FAO is Currently Seeking Food Safety and Food Control Specialist

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a dedicated branch of the United Nations that leads global attempts to eliminate hunger.

Its objective is to attain food security for every individual, ensuring consistent availability of nutritious food to foster vibrant and well-being lifestyles.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking for a Food Safety and Food Control Specialist.

Vacancy Details

Position Name Food Safety and Food Control Specialist
Organization Name Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Job Posting 27 May 2024
Last Date of Application 10 Jun 2024, 2:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit ESF – Agri-food Systems and Food Safety Division
Job Type Non-staff opportunities
Grade Level N/A
Type of Requisition Consultant or PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Primary Location Various Locations
Duration up to 11 months


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Position Detail

The position is within the Economic and Social Development Stream’s Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF).

This Division leads FAO’s efforts to help Members develop more sustainable agri-food systems.

Working closely with other technical units at headquarters and Decentralized Offices, the Division combines FAO’s scientific and economic analyses to offer better policy guidance and targeted investments in agri-food systems.

By using FAO’s expertise in food safety and quality control and its technical support in value chain development, agro-industry, agribusiness enterprise development, urban food systems, and food loss and waste, the Division enhances and expands food systems support throughout the Organization.

Reporting Lines

The consultant or PSA will carry out their responsibilities with guidance from the Senior Food Safety Officer, ESF. They will closely cooperate with the Food Safety Officer(s) and seek input from other relevant ESF technical officers.

Technical Focus 

The Division requires individuals with extensive technical and policy knowledge to assist in the planning, creating, and executing divisional initiatives, projects, products, and services related to food safety and food controls. These efforts should align with the Division’s goals and the FAO Strategic Framework.


Candidates must have a university degree in food safety, agricultural and veterinary science, food science and technology, or a related field that includes legal and public policy aspects of food safety.

Additionally, a minimum of 5 years of experience in food safety, official food control systems, trade, legal aspects of food safety, and food safety risk analysis is required.

Proficiency in English, French, or Spanish is necessary, along with a basic understanding of at least one other FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian).

For the position of PSA, proficiency in only one language at Level C is required, with options including English, French, or Spanish.


  • Candidates will be responsible for leading, supporting, or executing various tasks, including:
  • Evaluating official food control systems and making recommendations for improvement.
  • Assessing national food control systems using FAO approaches and guiding discussions on priorities and progressive improvement.
  • Reviewing and reformulating food safety and quality policy frameworks based on evidence.
  • Assessing national capacities for involvement in Codex Alimentarius processes and providing recommendations for improvement.
  • Guiding in strengthening food safety risk assessment processes and utilizing the risk analysis framework.
  • Designing and implementing workshops and training courses to enhance national food control systems.
  • Developing projects or programs to strengthen food control systems using logical frameworks or similar approaches.

Required Skills

Focus on results
• Collaborative effort
• Effective communication
• Cultivating strong relationships
• Sharing knowledge and striving for continuous improvement

Food Safety and Food Control Specialist, FAO

How To Apply

  • To apply, please visit the Jobs at FAO recruitment website and complete your online profile.
  • Your profile is highly recommended to be accurate, and comprehensive, and includes your employment history, academic qualifications, and language skills.
  • Candidates must attach a letter of motivation to their online profile.
  • Once your profile is complete, please submit your application.
  •  Candidates may be asked to provide performance assessments and authorize verification checks of their past and current employment, character, education, military, and police records to verify relevant information for employment qualifications.
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Personal information on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies working on behalf of FAO to provide employment support services, such as pre-screening applications, assessment tests, background checks, and related services.
  • Candidates will be asked to give consent before submitting their application and can withdraw their consent at any time by withdrawing their application. In this case, FAO will no longer consider your application.
  • Only applications submitted through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered.
  • The candidate’s application will be evaluated based on the information provided in your online profile.
  • FAO encourages applicants to submit their applications well in advance of the deadline.

Additional Information

FAO does not charge any fees during the recruitment process, including application, interviews, and processing.

It is important to note that FAO only accepts academic credentials from educational institutions recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.

Additionally, higher educational qualifications must be obtained from institutions accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), which is updated by the IAU/UNESCO.

The list can be found at http://www.whed.net/.

For more information, please visit the FAO employment website.

Appointment will be possible upon the candidate’s medical fitness, accreditation, residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

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