programs
  • Articulating both short and long-term goals for the MG programs
  • Ensuring that MG operations are implemented in line with MG Manual and other relevant stipulations
  • Implementing, operating and maintaining the MG programs in conformity with sound financial and business practices and in compliance with the respective operation manuals
  • Ensuring compliance with anti-money laundering and terrorism financing standards in accordance with the FATF recommendations with regard to MGs
  • Ensuring compliance with environmental and social standards and substantially in accordance with the program conceptions agreed upon between ACGF and the donors
  • Ensuring compliance with the scheme’s implementation criteria
  • Hiring of respective staff for the MG Department

Program Management:

  • Ensuring the daily functioning of the MG department, such as:
  • Effectively communicating the programs to SMEs through pre-defined marketing and public awareness efforts
  • Planning, running and operationally executing the competitive rounds
  • Receiving MG applications, supporting the due diligence process, preparing documents for MG decisions
  • Keeping relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities
  • Monitoring and overseeing the utilization of the MGs for the intended purpose
  • Ensuring the daily coordination with the MG Department of SCSA
  • Preparing regular reports (in line with agreed performance indicators) about the program status for stakeholders of the programs as well as reports for the top management of ACGF
  • Encouraging, motivating, training and developing staff of the MG Departments
  • Regularly travelling to Afghanistan in order to coordinate intensively with the local MG staff (if security allows)


  • The optimal candidate for the Head of MGs Program (f/m) has several years of experience in the successful management of at least two MG programs and meets the following requirements:
  • University degree, preferably in economics, business, finance, or other related academic fields
  • Minimum of ten years working experience in project management in the financial sector, specifically in SME finance
  • Minimum of five years working experience as Team Leader of complex MG programs (proven track record of the management of at least two MG programs), preferably in Afghanistan
  • Good people management skills; able to lead and motivate a team to deliver the required results
  • Excellent project management and very good analytical skills
  • Excellent command of English language
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and in writing), being able to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of contacts
  • Capacity to produce clear and concise reports
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Commitment to and sincere interest in the philosophy and goals of development cooperation
  • Willingness to travel to Afghanistan regularly, in compliance with the respective security policies and procedures of ACGF

For further information and application submission follow the link below: 

Finance & Controlling Officer (f/m)

Institutional & Program Background

ACGF – Afghan Credit Guarantee Foundation is a charitable foundation with headquarters in Cologne, Germany and an office in Berlin. ACGF was founded in September 2014 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (a member of the KFW Group). ACGF is further supported with funds provided by the World Bank via the Afghan Government.
ACGF's mission in the area of Development Finance is to improve access to finance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Afghanistan by providing credit guarantees and related technical assistance (TA) to Partner Institutions (PIs) – banks, micro-finance and micro-deposit institutions. ACGF implements its mandate by providing partial credit guarantees to Afghan financial institutions for loans extended to Afghan SMEs. Likewise, ACGF provides comprehensive related TA to its PIs in order to establish and develop best practice SME lending capacity. Besides the provision of credit guarantees and TA, as an additional field of business, ACGF will provide Matching Grants (MG) to eligible SMEs in Afghanistan in the near future.
ACGF is closely working with its Afghan subsidiary SME Client Support Afghanistan LLC (SCSA) based in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif. Further offices in three major economic centers are planned to be established soon.
ACGF is in preparation, with the support of external consultancy, to become the project execution agency for the implementation of two SME MG programs in Afghanistan on behalf of large international donors. The programs will run until mid-2023 and their overall goal is to support the survival of SMEs during the Corona crisis, to protect existing employment in supported SMEs and to prevent / reduce potential spill-over effects of the crisis to the Afghan financial sector. Moreover, a wide array of measures is being introduced under both programs to mitigate the economic impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on SMEs not only on the short- but also on the medium-term in Afghanistan.
For both programs, a MG Department has been created at ACGF which is in charge of designing, implementing, and executing the programs. Further, to ensure a successful implementation of the two programs on the ground in Afghanistan, a MG Department at SCSA in Kabul was created.

Purpose of the position

ACGF is looking for a Finance & Controlling Officer (f/m) for our head office in Cologne, starting as soon as possible. The job is positioned in the Finance Department and will support the two MG programs described above. Hence, regular interaction with the MG Departments of ACGF and SCSA will be required. Travels to Afghanistan are not necessary.

Your core task will include:

  • You will support the duly submission of monthly accounting and control the official German HGB accounting, interim and annual financial statements
  • You will control foreign financial statements (IFRS) and cost accounting reports
  • You will prepare liquidity planning and conduct asset management
  • You will support the annual audits in Germany, audits of the foreign subsidiaries and audits related to the MG programs
  • You will prepare MG program specific controlling reports as well as financial reports
  • You will support the regular and MG program budgeting processes and provide actual-budget analyses thereof
  • You will support the MG payment process and help to further institutionalize it

You should have following qualifications:

  • University degree, preferably in economics, business, finance, or other related academic fields
  • Minimum of two years working experience in the field of finance, controlling and/or accounting is preferable
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office software, especially MS Excel
  • Dedication to detail and ability to prepare financial data/reports appropriate for management
  • Good analytical skills, ability to follow a structured approach in fulfilment of tasks
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and in writing)
  • Excellent command of both German and English language is a prerequisite
  • Ability to integrate in a multi-cultural environment
  • Independent and reliable way of working

What ACGF offers:

  • Competitive salary
  • Young, multi-cultural team
  • Opportunity to make a visible impact in the country of operation

Further information about ACGF can be found on our website

Please apply with a cover letter, CV and remuneration expectation (gross salary in EUR) until August 14, 2020. Please note that applications can be submitted in English and German language. For questions regarding this position, please contact Mr. Daniel Jobmann (Head of Finance & Controlling) at

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