*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.
Assignments Open: Four
Start Date: Various
Length of Assignment: Approx. 15 days
Country: Egypt Region: Various
The Egypt F2F Program is fielding Food Safety Management System volunteer experts to help host organizations in establishing and maintaining FSMSs in food processing through increasing their knowledge regarding FSMS principles. The host organizations are requesting volunteer experts to train their technical, quality and management staff on the FSMS procedures and best practices.
We currently have four volunteer positions open in various sectors: honey products, pickling products, a technical support center in the food manufacturing field, and vegetable processing company. 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 pickling company produces, manufactures and exports olives and other pickles such as pickled carrots, kale, lemon, cucumber, pepper, onion and cauliflower. The company was established in 2010 and it is exporting a big portion (75%) of its processed pickles to several Arab countries, Africa, Europe and Asia, and accordingly they are trying to follow the international standards during all stages of the manufacturing process. The third host is a technical support center in the food manufacturing field, and it serves several food processing factories all over Egypt. The host also owns a food processing facility that offers its manufacturing services to other food processors in Egypt and produces products with herbs, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants. The fourth 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.
During the assignment, the volunteer will visit the food processing facility to assess the current FSMS situation, 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 Food Safety Managements Systems. Based on the actual needs of the targeted host organization, the volunteer will tailor a training program on the principles and best practices of the Food Safety Management Systems. The volunteer is expected to introduce recommendations on how to improve the current FSMS in the processing facility. The volunteer is also expected to recommend follow-up trainings, if needed.
Objectives and Outcomes of the Assignment
Objective: To enhance the targeted trainees’ skills on the principles of establishing and maintaining FSMS.
Outcome: The FSMS training skills were enhanced among the targeted trainees.
Objective: To recommend best practices to improve the current FSMS level of compliance with the GMaP checklist.
Outcome: Improved level of FSMS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sadie Paschke at email@example.com. 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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