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Legal Officer

Type of position:  Contract agent
Job Type:  28 August 2022 23:59 CET

Job grade: FGIV 

Internal job grade: FGIV

Type of position: Contract agent 

Selection procedure reference: EMA/CA/8948 

Job title: Legal Officer (Pharma Law)

Deadline for applications: 28 August 2022 23:59 CET 

Salary: 3,985.09 Euro (including local weighting) [1] plus benefits (see calculators on the right)


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) promotes and protects public and animal health in EU Member States, as well as the countries of the European Economic Area, by ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality. EMA serves a population of approximately 500 million citizens living in the EU. EMA operates at the heart of theEuropean medicines regulatory network - a unique collaborative model between over fifty national regulatory authorities for both human and veterinary medicines in the European Economic Area, EMA and the European Commission.XX

About this position:


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is looking to recruit a Legal Officer who will be a member of the “Pharma Law and Support to Core Business” Office (AF-LD-PHL) within EMA’s Legal Department.


The Office supports Human and Veterinary Divisions, as well as the Task Forces to pursue the Agency’s goals whilst complying with EU pharmaceutical law in all activities, in cooperation with colleagues in Regulatory Affairs, legal units of NCAs and other relevant stakeholders. It is the primary contact point for the European Commission to pursue the correct legal interpretation of pharmaceutical legislation at the Agency. 


As a Legal Officer, you will:


  • Support the provision of legal advice on legal matters arising from regulatory issues for which the Agency is responsible under Regulation (EC) 726/2004, (EC)141/2000, (EC) 1901/2006, (EC) 1394/2007, (EU) 520/2012, (EC) 1234/2008, (EU) 2019/6, (EC) 658/2007, (EU) 2022/123, (EU) 2017/745, (EU) 2017/746,   Directive 2001/83/EC  and other relevant legal texts; 
  • Support the provision of legal advice and recommendations in relation to the review of new legislation proposed by the European Commission and its implementation; 
  • Any other legal matter as assigned by the Head of AF-LD-PHL or his delegate. 



A full Role Description of the generic role of Legal Officer , including duties and responsibilities is available for your information.

Apply if you meet these eligibility criteria:


General conditions:

  1. You enjoy full rights as a citizen of a European Union Member State or Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway;
  2. You have a thorough knowledge of English (at least level C1) and a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union (at least level B2);
  3. You have fulfilled any obligations imposed by applicable laws concerning military service.


Specific condition:

  • You possess a university degree in Law of minimum of three years that must have been obtained by the closing date of this vacancy notice;


For general criteria 1 and for the specific condition, you need to provide proof in the application form and at the interview stage. Failing to present these documents may result in your disqualification from this selection procedure.

You will also need the following:



  • 2 years of professional experience in the provision of legal advice on EU law including pharmaceutical legislation.


Skills & Knowledge 

  • Experience in conveying complex legal information (verbally and in writing) in a clear and concise manner to different audiences; 
  • Knowledge of the Court of Justice of the European Union and its case law in the pharmaceutical field

Competencies you need to have:


Sub-family competencies:

Administrative Excellence             Intermediate 

Governance, Legal and Control     Intermediate 

Applied Knowledge Management   Basic 


Grade competencies:


Adaptability and agility            Intermediate 

Coping with Pressures and Setbacks  Intermediate 

Analysing and problem solving       Intermediate 


Core Competencies:


Ethics and Integrity       Intermediate 

Team collaboration        Intermediate 

Customer centricity       Intermediate 

Results orientation        Intermediate 

Communication            Intermediate 

Cross-cultural sensitivity Intermediate 

Continuous learning and self-development Basic 




The assessment of competencies forms an important part of this selection process. EMA therefore advises you to refer to its Competency Framework for more information on the definitions of these competencies and their associated levels.

Ideally you will also have:



  • Law equivalent to Master’s degree;
  • Post graduate studies or experience in the field of EU law, including  EU pharmaceutical law. 



  • In Litigation before national or EU courts in relation to EU law, EU pharmaceutical law and/or EU data protection law;
  • Professional experience in working with and/or within EU institutions, EU agencies or national competent authorities;
  • Knowledge through study or through professional experience on scientific pharmaceutical matters; 
  • Work experience in a multicultural environment.


Selection procedure timelines


Deadline for applications

28 August 2022 23:59 CET 

Preliminary Assessments

Estimated for last week September 2022

Final assessments

Estimated for 2nd week of November 2022

Decision expected

By mid November 2022




Selection process

Only eligible candidates (see eligibility criteria) will be assessed by the Selection Committee.

Suitability and qualifications of eligible candidates will be assessed against the assessment criteria (need to have and nice to have) in different steps of the selection procedure. Before the start of the selection procedure, the Selection Committee decides which assessment criteria will be used at each stage of the process. Certain criteria will be assessed / scored only for shortlisted candidates during interviews (and/or tests).




In order to allow the selection committee to carry out an objective assessment of all candidates in a structured way, as part of their application, all candidates must answer the pre-defined set of questions based on the assessment criteria listed above (Need to Have and Nice to Have). Note: Need to Have requirements are essential to progress your application further. 


The Selection Committee will therefore assess eligible candidates using solely the information provided in the responses to those questions. When answering a question, you should include all relevant information, even if it is already mentioned in other sections of your application form.

To carry out this assessment, the Selection Committee will first assign each question a weighting that reflects its relative importance, and each of your responses will be awarded points (1 to 10). The points are multiplied by the weighting factor and added up to identify those candidates whose profiles best match the duties to be performed.

Only the candidates with the highest total marks at the shortlisting stage will go through to the next stage. The Selection Committee may decide to limit the number of candidates invited to the next stages.




All eligibile candidates will be invited to a preliminary assessment (Skype, remote test, etc.) and / or a remote interview.  All assessments are based on the assessment criteria listed in this vacancy notice.

At this stage, the Selection Committee will also look at the other sections of your application form (work experience, education, etc.).

Candidates may participate in cognitive (e.g. deductive reasoning) and personality assessments (e.g. SHL occupational personality questionnaire OPQ32) as part of the selection process.


Reserve list and job offers


Following the assessment stage(s), the Selection Committee recommends the most suitable candidate(s) to be placed on a reserve list for future recruitment.

When a vacancy becomes available, candidates on the reserve list may be contacted for an additional interview.

Each interviewed candidate will be notified in writing whether he or she has been placed on the reserve list. This reserve list will normally be valid until 31 December 2023 (the validity period may be extended). Candidates should note that the placement on the reserve list does not guarantee an employment offer.

More information about selection and recruitment (including administrative complaint procedure) at the EMA is available at our careers website.

Conditions of employment

In principle, the Agency offers a five-year renewable contract. Contracts of a shorter duration may be offered to the candidates placed on the reserve list.


[1] The local weighting adjusts salaries to the cost of living in the Netherlands compared to Brussels. The current weighting for the EMA's location in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is 110.3. Please consult the Eurostat and Commission websites for more information on weightings.



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Who we are?

Serving a population of 500 million citizens, we promote and protect public animal health in EU Member States, as well as the countries of the European Economic Area, by ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality. 

What do we offer?

  • Meaningful work contributing to protecting the health of every individual and animal in Europe within multinational, multidisciplinary team
  • Development opportunities (e.g. internal mobility, mentoring, peer coaching, career reflection programme, etc.)
  • Work-life balance (flexible working arrangements, teleworking, generous annual leave plus official holidays)


(applicable only to Temporary and Contract vacancies) 

  • Initial 5 year contract with competitive monthly tax-free salary and household & children’s allowances (where applicable)
  • Privileges for expatriate staff including expatriation and education allowances (where appropriate) and additional home leave
  • Relocation assistance
  • Excellent  health insurance scheme and social benefits
  • Retirement Pension Plan 

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