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Food Technologist Junior Consultant

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Food technology (Food tech)
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-20

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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




Job title: Food Technologist

Type of Contract: Junior Consultant

Division: SCOQ - Food Safety and Quality/Supply Chain 

Duty Station (City, Country): Rome, Italy

Duration: 11 months






Following growing demand for processed and specialized nutrition products, increased interest amongst WFP Country Offices and host governments, private sector funding and food quality identified as a corporate risk, the role of the Food Quality and Safety (OSCQ) unit is evolving. At the same time, under the newly formed Supply Chain Division, WFP is strengthening its food quality and safety management by transitioning from end – product testing to quality assurance. This is done through enhanced product specifications, supplier audits and development of effective incident management systems amongst other initiatives. With evolving needs of OSCQ Unit, technical as well as support staff are required to keep step with the growing workload.






  • Manage suppliers audit execution - Focal point for liaison with WFP Country Offices, WFP suppliers, service providers; Manage Purchase Orders, Review invoices and quotations from the service provider against contractual agreements; Liaise with WFP Finance to ensure timely payments, and maintain a tracking sheet  where needed; Receive, review and disseminate audit reports as required; Maintain the audit dashboard with key strategic inputs onto the food safety and quality risk matrix
  • Support the team in following work streams: Implementation and oversight of the IT FSQ solution; Audit planning, streamlining the audit process and post audit activities – provide inputs for the documentation and process development; Data management of Early Release requests – create and keep updated database with key KPI’s related with   early release requests; Data management related with incidents – update and manage data related with Incident management.; Supplier performance monitoring
  • Provide inputs for development of audit process, audit tools (check lists, technical expectations, risk matrix) and procedures.
  • Other duties as necessary






Manage execution of audits as per audit plan, schedule and budget

Provide support to FSQ team on different workstreams

Other as necessary








University degree in Food Safety and Quality or other field relevant to the required tasks above




1-2 years


Knowledge and Skills:


Demonstrated organizational capability

Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (i.e. Excel, Outlook)

IT Systems acquaintance preferred




Fluency in English language



Terms and Conditions


WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Deadline for applications: 20 June 2021


Ref.: VA No. 142340




Qualified 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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