Sampling Techniques and Methodology for Food Inspectors
*Please note that only American citizens and green card holders may apply for this assignment.
Land O’Lakes International Development is pleased to offer a volunteer position in Egypt for someone with expertise in GMP principles and training for the Farmer to Farmer Program. Your time is donated and all expenses such as airfare, lodging, meals and an interpreter are covered by the program.
Start Date: ASAP
Length of Assignment: Approx. 17 days
Country: Egypt Region: Cairo
The host organization is an Egyptian food inspection authority that would like to ensure that its inspectorates are following international best practices in their approach to food sampling. The organization’s Executive Director requested an international expert to develop sampling guidance on the processes and procedures for its inspectorates and to provide comprehensive training to its inspectors on modern approaches and techniques. Guidance on sampling and the subsequent training should focus pack houses, food manufacturing facilities and food retail outlets.
Egypt F2F is seeking to field a Volunteer Expert who can travel to Egypt for a two-week assignment to support the host organization to enhance the capacity of their inspectorate through introducing modernpractices in the sampling of fresh fruits and vegetables. The requested volunteer will assist the host organization to develop written guidance on the proper processes and procedures for conducting samples of fresh fruit and vegetables, manufactured food and retail in accordance with Egypt’s current regulations and inspector field manual (currently under development).
During this assignment, the volunteer expert will meet with the host organization to review their current sampling procedures for entities engaged in the packaging, manufacturing and retail sale of fresh fruit and vegetables. Based on the vision of the host and international best practices, the volunteer experts shall develop written guidance on the processes and procedures for food inspectors to conduct adequate samples of fresh fruit and vegetables. After developing the written guidance, the volunteer will provide a 4 day-training for a group of food inspectors. This practical training will be located at a food establishment and will enable the volunteer expert to demonstrate how to properly determine an adequate sample size and conduct sampling. The volunteer expert is also expected to recommend follow-up trainings if needed.
Objective 1: To develop written guidance outlining the processes and procedures for sampling fresh fruits and vegetables, manufactured food and retail food.
Objective 2: To train the host’s food inspectors on sampling techniques and how to implement the written guidance.
Outcome: The capacity of the host’s food inspectors is enhanced in proper sampling practices.
Deliverables. Each volunteer must submit a Final Report to the F2F Program, which includes the following sections:
Written guidance on sampling processes and procedures.
Training materials utilized for enhancing the capacity of food inspectors
A list of 3-5 specific and actionable recommendations for the host organizations. These recommendations will be reviewed during the debriefing session with country staff at the end of the assignment and the volunteer may revise them in his/her Final Report.
A section listing the assignment objectives above and how they were met or why they were not met.
A short summary of the assignment with relevant photos that can be posted on the F2F volunteer blog.
Upon return to the United States, the volunteer is requested to communicate his or her F2F experience. Outlets to share the volunteer experience include home groups (e.g., civic and religious groups, professional associations, etc.), workplace presentations, local newspapers, community or workplace newsletters, personal blogs and social media sites. It is important to give recognition to USAID for funding F2F. At least two outreach events are requested and should be communicated to Aimee Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org and Sadie Paschke at email@example.com. Volunteers will receive occasional surveys requesting information about completed outreach activities during each period.
Key Experiences and Qualifications:
Educational Background: Food Safety, or equivalent
More than 10 years pf practical knowledge and experience in implementing good manufacturing practices
Training skills, including training in group settings
Good writing and computer skills
Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance
Familiar with conducting trainings through translators/interpreters
Requirement of the Program: Only U.S. citizens or Green Card holders are eligible to apply.
About Land O'Lakes Venture37
Since 1981, we’ve been delivering market insights and technical expertise to agricultural development projects around the world. Through our affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of the U.S.’s largest farmer-owned agribusinesses, we’re Feeding Human Progress by improving agricultural systems.