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Team Leader - IDATA Unit 
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy 
is looking for a 
Team Leader IDATA
(Temporary Agent, Grade AD7) 
Please send us your application by no later than Monday 4 July 2022 at 23:59 (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 31/12/2023. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.
This call aims to establish a talent pool of energetic and motivated colleagues to take on the responsibilities of team leader in the Integrated Data (IDATA) Unit. 

Do you have the skills to be a strong and effective Team Leader? 
Are you willing and able to take on the responsibility of leading a dedicated team towards continuous improvement and success? 

The IDATA Unit is part of EFSA’s ENABLE Department, which delivers services enabling, supporting and guiding the risk assessment production work, promoting integration and synergies between the sectoral areas and ensuring the quality and efficiency of the scientific process.

The IDATA Unit:

  • Collects, collates, manages and analyses data on biological and chemical hazards in food and feed as well as on food consumption. 
  • Provides EFSA with the analytical, statistical, and methodological support to collect, elaborate, visualise, and analyse corporate (non-scientific) data. 
  • Designs, co-creates and enables the use of collaborative digital platforms and tools to facilitate data exchange with Member States, EU and international institutions. 
  • Manages controlled terminology for scientific data. 
  • Coordinates the work of the Scientific Networks on Zoonoses, Chemical Monitoring and Food Consumption data.  
  • Manages databases on biological hazards and chemical substances, food consumption data and pre-application dossier data. 
  • Produces annual European monitoring reports on pesticides and veterinary medicinal drug residues. 
  • Coordinates bioinformatic services for ASSESS and ENABLE units. 
Your key responsibilities
  • Act as People Manager for the team, ensure the successful planning, coordination, execution and reporting of the work programme of the team in agreement and under the supervision of the Head of Unit. Supervise people and performance, and support the development of team members to their fullest potential 
  • Ensure that your team members have a clear understanding of their individual and team objectives and how they contribute to the implementation of the department workplans and EFSA strategy;
  • Ensure the team members are equipped and sufficiently supported to achieve successful results. Ensure effective measures are in place to meet priorities and deadlines to escalate risks and propose mitigating actions in line with EFSA’s quality standards; 
  • Lead by example and provide day-to-day coaching and leadership to Team members and, where needed, to other staff engaged in specified projects or activities, as appropriate to their position.
  • Ensure seamless flow of information both ways between staff and middle management. Contribute to clear communication and implementation of the Unit roadmap in line with EFSA’s overall strategy by supporting the Head of Unit in conveying the key messages of vision, direction and leadership;
  • Provide advice to the Head of Unit on key topics in the area of expertise. Support the Head of Unit with the performance management cycle, the onboarding of new colleagues and in implementing the policy context and priorities in the respective area in line with EFSA’s overall strategy and objectives;
  • Drive innovation in the relevant area; understand the impact of new developments in your field of expertise on your team and EFSA;
  • Ensure optimum deployment of the Team resources and sound financial management by supporting the Head of Unit in defining budget requirements, preparing forecasts and monitoring budget execution in the respective area
You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 445 million EU citizens.
EFSA employs over 550 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.
EFSA is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all suitably qualified candidates without any distinction on grounds of age, gender, sexual orientation, impairment and disability, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief. All EFSA staff is committed to creating an open and inclusive environment.
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 implementing the Transparency Regulation: EFSA expanded its mandate and will 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 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. If renewed for a second time, the contract will be for an indefinite period. More information can be found in the Notice on policy on the duration of staff contracts at EFSA.
The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent Grade AD7 with the basic salary starting from € 6.414 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:
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].
b)   A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma[2], and in addition at least one (1) year of professional experience.
3. Experience
In addition to the above, at least six (6) 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
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. Knowledge and Technical competencies

i. Proven professional experience in data collection, data management and data analysis supported by profound knowledge of data, information and/or technology architecture, preferably in the Cloud, and data governance and data quality principles; 

ii. Proven professional experience in service management, particularly in the delivery of data or IT services and in designing, creating, enabling and running digital platforms and tools to facilitate data exchange, data analysis and data dissemination, preferably in the areas of biological/chemical hazards, food consumption, cheminformatics or bioinformatics.

iii. Experience in successfully coordinating or leading teams and/or managing projects and/or re-organisational projects, translate project goals into clear objectives, planning and resource management;

iv. Experience in managing, measuring process performance indicators and in leaning/improving processes for technical or data domains.

v. Experience in building strong collaborative partnership across teams, units or stakeholders with different backgrounds and contexts being able to understand and communicate highly technical topics to different audiences; 

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.
Selection Process
Eligible candidates will be assessed by the Selection Board against the selection criteria (see Annex to the Vacancy Notice).
Shortlisted candidates shall take part in an assessment centre evaluating their behavioural and managerial capacity. The assessment centre is carried out by an external consultant. 
Successful candidates will be placed in the talent pool.
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.
The grade bracket for interagency mobility is AD5 - AD9 [4]
[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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