EFSA – Data Officer

Data Officer



The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy 

is looking for a

Data Officer

(Contract Agent, Function Group IV) 


Please send us your application by no later than 4 September 2023 at 23:59 (Italian 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 until 31/12/2024. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.




Are you passionate about data and would you love to work in a scientific and corporate data ecosystem?

EFSA is looking for data officers, who are familiar with working in the scientific & corporate data ecosystem and can tailor data and IT solutions to support the scientific risk assessment process and the decision-making process of EFSA developing data pipelines from data acquisition to data analysis, data reporting and data visualization.

You will support EFSA’s risk assessment and decision-making processes, by ensuring that high quality scientific & corporate data is properly collected, stored and made available to our internal and external stakeholders.


Curious to find out more about evidence management and the risk assessment process? You can discover how EFSA wants to further develop the excellence of its scientific assessments, enhancing transparency and openness in “Principles and process for dealing with data and evidence in scientific assessments”.




Your key responsibilities


Perform and coordinate data collection, data collation, data modelling and design, data validation and data analysis activities, ensuring and measuring data quality at support of the EFSA’s scientific risk assessment and decision-making processes.

Support the development of a standardised framework for data collection, management and analysis (processes and procedures) and the definition of the corporate data architecture and master data.

Improve methods and implement tools for data collection, data integration, data transformation, controlled terminologies and metadata management. 

Support the implementation of data warehousing and business intelligence solutions as well as data reports and data visualisations for both scientific and corporate data to support the work of EFSA’s units, Panels, Working Groups, the Scientific Committee as well as the decision-making process of EFSA.  

Support the development and management of suitable technical environments for hosting the data management and analysis framework, liaising with IT and DATA service providers. 

Work closely with data providers, data stewards, data scientists, statisticians (in general, any users of data) to ensure that fit-for-purpose, reliable and trustworthy data is available for EFSA’s risk assessment and corporate decision-making processes and, where necessary, perform data corrections, data standardisation, data enrichment and promote the use of best practices for controlled terminologies and master data management.

Support open data initiatives whilst ensuring the protection of personal and confidential data as well as data access control mechanisms. 
• Participate, when needed, in cross-functional teams and provide in-depth data insights into complex business problems that can be approached with advanced analytics.

Participate in internal and external fora, as needed, to define, design and implement new data standards and data pipelines  and support the preparation of trainings material, reporting guidelines and ensure service desk support.
• Participate in specific projects from inception to deliver.
• Define,  manage and monitor grant and procurement contracts relating to evidence and data management.





You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 445 million EU citizens.
EFSA employs around 550 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.
You will be joining EFSA at an exciting time as we are implementing the EFSA Strategy 2027, aligned with the Transparency Regulation, which increased EFSA’s responsibilities towards EU citizens. The following are the objectives of the Strategy 2027.
1.    Deliver trustworthy scientific advice and communication of risks from farm to fork. 
2.    Ensure preparedness for future risk analysis needs. 
3.    Empower people and ensure organisational agility. 





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


The successful candidate will be recruited as Contract Agent Function Group IV with the basic salary starting from € 3.943 monthly, subject to an annual review of remuneration provided for in Article 64 and 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.
  • 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:




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.[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. Professional experience on data management processes (e.g. data ingestion, data modelling and design, data transformation, data warehousing, business intelligence, data integration and interoperability, data security, master data management and reference terminology) and experience in the creation of data pipelines preferably on cloud environments (e.g. Microsoft Azure).

ii. Proven experience on data management/analysis software, statistical software or programming languages (e.g. SAS, MicroStrategy, Power BI, R-Shiny, Python, R, Spark or equivalent technologies) and familiarity with Software Development Life Cycle principles supporting Agile and DevOps methodologies.

iii. Professional experience on data quality management: implementation and monitoring of data quality standards, data quality dashboards, data quality control mechanisms, data quality metrics and KPIs ensuring the use of fit-for-purpose, reliable and trustworthy data in organisations, with a preference if in the area of EFSA’s remit.

iv. Experience in successfully managing projects or coordinating activities, preferably in the context of data management activities.

v. Experience in defining, developing, measuring  and leaning data management processes, in drafting guidance documents and provide service desk support.



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.




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 the candidate 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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