Food Safety and Standards Advisor

Food Safety and Standards Advisor

Winrock International

Quezon City, Philippines

Job Summary:

The Food Safety and Standards Advisor leads capacity development work with the Food Safety Regulatory Agencies (FSRA) of the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), involving selected local government units under the Department of Interior and Local Government as needed. The Advisor leads the project's work on benchmarking capacity needs and alignment of Philippine SPS regulations with international standards (Activity 1) and capacity building of FSRAs in risk-based systems, facilitating access to food safety testing laboratory facilities and strengthening interagency coordination including LGUs (Activity 2). This work will also support the streamlining of biotechnology-permitting procedures and the mainstreaming of modern biotechnology in the Philippines (Activity 3). This staff will bring experience and knowledge in SPS systems, Good Agricultural Practices, Good Management Practices, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, and other international compliance standards.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead the work under Activity 1 (Conduct SPS Capacity Gap Assessment and Benchmark Capacity Needs) including subsequent monitoring of progress and Activity 2 (Enhance DA and FDA Capacity in Risk-Based Systems);
  • Liaises with Food Safety Regulatory Agencies (FSRAs) to support the development of standards, management procedures, and expand laboratory facilities to enable efficient testing of key export commodities;
  • Identifies technologies, practices, or approaches in research, development, and uptake stages and in the improvement in packaging, equipment, transportation or cold storage to promote SPS for specific commodities including coco sugar, hogs, broiler, rice, corn and milkfish;
  • Supports Filipino small and medium enterprises of key commodities identified above in complying with food safety regulations in coordination with the Private Sector Engagement Advisor;
  • Coordinates with FSRAs, including the FDA and the Food Safety Regulatory Coordinating Board;
  • Supports the Department of Agriculture and private sector enterprises in creating an enabling environment for the safe and responsible use and mainstreaming of modern biotechnology in the Philippines;
  • In coordination with the Capacity Development Officer, develops and implements in-person and online training events in support of the project's capacity development work;
  • In coordination with the Communications and Learning Officer, develops content for a web-based platform to link buyers to food safety and SPS standards service providers and an SPS infrastructure system mapping for presentation at an investor forum;
  • Develops the application of risk-based systems in ensuring food safety of key commodities including coco sugar, hogs, broiler, rice, corn and milkfish in wet markets, supermarkets, food processing and exports;
  • Supervises the Risk Assessment Specialist;
  • Supports MEL Manager in implementation of MEL Plan and tracking of key SPS related indicators particularly those tracking project accomplishments under Activities 1, 2, and 3;
  • Contributes to the development of annual workplans, performance monitoring systems and tools, and writing of program reports under Activities 1, 2, and 3 of the workplan.

Other Functions:

  • In the boundaries of responsibility, train and mentor staff as required;
  • Any other duties assigned by the Chief of Party.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Master’s degree, or Ph.D. preferred, in Food Science, Agriculture or closely related field with 10 years or more experience;
  • Deep understanding of GAP, HACCP, ISO, etc.;
  • Experience working with the Government of the Philippines Food Safety Regulatory Agencies under the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the LGUs;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international agricultural trade issues and international and Filipino food safety standards;
  • At least 5 years supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skill & Ability Requirements:  

  • Must be familiar with laboratory use for food safety, pest residue, etc.;
  • Knowledge of SPS policy, capacity assessment and technical capacity building;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills;
  • Able to produce high quality work under deadlines;
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments;
  • Ability to motivate staff for optimum performance;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.

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