Developing FSQ Plan and Training Staff for Implementation
*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.
Requirement of the Program: Only U.S. citizens or Green Card holders are eligible to apply.
Start Date: as soon as possible
Length of Assignment: 14 days
Country: Bangladesh Region: Dhaka; Barishal
The Farmer-to-Farmer: Food Safety and Quality Program (F2F FSQ) will be addressing issues of food safety and quality in Bangladesh through leveraging the country enabling environment with an emphasis on facilitating host organizations to apply Global Markets Program (GMaP) tools, owned by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) to ensure Food Safety and Quality throughout the supply chain. The assignment is to boost up the host in developing its FSQ implementation strategy and action plan along the supply chain following the recommendations of precious corporate volunteer as per the assessment using the GMaP toolkits.
Although, the host organization is at basic level, they are interested to increase sales and profitability through addressing FSQ issues and keep pace with the changing export/domestic market demand.
The host organization started in 1998 as a registered limited company for food products, but it started its journey as a small enterprise in 1948. Now with the diversified product line (snacks, spices, mustard oil, beverages, candy flour, food products, noodles, rice), it has expanded into a large company with 1.44 million dollars in gross sales per year, employing around 640 staff. Although it does not currently have direct export market operations, there is a vision to parallel the domestic market with the export market. The host is interested in upgrading and maintaining their food safety and quality standards to keep up with the growing demand in the domestic and export markets. They have completed the GMaP self-assessment, identifying the gaps that can be improved upon by volunteer technical assistance to develop an FSQ plan and train their staff for implementation. Identified areas of for support include:
- Defining food manufacturing expectations
- Introducing food safety management systems with traceability
- Capacity building of staff to manage the food safety and quality issues
Support the host in developing FSQ plan
The host develops their own FSQ plan
Capacity building of their staff for implementation of the plan
Staff of the host are trained in FSQ issues and capable of implantation efforts
Deliverables. Each volunteer must submit a Final Report to the F2F Program, which includes the following sections:
A summary of tasks and observations from site visits.
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 revise them in their Final Report.
A section listing the assignment objectives above and how they were met or why they were not met.
Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) with process flow with defined Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Handling Practices (GHP), Packaging standard and traceability guideline.
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 email@example.com and Sadie Paschke at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers 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 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
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