UN World Food Programme Supply Chain Officer (Food Safety and Quality) Jobs in Rwanda

UN World Food Programme Supply Chain Officer (Food Safety and Quality) Jobs in Rwanda

About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP 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.

In Rwanda, WFP works in partnership with the Government and other stakeholders to support national priorities for achieving food and nutrition security. This is done through direct implementation of integrated programmes targeting the most vulnerable people and strengthening national capacity to design, implement and manage programmes for achieving zero hunger.

Under its Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023), WFP’s support revolves around four strategic outcomes (SOs) as follows:

  • Strategic Outcome 1 (SO1) is designed to ensure that refugees and returnees in Rwanda have access to adequate and nutritious food at all times.

  • SO2 aims to ensure that vulnerable populations in food insecure communities and areas have improved access to adequate and nutritious foods all year.

  • SO3 focuses on ensuring that children under 5 years, adolescents and pregnant and lactating women in Rwanda have improved access to nutritious foods and services to meet their nutritional needs all year.

  • SO4 targets smallholder farmers especially women and aims to provide opportunities for increased marketable surplus and access to an agricultural market through efficient supply chains by 2030.

    Job Purpose

    WFP’s Food Safety and Quality Unit is focused on embedding a culture of food safety and quality assurance across the organization, from program design across the supply chain to distribution. WFP aims to build trust by adhering to the highest food safety and quality standards and takes immediate action in the event of incidents related to the food that WFP provides.

    WFP benchmarks its Food Safety and Quality Management System against internationally recognized standards, CODEX Alimentarius, and local and international regulatory requirements. WFP undertakes continuous risk analysis, due diligence, and assurance of food safety and quality throughout its operations and supply chain, enabling WFP to respond with agility and speed to operational needs

    Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Lead the development, dissemination and implementation of corporate policies, guidelines, and procedures on the WFP approach to food safety and quality matters, ensuring alignment with corporate, regional, and country office priorities.

  • Contribute towards the
    development and/or implementation of protocols and tools in integrating FSQ into the different WFP operations and programs, ensuring alignment with the existing policies and guidelines

  • Establish risk-based control measures and prepare evidence-based recommendations for the country office to combat and reduce food commodity losses and food quality and safety incidents.

  • Ensure that food procured meets WFP specifications and relevant national standards in Rwanda by establishing robust supplier quality assurance systems.

  • Support the capacity-strengthening interventions of WFP food suppliers, inspection companies, WFP staff, cooperating partners, government agencies etc., for efficient and effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries (e.g., through the design, review of training materials and actual training).

  • 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.

  • Identify and build productive relationships with the supply chain, Program, Nutrition, and other relevant units, to support an integrated approach to food assistance.

  • Keep current on emerging developments and cutting-edge research in food safety and quality and/or food product optimization to leverage the opportunities to incorporate industry best practices in the Supply Chain.

  • Collate and analyze relevant process data/information to inform risk management and mitigation and contribute to a WFP-wide view of food technology activities and resourcing.

  • Guide and supervise junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analyses and queries.

  • Others, as required from time to time

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Experience conducting analytical and conceptual work in support of strategy design and implementation.

  • Experience coordinating supply chain activities with other units/ teams.

  • Experience in coordinating periodic planning across functions and with partners.

  • Experience in analyzing and supporting the implementation of end-to-end supply chain operations.

  • Experience working with WFP partners.

  • Experience in implementing supply chain improvement initiatives.

  • Experience supervising staff.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Supply Chain Officer (Food Safety and Quality) Jobs in Rwanda

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