World Food Programme Food Technologist - Jobs in Uganda

World Food Programme Food Technologist - Jobs in Uganda

About WFP

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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 emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters.

After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year.

The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to food and contribute to lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

Brief description of WFP in Uganda

WFP delivers food assistance in emergencies and work with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

WFP provides life-saving food assistance and livelihood opportunities to refugees in Uganda.

In addition, WFP assists the most vulnerable people in Karamoja with food and nutrition assistance.

Organizational Context

These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs). In COs job holders report to the Deputy Country Director or the designate, in RBs job holders report to the Regional Procurement Officer or Nutritionist, and in HQ job holders report to the Division Director or the designate.

Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, may provide technical support to specific food processing initiatives, and are involved in day–to-day activities and analytical work.

Job Purpose

To collect, analyse and report on information as a basis for maximising the efficiency of food technology activities and enhancing food risk assessment and management in country operations.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop, Implement and monitor procedures, standards and specifications aimed at meeting a WFP’s food quality goals, and mitigate risks associated to food quality and safety issues.
  • Ensure that food products procured by WFP meet standards set by both WFP and the recipient country regulatory authorities.
  • Prepare evidenced based recommendations for senior staff on control measures to combat and reduce food commodity losses and food quality and safety issues.
  • Prepare evidenced based recommendations for senior staff on tools to enable rapid response to situations with food safety concerns.
  • In the event of food safety incidents, support investigation exercises to enable lessons learned to be documented and shared with assigned personnel (Country Office food procurement unit, Regional Bureau and Head Quarters), to reduce re-occurrence of the incident.
  • Support project teams on the food technology aspects of food assistance programs, ensuring compliance with WFP food and safety regulations.
  • Follow emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP are able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  • Ensure that any WFP contracted manufacturing processes are in compliance with standards at both national and international level – support Vendor Management Unit in vendor evaluation.
  • Respond to queries regarding food quality and standards from staff in the unit, CO and other food procurement support offices.
  • Review CO food tender specifications, in order to ensure inclusion of right specifications in food tenders.
  • Review compliance of commodities lined up for procurement by various WFP procurement offices (at the pre-award stage); and prove informed opinion on behalf of the CO, on whether bids are in compliance with set food quality standards.
  • Work with logistics staff to establish procedures, standards and systems that ensure safety and quality of food commodities stored in WFP warehouses and/or transported for WFP distributions.
  • Maintain relevant internal databases and files related to food quality management.
  • Manage audits by third-party inspectors; i.e., superintendents and food laboratories prior to importation or acceptance of any food commodities procured.
  • Act as a liaison/focal point between WFP and Government food
    regulatory authorities, in all matters pertaining to food quality.
  • Analyze, control and maintain food quality data from various sources in WFP and Government food quality regulatory systems and take corrective action as necessary.
  • In collaboration with Government food regulatory authorities, update WFP food specifications register, and ensure dissemination of the same to all relevant WFP food procurement offices (Country Office food procurement unit, Regional Bureau and Head Quarters).
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff and partners for efficient and effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries (e.g. through the design and review of training materials).
  • Identify and build productive relationships with supply chain colleagues and staff within the area of assignment to support an integrated approach to food assistance.
  • Guide, train and supervise support staff engaged in the management of food quality in WFP.
  • Perform other related duties as required

    Standard Minimum Qualifications
  • Education: Advanced university degree in Food Technology, Health Sciences, Food Control, Nutrition or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
  • Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.
  • National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills:
  • Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback:
  • Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.
  • Performance
  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.
  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 9th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; World Food Programme Food Technologist - Jobs in Uganda

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