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Food Safety, Sanitary & Phytosanitary (SPS) Expert (Multiple Vacancies)

Food Safety, Sanitary & Phytosanitary (SPS) Expert (Multiple Vacancies)

Join the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) Team!

Position: Food Safety, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Expert (Multiple Vacancies)
Location: Madagascar
Expected Start Date: November 2024
Contract Position: Pending award from USDA
Expected Duration: 36 to 60 months

For over 70 years, NCBA CLUSA has been at the forefront of impactful international development, having contributed to transformative projects in more than 85 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are grounded in the seven cooperative principles, driving our mission to alleviate poverty through social and economic empowerment. Our commitment lies in building resilient communities, creating economic opportunities, and strengthening cooperatives and producer organizations. With our community-led development approach, we empower communities to identify, promote, and manage sustainable, locally generated solutions.

ABOUT THE Food for Progress (FFPr) Programs:
NCBA CLUSA is excited to announce multiple vacancies for Food Safety, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Experts to work on the Food for Progress (FFPr) Programs funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) across Africa.

The FFPr Programs aim to modernize and strengthen agricultural sectors in developing countries and emerging democracies. The principal focus of the 2024 Program is to improve food security, promote climate-smart agriculture, and enhance the trade-enabling environment.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Food Safety, Plant Health, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
• Prior experience supporting the drafting and/or implementation of SPS standards and regulations.
• Familiarity with strategies for ensuring compliance with SPS regulations and enforcement mechanisms, including inspections and audits.
• In-depth knowledge of food safety principles, including hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), foodborne pathogens, food additives, and food labeling regulations.
• Understanding of trade facilitation measures, including import and export documentation, certification processes, and customs procedures related to SPS measures in the East/Southern Africa region, Madagascar and/or Tanzania experience preferred.
• Must be willing to travel as needed to perform inspections, audits, and provide training.
• Proficiency in laboratory techniques for analyzing food, animal, and plant samples to detect contaminants, pathogens, and pests.
• Expertise in conducting risk assessments for foodborne diseases, pests, and contaminants that may affect human, animal, or plant health. This includes quantitative and qualitative risk assessment methodologies.
• Knowledge of how SPS measures can impact the environment, including ecosystems and biodiversity.
• Closely monitor processing operations in various food production environments, including packhouses and processing plants
• Demonstrated expertise in food safety and sanitary/phytosanitary regulations for international trade, especially in the context of Madagascar and/or Tanzania.
• Fluency in English and French.

To be considered, please submit the following documents on or before May 31, 2024 to with the subject line “USDA-Food Safety and SPS Expert”:

• Cover Letter
• CV in reverse chronological format with most recent work listed first.


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