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SNE/Legal Officer

Type of position:  Seconded National Expert
Shift Type:  26 October 2021 23:59 CET

Type of position: Seconded National Expert 

Job title: SNE/Legal Officer

Deadline for applications: 26 October 2021 23:59 CET 


The European Medicines Agency is a decentralized body of the European Union with all its offices and Headquarters based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its core responsibility is the protection and promotion of public health through the evaluation and supervision of medicines.


We are looking for National experts on secondment. This means staff from other European public-sector bodies can work at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for short periods of time through the national expert on secondment (SNE) programme. The aim of this programme is to enhance and develop the relationship between European public administrations.


SNEs serve a dual role: they bring their expertise to EMA and take back to their home administration the knowledge acquired during their period of secondment. SNEs remain in the service of their employer. Secondment is not equivalent to employment, nor does it lead to employment by EMA. Periods of secondment may last between six months and two years. This is renewable once or more, up to a total of four years.


This announcement is governed by the Rules governing the secondment of national experts. For further information please visit our Careers portal.



About this role


The Agency is looking for Seconded National Expert / Legal Officer specialised in the EU pharmaceutical law to provide legal advice to all operational divisions, departments and scientific committees of the Agency.

Job description


Within the Legal Department, the Seconded National Expert / Legal Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:


  • Provision of legal assistance on  matters arising out of regulatory issues for which the Agency is responsible under Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004, Directive 2001/82/EC, Regulation (EU) 2019/6, Directive 2001/83/EC and other relevant legal texts;
  • Provision of legal assistance with particular attention in facilitating the Agency and its scientific committees’ operations pertaining to the authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use;
  • Provision of legal assistance on matters related to the development, authorisation and safety monitoring of treatments and vaccines intended for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19;
  • Provision of legal advice and recommendations in relation to the review of the new pharmaceutical legislation proposed by the European Commission and its implementation;
  • Whenever required, provision of legal assistance on other horizontal legal matters related to the day-to-day functioning of the Agency.

Eligibility criteria



  • Be currently employed in the public sector (such as a university, research institute, public hospital or regulatory body) in a European Union (EU) Member State;
  • Posses a university degree of four years of more in law that must have been obtained by the closing date;
  • Have thorough knowledge of English (at least level C1) and satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of duties (at least level B2).

Essential criteria


  • Have at least three years’ professional experience, after obtaining the relevant degree that must have been obtained by the closing date, relating to one or more of the fields in the above description of the duties;
  • Very good knowledge of EU legislation in the pharmaceutical field;
  • Experience in interacting with EU institutions, national competent authorities and other stakeholders.

Desirable criteria


  • Good knowledge of EU legislation;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills together with ability to act with tact, discretion and political sensitivity;
  • Ability to communicate effectively on complex legal matters;
  • Result-orientation;
  • Vision and endurance, ability to work under pressure;
  • Willingness to work cross-functionally and team oriented.



Domenico Scarlattilaan 6 - 1083 HS Amsterdam - The Netherlands

Telephone +31 (0)88 781 6000 - Email recruitment@ema.europa.eu


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