Food Fortification Program (FFP)
Food Fortification Facilitator – Food Department Lab
Position Title: Food Fortification Facilitator – Food Department Lab
Reports To: Provincial Project Manager (Wheat Flour Fortification) based in Islamabad
Duty Station: Gilgit Baltistan
Date Prepared: August 10th, 2020
Pakistan has high burden of malnutrition and facing health and economic consequences due to undernutrition. The National Nutrition Survey of Pakistan (2018) found that a majority of children and women of reproductive age were suffer from multiple micronutrient deficiencies. Large-scale food fortification, the addition of vitamins and minerals to staple foods, is one of the globally recommended strategy to address micronutrients malnutrition.
In order to combat micronutrient malnutrition in Pakistan, a five-year program funded by UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) was started in 2016 for fortification of wheat flour and edible oil/ghee, to cover all wheat flour and edible oil/ghee mills in Pakistan. In its last year of operation, the program is being implemented by Mott MacDonald and the Nutrition International in collaboration with key government departments at National and Provincial level and with industry associations like Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) and Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA). The program is providing support to the industry to adequately fortify wheat flour and edible oil/ghee and to the government to improve food fortification regulatory and enforcement system. The support is also provided to raise awareness on the benefits of the fortified food and generate evidence to formulate relevant policies to combat micronutrient deficiencies in Pakistan.
In order to provide support to the food department GB to effectively implement Quality Assurance & Quality Control (QAQC) procedures and fortification standards for wheat flour fortification; the FFP requires the services of the Food Fortification Facilitator to be posted at the food testing laboratories of the Food department and perform the following duties.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct laboratory tests to detect fortification status of wheat flour to ensure products meet government standards.
- Prepare samples wheat flour for testing at Spectrophotometer using accredited testing protocols.
- Assist in testing and calibrating lab equipment.
- Assist technical staff of the food regulatory bodies in design and implementation of the quality assurance and quality control parameters of food fortification.
- Maintain adequate inventory of the reagents and consumables required to perform tests.
- Ensure maintenance of the laboratory equipment.
- Develop capacity building plan and implement to build capacity of the government staff in FFP designated laboratories to perform food fortification related tests to ensure sustainability.
- Record and compile test results, and prepare graphs, charts, briefs and reports to present to Government and FFP.
- Develop data base of vendors and suppliers engaged in supply of laboratory equipment, reagents and consumables.
- Act as a technical resource person for capacity building of flour mills Laboratory staff. .
- Any other task assigned by FFP.
- Master of Science in Chemistry/Food Sciences with hands on food laboratory experience.
- Experience of working on Spectrophotometer for testing of different vitamins and mineral in food items would be added advantage.
- Familiarity with food fortification standards at national and provincial levels.
- Fluency in written and spoken English & Urdu is mandatory.
Regular travel within allocated zone/districts to the government departments and flour mills will be required.
Other Specific Skills/Requirements:
- Proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Excellent interpersonal communication, problem solving and writing skills.
- Nutrition International is an equal opportunity employer and women are strongly encouraged to apply.