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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Food technology (Food tech)
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-11

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Food Technologist, P2

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Are you passionate about changing and saving the lives of the world's most vulnerable people? Are you interested in applying your food technology expertise to improve the way we deliver food assistance to 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year? If yes, this opportunity is for you.

We are looking for a Food Technologist at a P2 level to join the World Food Programme (WFP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The main objective of this role is to collect, analyze and report on information as a basis for maximizing the efficiency of food technology activities and improving food risk assessment and management in local operations.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

In this position your main responsibilities will be:

  • Collate and analyze data that will contribute to the preparation of reports relating to food quality and safety, to inform risk management and mitigation plans, and contribute to an organizational view of food technology activities.
  • Prepare recommendations based on evidence for senior staff on control measures to combat and reduce food commodity losses and, food quality and safety issues. Also, providing 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, 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.
  • Contribute towards the development and implementation of protocols and tools relating to food technology issues, ensuring alignment with other functional strategies, policies, and plans.
  • Support the capacity building of your colleagues 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 positive relationships with supply chain colleagues and staff within the area of assignment to support an integrated approach to food assistance.
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  • Follow emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is 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.
  • Other as required.


  • Advanced University degree in Food Technology, Health Sciences, Food Control, Nutrition or other related disciplines, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
  • The University needs to be recognized by UNESCO. You can check at



  • Minimum of three (3) years of postgraduate of relevant and progressive professional experience in food technology, food quality, food safety or any relevant field.



  • Fluency (level C) in both spoken and written English.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of an official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (WFP’s working language).
  • Experience working in emergency response capacity.
  • Experience in implementing food technology-related tools and protocols.
  • Experience working on food assistance programs and development projects.
  • Experience coaching and mentoring junior staff.

Mobility is the essence of WFP and continues to be a core contractual requirement. These positions are rotational which means that you shall be subject to the regular reassignment process to any other location on a period of 2 to 4 years.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more information, visit


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Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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