Technical Assistance for Development of Research and Innovation Facilities for Improving the Regional Competitiveness of Food Industry (INNOFOOD)
NKE ToR – Process Engineer
Objective of the Project: To improve SMEs' R&D capacity and product development capabilities in food and beverage sectors.
Objective of the Position: To assist in the studies carried out within the scope of Role Model Projects on pilot processing lines at the Food Innovation Center.
Duration and Number of Working Days: Up to 100 days (Feb – Oct 23)
The main objective of “Development of Research and Innovation Facilities for Improving the Regional Competitiveness of Food Industry (INNOFOOD)” project is to assist the SMEs and start-ups operating in the food and beverage sector, mainly in 12 NUTS II regions on their way to increase the competitiveness of the sectors in the foreign and domestic markets by improving the quality and safety of their products and developing new value-added food products/processes as a result of R&D and innovation, with establishment of the R&D and innovation facilities and networking platform required for the development of food sector. Planed infrastructure related with INNOFOOD project targets to accomplish three defined areas of activity, namely:
Results are defined as establishment of the institutional capacity (administrative and operational structures) of the Food Innovation Platform of Turkey (TÜGİP) with regards to a well-developed strategic plan, having the Platform operationalized with awareness all over Turkey, establishment of institutional capacity of Advanced Food Safety Laboratory (AFSL) and Food Innovation Centre (FIC) to provide services to SMEs and start-ups in developing regions of Turkey, and increased R&D and innovation capacity of SMEs in food sector.
Current State of Play
The project is started on 15 June 2020 and the period of implementation will be 40 months with the end date of 15 October 2023.
Task and Duties
The Expert will have the responsibility of guiding pilot production of the R&D studies carried in the framework of Role Model Projects at the Food Innovation Centre. During the implementation of the Role Model Projects pilot processing lines of Food Innovation Centre will be used by the researchers of TÜGİP and participant companies of the program. NKE is expected to assist researchers during the use of pilot lines and the management of the machinery park and the determination of technical maintenance and repair needs during the implementation. In the use of pilot processing lines, he/she will assist the researchers to ensure the operating safety of the studies.
The task and duties mainly cover executing and/or contributing the following tasks:
The expert is needed to work in close cooperation with the Team Leader, OCU members and other NKEs. The expert will provide a mission report at the end of each month that he/she worked. All reports will include the information of the duties that he/she carried out during the implementation of Role Model Project in pilot lines.
Bachelor or MS degree in Food Engineering, Machinery Engineering or Engineering with food manufacturing sector experience.
General, all related to the food sector:
Monitoring and Evaluation of Inputs
The NKE inputs and outputs will be formally monitored and evaluated by the Team Leader.