Conformity Assessment and Accreditation Systems' Consultant

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 7 July 2020

Job Description

Project Description: The Transforming the Assessment and Inspection of Food Businesses in Egypt (TAIB) project is a five-year $8.5M project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will expand domestic and international trade of Egyptian food products through supporting the establishment and scale-out of a new government entity, the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA). TAIB will provide technical and financial support to NFSA that is responsive to the evolving needs of the nascent regulatory authority. Assistance will be aimed at harmonizing Egyptian food law and regulations and international standards, implementing robust inspection systems, managing outbreaks, conducting science-based risk assessments, monitoring Egyptian food safety systems, and reducing food borne illnesses.

Opportunity Background: As NFSA transitions towards a risk-based approach to conducting inspections, NFSA is considering utilizing the auditing results of approved certification bodies to factor into the determination of the inspection frequency for food business facilities and imported food consignments. In support of operationalizing the technical regulation, TAIB is seeking to support NFSA to assist in the development of an evaluation protocol for approving and monitoring certification bodies that will assess the reliability of results and practices. Based on the approved evaluation criteria, the consultant will develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) for NFSA’s staff to conduct the evaluation processes and develop training material for implementing the SOP.

Scope of Work: Under this scope of work, the consultant is expected to develop an evaluation methodology for assessing registered food safety certification bodies for both domestically produced food as well as imported food consignments. The proposed methodology shall consider international methodologies and practices. Based on the proposed evaluation criteria, the consultant will develop an evaluation checklist and SOP to serve as guidance for NFSA to implement. After approval of NFSA on the evaluation criteria, checklist and the SOP, the consultant will develop training materials to be utilized to build the capacity of NFSA’s staff on the evaluation checklist and SOP. The selected consultant is expected to work remotely in close cooperation with TAIB and NFSA’s staff.

Level of Effort: The level of effort for the consultancy is not to exceed 25 working days.

Period of Performance: July 15 -August 31, 2020

Place of Performance: Cairo, Egypt

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Development of the evaluation methodology and associated framework
  • Development of an evaluation checklist and SOP
  • Creation of training materials to build the capacity of NFSA on the checklist and SOP

Deliverables:

  • Approved Workplan
  • Approved Evaluation Criteria Framework
  • Evaluation Criteria (Draft 1)
  • Evaluation Criteria Final Draft
  • Evaluation Checklist
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Training Material on the Checklist and SOP
  • Final Report Submitted

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Masters’ Degree in Food Technology, Food Safety, Agriculture Science, Microbiology or another related field of study.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience working in Accreditation, Standards, Metrology, Testing, Food Inspection and/or Certification
  • Fluency, both oral and written, in English. Working knowledge of Arabic is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NFSA, preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current food safety practices and risk-based inspection principles.
  • Prior experience in developing SOPs/work instructions and delivering training.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

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Land O’Lakes Venture37 is an equal opportunity employer and an organization striving to help global communities thrive through agriculture. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors. Our culture values a diversity of voices. So bring us your unique experiences, your workstyle, and your dreams — they’ll only make us stronger.

About the Organization

Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening local agriculture, helping agribusinesses create jobs and linking farmers to markets. Since 1981, it has implemented over 315 integrated dairy, livestock and crops development programs in nearly 80 countries — creating lasting impact by linking farmers, businesses, and the public and private sector in local and global contexts. Land O’Lakes Venture37’s long-standing affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc. sets it apart. Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives. It supports Land O’Lakes Venture37 project implementation with nearly 100 years of expertise in dairy, animal nutrition, crop inputs and agricultural insights and technologies. This gives Land O’Lakes Venture37 development projects a unique global view of agriculture, food and the power of well-functioning market systems. Land O’Lakes, Inc. supports these efforts as part of its enterprise purpose of Feeding Human Progress at home and around the world.

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