Fresher UN Food Technologist Job Vacancies – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:    Food Technologist
Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy
Country Director
Grade: NOB
About US:
The UN World Food
Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It
is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP
focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building
Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition &
Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets.
WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.
Job Summary:    The Food Technologist will collect, analyse
and report on information as a basis for maximising the efficiency of food
technology activities and enhancing food risk assessment and management in
country operations.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop, Implement and monitor procedures, standards and
    specifications aimed at meeting a WFP’s food quality goals, and mitigate
    risks associated to food quality and safety issues.
  • Ensure that food products procured by WFP meet standards set by both
    WFP and the recipient country regulatory authorities.
  • Prepare evidenced based recommendations for senior staff on control
    measures to combat and reduce food commodity losses and food quality and
    safety issues.
  • Prepare evidenced based recommendations for senior staff on tools to
    enable rapid response to situations with food safety concerns.
  • In the event of food safety incidents, support investigation
    exercises to enable lessons learned to be documented and shared with
    assigned personnel (Country Office food procurement unit, Regional Bureau
    and Head Quarters), to reduce re-occurrence of the incident.
  • Support project teams on the food technology aspects of food
    assistance programs, ensuring compliance with WFP food and safety
    regulations.
  • Follow emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP are able to
    quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at
    the onset of the crisis.
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet
    emergency food assistance needs.
  • Ensure that any WFP contracted manufacturing processes are in
    compliance with standards at both national and international level –
    support Vendor Management Unit in vendor evaluation.
  • Respond to queries regarding food quality and standards from staff
    in the unit, CO and other food procurement support offices.
  • Review CO food tender specifications, in order to ensure inclusion
    of right specifications in food tenders.
  • Review compliance of commodities lined up for procurement by various
    WFP procurement offices (at the pre-award stage); and prove informed
    opinion on behalf of the CO, on whether bids are in compliance with set
    food quality standards.
  • Work with logistics staff to establish procedures, standards and
    systems that ensure safety and quality of food commodities stored in WFP
    warehouses and/or transported for WFP distributions.
  • Maintain relevant internal databases and files related to food
    quality management.
  • Manage audits by third-party inspectors; i.e., superintendents and
    food laboratories prior to importation or acceptance of any food commodities
    procured.
  • Act as a liaison/focal point between WFP and Government food
    regulatory authorities, in all matters pertaining to food quality.
  • Analyze, control and maintain food quality data from various sources
    in WFP and Government food quality regulatory systems and take corrective
    action as necessary.
  • In collaboration with Government food regulatory authorities, update
    WFP food specifications register, and ensure dissemination of the same to
    all relevant WFP food procurement offices (Country Office food procurement
    unit, Regional Bureau and Head Quarters).
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff and partners for
    efficient and effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries (e.g.
    through the design and review of training materials).
  • Identify and build productive relationships with supply chain
    colleagues and staff within the area of assignment to support an
    integrated approach to food assistance.
  • Guide, train and supervise support staff engaged in the management
    of food quality in WFP.
  • Perform other related duties as required



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Food Technologist job placement should hold an advanced university
    degree in Food Technology, Health Sciences, Food Control, Nutrition or
    other related field, or First University degree with additional years of
    related work experience and/or training/courses.
  • Previous experience in working in an emergency response capacity.
  • Has experience implementing food technology related tools and
    protocol.
  • Previous experience working on food assistance programs development
    projects.
  • Act as a mentor to junior staff.
  • Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty
    station’s language, if different.



Competencies:
  • Food Quality Management: Provides guidance to team on the appropriate handling, storage, and
    preservation of food types to optimize use of resources.
  • Research & Development: Coordinates research on food properties and local needs using
    awareness of available resources (e.g., literature and research on public
    health).
  • Commodity Knowledge: Demonstrates thorough knowledge of food safety and quality and
    product optimization concepts and principles to implement protocols and
    tools to relating to food technology issues.
  • Incidence & Risk Communication Management: Demonstrates understanding of when to
    handle minor risks and/or escalate larger issues to appropriate
    authorities.
  • Ethics & Compliance: Demonstrates ability to collect, collate and report records
    relating to ethics and compliance to assist in the analysis of audit
    findings.
NB: Female
applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially
encouraged to apply
How to Apply:
All candidates who
desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit
their applications online at the link below.
Deadline: 9th June 2019
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