The European Medicines Agency wishes to set up a roster of candidates interested to work for temporary assignments under the Contract Agent contract. Selected candidates will be included on a reserve list and may be offered a temporary assignment, which can range from three months to five years under the Contract Agent contract in accordance with the conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities (Official Journal of the European Communities No L 56 of 4 March 1968) and the Agency’s general implementing provisions on the procedures governing the engagement and the use of contract staff at the Agency. The most common length of assignment offered at the Agency is one year.
There is no closing date for this open call. Whenever a position becomes available, the Agency will search the database to find suitable applications. Application forms are only kept in the database for 24 months. If a candidate is not invited for the interview within 24 months he or she may re-apply - it is necessary to submit a full application again. For more information, consult the general conditions and detailed job profiles under the tab ‘key documents’.
|Job role||Contract Agents for temporary assignments|
|Job type||Various positions throughout the Agency|
The European Medicines Agency is a stimulating multicultural working environment located in Canary Wharf, London.
Selected candidates will be included on a reserve list and may be offered a temporary assignment, which can range from three months to five years under the Contract Agent contract.
A temporary assignment may include replacements of Temporary Agents (in cases of long-term absences) or to work on specific temporary projects. Contract Agent contracts cannot lead to a Temporary Agent contract without the successful participation in an additional open selection procedure. Contract Agent contracts can not be renewed more than once.
The Agency only accepts electronic applications forms submitted via e-mail. This is in order to make processing of applications more efficient, which benefits both the Agency and applicants. Applications should be submitted to email@example.com. Applications sent to any other e-mail address cannot be considered.
When a position becomes available, the Agency will make search in the database to find suitable applications. Candidates selected among the overall applicants, who are considered by the selection board to most closely match the required profile, will be invited fora test and interview.
On the day of the interview candidates will be required to undergo written tests for up to three hours. The tests relate to general aptitude, the language abilities necessary for the performance of the duties, knowledge of European integration and institutions, and specific competencies with reference to the specific job profile.
A good command of English and a thorough knowledge of another official language of the European Union (EU) to the extent necessary for the performance of duties is an essential requirement. Please note that if your mother tongue is English, around half of the interview will be conducted in your second declared language.
To use the application form, it is necessary to use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 8 or higher.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is a common software plug-in available on most computers. Check that you have version 8 or higher installed on your computer. If you do not, you can download the latest version for free from Adobe Reader download.
If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 8 or higher installed on your computer, the application form will not work correctly.
If you have problems downloading the application form, right click and save the document locally on your computer before opening it.
If you are working from a Mac, you should follow these steps:
- Download the PDF file from the website to the Mac, and drag it on to the Acrobat Reader application to make sure that the file opens with that application;
- change the default settings on the Mac so that Acrobat is used as the default application when opening within a browser window. Then click once on any PDF file to select it and select ‘get info’ from the file menu. Change the ‘open with’ option to read Adobe Acrobat. You will need to restart any browser that is open when changing the ‘open with’ option.
Once you have completed the application form click on the 'submit by e-mail' button at the top right of the application form. Your application form will transformed into an XML file and packed as an attachment to an e-mail. You still need to click on the 'send' button of the e-mail to ensure that your application form is sent correctly to the Agency. You do not need to write any message in the e-mail. If you prefer to send the application form as a PDF document attached to your e-mail, use the ‘save as’ option when saving the application form (do not use the ‘print as’ option) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should receive an automated response from the Agency acknowledging receipt of your e-mail.
Before completing the application form it is important to read the instructions given in general conditions. Please note that you will need a valid e-mail address.
The electronic application form to be used is available in an English format only, but the form can be completed using any official EU language. Translations of the application form in the other official languages are provided for reference purposes.