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IOAS is seeking qualified Lead Assessors

As a result of expanding workloads in 2020 due to an increased number of applicants as well as a higher than usual volume of document screening and re-evaluations, we are seeking qualified Lead Assessors with experience in organic and sustainable food, cosmetics, and textiles schemes and related industries.

1. This is a freelance contract opportunity, compensation is based on a daily rate.
2. Work is assigned based on qualification and competence of the individual to conduct document review, assessments, and/or serve as Technical Expert.
3. Assignments will be offered by IOAS on an as-needed basis. The consultant may reject assignments based on availability and/or ability to complete the work.
Assessor’s obligations:
1. Prepare thoroughly for the assessment work including the review of any documentation indicated by the IOAS.
2. Collaborate with the IOAS in making all arrangements for any on-site visits and being responsible for booking their own travel where applicable, including completing any country entry requirements.
3. Where travel, meetings or inspections for any assessment are combined with any other activities, this should be done in agreement with the IOAS. Where such activities are agreed to, the travel costs will be apportioned accordingly.
4. 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.
5. At an initial meeting with CB staff explain the purpose and scope of the assessment including proposed timing and resources required.
6. Using the visit report format, either alone or with another assessor or technical expert, conduct an assessment of the CB according to the relevant norms and requirements maintaining an impartial perspective at all times.
7. Provide information and explanations to the CB but avoid the provision of solutions to noncompliances.
8. Collect and record objective evidence of compliance and noncompliance of the CB with the relevant norms.
9. Manage time carefully to ensure the visit schedule is implemented fully and all required questions are covered.
10. In an exit meeting present to the CB staff the findings from the assessment making clear that these findings are subject to review by the IOAS office and ultimately the Accreditation Committee.
11. Observe the assessment procedures, rules and guidelines of the IOAS as set down in the relevant policies and procedures.
12. Follow any specific instructions of the IOAS with respect to the visit, including any direction on the number or nature of files to be reviewed and the number and type of operators to be visited.
13. Complete the appropriate IOAS visit questionnaire with respect to the compliance of the certification body with the relevant Norms and to document all circumstances that appear exceptional, unclear or that remain unsettled, in additional and detailed remarks.
14. Upon return from the assessment visit, provide the report to the IOAS in English in the appropriate format within two weeks.
15. Make themselves available to respond to any questions arising from the review of the report by the IOAS.
16. Commit not to undertake employment or contracted work for any subject organisation for at least 12 months after the visit is performed.

Interested parties must have Lead Auditor Qualifications, and minimum 3-5 years’ experience conducting assessments of Certification Bodies for organic, sustainable, social compliance, and/or related food, textiles, or cosmetics manufacturing schemes.
Applicants must be able to work on their own as well as part of a team and show good attention to detail. Fluency in English is essential and at least one other language highly desirable.
Please visit our website to download the application form (FR0403), and submit the completed form, along with Curriculum Vitae, references, and copies of applicable certifications/qualifications to with subject line ‘2020 Assessor Recruitment’, Attn: Iris Rendon.

Closing date:
January 30, 2020

Download Details for Assessor.

Download FR0403 Application form.

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