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Food Technologist, P3

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Food technology (Food tech)
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-08

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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 P3 level to join the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sana'a, Yemen. The main objective of this role is to lead the implementation of food safety and quality management and food product optimisation initiatives within the country. You will partner closely with your colleagues in other functional areas to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to meet the food assistance needs of beneficiaries. 


In this position your main responsibilities will be:

  • Establish and implement protocols and tools relating to food technology issues (e.g. food safety and quality, food product optimisation, etc.) ensuring alignment with other functional strategies, policies, and plans. 
  • Review and provide advice on the procedures for mitigating and documenting food quality and safety issues (e.g. during food transit and storage in warehouses). 
  • Establish and implement protocols and tools that enable rapid response to situations with food safety concerns. 
  • Provide technical guidance and input to the design and implementation of medium-scale food assistance programmes, ensuring compliance with WFP food and safety regulations. 
  • Lead and motivate a small team by providing coaching, training, mentoring and guidance as required to ensure their development and enable them to perform at their best. 
  • Develop and deliver training modules to your colleagues and external partners on food technology topics (e.g. quality control, food processing, loss prevention, and mitigation) to build local capacity in the processing and production of specialized nutritious foods. 
  • Prepare accurate and timely reports that inform food risk assessment and management, and contribute to a WFP wide view of food technology activities, enabling informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to key partners. 
  • Build positive relationships and collaborate with counterparts in supply chain functions to establish standard operating procedures, protocols, and tools that will maintain, monitor and verify food safety and quality along WFP supply chain. 
  • Build positive relationships and partnerships with counterparts in other UN agencies, NGOs, governments, and companies to enhance WFP capacity to respond effectively to levels of undernutrition.
  • Keep current on emerging developments and groundbreaking research on the areas of food safety and quality and/or food product optimization in order to bring to bear the opportunities to incorporate industry-standard methodologies.
  • 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 five (5) years of postgraduate of relevant and progressive professional experience in food technology, food quality, food safety or any relevant fields.
  • Experience working in emergency response capacity.
  • Experience working with counterparts in Supply Chain.
  • Experience in monitoring and assessing food safety and quality issues.
  • Experience building strong external relationships.
  • Experience working on developing food assistance programmes.
  • Experience leading, coaching, mentoring and developing direct reports.


  • 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).

If you are selected for this position, you will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. This role is eligible for Rest and Recuperation (R&R) scheme. 

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 


8 December 2019 (23:59 CET Zone)


WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Every single day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities, and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done. 

While more than 17,000 people working to reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.

WFP offers life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and deepen your professional expertise. Do you want to learn more about WFP? Visit:


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.

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