Small scale food-processing Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1444
Date Posted:Apr 5, 2017
Reference:ROP 22
Closing Date:Apr 16, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:M & E
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Roots of Peace:

Roots of Peace (ROP) is a humanitarian, not-for-profit organization focused on the removal of land mines and the restoration of agriculture in former conflict zones. ROP implements the Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP), which is a four-year program, funded by USAID in Afghanistan. The Program is implemented in the following Provinces: Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan, Ghazni, Logar, Wardak, Bamyan, Paktya, Paktika, and Khost. CHAMP offers farmers the opportunity to establish new orchards and new vineyards and/or to install trellising on existing vineyards. The Program will be quite similar to the World Bank MAIL-HLP orchards establishment program being implemented by ROP in Northern and Central Afghanistan. CHAMP will be responding to farmer demand for the species of trees and grapes to plant. We expect that in the higher altitudes, farmers will demand apples, almonds, apricots, walnuts and some grapes. In the lower altitudes, farmers will demand citrus, apricot, pomegranate and some almonds. We will select farmers for participation based on their agreement to pay a portion of the cost of the saplings, trellising and/or other materials provided by CHAMP.

Job Summary:

The Consultant will lead an initiative to improve small scale food processing, with a particular focus on women owned or operated businesses so that they can produce quality horticultural processed products for promising domestic markets. The Consultant will provide expertise in the application of appropriate industrial processing methods, product quality and safety, cost effective packaging, and product presentation. The Consultant will work closely with CHAMP’s Deputy Chief of Party, Gender Manager and Post-harvest and Trade Specialist in implementing this assignment. The Consultant will be responsible for the investigation and determination of the best options for the processing of horticultural products, including fruits and uncut vegetables, and the subsequent establishment of plans on how to implement these ideas. As part of this work, the Consultant will analyze current food processing practices used in the country and determinate the best course of action for promoting promising processed products in CHAMP target areas

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:

No

Skills Description:

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Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Assist small processors with the design of new processing facilities, development of new fruit and vegetable preservation processes and formulation of new products.
2. As appropriate, assist processors in developing detailed technical specifications and possible procurement sources of equipment, and/or materials that are required to improve operations.
3. Collate and analyze data related to food quality and safety, formulate control measures to reduce commodity losses and improve food quality and safety.
4. Assist processors with troubleshooting quality problems, for example in the areas of color retention, textural integrity, flavor intensity and nutrient content, in final processed products. In addition, provide guidance on product formulations, processing and packaging.
5. Design and implement appropriate training courses for small-scale processors and CHAMP female extension officers.
6. Identify and recommend lucrative domestic market channels for product linkage and commercialization to increase revenue and profitability of processors.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering or Food technology or closely related areas. Master’s degree in one of these areas is highly desirable.

Have at least 5 years’ work experience in the design and development of intermediate technology that support processing enterprises, with extensive experience in small to medium scale food processing operations and management, particularly in fruit and vegetable processing.

Past experience working in fruit and vegetable packaging industry that support projects in developing countries and South Asia is particularly desirable.

Knowledge of international food safety quality standards for horticultural crops, preservation and processing.

Have excellent communication, leadership, presentation, training, and interpersonal skills.

Job Keywords:

Small scale food-processing Specialist
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