National Food Safety Specialist, SC8
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
- FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background, and culture
- Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
- Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
- All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
- All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
- The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning, and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the country. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in Bangladesh and, in collaboration with Regional Office Asia and Pacific and the departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to the country priorities. The representation also supports the regional office in the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the country, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. The office also develops and maintains relations with Government of Bangladesh, UN agencies, the resource partners and other development institution at the country level.
The Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH) project of FAO in Bangladesh is working on building capacities of the technical staff of the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA). Technical partnerships are to be established between BFSA and the private sector, chambers of commerce, and agencies such as the HORTEX Foundation, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), and Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS), Bangladesh agricultural University (BAU), on food safety, diet and nutrition issues, covering aspects of healthy product development (including nutrition labelling) food certification; food safety legislation; preventive education and consumer outreach; food safety analysis; dietary risk exposures and health impacts of food borne illness and food contamination. A focus on the access and consumption of safe and healthy diets across a life cycle approach is being afforded to enhance improvements in nutrition. Short-term specialized trainings on food safety and quality are also to be organized.
The national specialist will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, direct supervision of the MUCH OIC and Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), close collaboration with the MUCH Project Manager, and keeping close liaison with partner organization(s) of both public, private or development organization or its representation or with field staff posted in any Upazila or District of Bangladesh who will support implementation of the project’s activities.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities will include, but not limited to the following:
• Coordinate and maintain liaison among FAO, BFSA, FPMU of MoFood, MOA, BFSA, BSTI, DLS, DOF etc. as and when required for smooth implementation of the project activites.
• Lead and coordinate activities of technical teams working on food safety.
• Provide support to organize technical workshops and meetings and prepare reports.
• Participate in local forum(s) related to the project activities and report back to FAO country office.
• Contribute to preparation of work plan and budget
• Responsible for monitoring project implementation.
• Assist, coordinate and support missions as and when required.
• Prepare project briefs and reports- monthly, half-yearly, annual, terminal etc. as and when required.
• Submit end of assignment report of the consultancy.
• Any other task assigned by the FAO Representative/Assistant FAO Representative (Programme).
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• Advanced university degree in Food Safety or related disciplines
• At least 5-years of experience in activities related to national food control systems and capacity building in major areas of food safety;
• Only Bangladesh Nationals
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Technical food security expertise or experience managing food safety and quality activities, international exposure in this area will be an added advantage.
• Familiar with dealing with different stakeholder involvement (Government, Non-Government, Private Sector, etc.)
• Technical experience related to food safety and nutrition.
• Demonstrated innovative thinking and practical execution;
• Ability to solve problems, use initiative, and manage work under limited supervision;
• Applicant have a working knowledge of English (written and verbal) and local dialect is preferred.
• Proven experience in capacity building and supporting the implementation of food safety development projects and experience in organizing training programmes is desirable.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.