Employer: CBS Creative Business Solutions
Expected Duration: 40 months
Reference Number: 22.214.171.124
The National Senior Food Safety Technical Coordinator will work as part of the implementation team for the EU-funded ‘Food Safety Project’ that commenced in January 2019 and will continue until the end of 2022.
The project is being implemented by an experienced international partnership led by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and three partners - the Irish Department (Ministry) of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), the Finnish Food Safety Authority and Creative Business Solutions (CBS). The project aims to achieve three major results within the food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary systems in Albania: (i) Organisational reform and human resource development (ii) Public awareness and communication regarding food safety (iii) Support progress towards EU standards and integration.
General Scope of the Position
The Food Safety Technical Coordinator will research, plan, implement and monitor activities to support the successful delivery of the three project results, with particularly technical emphasis on food safety matters. He/she will work closely with international counterparts to undertake food safety analytical studies, surveys and diagnostic exercises in addition to training and capacity-building. The Food Safety Technical Coordinator is expected to ensure that action is informed, well networked with relevant stakeholders and support the International Team Leader and the International Food Safety Expert in presentation, communication and reporting activities. In addition, he/she will be responsible for the coordination of all tasks to ensure timely completion of action deliverables. The position acts as a liaison or primary national contact point between the action and relevant national counterparts. This is a key internal position that reports to the project ‘Team Leader’ and will also be under technical direction and collaboration with the International Food Safety Management expertise from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
Duties & Responsibilities
Support the Team Leader and work in collaboration with the International Food Safety Management Specialist and other short-term experts to undertake an assessment and maintain an ongoing perspective on the status of food safety controls in Albania, set against existing and emerging European food safety standards and legislation;
Assist with stakeholder introductions, engagement, information and data gathering to support plans in relation to the preparation and implementation of a Functional Reform Action Plan (FRAP), identifying any gaps, overlaps or opportunities to streamline and remove ambiguity in relation to food safety policy, planning, programming, application of Official Controls in accordance with the National Control Plan and activities of the inspectorate and audit;
Participate in a competence assessment of the food safety, veterinary health and phytosanitary systems using a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) approach and contribute to the development and delivery of a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) to include identification of staff training needs, access to knowledge and international best practice and relevant benchmarks;
Play a key role in establishing communication channels and ensuring a high level of coordination with Food Safety Businesses (FBOs), the government, consumers and the media;
Coordinate and ensure successful completion of action deliverables with a hands-on approach;
Contribute to the identification and mitigation of operational risks and facilitate a high level of communication with all key action stakeholders;
Provide ongoing oversight of action activities in relation to food safety and effectively coordinate with external experts;
Contribute to the successful implementation of outreach activities under Result 2 ‘public awareness and communication’;
Assist in the design and implementation of diagnostic, baseline studies and monitoring activities;
Contribute to legislative gap analysis work;
Actively participate in the delivery of FSVP training activities;
Monitor and evaluate activities and provide narrative and data indicators to periodic progress reports, as needed.
Skills and Qualifications
Advanced University degree in Food Safety, Agriculture or related topics. MSc. degree, PhD and/or equivalent academic qualifications are an advantage;
At least 10 years of post-qualification direct experience of food safety in Albania or combined equivalent experience across relevant topics (sanitary, phytosanitary, veterinary);
Good understanding of the agri-food sector in Albania from producer through processors, retailers and food service sector;
Good knowledge of existing Albanian food law, controls and legislation across both animal and plant-origin foodstuffs;
Knowledge of current application of key food safety principles in areas such as traceability, HACCP, GMP;
Knowledge of Albanian trade in relation to the agri-food sector;
Highly knowledgeable of project implementation principles, practices and approaches;
Excellent report writing, presentation and communication skills;
Working experience in Public Administration is an asset;
Team player with strong integrity and determination to get things right and able to work harmoniously with colleagues;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Albanian and English language - required English level is C1 or C2 (demonstrable by an international recognizable certificate is an advantage);
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point);
Working experience with Albanian legislation is considered as an asset.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter and a current resume before July 08th 2019 to and include ‘National Senior Food Safety Technical Coordinator’ in the subject line.
CBS recruits on and equal opportunities basis.
About Food Safety Authority of Ireland ()
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) was established under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998. This Act was enacted in July 1998 and came into effect on 1st January 1999. The principal function of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland is to protect consumers by leading a collaborative food safety community to continuously raise food standards and create a culture of excellence. The Authority is a statutory, independent and science-based body, dedicated to protecting public health and consumer interests in the area of food safety and hygiene. It comes under the aegis of the Minister for Health.
About Finnish Food Authority (formerly known as EVIRA)
The Finnish Food Authority works for the good of humans, animals and plants, supports the vitality of the agricultural sector, and develops and maintains information systems. The Authority operates under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and its head office is located in Seinäjoki. The Authority employs almost one thousand experts and professionals in 20 locations. The Authority operates under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
About CBS ()
Creative Business Solutions (CBS) is a business consulting and project implementation organization. It implements development projects in Albania with a spill-over effect in the Western Balkans. CBS has established expertise in Agriculture, Access to Finance, Technology, Green Energy and Tourism etc. It employs more than 35 professionals through a head-office in Tirana and four local branches covering all geographic areas of Albania. CBS partners with international donors including USAID, Sweden, EU, and other international partners.