Team: New Business | Commitment: Career | Location: Egypt

Food Safety & Nutrition Specialist: USAID Egypt Value Added Solutions (EVAS)

Project Overview:

The purpose of the USAID Feed the Future Egypt Value Added Solutions (EVAS) project is to employ a market-driven systems-strengthening approach to improve the competitiveness of horticulture producers and related down-stream businesses and food processors by building their capacities to respond to demand from domestic and international buyers and fully meet their market requirements.  Meeting the demands of the market will necessitate adoption of international food quality and safety standards for horticulture crops destined for both international and domestic markets, including food processors, supermarkets, and restaurant chains.

 

This contract will build off of the work that USAID, other donor projects, and the Government of Egypt have undertaken and must address the following inter-related goals: 1) Strengthen sustainable domestic and international market linkages; 2) Improve post-harvest handling and storage; 3) Increase productivity of small farmers and food processors; and 4) Improve nutritional status of women and children.

 

Position Description:

Responsible for the activity’s efforts to improve food safety in Egypt, related to the horticulture sector and for both the domestic and export markets.  S/he will monitor all efforts by the GOE to improve the institutional and policy environment for food safety and provide support to those efforts from an implementation standpoint.  S/he will promote these efforts by assisting small farmers and agribusinesses to improve food safety, food quality and nutrition.  S/he will coordinate with private sector entities that are engaged in food safety and will seek alliances with private sector associations and NGOs that promote food safety and good nutrition.  S/he will take steps to assist designated Hubs help small farmers improve the farmers’ management of food products in order to reduce improper practices related to pesticides and food handling and suggest innovative procedures and techniques to accomplish these purposes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A degree in nutrition, food safety, business or other relevant field (Master’s preferred).
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in nutrition and food safety
  • Strong interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to engage productively with a wide range of organizations, beneficiaries and related parties (e.g., producers, government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and research and training institutions)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required; oral and written fluency in Arabic is desirable