Standards and Food Safety Coordinator
Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) is an apex private sector member based organization mandated to develop and promote horticulture (flowers, fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and horticultural seeds) in Tanzania. TAHA’s goal is to improve the growth and competitiveness of horticultural industry in the country for social and economic gains. TAHA is a strong voicing platform, representing farmers at all levels, processors, exporters and service providers in the horticultural industry in Tanzania. Development and enforcement of horticultural standards and food safety guiding framework is a critical in ensuring food safety of consumers. In this regard, TAHA and VECO are collaboratively implementing an Initiative that includes establishing a Standards Coordination Unit, which will be responsible in providing technical coordination in development, review and enforcement of horticulture standards and foods safety frameworks and hence improving farmers and other actors compliance capacity to market requirements. Standards and Food Safety Coordinator will therefore work to coordinate the strengthening of food safety surveillance and risk management systems and compliance to national and market standards for horticulture. The Standards and Food Safety Coordinator shall report to the Technical Manager and be guided by the following terms of references:
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Engage or support formation of viable partnerships, networks and collaborations to effectively promote and create awareness and highlight food safety agenda at regional, national and International levels
Take a lead role in developing and driving multi-stakeholder initiatives that seek to carry out research, create awareness and address food safety problems and risks in horticulture sector.
Guide TAHA members and stakeholders on new, emerging or re-emerging food safety hazards and risks, including the preparation of technical reports, briefs and position statements and appropriate messaging to different target groups and interests.
Contribute to the development of new approaches, tools and training materials related to the collection, analysis and use of food safety intelligence and standards for the prevention and control of food safety risks in horticulture sector
Take lead and technical backstopping roles in the review and or development of national and or local horticulture standards development
Coordinate development of local GAP for horticulture
Promote knowledge sharing at national, regional and international levels
Engage the Government and other Partners in addressing policy gaps as a way of improving standards and food safety systems in the industry.
Develop and implement field activities which contribute to implementation of various industry standards including training, monitoring, evaluation, Audits, etc
Support the promotion and adoption of sustainable environmental production practices in horticulture
Develop and implement capacity building programmes for standards and food safety in the industry.
Act as focal point to international standards institutions including GlobalGap, COLEACP, et
University degree in Agriculture, Food Safety, International Trade. Master’s Degree majoring Food Safety or related discipline is an advantage
Five years of relevant experience in food safety which included the implementation of food standards and analysis of food safety data/ information at national, regional or international levels
Working knowledge of English and Kiswahili
Interested and suitably qualified individuals should send their applications enclosing detailed Curriculum Vitae, photocopies of academic certificate and salary history to the following:
Human Resource and Administration Manager,
Tanzania Horticultural Association,
P.O. Box 16520,
Submission deadline is Friday 26th January, 2018.