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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 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 related areas; OR

• A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma in Life Sciences or related areas; 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


• In addition to the above, at least nine (9) years of relevant and proven professional experience gained after obtaining the diploma. [3]


II. Selection criteria


1. Experience and knowledge


i. Experience in risk assessment of chemicals and/or enzymes used in food/feed;


ii. Experience in development and implementation of project management practices, in the area or scientific risk assessment preferably gained in an international/EU environment;


iii. Experience of coordinating multidisciplinary teams/working groups preferably gained in an international/EU environment;


iv. Experience in communication on scientific topics to a variety of stakeholders both orally and in writing (e.g. scientific presentations, trainings, lectures);


v. Knowledge of the EU regulatory framework in the area of food/feed or consumer safety is an asset.


2. Competencies


vi. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written English;


vii. Negotiating: Can negotiate skilfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups;


viii. Political Savvy and Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly. Can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately;


ix. Motivating others: Ability to motivate direct reports or project members and getting the best put of collaborators;


x. Analysis and problem solving: Ability to identify the critical facts in difficult issues and develops creative and practical solutions;


xi. Drive for Results: Ability to take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering high quality work.


[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] 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] Professional experience shall be taken into account from the date on which the person fulfils 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. PhDs acquired in a field relevant to the job description can be counted as professional experience up to a duration of 3 years maximum. Paid traineeships are counted as working experience.



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.



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