POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT : Food Technologist for the PRDAIGL project in Burundi
Job title: Food technologist
Duration: 6 months
Job type: National Full time
Location: Bujumbura, Burundi
CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food-secure future. The Regional Integrated Agricultural Development Project in the Great Lakes (PRDAIGL) is at the heart of the agricultural economy of Burundian households and reflects Burundi's long-term vision to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. By facilitating a transformation of Burundian agriculture, the project should have significant multiplier effects: generate demand for agricultural products and associated inputs and services, create agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, improve incomes and contribute to value addition, sector revenues. These effects should: (i) promote the inclusion of largely poor smallholders in more modern and efficient value chains; (ii) increase food and nutritional security; (iii) add value to important products and help increase farmers' incomes; and (iv) provide an effective basis for industrialization and for more and better jobs (especially for women and youth). In the medium and long term, an efficient, profitable and competitive agricultural sector will emerge, providing inputs and services to smallholder farmers and mobilizing sufficient investments for its sustainable development.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org
Overview of the position
The successful candidate will bring expertise and a proven track record working on the interface of development, research and business to design and introduce institutional policies and support services needed to catalyze the dairy value chain in Burundi through dedicated food safety and milk processing activities. This will be achieved both through personally implementing the relevant activities and through cultivating collaborations with strategic partners to support various identified implementation needs.
The food technologist will have the ability to assess and cater the needs of key stakeholders across the dairy value chain as well as to assess and develop food safety and processing systems that are consistent with the needs and context of the target population.
In this context, the successful candidate will identify training and equipment needs for dairy infrastructures in the PRDAIGL project sites and will provide training on proper milk handling techniques and appropriate dairy processing technologies and procedures.
He/she will develop and support implementation a quality system to ensure safety, quality and hygiene of milk and dairy products in the dairy value chain.
Education and Experience:
A suitable combination of education and experience that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Method of Application
Interested applicants should submit their application (saved in one pdf file under their names) including cover letter and curriculum vitae. The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct supervisor, professional colleague.
Email your application to IITA-Burundi@cgiar.org and the subject matter is the position title.
The closing date is June 27th, 2022.