National Specialist in Post-harvest Management and Value addition for Fruits
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Under the direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme) the National Specialist in Post-harvest management and Value addition for fruits will report to the National Project Specialist.

He / she will work under technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and the Project Task Force (PTF.)

Technical Focus

The National Specialist in Post harvest management of fruits will be responsible for identification of the current gaps in post-harvest, quality, losses and reasons for lowering value chain efficiencies.

Moreover, the expert need to identify areas for support under the SSC project for increasing the capacity to adopt improved post-harvest and processing practices, technologies, business skills and quality standards for better access to domestic and export market opportunities, mainly to China.

Priority Fruit Crops are Mango, Banana & Pineapples).

Tasks and responsibilities

His / her tasks include, but not limited to :

The key functions of the National Specialist in Post harvest management of fruits & Improvements :

  • Asses the current situation, gaps and problems related to post harvest management of fruits and upgrading of the identified chains.
  • Based on input received from DOA, Fruit Research & Development Institute, Provincial Departments of Agriculture (09 Provinces), Institute of Post-harvest Technology (IPHT), Hector Kobbekaduwa Research & Training Institute (HARTI), Department of Agrarian Development, Universities and other relevant public and private sector stakeholders, prepare a detailed work plan for improvement of post-harvest management options in Sri Lankan both local and for exports chains.
  • Iidentify areas for support under the SSC project for increasing the capacity to adopt improved post-harvest and processing practices.

  • Document the best approaches, lessons learnt and innovative methodology for post-harvest management improvements
  • Prepare a final report indicating proposals / methodologies for improvement of post-harvest management fruits & value addition in Sri Lanka, with special emphasis on exportation to China.
  • Undertake any other tasks assigned or that is relevant in supporting the efficient implementation of the project.
  • In all activities, liaising with Chinese Expert on Fruit Post harvest management and obtaining their inputs is mandatory.

    Minimum Requirements

  • An advanced degree (a Master’s Degree or equivalent) in the fields of Food Science / Agriculture / Project Management or fields relevant to the subject matter of project;
  • Minimum of 05 years of experience in food / agriculture fields, with high consideration given to specific experience in post-harvest management of fruits & their value addition, food law, regulations of food standards and related governance mechanisms;
  • Good communication skills with proficiency in written and spoken English, while oral skills in Sinhala and / or Tamil being an added advantage.
  • The candidate must be a National of Sri Lanka or should hold a regular work permit.
  • FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
  • Selection criteria

  • Experience in international development an added advantage;
  • Good understanding of agriculture / food related development issues and similar activities in Sri Lanka;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with government structures at national level and wider stakeholders and being well versed with national communication processes an added advantage;
  • Knowledge of UN administration and related procedures an advantage;
  • Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact :
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and / or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website :
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
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