EUROPE – The European Commission has commenced the recruitment process for the next Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as the current Executive Director is set to culminate his term on May 31, 2024.

EFSA’s current Executive Director, Bernhard Url, was appointed in June 2014 for a five-year term. This was later extended in June 2019 for another five years.

Url joined the agency two years before his appointment as Head of the Department of Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance.

As the legal representative and public face of EFSA, the Executive Director assumes a crucial role in the organization and is accountable to the EFSA Management Board.

They are responsible for guiding EFSA’s strategic direction, managing its resources, and ensuring the effective implementation of its mission.

He/she also represents EFSA in interactions with stakeholders, policymakers, and the public, serving as the main point of contact for external communications.

The role of the Executive Director is pivotal in maintaining EFSA’s credibility, scientific excellence, and commitment to transparency.

The selected candidate will lead and oversee the agency, assuming overall responsibility for its operations.

The appointment duration is set for five years, with the possibility of renewal for an additional five-year term.

The appointment of the Executive Director will be made by EFSA’s Management Board, based on a shortlist compiled by the European Commission following a comprehensive selection process.

For a comprehensive understanding of the job description, requirements, and application procedure, interested individuals can refer to the vacancy notice published by the European Commission. T

The deadline for submitting applications is June 26, 2023, at 12:00 P.M. CEST.

This recruitment initiative represents a significant opportunity for accomplished professionals to contribute to the advancement of food safety and regulatory standards in Europe.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead EFSA in addressing emerging food safety challenges, promoting innovation in risk assessment methodologies, and strengthening partnerships at the national and international levels.

Interested candidates are encouraged to review the vacancy notice promptly and submit their applications within the specified timeframe.

EFSA is an independent agency responsible for providing scientific advice and communication on food and feed safety risks in the European Union. Established in 2002, EFSA plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety of the EU’s food supply and protecting consumers’ health.

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