REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN
AZERBAIJAN FOOOD SAFETY INSTITUTE
TERMS OF REFERENCE AND SCOPE OF SERVICES
International Consultant on Codex Alimentarius
CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to stimulating sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, expand exports and develop skills in the rural workforce. By helping farmers, processors, entrepreneurs and distributors to generate higher incomes, CNFA helps improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.
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About the Assignment
Location: Azerbaijan (or remote)
Duration: A minimum of 15 days
Context: For many years, the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan has recognized the importance of food safety in terms of public health, development of exports, and investments in modern efficient agricultural production.
Since 2008, legal and institutional reforms have been conducted in agriculture and particularly in the food safety area to diversify the economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and also to form the competitive sectors on production and processing of agricultural products, specific priorities and measures which are aimed at the establishment of a risk-based food safety system at all stages of the food chain. The Strategic Road Map “On the Production and Processing of Agricultural Products in the Republic of Azerbaijan” was developed and approved by the Presidential Decree No.1138, dated December 6, 2016.
In order to ensure the implementation of the “Strategic Road Map for the Production and Processing of Agricultural Products in the Republic of Azerbaijan” and the Presidential Decree No 1235 “On Additional Measures for Improving the Food Safety System in the Republic of Azerbaijan,” dated 10 February 2017, the Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency (AFSA) has been established and the State Food Safety Program of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2019-2025 has been prepared.
AFSA, as an official Food Safety Authority in the Republic of Azerbaijan, implements the aforementioned State Food Safety Program by implementing government policy, strategy and required reforms in this area. All the reforms are implemented taking into consideration the best international practice and with assistance from donor organizations, consultants, and international/foreign expertise.
The Azerbaijan Food Safety Institute is a subordinate body not included in the structure of the AFSA authority. It conducts scientific research on food safety, risk assessment based on scientific data, drafting technical normative legal acts in the field of food safety, a range of international food safety standards for voluntary use in food industries by producers of food products, as well as providing food safety research services.
To support the AFSI to harmonize the national standards developed based on old Soviet standards with the Codex Alimentarius Standards in order to ensure the production of food products is in accordance with modern international standards that will lead on one hand to the safety of food products and on the other hand to strengthening the country’s export capacity.
Mission and Activities
In light of the above context, the Consultant shall implement the following approach to develop the following expected deliverable: will help AFSI to harmonization current Post Soviet standards to Codex standards
The Consultant will conduct a presentation/workshop for the FSI working group that is responsible for harmonization of the legislation and provide a practical demonstration of the recommended Codex Alimentarius food authorization system and discuss it with the AFSI and all concerned parties. As a result, Consultant will provide the following deliverables:
· Prioritize standards which are essential for further improvement
· Find commonalities, identify critical requirements that need to be retained
· Propose a method and techniques for harmonizing standards
· Suggest recommendations on improving existing norms.
· Suggest recommendations on transition periods for the standards.
- Advanced university degree in law /food safety or related field;
- Extensive Codex Alimentarius experience;
- Over ten years’ experience in standards area;
- Previous experience of working in the region/country would be an asset;
- Excellent written and spoken English and strong writing skills;
- Skills in sharing knowledge and experience, communicating ideas and managing information flow;
- Experience on harmonization of standards;
- Good inter-personal and communication skills.
Applicants may apply by sending a Cover Letter and CV by no later than 17:00 local Baku time on July 26, 2019 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email subject line should say “Codex Alimentarius Expert.”