Principal Scientific Assistant – Council of Europe

council-of-europe-logoVacancy Notice N° e52/2016
Principal Scientific Assistant (Grade B5)
Directorate General of Democracy (DG II)

Job mission

FIXED-TERM CONTRACT – Turnover Profile

Turnover profiles are specific roles where it is considered to be in the best interests of the Organisation to have a consistent rotation of staff. Turnover profiles offer once-only opportunities under this scheme and the total duration of employment cannot exceed five years*.

Job mission

Under the authority of the Director of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) and of the Head of Department and in close collaboration with the responsible Scientific Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the co-ordination of external quality assessment programs (Proficiency Testing Scheme (PTS) and audit scheme) in the field of blood transfusion, in accordance with policies, guidelines, quality assurance systems, priorities and deadlines.

* External recruitment procedure organised in accordance with Article 16 of the Regulations on Appointments

**  Staff members or former staff members who are or have previously been employed in the framework of the Junior Professional Programme or Turnover Profiles will not be eligible again for any of the profiles under these schemes. The Council of Europe reserves the right to assess the admissibility of candidates who are or have previously been employed with the Organisation according to their contractual situation at the closing date of this competition.

Key activities

The incumbent performs the following key duties:

  • prepares and sets up the annual PTS programme in the field of blood transfusion, in collaboration with the responsible advisory group;
  • organises and manages allocated PTS studies in the field of blood transfusion; prepares study protocols with the appointed Scientific Advisor; procures samples; and organises the distribution of samples to participating blood transfusion screening laboratories;
  • monitors and co-ordinates progress on both administrative and technical aspects of these studies in accordance with the relevant QA/QMS procedures and whilst respecting the confidentiality of the dossiers;
  • performs the evaluation of the results received from participating blood transfusion screening laboratories and drafts reports in collaboration with the statistician and the appointed Scientific Advisor;
  • coordinate audits in blood transfusion establishments;
  • maintains co-operation with the relevant bodies; attends and participates in meetings, conferences and seminars in order to keep up to date with developments in the field; follows new developments and is aware of the state-of-the-art in blood analysis and quality control methods in the field of blood transfusion.
  • contributes to the continuous improvement of the EDQM Quality Management System.Please note that the incumbent may be required to perform other duties not listed in the vacancy notice.

European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM)
Closing date: 08 June 2016
Location : Strasbourg, France

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