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Seafood Quality Assurances Specialist consultancy (1 position)

Posted: 12 March 2018
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20 March 2018 Food & Nutrition Somalia Full Time 5 Years Bachelor’s degree in food science and Technology Nogetiable GEEL
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Title: Seafood Quality Assurances Specialist consultancy 1 position Background:

Scope of work

Location: Somalia/Somaliland Duration: 6 months (Renewable)

Growth, Enterprise, Employment & Livelihoods (GEEL) is 5-year USAID-funded project designed to promote and facilitate inclusive economic growth in Puntland, Somaliland and other existing and emerging federal states. The project is currently focusing on the agricultural sector, fisheries and renewable energy. It will also seek to strengthen the business enabling environment through improving access to finance, policy and regulation, and business development services. Focus will be given to increase the participation of women and youth in the economy as entrepreneurs, employers, and employees.


It is widely acknowledged that fisheries have a key role to play in expanding sustainable employment, enterprise and livelihoods in Somalia. The sector is known to have extensive under exploited stocks of fish (FAO 2014) albeit some species such as lobster and sea cucumber are overexploited. The many species of tropical reef fish and high value pelagic fish, such as swordfish, mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna, makes fish exports ripe for seafood companies wishing to increase revenue. However, Somalia’s international reputation of producing junk quality fish needs to be turned around to that of a producer of food safe, high quality fish.

GEEL is engaging with at least one internationally recognized seafood quality assurance and certification company. The company(s) will focus on making it possible for local Somali companies to prepare their facilities, train staff, implement acceptable operating practices and have products tested locally to fulfil certified export standards.  The growing portfolio of fisheries projects within GEEL necessitates the Team Leader being assisted with specialist support, especially regarding liaison between seafood enterprises and the appointed seafood quality assurance and certification company(s). The Seafood Quality Assurances Specialist is also required to brief local seafood company representatives on the requirements involved in preparing their facilities to acceptable standards, the necessity for change, training needs, time and cost of introducing seafood quality standards and ongoing requirements and auditing needs.  Doing this prior to engaging a certification

company will give the seafood business representatives time to prepare, get clarification on issues and decide if certification is really what they want.

General Responsibilities -Seafood Quality Assurances consultancy

Assist the Team Leader to implement seafood quality assurance activities according to annual work plans; Work closely and coordinate with program activities in Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa offices, ensure good

working relationship with all GEEL offices:

Develop close working relationships with key sector stakeholders to create commitment to seafood quality assurance;

As required, act as GEEL contact with seafood companies and cooperatives to ensure their inclusion into the broad quality assurance activities of GEEL;

As directed by the Fisheries Team Leader, represent GEEL among the various stakeholders engaged in the seafood quality assurance sector, including fisherfolk, processors, associations, exporters, government, and donors with

similar projects;

Provide pre-HACCP seafood quality assessments to ascertain levels of commitment;

Develop base-line indicators to monitor and measure success of GEEL seafood quality interventions; Support the design and implementation of seafood quality initiatives;

Liaise closely with GEEL’s partner(s) (seafood quality company(s)) to ensure unity and similar goals;

Work with the fisheries team (engineers) to identify and evaluate key opportunities that could receive mentoring and technical support from GEEL (such as cold storage installations or water sterilization systems);

Provide detailed liaison and briefings; as may be requested; on seafood quality issues by COP and USAID;

Any other seafood quality related tasks that may be allotted to the post by the Fisheries Team Leader, DCOP or COP.


The Seafood Quality Assurances Specialist will report directly to the Fisheries Team Leader or designee


Bachelor’s degree in food science and Technology or equivalent recognized certifications and experience

At least 5 years of experience facilitating and/or managing seafood quality control programs in at least the following areas HACCP, SQF, GMP

Proven experience designing HACCP small seafood facilities, (receival, sorting, processing, packing, chilling and disbursement areas, plus toilets, locker rooms, lunchrooms, etc)

A minimum of two years implementing, overseeing or auditing export quality assurance certification systems

Proven ability to implement or oversee HACCP / SQF training courses

At least 10 years of experience in the seafood industry, preferably within the private sector

Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Excel

Preferably Somali speaking candidates who can travel throughout Somalia

How to apply:

Interested applicants who meet the above requirements can submit updated CV and cover letter to with subject line specifically indicating: Application for Seafood Quality Assurance Consultancy


Deadline by 20th March 2018