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Career Opportunity: Food Safety & Quality Officer - WFP

                                                                            
World Food Programme
Career Opportunity: Food Safety & Quality Officer 

Position Title: Food Safety & Quality Officer

Grade : NOB (Contrat à Durée Déterminée - Renouvelable)

Nombre de poste : 01

Unité/ Division : Supply Chain

Durée du contrat :
12 mois

Lieu d’affectation :
Douala

About WFP
  • Assisting almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
  • Our mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.
  • Every 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.
Organisational context
  • The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. In Cameroon, the WFP Cameroon Country Strategic Plan [CSP] (2018 – 2021) endeavors to ensure that targeted food-insecure and vulnerable populations benefit from more sustainable and inclusive food systems and increased resilience to shocks to meet their food and nutrition needs. Under this CSP, WFP will design and implement interventions to address food and nutrition security challenges, from production through to consumption.
  • A fundamental component to WFP operations worldwide is its commitment to Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA). WFPs food basket is expanding and becoming increasingly diversified to include locally available fresh and processed foods. At the same time, global Food Safety and Quality Assurance systems are evolving, national food safety authorities are showing increased interest, and there is a growing awareness of food safety and quality requirements. WFP Food Safety and Quality Management System (FSQMS) aims at protecting the health of beneficiaries, satisfying beneficiaries’ expectations and host government regulations, reducing and preventing issues along the supply chain, from the farmers/suppliers to the beneficiaries, as well as avoiding damage to WFP’s or donors’ reputations, and reducing pipeline breaks and financial losses.
What will you do?
  • In this context, WFP Cameroon CO is looking for a Food Safety & Quality Officer to support the implementation of Food Safety and Quality Management System and related local initiatives within operations in Cameroon Country Office. The Food Safety & Quality Officer will have independent work profile to ensure effective monitoring and management of food safety and quality assurance systems, and is expected to provide support and guidance to key functions within WFP and work with partners such as governments and other UN agencies, partner NGOs as well as with the private sector.
Why work with us?
  • WFP provides food assistance to more than 86 million people in 83 countries, including Cameroon. Your work will have a positive impact on lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.
  • You will join a diverse team of professionals and will have an opportunity to exchange your experiences with your colleagues and continuously learning from each other.
  • WFP invests in the training and development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, mentorship and other programs as well as through international mobility opportunities.
  • Our team is growing nationally and internationally and the timing to join us cannot be better!
Join us to make a difference, watch this video to know more about us!!

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Key Responsibilities (not all-inclusive, nor exhaustive):
  • The Food Safety & Quality Officer will work under the supervision of the Regional Food Safety and Quality Assurance Office for West Africa and will report directly to Logistics Officer, Corridor Manager in Douala/Cameroon CO to assist in food safety and quality risks assessment and mitigation in Cameroon CO operations, through Risk assessment and compliance.
Contribute towards the implementation and/or development of protocols and tools related to food quality and safety, ensuring alignment with WFP Food Safety & Quality, Procurement and Supply Chain strategies, policies and plans:
  • Support screening, validation, monitoring and performance evaluation of Superintendent/Inspection Companies for the Quality & Quantity activities on food under WFP responsibility in the country. Participate in the technical review of services provided by external contractors; Ensure Inspection Companies are aware of and comply to WFP inspection services requirements and scope of work.
  • Conduct laboratory identification and selection according to WFP quality service provider validation process for quality testing of locally purchased commodities. Establish and maintain collaboration with laboratories in order to improve test methods for analysis of food aid commodities.
  • Ensure Food Incident management SOP is implemented. In the event of food safety incidents, prepare evidence-based recommendations for senior staff on control measures to combat and reduce food commodities loss, and tools to enable rapid response to situations with food safety concerns.
  • Assess and proactively manage issues, issues prevention, and communication of lessons learned.
Provide Technical Support to WFP Cameroon Country Office on local procurement/production activities and programmes:
  • Ensure technical support is provided to WFP local suppliers of processed and nutritious food and assess compliance with WFP food safety and quality requirements.
  • Ensure close follow-up of supplier and support start-up and first production phase ensuring process validation is done according to requirements.
  • Provide technical support Provide support for capacity building/strengthening of WFP staff and partners when needed:
  • Support WFP Country Office to build up links with other program streams
  • Cash-Based Transfer: ensure food safety and quality risk are assessed and mitigation measures implemented in the early phases and throughout the process considering minimum food safety requirement of the Country and WFP requirements
  • School Feeding programs: assess and identify quality and safety risks and support implementation of control measures that include minimum requirements, conditions and practices
Support Partnerships, private sector and government agencies engagement:
  • Build productive relationships and partnerships with counterparts in government agencies and the private sector to enhance WFP capacity to contribute effectively to FSQA awareness and improvement.
  • Other duties as necessary.
Qualifications and Key Requirements
  • Education: Post-graduate degree in Food Safety and Quality or other field relevant to the required tasks above.
  • Experience: A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Quality and Food Safety Management systems implementation and assessment in managerial role or A minimum of 5 years of relevant responsible professional work experience. UN-specific work experience is an asset.
Competencies:
  • Communication: able to engage with various stakeholders from different sectors, levels and backgrounds including, local authorities, private sector and other international agencies.
  • Strong drive, self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Demonstrated organizational capability in establishing priorities, planning and producing work within established deadlines
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills.
Languages: Fluency in one official language (English or French) and working knowledge of the other.

Deadline for application

Date: 18th March 2021 at 11:59 PM.

This position open to Cameroonian nationals only.

Terms and Conditions
  • 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 an inclusive work environment in which diversity is valued and where no form of discrimination is tolerated. We aim to achieve parity in our teams in West and Central Africa.
Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate based on 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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