Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA) Project is looking for a Wine Sector Enhancement and Marketing Specialist

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Chemonics International, Inc. is seeking a Wine Sector Enhancement and Marketing Specialist to support the USAID Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA) project through September 2022. The goal of HVAA is to further stimulate the transformation of the Moldovan high-value agricultural (HVA) sector into an engine of economic growth for the country, leading to improved competitiveness and higher living standards for rural Moldovans in the long term. 

Position Description:

The Wine Sector Enhancement and Marketing Specialist will be responsible for supporting the ongoing technical assistance in the wine sector, ensure achievement of HVAA’s goals and objectives pertaining to the Wine sector, and act as an alternate point of contact for industry stakeholders together with the Wine Industry Component Lead.  It is anticipated that the duties and responsibilities below will not comprise the entire scope of work for the position, and depending on the candidate’s strengths and expertise, additional duties or value chain work (including activity management in other horticulture value chains) will be assigned to ensure a full portfolio.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

Principal tasks under this scope of work include, but are not limited to:

  • Advise HVAA’s Deputy Chief of Party and Wine Industry Component Lead on the design of project strategies and activities in annual work plans for the targeted value chain, ensuring contract indicators are addressed and prioritized in demand-driven interventions, including through identification of grant opportunities and subcontractor needs;
  • Together with the Wine Industry Component Lead, co-manage work plan implementation for the wine sector, particularly activities related to productivity and marketing;
  • Manage subcontract and grant activities in the wine sector (including winegrowers, wineries, associations), ensuring partners are on track and have the necessary resources to succeed;
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships with private sector entities (industry associations, producers etc.), the public sector;
  • Support efforts to develop and maintain strong partnerships with key sector stakeholders;
  • In coordination with the Deputy Chief of Party and Wine Industry Component Lead, identify consultants, and develop scopes of work for local and international short-term technical assistance (STTA) consultants, supervise consultants, and ensure quality of STTA deliverables (presentations, training activities, reports, etc.);
  • Establish and maintain positive work relationships with relevant stakeholders;
  • Collaborate with the project’s Grants team in identifying grant opportunities and drafting solicitations; training, liaising with, and effectively managing/monitoring all grantees in the sector; and capturing, monitoring, and evaluating the quantifiable and qualifiable results, compliance, and progress of grants and grantees; Establish market linkages between potential sellers and buyers. As appropriate, work with key stakeholders to arrange participation in trade exhibitions, promotions, public relations events, regional meetings, workshops, and business meetings in the sector. As directed by Deputy Chief of Party, work collaboratively with the Trade and Marketing Manager to support project’s marketing efforts in non-wine sectors;
  • Collaborate with the Association Capacity Building Specialist to identify and address capacity building needs of key sector organizations;
  • Collaborate with the M&E Manager to gather data on project outputs and impact on the targeted value chains, with a focus on the Wine Sector;
  • Collaborate with the Environmental Specialist to identify and address environmental issues related to the sector to ensure assisted organizations meet relevant environmental conditions;
  • Assist the Agriculture Policy Reform Specialist and Wine Industry Component Lead to identify, diagnose, and recommend reforms that will address enabling environment constraints that hinder development across the wine industry;
  • Contribute to bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad-hoc reports as requested by HVAA Deputy Chief of Party or Wine Industry Component Lead;
  • Other duties assigned by the HVAA Deputy Chief of Party or Wine Industry Component Lead.
 

Results:

  • Improved competitiveness of the Moldovan HVA sector – with particular focus on increased sales of HVAA partners on the local and export markets.


Reporting:

  • The position will report to the Wine Industry Component Lead.  

Required Skills and Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the required knowledge, skills, and/or abilities needed to perform the principal duties:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, business, marketing, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in Moldova’s wine sector at multiple value chain levels (from grape to bottle to shelf), required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in marketing, including the development and implementation of marketing strategies at industry and company level;
  • Experience with similar assignments/projects supported by USAID or other donor programs, is preferred;
  • Experience in stakeholder and grant management, preferred;
  • Excellent inter-personal communication and mediation skills; team-player;
  • Ability to merge technical expertise with strong management capabilities;
  • Ability to work independently while operating in a matrix-style organization, with an emphasis on teamwork;
  • Proficiency in English, Romanian, and Russian required, including strong writing skills;
  • Proven ability to work professionally and constructively as part of a team, meet deadlines, communicate effectively and deal with diverse partners in challenging environments;
  • Advanced computer user skills Power Point, Word, Microsoft Excel.

Cover letters and CVs should be sent in English to [email protected]. Indicate “Wine Sector Enhancement and Marketing Specialist” in the subject line.  The deadline for submission is February 5, 2021, but early applications will receive priority review. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Chemonics International, Inc. (www.chemonics.com) is a U.S.-based international consulting firm providing expertise in developing and emerging-market countries since 1975.


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