Value Chain Coordinator
Chemonics International, Inc. is seeking an energetic, flexible, and proactive Value Chain Coordinator (support-level position/early to mid-career) 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 Value Chain Coordinator will be responsible for supporting technical assistance in the wine sector and one or more of HVAA’s targeted agricultural value chains as needed (apples, stone fruits, table grapes, honey, berries, open-field vegetables). The Value Chain Coordinator shall support technical leadership to ensure achievement of HVAA’s goals and objectives pertaining to the wine sector and assigned agricultural value chain(s), and act as a point of contact for sector stakeholders as appropriate. It is anticipated that the Value Chain Coordinator will continually support wine sector activities, yet will remain flexible and support other value chains as necessary—at times wine sector work may comprise all or the majority of the Coordinator’s tasks, while during certain periods the Coordinator may be more dedicated to other value chains. The scope of work below may not comprise all duties and responsibilities of the Value Chain Coordinator position, and depending on the candidate’s strengths and expertise, additional duties will be assigned to ensure a full, yet reasonable portfolio.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
Principal tasks under this scope of work include, but are not limited to:
- Assist the technical team to design project strategies and activities in annual work plans for the wine sector and other targeted value chains, ensuring contract indicators are addressed and prioritized in demand-driven interventions, including through identification of grant opportunities and subcontractor needs;
- Assist the technical team with all aspects of work plan implementation for the wine sector and other agricultural value chains;
- Assist with subcontract and grant activity monitoring and coordination in the wine sector and other agricultural value chains, ensuring partners are on track and have the necessary resources to succeed;
- Support efforts to develop and maintain strong partnerships with key sector stakeholders;
- In coordination with technical leadership such as the Deputy Chief of Party and Wine Industry Component Lead, help identify consultants, develop scopes of work for local and international short-term technical assistance (STTA) consultants, monitor consultants, and ensure quality of consultant deliverables (presentations, training activities, reports, etc.);
- Establish and maintain positive work relationships with relevant stakeholders;
- Collaborate with the project Grants Team to draft solicitations, train, liaise with, and effectively assist/monitor grantees. Track quantifiable and qualifiable results, compliance, and progress of grants and grantees;
- As needed, assist 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;
- Assist the Association Capacity Building Specialist to identify and address capacity building needs of key sector organizations;
- Assist the M&E Manager to gather data on project outputs and impact on the targeted value chains, with a focus on the wine sector;
- Assist the Environmental Specialist to identify and address environmental issues related to the sector to ensure assisted organizations meet relevant environmental conditions;
- Assist technical team members, such as the 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 sector and/or other value chains;
- Contribute to bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual 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.
- The position will report to the Wine Industry Component Lead (primary supervisor) for wine-related activities and the Deputy Chief of Party (secondary supervisor) for agricultural value chain activities.
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 viticulture, agriculture, economics, business, marketing, or a related field;
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in the wine value chain, required;
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in one or more of HVAA’s targeted agricultural value chains, preferred;
- Experience with similar assignments/projects supported by USAID or other donor programs, 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;
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 “Value Chain Coordinator” in the subject line. The deadline for submission is December 18, 2020. 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.