Sanitary and Phytosanitary Advisor

  • Mid-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 1 April 2019

Job Description

Project Description:

USDA will be supporting the Philippines to improve its Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) System, including food emergency food safety, and animal health management to ensure food is safe and wholesome for domestic consumption to advance trade prospects. Institutions charged with implementing SPS systems require additional technical capacity and coordination to support consistent implementation and enforcement. Activities will complement the broad-based and inclusive growth by increasing economic competitiveness and enhancing trade and investments benefitting agricultural producers, importers, exporters, and consumers.

Position Summary:

The SPS Advisor will work with local and international organizations, USDA, Filipino government and ministries, and technical staff across the Philippines to promote the development, design, and implementation of projects, programs, policies, and strategies to support increased adherence to SPS protocols as codified into various national and regional frameworks. We are looking for both short-term and long-term SPS candidates.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as country and/or regional contacts for SPS activities and will collaborate with USDA representatives, government officials, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to improve SPS systems.
  • Serve as a technical expert to on SPS regulatory issues that affect agricultural development and trade domestically and internationally.
  • Provide direct support to highly complex, diverse and high-profile activities to support and improve food security efforts.
  • Develop and manage a work plan for the country that fits with USDA, regional, and international objectives.
  • Consult with stakeholders on how strategy correlates with and supports agricultural development.
  • Provide leadership for the design, implementation, and evaluation of technical assistance programs, training and workshops in the realm of plant health, animal health, and food safety.
  • Support efforts that focus on bringing agricultural policy, legislation, regulations, and production methods into compliance with international obligations and strengthening SPS systems.
  • Support agricultural development and assist in meeting international standards to become eligible for export to new markets while strengthening domestic markets.
  • Provide specialized skills and services related to improving governmental capacity in SPS systems.
  • Contribute to and communicate with a cross-cultural team and work collaboratively and effectively with international organizations and foreign government counterparts as well as officials and staff at all levels of USG agencies.
  • Quickly and effectively identify, articulate, and diplomatically present positions favorable to SPS interests and communicate technical issues to a broad range of audiences.

Reporting and Supervision:


Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in food safety/food technology, business administration, public policy, agriculture or related field;
  • Demonstrated ability to work at varying levels of government and with the private sector to build consensus among key stakeholders and follow-through on agreed tactic and plans.
  • Sound understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities of implementing SPS protocols not only at the national and regional levels, but also on the ground, at the borders and within the various agencies who have oversight of plant and animal diseases and food safety. Demonstrated knowledge related to international agricultural trade issues, including but not limited to export procedures to US, EU and regional markets;
  • Proven experience working in a highly collaborative/regional team working to help national and local bodies comply with their respective WTO SPS Agreement. This includes policy, regulation, assessment and technical capacity building.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to work independently and manage the needs of multiple client.
  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Extensive working experience across the Philippines and the region.
  • Combination of commercial industry and public institution experience highly preferable.
  • Experience working in conjunction with a foreign donor funded development program.
  • Ability to travel across the Philippines.

About the Organization

Since 1981, Land O’Lakes International Development has applied an integrated approach to international economic development that capitalizes on Land O'Lakes, Inc.'s nearly 100 years as a leading farm-to-market agribusiness. We use our practical experience and in-depth knowledge to facilitate market-driven business solutions that generate economic growth, improve health and nutrition, and alleviate poverty. We believe in the value of people and ensuring our work is rooted in honesty, integrity and respect.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our vision is to be a global leader in transforming lives by engaging in agriculture and enterprise partnerships that replace poverty with prosperity, and dependency with self-reliance. Since our inception, we have implemented nearly 300 programs and training initiatives in over 80 countries, which have enabled farmers and agribusinesses to become more profitable and to leverage economies of scale through well-functioning cooperatives and producer groups.

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