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EFSA/X/AD/2017/03 Requisition #
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You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:


I.  Eligibility criteria


1. General requirements


• Be a national of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland or Norway;


• Enjoy full rights as a citizen;


• Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by laws concerning military service;


• Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post;[1]


• Have a thorough knowledge of one of the EU official languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU language;


• Meet the character requirements for the duties involved.


2. Qualifications


• A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least four (4) years attested by a diploma in life sciences or a related discipline;




• A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma in life sciences or a related discipline and appropriate professional experience of at least one (1) year when the normal period of university education is at least three (3) years.[2]


3. Experience


• At least twelve (12) years of proven professional experience [3] acquired after having obtained the qualifications mentioned in point 2 in positions corresponding to the nature of duties of the vacant post. Out of these twelve (12) years, at least two (2) years must have been gained in management functions (Head of Unit, Head of Sector, Team Leader or equivalent).


II. Selection criteria


1. Experience and knowledge


i. Proven experience in a managerial role (Head of Unit, Head of Sector, Team Leader or equivalent), preferably gained in a multicultural environment;


ii. Experience in managing and coordinating scientific activities in the area of public or environmental health, food or feed;


iii. Experience in facilitating and/or promoting scientific cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders;


iv. Knowledge of the EU regulatory framework in the area of food and/or feed safety is considered a plus;


v. A PhD in life science or a field related to food or feed safety is considered a plus.


2. Competencies


i. Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English;

ii. Ability to turn strategy into delivery;


iii. Ability to manage and promote change as a creative, value-adding and innovative leader;


iv. Ability to get the best out of team members, inspire and motivate them;


v. Ability to focus on critical facts and coordinate multiple activities to achieve goals;


vi. Ability to apply strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills within a complex organisation.


In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the English version and any of the other linguistic versions of this publication, the English language version shall prevail.

[1] Before appointment, a successful candidate shall be medically examined by an institution’s medical officer in order that the European Food Safety Authority may be satisfied that he/she fulfills the requirement of article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.

[2] Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities and qualifications recognised as equivalent by the relevant EU Member State authorities will be accepted. In instances where diplomas are obtained from a non-EU State, EFSA may request the candidate to provide a relevant document of comparability issued by a recognised authority.

[3] Professional experience shall be taken into account from the date on which the person fulfills the minimum qualifications for engagement. Any given period may be counted only once (in order to be calculated as eligible, years of studies or professional experience to be taken into account shall not overlap with other periods of studies or professional experience). Professional activities pursued part-time will be calculated pro-rata on the basis of the certified percentage of full-time hours worked.
Remunerated PhDs acquired in a field relevant to the job description can be counted as professional experience subject to a limit of three years.

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