Seafood Verification Agency Adviser - Kiribati


The New Zealand Government has partnered with the Government of Kiribati to provide guidance and mentoring to the Kiribati Seafood Verification Agency while providing operational technical advice. Through this assistance to strengthen the Kiribati Seafood Verification Agency as the Competent Authority responsible for official and technical food safety assurances for overseas market access requirements, Kiribati will meet international obligations to manufacture and supply safe seafood products to international markets. Capacity-building will be an important part of the role.

Some of the key functions of this role include:

  • Provide leadership and mentoring for the Kiribati Seafood Verification Agency.
  • Provide training to the Competent Authority team on leadership and the importance of the team working together effectively.
  • Facilitate and provide technical advice and mentoring for inspectors on inspection procedures, auditing and other Competent Authority official control functions.
  • Liaise with the Competent Authority, the Secretary and fishing industry on compliance and understanding of international market access requirements.
  • Assist with the establishment of Competent Authority in Kiritimati.
  • The maintenance of the National Control Plan detailing all regulatory inspection operations, procedures and frequencies, including Code of Conduct and anti-corruption guidelines that require the compliance of Competent Authority staff.
  • Regular programme of inspection of the fishing industry, with staff trained and competent with frequency of visits based on risk characteristics of products, and corrective action procedures properly implemented when deficiencies are identified.
  • Maintain verification databases that will provide the Competent Authority with accurate export and production data regarding analysis, assessment and management of health risks.
  • Provide progress reporting on delivery of the priority outputs.

This opportunity will appeal if you have:

  • University level qualification (Degree) in one of the disciplines of: veterinary science, food science, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, microbiology, or other relevant discipline with additional qualifications in sanitary control in fisheries products.
  • Qualified with demonstrated skills in regulatory compliance/food safety principles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience managing and leading Competent Authorities in Pacific Island Countries and working with countries pursuing European Union Competent Authority listing.
  • Experience working with national Competent Authorities to develop and implement regulatory inspection programmes and proven experience running regulatory verification activities
  • Experience working with the commercial fishing industry in processing technology, quality control and food safety based on Hazard Analyses and Critical Control Point principles
  • Knowledge of evaluating compliance with sanitary market access requirements
  • High level of verbal communication skills and the ability to clearly and competently converse in English
  • Able to work in a complex and challenging work and living environment with the patience, creativity and tenacity to deal with institutional and cultural challenges.

Working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Developments key staff, Technical Advisors and other stakeholders you will be required to build positive and productive relationships. You will have the ability to be politically sensitive and recognise the importance of stakeholder engagement; be self-managing and work independently; be highly organised, have self-motivated structured programme and reporting work habits, and understand and respect the culture and diversity of the environment.

This role will appeal if you are interested in being part of a programme that directly contributes to the enhancement of local communities in Kiribati. The initial assignment will be for a period of one year, part time (potential second year, part time may be agreed subject to availability of funding) spent working with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development in Kiribati. A possible extension of up to a further two years on a fly-in-fly-out basis may be considered following the initial two years

Closing date for applications: 5:00pm (NZ Time) on Wednesday 8th January 2020

Hudson Recruitment has been engaged to manage this procurement process. Please refer all correspondence, queries or requests for more information, instructions on how to apply (please note that I am unable to accept your application via email) and a copy of the full Role Description to:

Rebecca Wilson

Principal Consultant, Hudson, Wellington, New Zealand

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