Sequa

 

We are a non-profit development organisation operating worldwide. We promote the development of the private sector and its business membership organisations as well as qualification of skilled employees and managers. Our programmes and projects are both publicly and privately funded and are oriented at the principles of a social market economy. During the past 28 years we have performed more than 1,000 projects in more than 100 countries.


To complement our pool of consultants, we are looking for


Short-term experts (m/f/d) for sourcing and purchase in the fields of “Fresh Fruit and Vegetables”, “Sustainable Tourism”, “Natural Ingredients for Food, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics”, and “Technical Wood”


Place of Assignment:     
Europe and in our partner countries (currently Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Ukraine).

Duration of Assignment:         
between one and several weeks per year (depending on assignment)


The Project

We implement the project “Import Promotion Desk (IPD)” jointly with the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA), Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) and other partners. The project is financed by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims to promote selected export sectors of selected developing and emerging market countries through improved access to the European market. Sustainable trade relations of exporting SMEs are expanded by IPD in selected developing and emerging market countries.


Your Tasks/Responsibilities

  • Selection, preparation and support of small and medium-sized enterprises from developing and emerging countries for the entry into the European market, with a focus on companies from the above-mentioned sectors;
  • Organisation and on-site supervision of sourcing missions in the IPD partner countries;
  • Organisation and application of capacity building measures;
  • Cooperation with local short-term experts, partner organisations and ministries in the IPD countries;
  • Matchmaking for international trade fairs, preparation and on-site supervision of exporters at international trade fairs as well as backstopping in the follow-up process;
  • Organisation and implementation of study tours for exporters in Germany and procurement trips for importers in the partner countries;
  • Documentation and monitoring of the activities.


Our Requirements / Your Qualifications in general

  • Excellent organisational skills, high flexibility and intercultural competence;
  • Ability to work in a team and with several stakeholders and partners in a complex context;
  • Excellent presenter and discussant;
  • Excellent computer and layout-skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) to provide meaningful graphs and diagrams;
  • Experience in working with CRM tools (or readiness to do so);
  • Readiness to travel regularly worldwide on a regular basis;
  • Knowledge of the (business) culture and in our partner countries is an advantage.


Our Requirements / Your Qualifications for the sector “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables”

  • Long-term professional experience in trade promotion between developing and emerging countries and Germany / Europe;
  • Consolidated experience in value chain development in the agricultural sector;
  • Agricultural and forestry expertise, in particular regarding production techniques, product certification (e.g. Global G.A.P., Organic, ISO 22000, Fair Trade) as well as market contacts and developments;
  • Comprehensive know-how in the field of agronomy and quality management;
  • Competent knowledge of the German import industry, especially of the food industry;
  • Excellent networking skills with export promotion organisations and institutions in the partner countries as well as in the German / European private sector;
  • Strong strategic thinking and ability to implement new knowledge and strategies in export promotion;
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English (knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic is an advantage).


Our Requirements / Your Qualifications for the sector “Sustainable Tourism”

  • Long-term experience in the hospitality & tourism sector;
  • Strong strategic thinking and ability to implement new knowledge and strategies in tourism trade promotion between developing and emerging countries and Germany / Europe;
  • Consolidated experience in value chain development in the tourism sector;
  • Competent knowledge of the German travel industry, especially of outbound tour operators; knowledge of/ experience in the European outbound travel sector is an advantage;
  • Excellent networking skills with destination marketing organisations and institutions in the partner countries as well as in the German / European private sector;
  • Excellent written and oral skills in French (knowledge of English, Spanish or Arabic is an advantage).


Our Requirements / Your Qualifications for the sector “Natural Ingredients for Food, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics”

  • Long-term professional experience in trade promotion between developing and emerging countries and Germany / Europe;
  • Consolidated experience in value chain development in the agricultural sector;
  • Agricultural and forestry expertise, in particular regarding production techniques, product certification (e.g. Organic, especially Demeter, ISO 22000, HACCP, Fair Trade) as well as market contacts and developments;
  • Comprehensive know-how in the field of quality management of food processing;
  • Competent knowledge of the German import industry, especially of the food industry;
  • Experience in the cosmetics sectors is an advantage;
  • Excellent networking skills with export promotion organizations and institutions in the partner countries as well as in the German / European private sector;
  • Strong strategic thinking and ability to implement new knowledge and strategies in export promotion;
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English (knowledge of French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic is an advantage).


Our Requirements / Your Qualifications for the sector “Technical Wood”

  • Long-term experience in experience in business development in the timber sector in Germany / Europe;
  • Expertise in timber processing / production techniques and in market requirements (quality requirements, product specifications);
  • Extensive network in the market and awareness of current market developments;
  • Comprehensive know-how in the field of EUTR, legality and sustainability;
  • Competent knowledge of the German import industry, especially of the timber trade industry;
  • Excellent networking skills with export promotion organisations and institutions in the partner countries as well as in the German / European private sector;
  • Strong strategic thinking and ability to implement new knowledge and strategies in business development and export promotion;
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English (knowledge of Russian, Spanish is an advantage).


If you are interested, please send your application (cover letter, CV, certificates, fee expectation and availability) via e-mail to:         


Mr Frank Maul
maul@importpromotiondesk.de
+49 (0) 30 590 099 569