Zonal Coordinator, Universal Salt Iodization (USI) Project

Jan 09, 2017 10:40 am

Micronutrient Initiative Company Name: Micronutrient Initiative

Job Title: Zonal Coordinator, Universal Salt Iodization (USI) Project

Job Type: Full Time

Job Category: NGO/Development

Deadline: 15 Jan,2017

Educational Qualification:

A professional degree in Food Technology, Food Engineering, Public Health, Nutrition from a recognized university



A professional degree in Food Technology, Food Engineering, Public Health, Nutrition from a recognized university with 3 years working experiences in development field. Working experiences in processed food industries, food fortification, private sector, nutrition related issues will be added advantage. 



Strong leadership skills and ability to work independently and generate innovation will be given preference. Extensive field travel will be needed in each month. Computer skilled in MS word, MS excel and power point is mandatory.

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in English (reading, writing & oratory skills) is a prerequisite.

NOTE: This job description can and will be amended as required from time to time.


Instruction :

How to apply?

Please submit the following documents electronically in one file in MS Word: Your curriculum vitae, a suitability note for the position of “Zonal Coordinator - USI” and names of two (2) referees to the following email address

The closing date for receiving applications is January 15, 2017. Only short-listed candidates will receive an acknowledgment and will be called for personal interactions.


MI is a non-smoking work environment


Job Detail:

The Micronutrient Initiative (www.micronutrient.org) is an international Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to ensuring that the world's most vulnerable - especially women and children in developing countries - get the vitamins and minerals they need to survive and thrive. With headquarters in Ottawa, Canada MI maintains regional offices in New Delhi, India and Dakar, Senegal that manage country offices in Asia and Africa. The Micronutrient Initiative requires the services of: Zonal Coordinator, Universal Salt Iodization Project.


1. Identification
Position Title:
Zonal Coordinator, Universal Salt Iodization (USI) Project, Bangladesh
Reports to/Position Title:
National Program Officer, Fortification, with a functional relationship with the Country Director, Bangladesh
Last date of application: 15 January 2017
2. Overall Purpose/Broad Objectives:
The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) requires the service of Zonal Coordinator for the Universal Salt Iodization (USI) program to provide technical support to the salt factories, onsite training of the factory personnel on salt iodization plant (SIP) operation, supporting and strengthening the quality control system at the zonal levels.

3. Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the guidance and supervision of the NPO, Fortification, the specific tasks of the Zonal Coordinator will include:

Technical and operational support to SIPs and salt millers

Preparation of a monthly inspection plan in consultation with the factory owners and the BSCIC staff such that at least 2 factories will be covered in a day and each factory will be visited twice in a month.
During the factory visit:
Conduct a technical audit of the plant infrastructure and operations.
Calibrate and check Iodate dosing pump/centrifugal pump for delivering measured quantities of solution after collection of salt samples for testing and whenever required.
Verify data logbooks maintained by plant personnel and recommend suggestions for improvement.
Perform maintenance audit and record the status of equipment in an inspection book.
Suggest corrective measures and immediately implement in case of any noted discrepancy.
If case of non-complying factories, ascertain the reasons for non-compliance and report to BSCIC/MI immediately.
MI will assess whether a different approach with that producer is required in consultation with BSCIC officials.
Facilitate quality control and quality assurance

Facilitate the effective use of zonal CIDD laboratories to ascertain the iodine content in salt.
Ensure that the BSCIC (CIDD) salt inspectors collect a minimum of 6 salt samples (in duplicates) from each operational SIP each month spread over 2 or 3 visits (preferably at least 3 samples every 15 days) on random basis prior to any calibration for laboratory analysis as per the guidelines in the Operational Strategy.
For validation collect sample no. 1 from the first visit and sample no. 4 from the second visit and send to IPHN at the end of every month.
Facilitate the BSCIC (CIDD) lab personnel to test minimum six salt samples from each operational mill at CIDD project zonal salt testing laboratories.
Support the BSCIC (CIDD) personnel in recording the results in registers maintained at CIDD project laboratories and also document in their own record book.
A duly signed “Monthly Plant wise Statement of Quality of Salt” for individual mills will be sent to MI Dhaka office for entering into database (BSIIS) by the 7th of every month.
Adequate concentration of iodate solution will be facilitated in the iodate solution tank/bucket through random testing of the iodate solution to verify the concentration level and providing immediate feedback for correction.
Establish the Levy Jennings plot as part of the internal quality assurance of salt iodine estimation in each laboratory.
Early feedback will be provided to each factory on the process of testing based on validation of samples.
Facilitate BSCIC salt staff to provide training to the private laboratory technicians at CIDD labs or millers own premises whichever is suitable and help in sourcing of laboratory equipment, chemicals for private millers.
Organizing triannual review meetings (TRM) with the millers to share the trends of iodization in a group and develop a plan of action.
Training and motivation of millers

Orient / reorient owners, managers, operators and assistants of the selected SIPs regularly on the operations of the SIP. In addition, from imparting technical skills, also include motivational aspects whereby the personnel are motivated to use the SIP.
Orient / reorient factory personnel in maintaining proper log books recording of production of iodized/non iodized salt, potassium iodate procurement and utilization.
Motivate the factory personnel in keeping the plant operating and maintenance manual at each SIP site handy and for ready use.
Liaisoning with BSCIC, local government and other agencies

Provide feedback to the BSCIC on the process and quality of iodized salt on a regular basis.
Be the first point of contact for trouble shooting
Along with the BSCIC inspector and the relevant staff of BITAC/maintenance agency ensure that any shortcomings are addressed as quickly as possible.
Maintain a record of such trouble shooting operations, including the date of complaint, the nature of complaint, action taken by the Zonal Coordinator - USI, the response received from maintenance agency, the date of corrective action, report from the owner/manager of the SIP.

Prepare and submit monthly work plan for the following month along with the monthly activity report for approval
To support the project to maintain proper functioning of computer and internet system
To work with the MI country office on any other issues as required