Food Safety And Quality Officer, Cairo, Egypt

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo, Egypt

Office: FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa, Cairo

Closing date: Tuesday, 1 December 2020


Food Safety And Quality Officer

Job Posting: 10/Nov/2020

Closure Date: 01/Dec/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : RNE

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-3

Primary Location: Egypt-Cairo

Duration : Fixed term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2004998

CCOG Code : 1H

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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 for this position

FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, 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.

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) 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 region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with centres, divisions and offices at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. RNE also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies RNE develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The post is located in Cairo, Egypt.

Reporting Lines

The Food Safety and Quality Officer reports to the Delivery Manager of the Regional Initiative on Small Scale Family Farming. The Food Safety and Quality Officer works within the framework of three RNE Regional Initiatives, in close collaboration with the Regional Agribusiness and Value Chain Officer, the Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF) and other relevant units in FAO.

Technical Focus

Contribute to regional initiatives and provides support to Members on food safety and quality, standards, and certification.

Key Results

Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products, and services.

Key Functions

Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages;
Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases;
Participates on multidisciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other divisions and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices;
Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development activities within Member Nations such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools;
Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

Provides technical support to the implementation of the FAORNE programme in relation to food safety and quality, food labelling, mandatory and voluntary standards and certification;
Provides technical contributions to Codex Coordinating Committee for the Near East (CCNEA);
Contributes to the FAO/WHO joint scientific advice programmes in particular regarding food safety risk assessments;
Provides technical guidance on strengthening food safety risk assessment processes in microbiological, chemical or other risk disciplines, as well as use of the risk analysis framework by food control authorities;
Contributes to the implementation of food safety risk management and to the strengthening of food safety and quality surveillance and information systems along the value chains, including related to food additives, residues of pesticides, veterinary drugs and other contaminants in foods;
Contributes to the development of national and regional research and capacity building for food safety and quality, including strengthening producers‘ capacity for enhanced food safety and access to markets with mandatory standards (food safety) and voluntary certification (Geographical indications, organic agriculture, fair trade, etc.);
Provides technical support and backstopping to field projects and programmes in the field of food safety and quality, mandatory and voluntary standards and certification;
Organizes regional knowledge exchange, networking and partnership building to advance thinking and innovation in the field of food safety and quality;
Contributes to the preparation of strategies and resource mobilization efforts for the development and implementation of regional food safety and quality programmes.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in chemistry, biochemistry, food science, food technology, pharmacology/toxicology, or a related field including agro-industries or agricultural economics.

Five years of relevant experience in safety/risk assessment of chemicals in food, and or development of food quality standards

Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


Results Focus

Team Work


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Building effective relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable

Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge in food safety and quality assessment.

Extent and relevance of experience in the use, occurrence and analysis of chemicals in food and associated food safety risks including three years in leading such work at national, regional or international level

Depth of familiarity with relevant certification schemes, and extent and relevance of experience with Codex Alimentarius and National Food Safety Systems.

Extent and relevance of experience in the analysis and formulation of programmes for sustainability improvement in the agriculture sector;
Ability to analyse complex food safety and quality assessment - issues from a technical and policy point of view

Working knowledge of Arabic and French is a strong asset

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

Dependency allowances

Rental subsidy

Education grant for children

Home leave travel

30 working days of annual leave per year

Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

International health insurance; optional life insurance

Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

elements of family-friendly policies

flexible working arrangements

standards of conduct.


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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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Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
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Incomplete applications will not be considered;
Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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