Assistant Project Manager 1,0 FTE

(Adviesmedewerker A, Schaal 10)

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 action 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 JA3 (as a whole; per the DG SANTE Work Programme 2015), is 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. This is in order to notably avoid duplication of assessments, in accordance with Article 15((2)(d) of the Directive, a sustainable model for the scientific and technical cooperation on HTA in Europe. To this end JA3 is divided into seven functional Working Packages (WP) of which the first (WP1) is responsible for the overall management of the Joint Action.

An overarching objective is to develop a general strategy, principles and a proposal for a scientific and technical mechanism of permanent sustainable European Collaboration on HTA in the light of the Directive on CBHC. This states that a voluntary HTA network should support cooperation between national HTA institutions and support MS in the provision of objective, reliable, timely and comparable information. During the JA3 the collaborative production of structured HTA core information, including rapid HTAs, will be decentralised and the methodologies and production related information and communication technology infrastructure will be finalised as to stand alone from 2020 onwards. 

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. This is an EU co-funded project with 60% of funds received by the European Commission. Experience with EU grants, management of and working in EU projects is of importance for all staff of the EUnetHTA JA3 Directorate.


EUnetHTA C.O.O.:

The Assistant Project Manager reports to the C.O.O. of EUnetHTA JA3.

Description of functions/tasks

The Assistant Project Manager reports to the C.O.O. of the EUnetHTA Secretariat and the Project Manager, she/he:

  • supports the Project Manager and the C.O.O. in the management of the day-to-day tasks of the EUnetHTA Directorate;

  • supports the Project Manager and the C.O.O. in activities in Work Package 1 (WP1) , such as monitoring deliverables, supporting other working packages in their project management efforts, etc.;

  • replies to incoming requests of EUnetHTA partners, especially relating to the activities in WP1;

  • supports the organisation of meetings such as Assembly meetings, Executive Board meetings etc. as part of the WP1 activities;

  • supports the preparation of minutes and reports on discussions and topics of importance to the network;

  • supports the preparation of reports that relate to WP1 activities;

  • monitors adherence of procedures, rules and guidelines by EUnetHTA partners as part of WP1 activities;

  • supports communication regarding the WP1 activities (eg. contribute to drafting presentations, managing web content, drafting speaker notes and information packs to be used in dissemination/communication) in close cooperation with the Communication Officer.


  • academic degree in project management or related fields;

  • experience with HTA (of pharmaceuticals) a plus;

  • excellent knowledge of English (writing, speaking, reading), additional languages (Dutch preferred) are considered an advantage;

  • excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills and a customer-focused approach;

  • ability to effectively coordinate and plan multiple projects with conflicting deadlines;

  • flexible attitude towards a constantly changing working environment and ability to work as part of a team;

  • ability to prioritize, commit to and meet deadlines.

    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 4.049 Euros when employed fulltime). Temporary renewal of contract after two years is up for negotiation.

    Additional information

    You will be based in the Netherlands; our office is in Diemen (The Netherlands). Kindly submit your application and resume to under referral number 2017001315. Closing date for application is two weeks from publication (closing date: April 28, 2017).

    For additional information on this vacancy, please contact the EUnetHTA JA3 Secretariat (M. Guardian) at tel: +31 207978424,