Food Processing Technologist Job at Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA)

Vacancy title:
Food Processing Technologist

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Food Processing & Sales ]

Jobs at:

Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA)

Deadline of this Job:
28 September 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa

Date Posted: Friday, September 17, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

We are seeking 2 Technologists for the Food processing Enterprise to support the Enterprise Lead in the technical management of the enterprise, as well as in hands-on student training in food processing. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in food processing of the most common animal and plant products of Rwanda: meat processing (meat cuts, sausages, curing, smoking), dairy processing (testing, pasteurization, fermentation, yogurt, cheese, butter, etc), fruit and vegetable processing (preparation for fresh market, juice, fruit jam, fermentation, drying, milling, baking, etc..). The candidate should be knowledgeable in food safety, production, and marketing as these are key management skills needed for this position. He/she should be able to work independently and efficiently direct the activities of the enterprise and must also show genuine interest in food processing. Candidates who have a passion for food processing education and who are willing to actively engage with students in the learning environment by demonstrating technical skills will be prioritized. The responsibilities of the successful candidate are listed below.

• Produce safe and food products using good manufacturing practices.
• Optimize productivity on the Food Processing Enterprise.
• Ensure profitability and sustainability of the Food Processing Enterprise.
• Supervise and coordinate day-to-day operations of the Food Processing Enterprise.
• Properly manage the production resources used on the Food Processing Enterprise.
• Work with the Enterprise Lead and other academic staff in hands-on training of students in food processing operations and practices.
• Perform Food Processing Enterprise key management operations including hygienic food production and marketing, and facility management operations
• Regularly inspect food processing facilities and equipment to ensure compliance with recommended standards, and to determine maintenance and repair requirements.
• Comply with health and safety policies and procedures of the Food Processing Enterprise.
• Assist in planning, development, and implementation of procedures and practices for the operation of Food Processing Enterprise.
• Timely collect and organize detailed records of enterprise operations.
• Support in design and implementation of research and extension projects planning.
• Prepares enterprise activity reports for evaluation.
• Report to the Enterprise Lead in the technical management of the Dairy Enterprise.
• Supervise enterprise workers, internees, and fellows under the food processing facility.
• Assist RICA Farm Manager with farm operation activities outside the enterprise as time permits.
• Any other relevant task that may be assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree in food science and technology. An MSc degree is an asset.
• Proven experience with routine food processing enterprise operations and labor management.
• Proven knowledge and hands on experience in food processing and marketing.
• Capable of running the Food Processing Enterprise.
• Able to operate and maintain food processing machinery.
• Capable of helping teach within the Enterprise
• Enthusiasm for experiential learning and team teaching and capable of managing students working within the Food Processing Enterprise.
• Advanced speaker of English.
• Computer literate especially in Microsoft Word and Excel, and ready to learn other computer programs.
• Hands-on experience of at least three (3) years in food processing.
• Hands-on experience of at least three (3) years in the use of food processing equipment and machinery.
• Proven field experience with the Rwandan food industry.
• Demonstrated relevant management and leadership experience.
• Able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member in the accomplishment of assigned duties.
• Strong ability to coordinate, prioritize a busy work and organize workload, take initiative and work under pressure to meet deadlines and targets.
• Experience and ability to keep detailed records of activities and inventory related to enterprise operations.
• Enthusiasm and motivation to be part of a team working towards the RICA missions and goals.
• Ability to adapt to a new context and learn new things.

Fill in the information required, upload, and submit the documents in English to the link provided below.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 36

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree


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Job Info
Job Category: Administrative jobs in Rwanda
Job Type: Full-time
Deadline of this Job: 28 September 2021
Duty Station: Kigali
Posted: 17-09-2021
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 17-09-2021
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 17-09-2065
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