Food Safety and Food Control specialist – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With 195 members – 194 countries and the European Union, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

FAO is implementing the most significant reorganization since its founding. The fundamental objective is to bring FAO as close as possible to its Members. The reorganization entails a strengthened decentralized structure; a management system with increased delegation of authority; and an environment that encourages creativity and initiative.

The reorganization also strengthens FAO as a centre of excellence and world reference centre with a clear delineation of responsibility for global, regional and country-specific activities.

The principal function of the Regional Offices is the overall identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. They ensure a multidisciplinary approach to programmes; identify priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at headquarters, advise on the incorporation of such priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget. The Regional Offices also implement approved programmes in the region, monitor the level of programme implementation,and draw attention to any problems and deficiencies.

Specific activities of the Regional Offices include:

  • Ensuring a multidisciplinary approach to projects and programmes implemented in the region with FAO’s technical assistance.
  • Reporting on the major developments and trends in countries of the region, based on regional and Subregional objectives concerning food and agriculture.
  • Organizing the FAO Regional Conference, every two years.
  • Maintaining policy and technical dialogue with and among FAO member countries, also involving national and international institutions.
  • Following up on the World Food Summit and issues related to food security in the region.
  • Promoting technical cooperation among countries of the region.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is convinced that hunger and malnutrition can be eradicated in our lifetime. To meet the Zero Hunger Challenge, political commitment and major alliances with key stakeholders are crucial. Partnerships are at the heart of FAO’s mission to help build consensus for a world without hunger. The effectiveness and credibility of the Organization as a policy-making forum and unique multilingual centre of excellence, knowledge and technical expertise depends to a considerable degree on its ability to work and develop strategic partnerships. Only through effective collaboration with governments, civil society, private sector, academia, research centres and cooperatives, and making use of each other’s knowledge and comparative advantages, can food insecurity be defeated.

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Job Posting: 27/May/2024
Closure Date: 11/Jun/2024, 3:29:00 AM

Organizational Unit: ESF – Agrifood Systems and Food Safety Division

Job Type
  • : Non-staff opportunities
  • Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
  • Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location : Various Locations

Duration: up to 11 months

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The position is located in the Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF), Economic and Social Development Stream. The Division provides strategic leadership for FAO’s support to Members in the development of more sustainable agrifood systems. Working in close coordination with other technical units at headquarters and the Decentralized Offices, the Division is tasked with integrating FAO’s scientific and economic analyses to provide improved policy guidance and targeted investment in agrifood systems. Bringing together FAO’s longstanding experience and capacities in strengthening systems of food safety and quality control with its technical support to Members in the areas of value chain development, agroindustry and agribusiness enterprise development, urban food systems and food loss and waste, the Division integrates and extends food systems support across the Organization. 

Reporting Lines

The consultant / PSA will perform his/her duties under the overall direction of the Senior Food Safety Officer, ESF and work in close collaboration of the Food Safety Officer(s), and in consultation with other relevant ESF technical officers.

Technical Focus 

Comprehensive technical and/or policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of divisional programmes, projects, products and services with regard to food safety/food controls in accordance with the Division’s objectives and the FAO Strategic Framework.

🏅  10 Food safety training & certification  programs (June or July month)

Tasks and responsibilities

Candidates will lead, support or execute some of the following tasks:  

•    Review approaches and practical arrangements for official food control systems, or parts thereof, and provide recommendations for improvement;
•    Lead or support, as a team member, the assessment of national food control systems, using FAO approaches, such as the FAO/WHO food control system assessment tool and guide strategic discussions for determining priorities and planning progressive improvement of the national food control capacities;
•    Review food safety and quality policy frameworks, and lead or provide support to their (re)formulation, using evidence based approaches;

•    Assess national capacities with regard to Codex Alimentarius work and provide specific recommendations for improved involvement in Codex Alimentarius processes;
•    Provide guidance on strengthening food safety risk assessment processes by national competent authorities in microbiological, chemical or other risk disciplines as necessary, as well as use of the risk analysis framework;
•    Provide support or lead the design and implementation of events such as workshops and training courses for capacity development aimed at strengthening national food control systems, on various aspects (e.g. practical use of the risk
analysis framework to support decision making; risk-based approaches for domestic and /or import inspection; risk communication; food safety emergency preparedness and response, analytical capacities);
•    Formulate projects or programmes aiming at strengthening food control systems, or parts thereof, using the logical framework approach or similar approaches.


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in food safety agricultural and veterinary science, food science and technology, or a closely related matter (including legal and public policy matters bearing a relation to food safety).
•    At least 5 years of relevant experience in one or more areas related to food safety, official food control systems, trade and legal aspects of food safety, food safety risk analysis.
•    Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Russian).  For PSA it can be required only one language Level C, either English, French or Spanish.

🏅  10 Food safety training & certification  programs (June or July month)

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at 
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

🏅  10 Food safety training & certification  programs (June or July month)

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