The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy is looking for a Scientific Officer - Enterprise Architect/Methods, (Temporary Agent, Grade AD7).
Please send us your application by no later than 25 February 2020 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 31/12/2021. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.
If you want to contribute to the future of science and play a pivotal role in EFSA’s readiness for the future, do not miss this opportunity to contribute to EFSA’s transformation programmes and to develop new skills that are fit for the 21st century!
Enterprise architecture is a well-established systematic practice of analysing and designing the necessary processes, organisational models, methodologies, tools, and information frameworks that are necessary for executing and succeeding in an organisation’s strategies. Enterprise architecture is a well-established practice in the European Commission and the European agencies. While enterprise architecture developed in the 1960s out of the world of technology, today, architecture is being used in leading organisations to define administrative, academic, network and scientific organisational templates and strategies.
EFSA’s strategy demands that we achieve, in a lean and sustainable way, our readiness for an expanded mandate that is coming with the review and reform of the Regulation; and the need to ensure that risk assessment in the near future is supporting a massive, computational, distributed and continuous approach, such as with crowdsourcing, big data, probabilistic risk assessment models, and an integration of multi-domain and multi-organisation non-traditional data (from omics to social opinion).
The successful candidate will play a key role in defining the process, organisation, tool and information models that support our strategic ambitions.
Methods architecture is a new branch of enterprise architecture that evolved from within public governmental institutions in the area of statistical methods. Methods architecture complements traditional technology and business architecture and ensures that:
The appointed person will work closely with EFSA’s units, as well as with sister agencies to influence the way that guidance documents and methods are built, maintained and used.
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 www.efsa.europa.eu.
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.
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 AD7 with the basic salary starting from € 6.128,51 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:
You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:
In addition to the above, at least six (6) years of relevant and proven professional experience gained after obtaining the diploma.
In case you do not fulfil all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.
i. Knowledge of scientific methodologies for risk assessment and scientific knowledge management;
ii. Experience in collaborating and partnering with stakeholders (identification, roles and responsibilities analysis, building trust, sharing information, planning);
iii. Experience in alignment of designs with business strategy (analysing future developments, determining requirements, analysing long term customer need, recommending solutions);
iv. Experience in business process analysis and methods applied to scientific risk assessment;
v. Experience in models for risk assessment;
vi. Ability to provide advice on risk management.
vii. Communication: strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written English;
viii. Drive for results: ability to take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering high quality work;
ix. Negotiating: ability negotiate skillfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups;
x. Political Savvy and Strategic Agility: ability to anticipate future consequences and trends accurately, creating competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans and manoeuvring through complex political situations effectively.
For the purpose of shortlisting candidates to be invited to the assessment phase, the applications' screening will be carried out using 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.