Scientific Project Officer (AD 5)

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15 Nov 2021
Introduction
The Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (IMI2 JU) is working to improve health by speeding up the development of, and patient access to, innovative medicines, particularly in areas where there is an unmet medical or social need. It does this by facilitating collaboration between the key players involved in healthcare research, including universities, the pharmaceutical and other industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), patient organisations, and medicines regulators. IMI2 JU is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).
 
With a €3.3 billion budget for the period 2014-2024, IMI2 JU is the world's biggest public-private partnership (PPP) in the life sciences. Half of the IMI2 JU budget (€1.638 billion) comes from Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation. This matches €1.425 billion committed to the programme by EFPIA companies, plus up to €213 million that could be committed by other life science industries or organisations that decide to contribute to IMI2 JU as members or associated partners in individual projects.
 
The specific goal of IMI2 JU is to develop next generation vaccines, medicines and treatments, such as new antibiotics. It builds on the successes and lessons learnt under IMI's first phase. It brings together companies, universities, public laboratories, innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), patient groups and regulators in collaborative projects to pave the way for breakthrough vaccines, medicines and treatments to tackle Europe’s growing health challenges, and secure the future international competitiveness of Europe’s pharmaceutical industry.
 
On 23 February 2021, the European Commission published a proposal for a Single Basic Act (SBA) establishing several joint undertakings under Horizon Europe, including the Innovative Health Initiative Joint Undertaking (IHI JU). It is planned that the IHI JU will build on the successes of IMI2 JU. The intended goal of the IHI JU will be to help create an EU-wide health research and innovation ecosystem that facilitates the translation of scientific knowledge into tangible innovations. As set out in Article 174 of the SBA, if and when the SBA is approved, IHI JU will be the legal and universal successor of all contracts, including employment contracts, of IMI2 JU. For more information, please visit the IMI2 JU website: www.imi.europa.eu and  https://www.imi.europa.eu/about-imi/innovative-health-initiative.
 
Job description
Profile
As a member of the Scientific and Operations Unit, the Scientific Project Officer will be assigned duties and responsibilities within the scientific operations team related to the planning, management and implementation of research and development activities, and the follow-up of the entire life cycle of projects. The Scientific Project Officer will report directly to the Head of Scientific Operations (HoSO).
 
Tasks
The tasks of the Scientific Project Officer will include, amongst others, the following:
  • Managing a portfolio of projects and activities related to the implementation of the programme as assigned by Head of Scientific Operations (HoSO);
  • Contributing to the planning and monitoring of calls for proposals/tenders, preparing the evaluation phase (selection of experts, eligibility checks of proposals) for assigned panels, supporting the selection and final ranking;
  • Monitoring the preparation of grant agreements in close collaboration with legal and financial officers;
  • Monitoring launched projects, their progress and overall contribution against the programme objectives and their reporting, including the eligibility of the expenditures, their regularity and their adherence to grant agreement provisions, and ensuring adequate follow-up of issues with the consortia related to project implementation and contractual obligations;
  • Conducting and preparing project reviews, assessing technical reports and participating in project meetings and/or in dedicated progress reviews;
  • Participating in project meetings with project consortia to explain relevant programme/EC policies and procedures, and sharing the results between different consortia;
  • Coordinating the networking aspects of IMI2 JU/IHI projects and areas of interest;
  • Ensuring the dissemination and promotion of project results and impacts, contributing to the Annual Activity Report, identifying and disseminating best practices and presenting the programme and its’ projects at information days, workshops, seminars, conferences and other public events;
  • Providing statistical input for IMI2 JU/IHI papers, communications or other documents concerning IMI2 JU/IHI objectives and performance measurement;
  • Promoting awareness of the IMI2 JU/IHI programme through information days and meetings explaining the call and evaluation processes; and explaining the benefits of participating in the programme;
  • Participating in the implementation of IMI2 JU/IHI scientific priorities and contributing to the implementation of the Annual Work Plan;
  • Collaborating in the activities of the scientific operations team.
 
The successful candidate might be assigned other tasks and activities as deemed necessary under the responsibility of the Head of Scientific Operations, as tasks may evolve according to the development of IMI2 JU/IHI structure or activities.
 
Eligibility criteria
Candidates will be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following criteria to be fulfilled by the closing date for applications:
General conditions
  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union;
  • Enjoy their full rights as a citizen1;
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service;
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved;
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post2;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official EU languages and a satisfactory knowledge (at least B2 level) of another of these languages to the extent necessary for the performance of their duties (candidates are invited to specify in their CV possible language certificates they have obtained and which can demonstrate their language skills).
 
Education
Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma3.
 
Eligibility criteria must be fulfilled by the deadline for applications, and maintained throughout the selection procedure and appointment.
 
Selection criteria
Essential
  • Suitability to perform the tasks described under point 2.2;
  • Demonstrated professional experience of at least three (3) years in project management (acquired after the education referred to in section 3.2 education);
  • Sound knowledge in an area related to the work of the programme such as biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, medical technologies, medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, medical imaging, biotechnology, bio-engineering, digital technologies, data science and technology, high performance computing, artificial intelligence, real world data and real world evidence, health economics, health technology assessment and the regulation of medicines and medical devices;
  • Fluent written and spoken English (native or near-native level).
 
Advantageous
  • A Phd in a field relevant to the position (such as biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, medical technologies, chemistry, ICT, data management, biomedical engineering, digital technologies etc.);
  • Experience of managing large multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder projects (applicants must state in their application how they have obtained such experience);
  • Professional experience in managing research programs at EU level;
  • Good knowledge of IT tools used in the European Institutions, such as Compass, Sygma etc.;
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of statistics and the presentation of data.
 
Candidates invited for an interview will also be assessed against the following criteria, which are essential to the post:
  • Good analytical ability and problem-solving skills;
  • High level of organisational and planning skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills: ability to work both independently and as a team player;
  • Strong customer service-oriented approach;
  • Very good communication skills;
  • Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously while delivering high-quality work under tight deadlines in a highly dynamic environment.
 
In order to be evaluated in the best possible way, candidates are recommended to give evidence of their knowledge with specific examples and/or detailed professional experience. Candidates are invited to be as detailed and as clear as possible in the description of their professional experience and specific skills and competences in their application form.
 
Failure to comply with the eligibility and essential selection criteria will result in the disqualification of the applicant concerned.
 
Independence and Declaration of Interest
The successful candidate will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the public interest and to make a declaration in relation to interests which might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence. Candidates must confirm their willingness to do so in their application.
 
Selection and Appointment Procedure
Assessment of the application
For each selection process a Selection Committee is nominated by the Appointing Authority. After applications are screened, the Selection Committee, having regard to the vacancy notice and basing itself on elements of the application, will draw up a list of suitable candidates to be invited for an interview, which will be held either in Brussels or remotely via teleconference.
 
The interview will consist of a written and oral interview in order to assess
  • the candidate’s motivation and understanding of the position;
  • the candidate’s skills with reference to the job description;
  • the candidate’s knowledge of the field in which the Joint Undertaking operates;
  • the candidate’s general aptitudes and language abilities as necessary for the performance of their duties.
The Selection Committee may also decide to include additional tests.
 
Appointment and reserve list
The recruitment will take place upon a decision of the IMI2 JU Executive Director (the Appointing Authority). The Executive Director of the Joint Undertaking will select a successful candidate from the reserve list and offer them the post. A binding commitment can only be made after the verification of all conditions4 and will take the form of a contract signed by the Appointing Authority of the Joint Undertaking. The reserve list could be used to fulfil other positions within IMI2 JU/IHI. The reserve list will be valid until 31 December 2023 and may be extended at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Candidates should note that inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. Recruitment will be based on availability of posts and budget. IMI2 JU may decide at any time of the procedure not to pursue the recruitment.
 
Equal opportunities
IMI2 JU, as a European Union body, applies a policy of equal opportunities and no discrimination in accordance with article 1d of the Staff Regulations5.
 
Conditions of Employment
The successful candidate will be appointed as a Temporary Agent AD 5, pursuant to Article 2(f) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities, for a period of three years. After an evaluation of the performance of the post holder's performance and, subject to budget availability, the term of office may be extended. The period of engagement will not in any case exceed the lifetime of the IMI2 JU or, if applicable, the entity that supersedes it. The place of employment will be Brussels, where the Joint Undertaking premises are located.
 
Remuneration
The successful candidate who is offered a contract of employment will be graded on entry into service in the relevant step (1 or 2), according to the length of his/her professional experience. The basic monthly salary for AD 5, step 1 is 4.917,29 Euros. In addition to the basic salary, staff members may be entitled to various allowances, in particular expatriation allowance, household allowance, dependent child allowance and education allowance. The salary is subject to a Community tax deducted at source and staff members are exempt of national taxation.
 
Application procedure
Important information for candidates
For applications to be valid, candidates must submit an online application via the IMI2 JU vacancies portal:  https://cloud.imi.europa.eu/web/imi-vacanciesCandidates are requested to complete the online application form - to access the right form, candidates should select the vacancy for which they wish to apply. When filling in their application, candidates are requested to provide examples of their professional experiences and competences (e.g. excellent communication skills: candidates should provide at least an example to demonstrate their excellent communication skills). When submitting more than one application for a position, any new application made by a candidate with the same e-mail address will automatically erase and replace the previous application for that position. Candidates are advised to apply using an e-mail address that will remain valid for several months. Candidates are asked to report any potential change of contact details in writing, without delay, to the following e-mail address: vacancies@imi.europa.eu. Please remember to quote the reference of the vacancy (ies) for which you have applied in all correspondence. Candidates are advised not to wait until the last few days before applying, as heavy internet traffic or a problem with the internet connection could lead to your online registration being interrupted. After the deadline, applications will no longer be accepted. Application forms sent by e-mail, fax or post will not be accepted. In order to facilitate the selection process, the application as well as all communications to candidates concerning this vacancy will be in English. Candidates are reminded that the Selection Committee's work is confidential. It is forbidden for candidates to make direct or indirect contact with the Selection Committee members or to ask anybody else to do so on their behalf. Supporting documents (e.g. certified copies of degrees/diplomas, references, proof of experience, etc.) should not be sent at this point but must be submitted at a later stage of the procedure if requested.
 
Closing date
Applications must be completed and submitted by 15 November 2021, 23:59 CET (Central European Time / Brussels time).
 
Protection of personal data
The personal information that IMI2 JU requests from applicants will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC.
Types of personal data
 
The following details are collected in the context of staff selection procedures:
  • Personal details: names, gender, date and place of birth, nationality, civil status, family situation and related supporting certificates, residence certificate, ID format photos;
  • Contact details;
  • Passport number/ ID number; financial identification form, bank account, legal entity form;
  • Degrees, diplomas or educational certificates knowledge of languages, professional experience, current and previous employment contracts, recommendation letters, motivation letters;
  • Moral conduct - recent criminal records extract;
  • Declaration of conflict of interest.
 
Purpose and technical means of personal data processing
The main purpose of the collection of the data above is to prepare selected candidates’ files and to finalise the recruitment procedure to permit entry into service.
Recruitment files are stored electronically and access is protected by the management of access rights. Paper documents are archived in physical files and stored in a locked cabinet until their destruction.
 
Legal basis
  • Articles 12 - 15 of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union;
  • General implementing provisions on the procedure governing the engagement and the use of temporary agents at the IMI2 JU.
 
Who has access to your personal data and to whom is it disclosed?
For the purposes detailed above, access to your personal data is given to the following people, without prejudice to a possible transmission to the bodies in charge of a monitoring or inspection task in accordance with European Union law:
Only authorised IMI2 JU staff have access to your personal data for the purposes of screening, interviewing and recruiting candidates. The people to whom your data is disclosed include
  • members of the Selection Committee and
  • IMI2 JU human resources staff.
 
Erasure
You may make a request for the erasure of your personal data under the conditions laid down by Article 19 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. In this case, you should send a written request to the e-mail address mentioned under “Access”. We will respond to your request without undue delay and at the latest within one month. You could further request cancellation of your application and deletion of all linked personal data by making use of the contact information mentioned above.
 
Restriction of processing
You may make a request for restricting the processing of your personal data under the conditions laid down   by Article 20 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 for the following reasons: you would like to contest the accuracy of the personal data; you consider that the processing is unlawful and you would oppose the erasure of the personal data and request the restriction of the use of the personal data instead; when the IMI2 JU as controller no longer needs your personal data for the purposes of the processing, but it is required by you as data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; or when you have objected to processing pursuant to Article 23(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, pending the verification of legitimate grounds.
In this case, you should send a written request to the e-mail address mentioned under “Access”, below.
 
Right to data portability
You have the right to receive the personal data, which you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format, and you may also request us to transmit this data to any other controller under the conditions of Article 22 of Regulation 2018/1725. In this case, you should send a written request to the e-mail address mentioned under “Access”, below.
 
Right to object
You may object at any time to processing of your personal data under the conditions laid down by Article 23 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, on grounds relating to your particular situation. In this case, you should send a written request to the e-mail address mentioned under “Access”, below.
 
What are your rights and how can you exercise them?
Access
In case you wish to access your personal information, you can contact the IMI2 JU’s Data Protection Officer at  Data-Protection@imi.europa.eu
You may make a request to access the IMI2 JU register of data processing operations in order to obtain more detailed information on how we treat and protect your personal data, in accordance with Article 17 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725.
 
Rectification
You can, if need be, rectify any inaccurate personal data throughout the entire selection process by sending a written request to the above-mentioned e-mail address.
You cannot, however, send us any changes of your personal data related to the admissibility criteria after the application deadline.
 
How long do we keep your personal data?
Recruitment files of successful candidates are stored for a period of 10 years as of the termination of employment.
The files of non-recruited applicants are retained for up to 2 years following the recruitment procedure.
The retention of files of non-recruited applicants on reserve lists is fixed in terms of the validity and the actual extension of the respective reserve lists.
The periods indicated above may be extended in the event of audits initiated prior to the applicable expiry dates.
 
Contact information
For any questions related to your rights, feel free to contact the Data Controller at  vacancies@imi.europa.eu, indicating ‘Data Protection’ in the subject and explicitly specifying your request.
Recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor
 
You have the right to submit a complaint at any time directly to the European Data Protection Supervisor:
Rue Wiertz 60 – MO 63
B-1047 Bruxelles Belgium
Tel: +32 2 283 19 00
Fax: +32 2 283 19 50
 
Appeals
Candidates who consider that their interests have been prejudiced by any decision related to the selection procedure can take the following actions:
 
Request for review of the decision taken by the Selection Committee
After receiving the letter notifying the candidate of the decision taken by the Selection Committee, he/she may submit a written request for a review of such a decision, setting out the reasons for the request to the following e-mail address: vacancies@imi.europa.eu
 
Appeals
If a candidate considers that he/she has been adversely affected by a particular decision, he/she can lodge a complaint under article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations within the time limits provided for at the following address:
Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking
For the attention of the Executive Director IMI JU • TO 56 • 1049 Brussels
Belgium
 
The complaint must be lodged within three months. The time limit for initiating this type of procedure starts to run from the time the IMI2 JU informs the candidate by e-mail.
 
Should the complaint be rejected, the candidate may bring a case under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations of Officials and Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union before:
 
The Court of Justice of the European Union Rue du Fort Niedergruenewald
 
Complaint to the European Ombudsman
It is also possible to lodge a complaint with the European Ombudsman pursuant to Article 228(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in accordance with the statute of the Ombudsman and the implementing provisions adopted by the Ombudsman. Before the Ombudsman can accept a complaint, it is necessary that the complaint is first addressed to IMI2 JU. Any complaint to the Ombudsman must be made within two years of receiving the Joint Undertaking’s final position on the matter. (http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu).
 
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