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USAID Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA) Project is looking for a Berry Value Chain Development Specialist

Chemonics International, Inc. seeks a highly qualified Berry Value Chain Development Specialist for the USAID Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA). This five-year project aims 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.  Moldova HVAA is implemented by USAID contractor Chemonics International, Inc. and will continue until November 2021.

Position Description:

The Value Chain Specialist will be responsible for leading ongoing technical assistance to the berry value chains, ensure the achievement of HVAA’s goals and objectives for the berry value chain, and act as a key point of contact for value chain stakeholders. 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 will be assigned to ensure a full portfolio.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Advise HVAA Chief of Party and Value Chain Partnerships Team Leader 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;
  • Manage all aspects of work plan implementation for the berry value chain;
  • Manage subcontract and grant activities in the berry value chain (including production and post-harvest handling demonstration plots, and training for value chain stakeholders), ensuring partners are on track and have necessary resources to succeed;
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships with private sector entities (industry associations, producers, consolidators, cooperatives, crop advisors, input suppliers, etc.), the public sector, and donor community;
  • In coordination with the Value Chain Partnerships Team Lead, help identify consultants, and develop scopes of work for local and international short term technical assistance (STTA) consultants, supervision of consultants and quality assurance of products of STTA (presentations, training activities, reports, etc.);
  • Collaborate with the project Grants Team in identifying grant opportunities and drafting solicitations, training, liaising with, and effectively managing/monitoring all grantees in the sector, including the quantifiable and qualifiable results, compliance, and progress of grants and grantees;
  • Assist the Marketing and Trade Specialist to establish market linkages between potential sellers and buyers, and participate in negotiations between berry value chain members as needed. As appropriate, arrange participation in trade exhibitions, regional meetings, workshops, and business meetings in the sector;
  • Collaborate with the Association Capacity Building Specialist to build strong, effective working relationships with targeted producer organizations in the berry sector, identify and address capacity building needs in these 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 berry sector;
  • Collaborate with the Food Safety and Post-Harvest Specialist and the Environmental Specialist to identify and address environmental and food safety issues related to the sectors and ensure that targeted producer organizations in the sectors work towards and attain EU and food safety standards as specified in the project contract and annual work plans;
  • Assist the Agriculture Policy Reform Specialist to identify, diagnose, and recommend reforms to agribusiness enabling environment constraints that hinder development across the berry value chain;
  • Contribute to bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports; draft concept notes, various memos for internal and external consumption, as requested by HVAA Chief of  Party and Value  Chain Partnerships Team Lead;
  • Other duties assigned by the Chief of Party and/or Value Chain Partnerships Team 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, biology, marketing, or other related field. Advanced degree in agronomy (agricultural sciences) preferred;
  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience working in the berry sector or similar value chain;
  • 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 team, meet deadlines. communicate effectively and deal with diverse partners in challenging environments;
  • Word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), e-mail (Microsoft Outlook).

Expressions of interest, CVs and salary history should be sent in English to [email protected] Indicate “Berry Value Chain Development Specialist” in the subject line”. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2018. 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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