Good Manufacturing Practices for Food Processing Facilities
*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 food safety. Your time is donated and all expenses such as airfare, lodging, meals and an interpreter are covered by the program.
Start Date: Various
Positions Open: Three
Length of Assignment: Approx. 15 days
Country: Egypt Region: Various
The Egypt F2F Program is fielding Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) volunteer experts to help host organizations in adopting best practices in food safety through increasing their knowledge regarding GMPs.
During these assignments, volunteers will visit food processing facilities to assess the current GMPs, review the applied Global Markets Program (GMaP) checklist results and meet with the targeted host organization’s managers and technical staff to assess their training needs in the areas of GMPs. Based on the actual needs of the targeted host organizations, the volunteer will tailor a training program on the principles and best practices of the GMPs. The volunteer is expected to introduce recommendations on how to improve the current GMPs in the processing facility. The volunteer is also expected to recommend follow-up trainings, if needed.
We currently have three volunteer positions open in various sectors: honey products, a vegetable processing company, and poultry slaughterhouse. The honey producer is producing, packaging and exporting honey products, including dessert, fennel, marjoram honey etc. as well as bee gum, royal jelly and bee venom. The host also expanded its production to produce specialized bee breeds. The host exports its products to many countries and distributes its products all over Egypt. The second host specializes in dehydration of vegetables mainly onions, garlic and leek conventional and organic, and steam distillation of onions, garlic and leek oils. In addition, the host also produces other dried vegetables and medicinal and perfume oils. The third host is a supplier of healthy, hygienic and nutritious poultry products, including frozen whole chickens and chicken parts.
Objectives and Outcomes of the Assignment
Objective: To enhance the targeted trainees’ skills on the principles of GMPs.
Outcome: The GMPs training skills were enhanced among the targeted trainees.
Objective: To recommend GMP level of compliance with the GMaP checklist.
Outcome: Improved level of GMPs in compliance with the GMaP checklist
Each volunteer must submit a Final Report to the F2F Program, which includes the following sections:
A summary of tasks and observations from site visit(s)
A list of 3-5 specific and actionable recommendations for the host organization(s). The recommendations are very important to the program as we use them to track host adoption of recommendations and the impact on hosts’ farms and businesses. These recommendations will be reviewed during the debriefing session with country staff at the end of the assignment and the volunteer may make revisions to them in their Final Report
A section listing the assignment objectives and how they were met or why they were not met
A short summary of the assignment with relevant photos that can be posted to social media
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 email@example.com or Sadie Paschke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will be invited to join a volunteer group through LinkedIn and will receive occasional surveys requesting information about completed outreach activities during each period.
The recruited volunteer is expected to have the following skills and qualifications:
Educational Background: Food Safety, or equivalent
More than 10 years of practical knowledge and experience in implementing Food Safety Management Systems.
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.
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