USA

SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVISOR - FOOD SAFETY AND CERTIFICATION

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.

The Agriculture and Market Systems Team (A&M) spearheads the FWS global efforts to improve women’s livelihoods through addressing access to productive assets and resources, increasing access to inclusive markets and reducing food loss and waste. The A&M team seeks to achieve this by developing and supporting market based approaches that increase agricultural productivity and effective linkages to markets while promoting sustainable, climate resilient production and management practices. Supporting small-scale producers to certification initiatives has been shown to be an important pathway to increasing women’s income and livelihoods. In most Countries where CARE works, women and small scale producers face significant challenges to increasing their productivity and engaging effectively with market. They lack access to productive assets and resources, including finance, agricultural inputs, and veterinary services among others. Women and other small scale producers also face significant challenges engaging with market given their limited experience and knowledge of the market systems.

Reporting to the Director Agriculture and Markets, the Senior Technical Adviser Food Safety and Certification s will be a key member of the Agriculture and Market Systems Team and will play a key role in supporting the design and development of high level interventions in both Certification and Food Safety

A significant portion of the positions time will be spent in supporting CAREs new drive to scale up Certification within the farmer field and business school approach which is CAREs flagship approach to enhancing and increasing small scale producer’s knowledge and engagement in agricultural systems to reach 15 million producers globally. A Complimentary component of the certification initiatives will be focused on Food Safety to ensure small-scale producers have the knowledge, skills and resources to meet food safety and product quality assurance needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Technical Assistance to Program Implementation for FWS Programs
  • Resource mobilization for Food Safety and Certification Work
  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Innovation and Partnership Development

Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Agribusiness, Development studies and or Economics.
  • 8-10 years in certification and food safety Programming including program design experience, technical assistance and support as well as implementation.
  • Experience in private sector development, business development and market linkage for certified products from small scale producers.
  • Experience providing quality technical leadership and guidance to program implementation in an international and decentralized organization setting. Corporate Value chain experience in Agriculture and with smallholder producers.
  • Experience and Knowledge and previous work with certification and food safety.
  • Previous work/ partnership with certification agencies an added advantage.

How to apply

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