Ministry of Agriculture  National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI) TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR FOOD TECHNOLOGIST/ SCIENTIST

A Food Technologist/Scientist is responsible for the safe and efficient development, modifications and /or manufacture of food products/processes. He/she ensures that food products are produced safely, legally and are of the quantity claimed.
A wide range of processed products are currently being produced in Guyana and the Ministry of Agriculture needs to ensure that these products meet quality standards. This is especially so with increasing emphasis being placed on agroprocessing and the impending passage of the Food Safety Bill. Consequently, processors need to become more acquainted with the necessary HACCP standards and regulations and strive for ISO certification.
In order to streamline the agroprocessing sector to achieve the above goals, there is the need for the recruitment of a food technologist/scientist.
To ensure that food processing activities in Guyana, especially these that utilise primary agricultural products confirm to the regulations emanating from the Food Safety Legislation and produce agroprocessed products that meet international (ISO) standards.
Job Description
The Food Technologist/Scientist is expected to be familiar with the Food Safety Legislation, HACCP & ISO standards.
Specifically, the tasks of the Food Technologist/Scientist would include.
1. Checking and improving quality control procedures from the raw material stage through to the finished product.
2. Modifying existing products and processes and developing new ones.
3. Ensuring that stringent food standards are met.
4. Controlling production hygiene and quality control standards.
5. Testing and examining sample.
6. Researching current consumer markets and latest technologies to develop new concepts.
7. Compiling/checking/approving product specifications and labelling.
8. Working on packaging innovation and technology.
9. Reviewing food supply, security and sustainability.
10. Implementing and managing the site quality management system.
11. Coordinating launches of new products or running trials alongside/together with product development.

A well organised agroprocessing sector equipped with the necessary technology to ensure that quality and standards are maintained according to international specification and adhere to the Food Safety Regulations.
January 28, 2014

Ministry of Agriculture
National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI)
Coordinator for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures
The Ministry of Agriculture through the National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute is seeking to implement measures and establish systems and mechanisms that will primarily be aimed at enhancing Guyana’s ability to comply with WTO/SPS requirements for International Trade.
The individual will work to strengthen institutional, operational and management capacities in the area of sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) and enhance capacities needed for operating SPS systems to facilitate trade and protect plant, animal and human health.
The individual will establish, strengthen and implement: (i) surveillance and inspection programs for plant health, animal health food safety; (ii) regional cooperation and harmonization for SPS; and, (iii) enhanced education levels and university training of Quarantine staff. He will selectively strengthen food safety handling capacities of private enterprises.
In more technical SPS terms, there is a shortage of human resource capacity to: (i) undertake surveys on crop pests and diseases; (ii) manage inspections and interceptions of imported goods. There is a need to contain transboundary animal diseases (TAD), to improve surveillance of veterinary drugs, biotic and feed, to maintain the safety of animal food products, and to improve border release procedures.
The intended impact is for Guyana’s agricultural products to be (i) safer; (ii) more efficiently produced; and (iii) traded in greater quantities and conform to regional and international trade regulations.
Terms of Reference
· The incumbent is expected to develop and continually review standard operating procedures for biological control laboratory;

· Facilitating market access by advising on trade requirements with our trading partners;

· Establish, strengthen and implement regional cooperation and harmonization for SPS
· Develop a comprehensive SPS policy and action plan

It is recommended that this policy be underpinned by an action plan based on crosscutting and sectoral needs which take into account the Government’s poverty reduction and economic growth objectives.
· Strengthening the legislative framework for SPS management

· Enhance capacity for diagnosis and enforcement

This could be conducted through assisting relevant institutions to design food safety campaigns and to strengthen consumer association’s capacities to act as an intermediary.
· Promote greater awareness and information for government officials

· Enhance awareness and skills of food producers and processors

This could be implemented through training of trainers to design tailor-made curricula to enhance the skills of operators to achieve compliance with international standards in their particular area of operation. Strengthening of extension capacity and of the link between extensions and applied agronomic research could greatly benefit the farmers. Multiplying Farmers Field Schools and reinforcing producer associations are other possible ways to improve phytosanitary and animal health situations in the country.
· Enhance awareness of consumers on food safety risks and strengthen food safety handling capacities of the private enterprise.

· Develop coordinated surveillance programmes for plant and animal pests and diseases and for food borne disease and enhance capacity for diagnosis.

· Oversee the mechanisms employed in the inspection and interception of imported goods.

There is a need to contain transboundary animals diseases (TAD), to improve surveillance of veterinary drugs, biotics and feed, to maintain the safety of animal food products, and to improve border releases procedures.
· Analyse cargo movement of goods subject to SPS measures along Guyana’s corridors in terms of origin, final destination and main route used.

· Be responsible for the effective functioning of the National Enquiry Point for WTO/SPS issues.

Post graduate university qualification and experience in agricultural health, international development and economic law, international marketing and/or trade.

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