National Expert in Food Chemistry and Safety

Post Level: SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)

Vacancy Announcement



Only nationals and/or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are eligible to apply. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


South Sudan

03 October 2019

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-When Act. Employeed

17 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.

The Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC) is responsible and accountable for providing technical cooperation services to enhance the capabilities of developing countries and economies in transition to promote ISID in the areas covered by five departments: Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration; Department of Agri-Business; Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation; Department of Environment; and Department of Energy.

This position is located under the Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division (PTC/TII/SQI) which seeks to build up the national and regional quality infrastructure systems needed to provide internationally recognized quality services, including guidance on quality policies and good governance strategies; evaluation and modernization of technical regulation regimes (including policy and legislation development, market surveillance and import inspection system development); strengthening capacities of national and regional quality systems (i.e. metrology, standardization and accreditation); building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of standards, be more competitive and thus participate in global value chains; trade facilitation (incl. via E-commerce) and promoting quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers.

It is responsible for providing services to strengthen national capacities to establish the legal and institutional frameworks for robust quality infrastructure (QI) systems. UNIDOs interventions in this respect span from policy and governance advice to the development of quality infrastructure institutions and conformity assessment services, including the support of the private sector in achieving compliance with international standards. A demand-driven quality culture together with a quality infrastructure system and its conformity assessment services, support economic operators (in particular SMEs), to achieve and prove conformity with market requirements, compete on international markets and connect to global value chains. The Division also helps strengthen consumer authorities and consumer associations in developing countries.


Since 2017, the conflict in South Sudan has continued largely unabated, with pervasive clashes across the country and hotspots of violence and insecurity arising in new locations. In December 2018, 1.97 million people were internally displaced in South Sudan. 4.4 million people were facing crisis or emergency levels of acute food insecurity between June and July 2018. Conflict-affected and displaced households are facing alarming food consumption gaps, asset depletion and high acute malnutrition rates. Meanwhile, the country has a vast agricultural potential which can be used as the basis of modern, developed and upgraded agro value chains. Integrating Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities into these will provide much-needed income-generating opportunities that will build the resilience of these vulnerable groups and contribute to the countrys development.

The project aims to support agro value chain development to create employment and income opportunities for IDPs and their host communities by providing skills and entrepreneurship training and establishing the basic (soft and hard) facilities for agro-processing. In terms of expected immediate development impact, the project will be implemented in Juba and its urban and peri-urban neighbourhoods, which have attracted growing investments in reconstruction. Moreover, this project aims at bridging the gap between the ongoing humanitarian assistance towards IDPs and host communities by promoting their self-reliance and economic resilience in the protracted crisis situation in South Sudan.

Duty Station: Juba, South Sudan

Approximate duration: 50 working days over a period (November 2019 - March 2020)

Main Functions

Under the overall supervision of the Project Managers (PMs) in the Department of Agri-Business (PTC/AGR) and in the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (PTC/TII) as well as under the direct supervision of the Technical Project Adviser (TPA), the National Expert in Food Chemistry and Safety will be responsible for activities described below:


Facilitate and liaise with the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) processing approvals for implementation of project activities.

Coordinate with National Bureau of Standards and Drug and Food Control Authority to strengthen national food safety and quality standards.

- Select at least two institutions dealing with quality and testing of food products and develop a technical needs profile and training program.
- Act as a resource person in training sessions relating to agro processing and food safety if required.
- Review TORs for construction of food processing plants and communal food processing workshop in liaison with the TPA, International Consultant and Project Managers in Vienna.
- Assist the International Consultant with preparing training materials and plans for food processing and food safety.
- Assist the International Consultant with organizing a Training of Trainers (TOT) in agro-processing.
- In liaison with the TPA develop and lead a promotion program for the recommended food safety, quality and labelling standards for sesame and groundnut oil.
- In liaison with the PM and TPA, develop performance measurement indicators for the operation of the installed agro-processing equipment.


- Project reporting in coordination with the TPA especially for component 1 to the PMs.
- In liaison with the TPA, provide inputs for developing new projects in South Sudan.
- In liaison with the TPA, facilitate processing local project purchases and customs clearance of imported goods.
- In liaison with the GoSS, lead in processing visas for both international project staff and consultants.
- Act as the Officer-in Charge of the project and the programme in the absence of the TPA.

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 university degree in chemistry, chemical sciences, food safety, or other relevant academic discipline.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Field of Expertise

- A minimum of 5 years of experience in performing chemical analysis and testing which include commercial products and food safety with focus on service delivery and technical assistance;
- Familiarity with laboratory equipment and set up;
- Specific experience in areas related to food safety is an advantage.

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.

National Expert in Food Chemistry and Safety

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