Food Control Specialist(s), Various Locations

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Food control specialist(s)

Job Posting: 11/Jan/2023

Closure Date: 11/Apr/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : ESF

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Various Locations-Various Locations

Duration : Assignments from two to six weeks, or up to 11 months when applicable

Post Number : N/A

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
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Organizational Setting

The consultancy/PSA is offered within the Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF), Economic and Social Development Stream. The Division supports a coordinated approach to the development of food systems, including inter alia, engagement in global level dialogue, platform and initiatives, the strengthening of food safety and quality at national, regional and international levels, the development of sustainable food value chains, reductions in food loss and waste and the implementation of the urban food agenda.

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the European Union have ratified project GCP/GLO/949/EU “Strengthening food control and phytosanitary capacities and governance” which foresees, among other activities, the implementation of facilitated assessments of the national food control system in different a African countries, using the FAO/WHO food control system assessment tool. The objective of this project is to provide technical support to the operationalization of the African Union SPS policy framework for Africa, enabling rational planning for the strengthening of national food control systems based on a rigorous evidence-based assessment of the internationally recognized good practice in the design and management of national food control systems.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Food Safety Officer, and under the close technical supervision of the Food Safety Officer overseeing the country activities, and in close collaboration with the assessors and the national team in FAO, as well as the national authorities, the Food control specialist will undertake the following tasks: Technical Focus

The consultant/PSA will be responsible for supporting the assessors in the implementation of the assessments of the national food control system.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Prepare the draft country profile for assigned country using the template proposed by Food Systems and Food Safety division, FAO and following the guidance of the assessors;
  • Assist in the organization of the inception workshop;
  • Identify relevant stakeholders in the food chain (beside competent authorities) to be included in the inception workshop such as academia, consumer organizations, and private sector associations (e.g., Dairy / Meat / Poultry / Sugar products representatives, Importers/exporters associations…), providing support in the briefing stage so that relevant stakeholders are aware of the purpose of the inception workshop and will participate effectively;
  • Provide support and participate in the inception workshop together with the assessors;
  • Contribute to the draft report of the inception workshop to be developed by the assessors;
  • As a follow up to the inception workshop, in close interaction with the assessors, make regular contact with the focal points (and/or relevant units) in the competent authorities involved in the assessment and clarify any question to ensure the collection of relevant data to be reported upon by the national authorities;
  • Perform a first level review and validation of data submitted by CAs in the reporting tables and, with the assessor(s), follow up with competent authorities to clarify any point and seek further data as necessary;
  • Support the elaboration of the schedule for the validation mission by the assessors and provide all necessary support to ensure smooth implementation of the validation mission;
  • Review and provide feedback on the draft assessment report developed by the assessors;
  • Coordinate the collection of feedback from competent authorities on the draft assessment report;
  • Support the organization and implementation of the strategic planning workshop;
  • Contribute to the final assessment and workshop report, incorporating the findings of the final workshop.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in food technology, food science, food safety and quality, nutrition, veterinary, public health or related fields.

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in food control, food safety and quality, food science and research, or related areas with working knowledge of food safety and food control concepts.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for consultants). Working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian (for PSAs).

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at (link)
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  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
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  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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