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Food Safety Technical Experts are being sought to support the implementation and delivery of a new FDA FSMA accreditation program. The Technical Expert position would be on an as-needed contract basis, with compensations commensurate with experience. Interested parties must have recently completed the PCQI training programs designed by FSPCA. It is anticipated that most of the audits will take place in Latin America though they may be anywhere in the world.

Technical Expert Job Description

The role of the Technical Expert may be fulfilled by staff or by external freelance workers and report to the Programme Manager.

The technical expert is a person assigned by the IOAS to support the assessor in the assessment of a certification body (CB) in circumstances when the technical aspects of the scheme under review is not within the capabilities of the assessor. The assessment is a process undertaken by the IOAS to assess the competence of a CB based on a particular standard or other normative document and for a defined scope of accreditation.

It is the job of the Technical Expert to:

a) Liaise with the Assessor, Client Manager and as appropriate the Progamme Manager in organising the on-site visit.
b) Alert the Client Manager to any possible conflicts of interest.
c) With guidance from the Client Manager make suitable travel arrangements including completing any country entry requirements.
d) Familiarise themselves with the report format prepared by the Client Manager and ensure that they have available all relevant and up to date normative documents and relevant documents of the CB and any relevant history of the IOAS assessment.
e) Conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times representing the IOAS whether at the premises of the CB or their clients.
f) Using the visit report format, and in support of the assessor on the technical aspects of the relevant standard, conduct an assessment of the competence of the CB according to the relevant norms and requirements maintaining an impartial perspective at all times.
g) Provide information and explanations to the CB but avoid the provision of solutions to noncompliances.
h) Collect and record objective evidence of compliance and noncompliance of the CB with the relevant technical norms and provide them to the assessor.
i) Manage time carefully to ensure the visit schedule is implemented fully and all required questions are covered.
j) In an exit meeting and in support to the assessor present to the CB staff the findings from the site visit making clear that these findings are subject to review by the IOAS office and ultimately the Accreditation Committee.
k) Within two weeks compile a concise report of the site visit including findings and provide to the assessor for inclusion in his/her report to be forwarded to the Client Manager for review.
l) Make themselves available to respond to any questions arising from the review by the Client Manager.
m) At the same time, submit their invoice and expense return for payment (external Technical Expert only).
n) Each contribution to the visit report of an external Technical Expert is reviewed and feedback provided. The Technical Expert is invited to comment on this feedback from the Client Manager.

To apply: please email info@ioas.org for an application form.
Closing date: Ongoing until further notice.



Food Safety focused Accreditation Committee members are being sought to facilitate GlobalG.A.P. and FSMA accreditation decisions. The Accreditation Committee is a volunteer position appointed by the IOAS Board, only requiring you to participate in teleconferences and a once a year physical meeting, which may be held anywhere in the world.

All travel expenses would be paid for by IOAS and a $1000 honorarium is provided for your convenience.


Candidates must apply via email to info@ioas.org with the following:

  1. A nomination from any organisation or individual.
  2. A full curriculum vitae (resumé)
  3. A statement of their interest in seeking the appointment.

Closing date:

Applications accepted until further notice.


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