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Legal Officer

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: EFSA - European Food Safety Authority
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: FG I, Function Group 1, Contract Agent - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date:

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Legal Officer
EFSA/F/4/2021/07
 
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy 
is looking for a 
Legal Officer
(Contract Agent, Function Group IV) 
 
Please send us your application by no later than 25 January 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 unti31/12/2023. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.
 
IS THIS JOB FOR YOU?
Are you a highly motivated professional with experience in the legal field? Do you want to play an active role within a dynamic team in a multicultural organization? 

EFSA is looking for a legal officer with a results driven mind and an ability to work proactively, both individually and in a team. 
 
 
Your key responsibilities 
  • Draft or present legal opinions, individual decisions, briefs, reports and correspondence on any legal issue referred for consideration in all areas of EFSA activities; 
  • Present and explain the interpretation of law or legal positions at internal or external meetings; 
  • Draft EFSA’s internal rules and decisions; 
  • Ensure the proper interpretation and implementation of all primary and secondary legislation applicable or pertaining to EFSA activities; 
  • Handle requests of confidentiality, public access to documents and access to environmental information, in a legally sound and accurate manner, in accordance with applicable legal framework and latest case law; 
  • Ensure consistent implementation of independence rules across the organisation; 
  • Provide legal and regulatory advice on any aspect of legal relevance, including in relation to the activities of the EFSA Scientific Committees and Panels, outsourcing procedures, financial regulation, as well as legal and regulatory matters connected to the management of human resources; 
  • Support claims and legal proceedings involving or relating to EFSA’s mission or activities; 
  • Follow up on all legislative initiatives pertaining or impacting on the Authority and coordinating with EFSA colleagues on these matters;  
  • Provide assistance to the Executive Director in providing the secretariat of the Management Board; 
  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of an easily accessible register of legal outputs; 
  • Undertake, as appropriate, consultation with external sources, including EU institutions and agencies, Member States and lawyers; 
  • Search applicable case law and prepare summaries; 

 

 
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.
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 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 € 3.531 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:
 
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 the legal area.[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.Technical competencies
 
i. Experience in leading the definition of internal policies and legal documents: able to draft legal documents; able to verify compliance with the overall legal framework of the organisation; 
 
ii. Experience in managing legal processes/affairs: able to assess and handle conflict of interests within the organisation; able to handle requests involving commercially sensitive data and personal data. 
 
iii. Experience in communicating information to different target audiences: able to convey complex/technical/ sensitive legal concepts and make them understandable to the target audience in at least one of the following areas: Union food law, intellectual property law, administrative law related to transparency and confidentiality, financial rules, civil service law; able to consult and manage information sources; 
 
iv. Experience in pre-litigation/litigation process: able to effectively defend the interests of the organisation in the context of the review of administrative decisions, able to effectively defend the interests of the organisation  in the context of complaints lodged to the European Ombudsman and legal proceedings before the EU Courts; able to interpret and apply procedural and substantive requirements;
 
v. Experience in managing and improving processes: able to describe process scope, activities, inputs/outputs, actors and stakeholders involved; able to evaluate process performance, including customer satisfaction; able to ensure regular reviews of process performance and opportunities for continuous improvement. 
 
 
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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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