International Food Hygiene Expert

Post Level: ISA-Specialist

Vacancy Announcement



Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.


02 October 2019

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-When Act. Employeed

16 October 2019

Organizational Context

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDOs mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organizations programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDOs four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

At Head Quarter level, the consultancy will be managed by the Agro-Industries Technology Division (PTC/AGR/AIT), which is part of Department of Agribusiness (PTC/AGR). The Division is responsible for technology aspects of agro-based industries in textile, leather, wood and agricultural mechanization. It also leads UNIDOs work in bio-systems engineering with a focus on new technologies in precision systems for irrigation, production and harvesting; new systems for bio-energy production; advanced packaging systems to maximize product quality; recycling agro-products and prevention of emissions to protect the environment; and information technologies to optimize bio-process strategies. Emphasis is placed upon the design of projects and programs to serve engineering needs of the agricultural/biological industries and water resources/environmental engineering needs of various governments, industries and communities, and the support to enhance the required industrial skills for sustainable development.

Under a global action initiated by the EU: ZEAT-BEAD, UNIDO has received funding from EU to implement the project entitled Enhanced local value addition and strengthening value chains in the States of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and Lakes in South Sudan. The project aims at contributing to improved food and nutrition security for rural smallholders by enhancing value additions and strengthening value chains. The expected outcome of the project is enhanced and increased value addition for local product and is expected to be achieved by (i) improving knowledge on potential value addition commodities in target area; (ii) improving access to value chain technology; and (iii) strengthening the capacity of value chain operators.

The project was launched in February 2015 and through a market needs assessment, 4 value chains have been identified for their production potential, especially in smallholder farming systems, and have been selected as the focus of this project: (i) Sorghum, (ii) Goundnut, (iii) Fishery, (iv) Hides & Skin.

As part of UNIDO interventions in the Hides & Skin value chain, (i) sustainable operation and managent plan will be developed including community awareness on health and safety measures; (ii) training for methods, food safety and occupational safety will be delivered.

Duty Station: Home-based
EOD: 01 November 2019; COB: 30 March 2020 (50 working days over 5 months; with possibility of extension)

Main Functions

The Food Hygiene Expert will work under the overall guidance and report to the Programme Management Officer / Project Manager (CTA/PM) based in HQ in-close consultation with the UNIDO national project management team based in South Sudan. In particular, the incumbent is expected to undertake the following duties:

- Undertake field baseline research to identify health and safety concerns at slaughterhouses, including those for children that are often in the area of operation.
- Design community awareness workshop manual for health and safety measures for slaughterhouse operations
- Design training manual on health and safety measures for slaughterhouses, including protection measures and knowledge for children who are often in the area of operation.
- Deliver above-mentioned awareness workshop
- Deliver above-mentioned training to beneficiaries.
- Produce training report

Core Competencies

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced (Masters or PhD) degree in food hygiene, health sciences, public health or related field.


English - Fluent # • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required.

Field of Expertise

• A minimum of 5 years’ relevant professional work experience in the field of food hygiene, occupational safety and health, occupational safety and health-focused research or other relevant public health field.

Technical Experience (considered an asset):
• Experience preparing and delivering occupational safety and health trainings, including training material development, especially in developing country-context;
• Experience working in a slaughterhouse and/or food processing factory as a food hygienist, preferably in LMIC setting
• Knowledge of hide and skin value chain; food hygiene with HACCP
• Experience working with the United Nations system, international organization, research laboratories or other relevant institution

General Functional Skills:
• Strong communication, facilitation, analytical and writing skills;
• Ability to work as a member of a team with good inter- personal communication skills;
• Project management skills.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.

Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General.

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

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