EUnetHTA is looking for: a Senior Scientific Officer (1,0 FTE)

Senior Scientific Officer (1,0 FTE)

The National Health Care Institute

The National Health Care Institute (ZIN) is an independent, non-departmental government organisation. The tasks of ZIN include providing advice about and implementing statutory Dutch health insurance. ZIN has a major role in maintaining the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the Netherlands. 

EUnetHTA Joint Action 3 (2016-2019)

The objective of this Joint Action 3 (JA3) is to support voluntary cooperation at scientific and technical level between Health Technology Assessment Bodies to validate the model for joint work to be continued after EU funding under the Health Programme ends. The cooperation between national and regional HTA Bodies is essential to meet the provisions set out by Article 15 of Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (5) and to create synergy with the strategic HTA Network set up under this Directive.

The general objective for JA3is to increase the use, quality and efficiency of joint HTA work at the European level to support evidence-based, sustainable and equitable choices in healthcare and health technologies and ensure re-use in regional and national HTA reports and activities. . To this end JA3 is divided into seven functional Working Packages (WP) of which the first (WP1) is responsible for the overall management. 

ZIN is the designated partner organisation to lead EUnetHTA JA3 from 2016 – 2019. For this task ZIN established the EUnetHTA Directorate to manage the cooperation amongst the 80+ partner organisations of the EUnetHTA consortium.

For this project we are looking for a:

Senior Scientific Officer 

Reporting:

EUnetHTA C.O.O.:

The Senior Scientific Officer reports to the C.O.O. of EUnetHTA JA3.

Description of functions/tasks

The scientific coordination officer is part of the EUnetHTA Directorate senior staff (Director, Project Manager & Senior Scientific Officer), she/he:

  • Collaborates with Work Package Lead Partners (primarily WP4, WP5, and WP6) to identify opportunities to improve and maintain scientific quality with a view to increase the use of EUnetHTA products and tools;
  • Acts as the first point-of-contact for EUnetHTA partners, in particular those involved in WP4, WP5, and WP6, on issues of a scientific/technical nature;
  • Maintains current knowledge of scientific issues relevant to HTA;
  • Assists the Director to have a continuous up-to-date overview and to lead coherent progress and problem solving in the scientific technical coordination aspect of the EUnetHTA JA3;
  • Contributes to the preparation of the technical reports (including reports from scientific meetings, technical memos, etc.) and development of communications regarding the scientific technical cooperation progress in EUnetHTA;
  • Is responsible for the coordination of the collaboration with the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Works with the Director and the COO to establish working dialogues with individual staff members of the partner institutions and members of stakeholder organisations on scientifically relevant issues;
  • Acts as an arbitrator in disputes on matters related to scientific quality (e.g., incorporating feedback from external peer reviewers) and in instances of uncertainty/disagreement around conflict of interest of external peer reviewers. Includes a responsibility for the development of JA3-wide procedures for handling of conflicts-of-interests, confidentiality and stakeholder involvement
  • Acts as scientific secretary for the Heads of Agency Board.
  • Assists in building and maintaining dialogue with scientific communities such ISPOR and HTAi on EUnetHTA-relevant topics;
  • Engages with stakeholders (industry, payers, patients groups, and providers) on project-level activities, or at the discretion of the COO.

Qualifications

  • Minimum a master’s degree (health sciences, healthcare management, public health, health economics, HTA, etc.). Preferably  has a PhD in HTA. Has a significant scientific track record on HTA including publications in international peer reviewed journals;
  • experience (at least 3 years) in coordination and/or contribution to operations of medium to large projects (20 + partners) with international participation and initiatives on health care;
  • have preferably working experience in different international HTA organisations, preferably in Europe;
  • successful track record in organisation (particularly in meeting deadlines) and coordination,
  • excellent knowledge of English (writing, speaking, reading), additional languages are considered an advantage;
  • have excellent communication skills;
  • ICT-skills (Microsoft Office, SharePoint, MS Project);
  • able to handle many activities simultaneously and stay in control in stressful situations and be a fast learner;
  • experience in managing processes in a multinational network;
  • have a work permit to work in the Netherlands.

What we offer

Our offer is a two-year temporary contract for a full-time position (40 hours a week) with excellent fringe benefits, such as a 8,33% structural bonus and nine weeks paid holiday when employed full-time. Salary is based on work experience and skills. (max. monthly salary of 5.837 Euros when employed fulltime).

Additional information

You will be based in the Netherlands; our office is in Diemen (The Netherlands). Kindly submit your application and resume to vacancies_eunethta@zinl.nl under vacancy referral number 2017050172. Closing date for application is three weeks from publication.

For additional information on this vacancy, please contact the EUnetHTA JA3 Secretariat (M. Guardian, Chief Operating Officer) at tel: +31 207978424, vacancies_eunethta@zinl.nl.