Food Safety and Quality Assurance Technical Advisor - Consultant

Rise Against Hunger - Raleigh, NC4.5

TemporaryEstimated: $95,000 - $130,000 a year
Our Practice Area advisory team, comprised of short-term technical assistance (STTA) from various consultants, provides technical leadership to our overall strategy, and the design and implementation of projects.

Organizational Background:
Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. RAH has a growing portfolio of programs aimed at eliminating chronic hunger and malnutrition around the world through sustainable community development that addresses the drivers of food insecurity. We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030.

Rise Against Hunger aims to increase agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills, and market access. Our programming helps smallholder farmers build resilience to the shocks and stresses of climate change by promoting ecological approaches to agriculture as well as diversification.

Our Practice Area advisory team provides technical leadership to our overall strategy, and the design and implementation of projects.

Portfolio Description and Background:
The food safety and quality assurance technical advisor will provide technical leadership and support to the assessment and design of food processing development projects. The position will play a key role in pursuit of strategic new business opportunities aligned with RAH’s focus on value addition projects, holistic ag/livelihood portfolio strategies, and RAH’s overall strategic goal.

The initial focus of this consultancy is working in collaboration with other subject matter experts to develop a multi-year strategy for Rise Against Hunger’s Empowering Communities portfolio, which strives to create food security by supporting increased availability and accessibility of food through improved post-harvest storage and processing, strengthened agricultural value chains, and policies that support smallholder farmers. Following the creation of the multi-year strategy, the consultant will participate in the assessment and design of new value addition projects through 2019. The initial consultancy term will be for three months with potential for iterative term renewals for six months at a time.

This role would include:
  • Driving the food safety and quality assurance strategy;
  • Providing technical support to field projects in implementation;
  • Supporting related strategic partnerships;
  • Serving as technical writer on proposals and funding opportunities that relate to food safety and quality assurance;
  • Collaborating on project design and implementation; and
  • Overall thought leadership in food safety and quality assurance.
Primary Responsibilities:
Primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Research/assessment of the food safety/quality assurance systems in priority countries;
  • Prioritization and analysis of key economic opportunities for inclusive growth including:
  • Financial modeling of food safety/quality assurance business opportunities;
  • Economic opportunities and barriers to women and youth engagement in on and off farm business opportunities;
  • Estimation of economic losses due to spoilage/waste/contamination;
  • Evaluation of meat, dairy, egg and live animal supply chains; and
  • Systems for quality-based payment programs;
  • Identification of change agents and lead firms followed by development of partnerships, with these local/national/international public and private market actors;
  • Design of technical approaches and specific interventions to support food safety/quality assurance, which benefits smallholder producers as well as other actors in the system;
  • Identification of innovative, evidence-based approaches to food safety/quality assurance development and potential scaling up strategies; and
  • Serve as a technical contributor in internal and external project design meetings;
  • Proposal writing in areas of technical expertise;
  • Technical backstopping of current programs, which may include:
  • Review of and input to technical manuals;
  • Participation in quarterly meetings with project staff, as relevant;
  • Provide in-country technical assistance and/or develop SOW for external technical assistance.
Level of Effort and Duration

The initial consultancy term will be for six months with potential for iterative term renewals for six months at a time. This consultancy will not exceed 40 LOE days per annum.

Reporting & Supervision: Reports to the Food Security and Livelihoods Manager based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Position Location: Remote (consultant’s home location), with the occasional travel to Raleigh, NC and to overseas project sites.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in food science, agribusiness, agriculture economics, or relevant field;
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in technical assessment, design and implementation of food safety/quality assurance projects in West Africa, South Asia, Southern Africa, Haiti or the Philippines;
  • Prior experience leading food safety and quality assurance assessments, prioritization of interventions and project design for large-scale projects;
  • Strong understanding of private sector-led approaches to food safety and quality assurance development;
  • Experience in building food safety and quality assurance delivery systems;
  • Demonstrated experience in networking with donors, government officials and the private sector;
  • Demonstrated experience in proposal development and writing for federal and large foundation donors (e.g., USDA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.);
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop collaborative relationships; and
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
  • Prior living and working experience one or more of the following areas/regions: West Africa, South Asia, Southern Africa, Haiti or the Philippines;
  • Senior experience in food safety and quality assurance interventions;
  • Experience in making food safety and quality assurance practices sustainable at scale;
  • Experience making food safety and quality assurance approaches more gender responsive;
  • Experience in fragile environments preferred
  • Flexibility and the ability to build internal capacity at Rise Against Hunger and among implementing partners.
To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.

Rise Against Hunger is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a workplace without discrimination and harassment of any kind. All candidates will receive equal consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status.