CALL For Expression Of Interest - MUCF Scientific-Technical Officer (1 year)

The MUCF team is looking for a Scientific-Technical Officer to join us from the second half of 2022 on an 80% basis (30 hours per week) at our office in Paris, France for 1 year.

About MUCF

The Minor Uses Coordination Facility (MUCF) hosted by EPPO works in cooperation with the Member Countries and stakeholders (growers organizations, industry associations, research institutes, regulatory authorities, governmental experts) to contribute to sustainable European agriculture. The MUCF serves as an exchange platform to identify solutions for plant protection issues for specialty crops in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) framework.
For more information about the MUCF, please visit: https://minoruses.eu/

About EPPO

EPPO is an intergovernmental organization responsible for cooperation in plant health within the Euro-Mediterranean region. Founded in 1951 by 15 European countries, EPPO now has 52 members. Its objectives are to protect plants, by developing international strategies against the introduction and spread of pests which are a threat to agriculture, forestry and the environment, and by promoting safe and effective pest control methods. EPPO has carried out work in support of minor uses since 1996.
For more information about EPPO please visit: https://www.eppo.int/

REPORTING LINES

The Scientific-Technical Officer reports to the Coordinator of the Minor Uses Coordination Facility. S/he will work closely with members of the MUCF Team, other relevant EPPO units and international minor uses experts.

TECHNICAL FOCUS

Minor uses, crop protection regulations, crop protection & production.

KEY RESULTS

Comprehensive technical expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of MUCF projects and services.

MAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE SCIENTIFIC-TECHNICAL OFFICER

  • Support components of the work of multidisciplinary teams, Commodity Expert Groups (CEGs), in terms of managing projects, drafting position papers, responding to technical enquiries on crop protection, etc.
  • Provide scientific assistance to the Chairs of the CEGs during the international meetings organized by the MUCF and participate in the preparation and follow up of these meetings. The Scientific-Technical Officer will also be in charge of writing the minutes of the Horizontal Expert Group (HEG) meetings.
  • Co-ordinate the work of individual minor uses projects within the Minor Uses Coordination Facility.
  • Design and conduct research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities on crop protection and regulatory issues and solutions.
  • Engage with stakeholders to establish their priorities and encourage contribution to the facility's work.
  • Support the work on harmonization of extrapolation tables, crop grouping, minor crop definition.
  • Work closely together with the IT officer in populating databases (EUMUDA, Extrapolation database).
  • Perform other duties as required.

THE SELECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST

You must satisfy the following eligibility requirements for submission of your application:

General requirements:

  • Be national of a Member State of the European Union or EFTA state.
  • Have good working knowledge of the English language, at least C1 level, both written and spoken, according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The knowledge of English will be tested as part of the selection procedure. Fluency in other European languages would be an asset.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate in the field of agriculture, agronomy, crop protection, plant science or related field.
  • Experience in regulatory issues associated with registration of plant protection products.
  • Knowledge of EU procedures for assessment of active substances and plant protection products.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management and non-chemical solutions to pest problems.
  • Knowledge of specific problems associated with minor uses.

Skills:

  • You should be able to adapt to an international multicultural environment, have good communication skills and have good skills in statistical analysis.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER

The job will be based at EPPO Headquarters in Paris initially for a 1-year period (contract with EPPO) and for 80% time, with the possibility of extension, subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory performance. The salary paid will be based on the first point on the UNESCO P2 salary scale for a single person: net of tax and deductions. This will be at least 41 600 EUR per annum for 80% time. Other terms and conditions are described in the EPPO staff rules, which are based on those of UNESCO.

The MUCF and EPPO follow French government guidelines to ensure that all COVID-19 safe working environment requirements are provided. If the COVID-19 situation requires it, teleworking is an option.

READY TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

If you are interested in this post, please apply online at https://jobs.minoruses.eu with a covering letter explaining why you are interested and suitable, with your Curriculum Vitae and the names of two referees.
Applications must be received before midday 12:00 (Paris time) on Monday 28th February 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview (planned for March and April 2022). This will be followed by face-to-face interviews and a competence assessment with a panel comprising representatives of EPPO and the Coordination Facility.

If you would like to have an informal discussion on the nature of the work, you may contact Barbara Edler at be@minoruses.eu.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


The MUCF team value diversity and firmly believe that it contributes to a broader collective perspective that leads to a better work environment. Qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.