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EFSA/F/4/2021/02 Requisition #

Social Scientist

EFSA/F/4/2021/02 

 

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy 

is looking for a 

Social Scientist

(Contract Agent, Function Group IV) 

 

Please send us your application by no later than 16 March 2021 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 31/12/2022. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.

 

 IS THIS JOB FOR YOU?

 

Are you a social scientist with expertise in generating insights that can help institutions adapt to the needs of their target audiences? Are you passionate about communication in the areas of food or science?

Are you interested in working within the EU food safety system, to conduct social research that contributes to an open dialogue with society, including clear and impactful communication?

The successful candidate will build effective relationships within and outside the organisation identifying where social sciences can be of added value for EFSA’s work, commissioning research and providing advice for informing communication and engagement activities, in line with the principles of an audience-first approach.  

The jobholder will work in the Communication, Engagement and Cooperation department. The mission of the department is to improve trust in EFSA by increasing the visibility of its work, protecting and enhancing its reputation, and fostering co-operation among partners and stakeholders at national, EU, and global levels. 

 

Your key responsibilities

 

• Identify where social research, advice or expertise can be of added value for the organisation’s initiatives and projects;

• Conduct social research and provide analytical, evidence-based advice to support risk assessment process, inform risk communication and strengthen corporate initiatives;

• Work closely with leading experts in social sciences, and build links with external organisations, agencies and academic institutions.

 

WHY EFSA?

 

You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 445 million EU citizens.
EFSA employs around 500 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.
EFSA’s standards and values are driven by ethics and integrity and all staff is expected to act in a manner consistent with its principles, including fairness, transparency and impartiality in work practices and conduct towards other people.
As an EFSA staff member, you will have the chance to make a difference to European food safety working in an international and dynamic environment. You will also be able to participate in several valuable networking opportunities across Europe.
Furthermore, 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 www.efsa.europa.eu.

 

WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOU?

 

Life in Parma

 

Parma is a lively city of around 200.000 inhabitants located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Italy. Its centre is rich in art, with architecture from different periods and plenty of parks. Parma is famous for its food, surrounding picturesque countryside and medieval castles. It is strategically located between major cities like Milano and Bologna and within reachable distance from ski resorts, 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 Contract Agent Function Group IV with the basic salary starting from € 3.555,98 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.
  • Wide range of leaves (e.g. annual leave, parental leave, public holidays) and flexible working hours. Besides working in EFSA’s modern headquarter located in the heart of Parma, staff members are also offered the possibility to telework up to 50% of working time.
  • 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:

Staff Regulations

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 
 

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION REQUIREMENTS?

 

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 three (3) years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: sociology, psychology, anthropology or any related discipline.[2]

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

 

 

II. Selection criteria

 

The following competencies will be assessed throughout the different phases of the selection procedure. Candidates are also expected to demonstrate effective communication in both spoken and written English as well as strong motivation for the position.

 

1. Technical competencies

i. At least 2 years of experience in gathering and analysing data and information: gather, process and analyse relevant qualitative and quantitative data and information; identify which metrics align most closely with business goals; visualize and narrate data driven insights from social research;

ii. At least 2 years of experience in collaborating and partnering with stakeholders: identify key (internal and external) stakeholders and bring them to the table; work effectively and inclusively with a range of internal and external stakeholders; be able to put stakeholders’ requests into a greater business context which allows advice, solutions and improvements in line with the organisational needs; plan for how partnerships will be sustained over the long term;

iii. Knowledge of communication principles;

iv. A Master’s degree or PhD in sociology, psychology or anthropology will be considered as an asset.

 

2. Behavioural competencies

i. Deal with ambiguity: Able to work constructively within unexpected and unpredictable situations and show resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances; able to decide and act without having the total picture; accept constructive feedback in a positive manner;

ii. Demonstrate political savvy and strategic agility: Look beyond the current situation and visualise what the future can bring with a keen sense for arising opportunities and good understanding of how and when to best pursue them; able to think in a creative and innovative way;

iii. Focus on stakeholder needs: Committed to meet the expectations and requirements of internal and external stakeholders; establish and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders and gain their trust and respect;

iv. Plan and measure for results: Set ambitious goals that exceed the targets and create plans to achieve them; ensure an efficient and responsible planning and management of resources;

v. Work with others: Work confidently within a group and contribute to achieve the common goals, understanding own role and how it supports the team and the organisation; able to cooperate, listen actively, manage conflicts and motivate colleagues.

 

 

NOTE

 

Candidates are invited to read the ANNEX that represents an integral part of this vacancy and provides information on how to complete the application, the steps of the selection process and appeal procedures.

 

[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.

 

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