Wine Industry Component Lead
Chemonics International, Inc. is seeking a highly experienced Wine Industry Component Lead to support the USAID Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA) 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.
The Wine Industry Component Lead will be responsible for leading technical assistance in the wine sector, ensure achievement of HVAA’s goals and objectives pertaining to the wine sector, and act as the key point of contact for sector 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 will be assigned to ensure a robust portfolio.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
Principal tasks under this scope of work include, but are not limited to:
- Advise HVAA Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party 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 wine sector;
- 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 the National Office of Vine and Wine (ONVV), private sector entities (industry associations, producers, advisors etc.), the public sector, and donor community;
- Identify consultants, develop scopes of work for local and international short-term technical assistance (STTA) consultants, supervise consultants, and ensure quality 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. Track quantifiable and qualifiable results, compliance, and progress of grants and grantees. Mentor grantees and provide capacity building to ensure grant activity success;
- Work collaboratively with the Marketing and Trade Manager to establish market linkages between potential sellers and buyers. As appropriate, work with key stakeholders to arrange participation in trade exhibitions, regional meetings, workshops, and business meetings in the sector;
- Work collaboratively with the Communications Specialist expand outreach and communication with the wine grape production and winemaking sector through existing communication channels and the wider media.
- 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;
- Collaborate with Agriculture Policy Reform Specialist to identify, diagnose, and recommend reforms that will address enabling environment constraints that hinder development across the wine sector;
- Collaborate with Workforce Development Specialist to ensure quality wine sector-related interventions, as relevant;
- Contribute to bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports; draft concept notes, various memos for internal and external use, as requested by HVAA Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party;
- Other duties assigned by the HVAA Chief of Party and/or Deputy Chief of Party.
- The position will report to the Deputy Chief of Party.
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, required. Advanced degree strongly preferred;
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in Moldova’s wine sector at multiple value chain levels (from grape to bottle to shelf), required;
- Experience in international marketing initiatives, strongly preferred;
- Experience working with public-private partnerships and strengthening member-based groups, strongly preferred;
- Experience with similar assignments/projects supported by USAID or other donor programs, required;
- Excellent inter-personal communication and mediation skills—team player;
- Strong public speaking ability and ability to explain wine sector concepts to non-experts, required;
- Ability to represent the project at high-level functions, liaise with public and private-sector counterparts, and maintain a professional and engaging demeanor;
- 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;
Interested applicants should send an English language cover letter, contact information (e-mail and phone) for three references, and a CV to HVAARecruitment@chemonics.com. Indicate “Wine Industry Component Lead” in the subject line. The deadline for submission is December 18, 2020, 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.