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Senior Legal Officer 


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy 
is looking for a 
Senior Legal Officer 
(Temporary Agent, Grade AD8) 

Please send us your application by no later than 18 November 2019 at midnight (local time), following the instructions in the ANNEX

The purpose of this call is to establish a talent pool (reserve list) that may be used for the recruitment of staff when a position becomes available and will be valid until 31/12/2020. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.


Are you a highly motivated professional with experience in the legal field? Do you want to play an active role within a dynamic team in a multicultural organization?


EFSA is looking for a senior legal officer with a drive for processes design and improvements, and change initiatives.

Your key responsibilities

Working under the responsibility of the Head of Unit you will be responsible for:


§  Contribute to the design and implementation of processes linked to the implementation of (EC) No 178/2002 as amended;

§  Draft or present legal opinions, briefs, reports and correspondence on any legal issue referred for consideration;

§  Present and explain the interpretation of law or legal positions at internal or external meetings;

§  Draft EFSA’s internal policies, rules, decisions, standard operating procedures or working instructions;

§  Ensure the proper interpretation and implementation of all primary and secondary legislation applicable or pertaining to EFSA activities;

§  Coordinate consultations with external sources, including EU institutions and agencies, Member States and lawyers;

§  Support the development of EFSA’s position vis-à-vis legal challenges brought against EFSA;

§  Follow up on all legislative initiatives pertaining or impacting on the Authority and coordinating with EFSA colleagues on these matters;

§  Provide legal and regulatory advice related to the activities of the EFSA Scientific Committees and Panels;

§  Provide assistance to the Executive Director in providing the secretariat of the Management Board;

§  Ensure consistent implementation of, and compliance with, independence, Staff Regulations or transparency provisions across the organisation;

§  Contribute to the development of strategic documents.

You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 500 million EU citizens.
EFSA employs approximately 450 staff members, and its Scientific Committee and Panels engage highly qualified and independent scientific experts. Every position within EFSA plays an important part in creating an inspirational environment in which to work and develop.
You will be joining EFSA at an exciting time as we are preparing for the implementation of the Transparency Regulation: EFSA will expand its mandate and grow considerably over the next few years.
To find out more about EFSA, visit us at

Life in Parma

Parma is a lively city of around 200.000 inhabitants located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Its centre is rich in art, there are parks and architecture from different periods. Parma is famous for its food, wine and its varied surrounding landscape with small villages, rich in history, medieval castles, and picturesque countryside. Parma is strategically located between major Italian cities like Milano and Bologna, and also within reachable distance of ski resorts, natural parks, seaside and mountains.

Salary and benefits

EFSA can offer the selected candidate a contract of 5 years with the possibility of renewal. 
The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent Grade AD8 with the basic salary starting from € 6.934,02 monthly, subject to an annual review of remuneration provided for in Article 65(1) of the Staff Regulations.

In addition to the basic salary, EFSA offers a range of benefits:

•        Various allowances to which the successful jobholder may be entitled, such as a household allowance, expatriation allowance (16% of basic salary), dependent child allowance and education allowance. The salary is subject to a Community tax deducted at source and staff members are exempt from national taxation.

•        A comprehensive welfare package including pension scheme, medical, accident and occupational disease insurance coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance, and travel insurance. Further information regarding rights, conditions of employment and benefits can be found at the following links:


You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:

I. Eligibility criteria

1. General requirements

Be 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)    A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least four (4) years attested by a diploma[2] in the legal area;


b)   A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma[2] in the legal area, and in addition at least one (1) year of professional experience.

3. Experience

In addition to the above, at least nine (9) years of proven professional experience[3] acquired after having obtained the qualifications mentioned in point 2.

In case you do not fulfil all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.

II. Selection criteria

1. Technical competencies

i. At least eight (8) years of professional experience in drafting legal documents, opinions and in developing internal policies and regulations;
ii. At least three (3) years of professional in proposing process changes to facilitate and rationalise improvements as a result of the business requirements analysis;
iii. At least three (3) years of professional experience acquired in international and/or multicultural environment;
iv. Experience in managing litigations in written and oral stages of court proceedings;
v. Exceptional analytical ability to apply legal excellence in the identification and description of legal risks and the development of constructive solutions;
vi. Knowledge by training or experience of the judicial proceedings and/or administrative procedure in Union law;
vii. Knowledge by training or experience of the institutional framework of EU institutions/bodies/agencies;
viii. Knowledge by training or experience of intellectual property law;
ix. Knowledge by training or experience of Union food law.


2. Behavioural competencies

x. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate and inform effectively in both spoken and written English; 
xi. Analysis and problem solving: Ability to identify the critical facts in difficult issues and develop creative and practical solutions, taking into consideration future consequences;
xii. Drive for results: Ability to take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering high quality work;
xiii. Negotiating: Ability to negotiate skilfully in tough situations and to settle differences with minimum noise in a direct and forceful as well as diplomatic way;
xiv.  Informing: Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team, unit and/or the organisation. Is timely with information according to the organisation priorities.


For the purpose of shortlisting candidates to be invited to the assessment phase, the applications' screening will be carried out using solely the information provided by candidates in the section "Job specific questions" of the online application form. Candidates are invited to carefully complete their application, following the instructions in the ANNEX that represents an integral part of this vacancy.


[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 fulfils the requirement of article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.

[2] Any academic qualification mentioned in the application form shall be duly supported by evidence (original or certified copies of e.g. diplomas, certification, etc.) 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 Member State, EFSA may request the candidate to provide a relevant document of comparability issued by a recognised authority.

[3] Any professional experience mentioned in the application form shall be duly supported by evidence (original or certified copies of e.g. contracts, payslips etc.). Professional experience shall be taken into account from the date on which the person fulfils the minimum qualifications for engagement. In order for your professional experience to be taken into consideration, it must be supported by relevant documents attesting an actual work relationship defined by the following elements: real, genuine work; on a paid basis; as employee (any type of contract), or provider of a service.  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 up to 3 years. Paid traineeships are counted as working experience. Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate(s) will need to provide original versions of documents proving the candidate’s work experience.

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