Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan

Food Safety Systems Specialist

Project Description:

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) activity in Pakistan is a USAID funded activity implemented by CNFA with the goal of supporting the development of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture, particularly through improving the ability of Pakistan’s agriculture and livestock sectors to meet both international and domestic demand and requirements in targeted product lines in citrus, mango, high value/off season vegetables and livestock. AMD envisions transforming the four targeted product lines into efficient, private sector led value chains that deliver competitive products to domestic and export markets. AMD’s targeted training, matching grants, and technical assistance will leverage private sector investment and encourage innovation. Together, these approaches will support upgrading, streamline supply chains, optimize profit margins, increase participation of women entrepreneurs, and ultimately make Pakistani mango, citrus, meat and HV/OSV more profitable and more competitive.


Background Information:

The Pakistan meat sector is poised to take a giant step forward in the increased production of high quality meat.  This production must be accompanied by the manufacturing and marketing of high quality meat products.  The meat sector is a prime example of how an industry must progress in terms of technology and management systems or be left behind in the world market.  To launch the meat industry in Pakistan to the next level of competitiveness, a focused approach that introduces technology and modern management techniques to the meat processor is critical.  


Currently there are six moderately-sized meat processing companies that AMD is working with.  These companies supply a limited range of meat products to the domestic market.  These firms have expressed an interest in getting their processing facilities in line with The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) standards and obtaining the requisite certifications so that they can produce a better product and sell to regional wholesalers that are demanding certification.  


The FSSC covers ISO 22000 and Hygine 22002-1 together with three additional requirements: 1-Inventory of laws, 2- Purchase of services and 3- Supervision of personnel. ISO 22000 covers the requirements of HACCP. The introduction and compliance with FSSC would provide the coverage of all food safety standards including HACCP, ISO 22000 & Hygine 22002-1.


AMD is seeking a short term international consultant to conduct an audit/ gap analysis of six selected abattoirs/meat processing plants (Abattoirs selected for AMD grants and financially supported for meat export to Malaysia) for operational review for the implementation of The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) standards. The consultant wiill also be required to develop SOPs for each abattoir to improve the operational processess and allow for the implementation of the FSSC standards.


Objective and Scope of the Technical Assistance

The STTA is aimed at auditing, analysizng gaps and recommending improvements to the food safety regime that is currently being practisced in each of the meat processing plants. By improving food safety compliance and moving towards obtaining the FSSC certifications, Pakistani abbatoirs will be able to increased production of high quality meat products, increase quality value-adding processing and access new markets. 


AMD requests the services of an international consultant who can conduct gap analysis of six selected abattoirs/meat processing plants (Abattoirs selected for AMD grants and financially supported for meat export to Malaysia) for Food Safety System management and compliance with FSSC standards. The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor and report to the Chief of Party (COP). The post of assignment is the AMD Lahore office.


The consultant first will conduct audit of food safety management system already in place and being practiced at the abattoirs, then based on gap analysis and international requirements, especially the requirements of meat importing countries, will recommend modifications to comply with the Food Safety System (FSSC) standards to be adapted by the Pakistani export abattoirs. The consultant will then develop SOPs and protocols for the implementation of the Food Safety System standards together with providing trainings and technical backstopping to each of the AMD selected abattoirs personals.



  I.            Provide a detailed work plan for gap analysis and technical assistance for each of the AMD selected six meat processors within two working days of inception;

 II.            Submit (in editable report form) six distinct reports labeled by abattoir covering the following:

a.       Detailed audit and gap analysis for audit of the food safety management system already in place and being practiced at the abattoirs;

b.       Based on the gap analysis will recommend modifications to the food safety management system to comply with the Food Safety System (FSSC) standards to be adapted by the Pakistani export abattoirs; 

c.       SOPs and protocols for implementing and maintaining of the food safety management system standards;

d.       Undertake capacity building measures needed for plant personnel in complying with the Food Safety System standards at each abbatoir;

e.       Detail of training and technical backstopping provided to each of the AMD selected abattoirs;

  III.            Submit the Summary STTA report for the AMD project’s COR with power point presentation(s) using the AMD template within 5 business days of completion of the assignment along with other deliverables listed in this section for review.


Estimated level of effort (LOE) for the assignment:

45 working days, including 1 day for background review, up to 4 days for int’l travelling, 1 day for meetings with AMD officials, 12 days for gap analysis and food safety audit, 17 days for capacity building, 6 days for SOPs development, 5 days for report writing and incorporating AMD edits and comments.


Timing of the Assignment:

The STTA assignment will commence at the end of October / beginning of November with a total LOE of 45 working days. The assignment could be conducted in 2 phases depending upon the availability of the consultant. If the international consultant cannot commit to 48 consecutive days, 2 extra days will be added for international travel.


  • An advanced degree in the field of food processing;
  • Extensive experienceo of having worked with food processors and other related value chain actors;
  • More than 10 years of professional practical experience carrying out performance audit of food processors;
  • More than 10 years of capacity building experience.
  • Requisite prior experience of working at senior level consulting assignments with USAID funded projects in Pakistan;
  • Experience in developing countries on designing and development of livestock sector interventions;  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Documented excellent writing skills in English
  • Oral fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel to Pakistan

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.