Operations Officer – Africa Food Safety Advisory
Operations Officer – Africa Food Safety Advisory
Based: Nairobi, Kenya
IFC has made agribusiness a priority because of its potential for broad development impact and especially strong role in poverty reduction. We combine investments and advisory services to help the sector address higher demand and escalating food prices in an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive way.
IFC invests across the agribusiness supply chain—from farm to retail—to help boost production, increase liquidity, improve logistics and distribution, and expand access to credit for small farmers. IFC Advisory Services (AS) supports companies that promote good agricultural practices that benefit small-scale farmers, and value chain solutions involving small and medium size enterprises.
The Global Food Safety Platform, launched in July 2016, is one of five platforms that have been created by Manufacturing Agribusiness and Services (MAS) Advisory to support clients along strategic themes. The other platforms include Animal Protein, Irrigation, Smallholder Supply Chains, and the Global Trade Supplier Finance Facility. Within the scope of the Food Safety Platform, IFC will be working with agribusiness and retail clients (“the Client-Companies”) in all food industry sectors on efforts to increase their competitiveness. Specifically, IFC will be providing advisory services that will facilitate the upgrading of food safety management systems in keeping with changing global requirements which will lead to improved performance and efficiency and ultimately to increased sales, reduced costs and better risk management.
The Global Food Safety Platform helps private sector clients to achieve higher food safety standards but also to build local consulting capacity and awareness on food safety issues in Africa.
As part of our commitment to creating a dynamic, creative and diverse working environment, we have launched a recruitment drive aimed to attract nationals of Sub-Saharan and Caribbean countries.
The Scope of the Job:
Advisory Services in MAS seeks to strengthen its capacity to deliver advisory projects in Agribusiness and Services (Retail, Tourism) by establishing this new position of Operations Officer in the Africa region, to provide technical and market expertise on the food safety agenda in support of IFC activities. Areas of focus could be along the respective supply chains (primary production, logistics, processing, retail, tourism) in support of IFC’s business in this sector. Activities include business development, technical assistance to firms and their supply chains, contributions to IFC’s training and awareness activities, and corporate initiatives.
The Operations Officer will be responsible for the implementation and management of the projects and clients in the Africa region. The position will be based full time in Nairobi, Kenya and will require regular travel (25-50 percent estimated) within the country and to other countries within the region, as well as occasional travel outside of the region.
Specifically, the Operations Officer is expected to:
- Develop business and client relationships in the region; conduct regular market research and attend regional and international conference in order to build network;
- Conduct food safety assessments and training workshops, and manage client engagements using the methodologies of IFC’s Global Food Safety Platform;
- Manage the projects to achieve project objectives and deliver the expected impact including regular reporting (IFC Project Supervision Reports, Project Completion Reports, and Donor reports);
- Identify, evaluate, recommend, and implement approaches to key project issues, opportunities and needs, and consult with management to address them;
- Prioritize tasks, set goals and develop project implementation plans (where needed, with support from the IFC Global Food Safety Platform and IFC Regional Advisory teams);
- Recruit and supervise consultants where needed;
- Work closely with the IFC MAS department in project implementation and contribute to the regional IFC agribusiness strategy;
- Contribute to IFC internal knowledge management practices by gathering, managing and disseminating global best practice and institutional knowledge on water efficiency agenda across IFC and the World Bank Group;
- Provide inputs for thought leadership (externally targeted publications, training programs, presentations, learning fora, and other communications vehicles) to catalyze investment and support replication of effective models and approaches across the private sector in developing country markets to address food safety, participate actively in Global Food Safety Platform meetings;
- Represent IFC externally to global industry players, international organizations, NGOs and the donor community on issues relevant to food safety;
- Strong influencing skills and ability to work across complex organizational structures to achieve objectives;
- Sound business judgment, demonstrated ability to deliver results under stressful timetables and environment;
- Be proactive in capturing and sharing the lessons learned in the course of project implementation;
- Manage the budget and be accountable for all expenditures;
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, donor, professional partners, government authorities and other key players;
- Provide regular reports on the project to management, the donor and others;
- Ensure compliance with IFC policies and procedures in the conduct of the projects.
- Masters’ degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Food Engineering, or related field.
- Extensive experience on food safety issues in the private sector including, conducting food safety assessments, training and implementing internationally recognized food safety standards in various companies, including food processing, food retail, and primary production facilities.
- Extensive knowledge and international experience working with internationally recognized food safety standards with food supply chain (ISO22000, FSSC 22000, BRC, SQF, and GLOBALG.A.P. preferred).
- Significant experience managing projects, teams, and client engagements.
- Practical on-site experience in setting up and advising on food safety solutions and system.
- Food Safety training/teaching/consulting skills, preferably in comparable conditions.
- Ability to manage and motivate small teams for quick results in changing environments.
- Solid understanding of the business and institutional framework in Africa.
- Strong analytical skills and proven ability to produce concise and well-structured reports and presentations.
- Well-grounded business sense and ability to effectively communicate with business leaders and policy makers.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills in English (written and oral); proficiency in French is desired.
- Strong proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point).
- Able to work in a multicultural team, self-confident and energetic.
- Excellent time management skills, ability to travel.
- Good professional references.
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Closing date for applications: June 26 2018.