Food Technologist


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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.

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.


  • With the support of the program team and key partners, lead the conceptualization and design of a food safety and processing strategy based on an assessment of the project experience, the challenges and opportunities for catalyzing the market, capacity development needs along the dairy value chain, and particular characteristics of the target clientele.
  • Bring on board new, creative ideas (and partners) for implementation, contributions to relevant policy and regulatory design, and the development and execution of a strategy for further growth and outreach of the dairy VC in Burundi;
  • Develop and manage partnerships with private and public sector partners, with a view to adding programmatic and strategic value to the PRDAIGL implementation agenda and help achieve program objectives.
  • Design training programs and training materials
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework to track progress and revise strategy accordingly;
  • Publish and disseminate knowledge and insights gains in relevant channels and contribute to the project’s internal and external communication efforts.

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:

  • Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s degree in Food Science or any other relevant discipline/ field of study.
  • At least 5 years of experience in a dairy value chain. The candidate is expected to have hands on experience with respect to milk production, milk processing and marketing and milk products diversification.
  • Experience in the region is preferred.
  • The specialist must be willing and able to move to the project site as and when needed
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Able to form teams quickly, and build respectful relationships with others
  • Must speak French, English and Kirundi 

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 and the subject matter is the position title.

The closing date is June 27th, 2022.