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Head of the Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Directorate - EFSA - Parma, Italy


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Head of the Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Directorate
EFSA - European Food Safety Authority
Parma, Italy

Tasks and Responsibilities

The job holder will be responsible for the management of the Directorate. He/she will contribute to the reputation of the Authority by fostering a customer service culture, with the aim to achieve the highest level of service, integrity, independence, responsiveness and overall transparency in the provision of excellence in Scientific Output.

The job in particular requires to:
  • Provide Strategic leadership to the Directorate so it fulfills fully its mission within available resources;
  • Develop and deploy a culture of service in interfacing with various stakeholders while guaranteeing that independent and timely high quality scientific output is delivered;
  • Ensure the Directorate and all its components operate within a sound control environment ensuring legality and regularity and respecting sound financial management principles;
  • Ensure planning, coordinating, monitoring and management of the Directorate activities with a view to achieving EFSA’s objectives;
  • Contribute to the elaboration and ensure compliance with EFSA’s independence, Scientific, international and communication strategies;
  • Represent EFSA, when required, in meetings with partners, applicants and stakeholders;
  • Ensure efficient management and deployment of the Directorate’s human capital.
The job holder reports to the Executive Director of EFSA.

Qualifications
  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least four (4) years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: food science, food technology, chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, biology, microbiology, human nutrition, human medicine, epidemiology, dietary exposure assessment, life sciences or related areas; OR
  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: food science, food technology, chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, biology, microbiology, human nutrition, human medicine, epidemiology, dietary exposure assessment, 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.
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 nonEU Member State, EFSA may request the candidate to provide a relevant document of comparability issued by a recognised authority.

Experience
  • In addition to the above, at least fifteen (15) years of relevant and proven professional experience gained after obtaining the diploma.
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 taken into account, years of studies or professional experience shall not overlap with other periods of studies or professional experience).

Professional activities pursued parttime will be calculated prorata on the basis of the certified percentage of fulltime hours worked.

Selection criteria
A. Essential:
  • Out of the fifteen (15) years of professional experience mentioned above, at least nine (9) years of professional experience in the field of activities covered by the job description;
  • At least six (6) years of professional experience in Strategic Management and the ability to translate strategy into operational management (financial, human resources and knowledge sharing, each involving quality management) in particular in scientific areas related to EFSA’s remit;
  • Experience in designing and deploying processes in a service‐oriented environment;
  • Solid experience in managing a team;
  • Good knowledge of Risk Assessment principles;
  • Good knowledge of EU food and feed safety principles and associated legislation;
  • Thorough knowledge (by training or experience) of financial and budgetary management;
  • Ability to analyze complex, specialized information, from a wide range of disciplines and sources and to prepare reports summarizing the information in a clear and understandable language;
  • Good organization skills, ability to focus on priorities and to deliver to high standards within specific deadlines;
  • Very good command of English, both written and spoken;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build trust by operating with transparency and creating an open and positive environment;
  • A sense of respect and co‐operation, and good social skills.
B. Advantageous:
  • Experience in Risk management and/or in Risk communication;
  • Experience in starting up a new organisation or a business unit;
  • Experience of working in a multicultural environment, preferably with a multidisciplinary approach.
For more details and to apply for this job

Deadline: 7 November 2011 at midnight

Πηγή: eurosciencejobs.com

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