Policy Advisor - The U.S. Mission to the EU

Basic Function of Position:

Serves as Senior Policy Advisor and Analyst (FDA Advisor) for the Director and Deputy Director of the Europe Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The job holder analyzes EU policy and provides expert advice on complex EU decision-making on all FDA-regulated products to include: drugs, biologics, medical devices, tobacco, food safety and veterinary medicine with the objective of promoting and improving public health through innovation and product/food safety. He/she develops strategies and guidelines to prevent adverse public health impacts related to FDA-regulated products and facilitates U.S.-EU cooperation toward third countries on public health issues of mutual concern. He/she provides regular strategic assessments and advice on developments in EU policy and ongoing EU debates over legislation that affects FDA-regulated products to senior officials at the FDA. He/she maintains a broad range of contacts in all EU institutions, including at senior levels, with a view to gathering upstream information in order to react to any potential EU measures which would affect FDA-regulated products.

Qualifications Required:

  • Education: Master’s degree in International Affairs, public health, law or related field.
  • Experience: Minimum five years of experience working at an EU institution or for an organization that deals regularly with EU public health or regulatory policy issues.
  • Language Skills: Level IV (fluency) in English - must be able to draft a variety of reports and analyses with speed and clarity.
  • Job Knowledge: A thorough and complete understanding of the structure, organization and complexities of the European Commission, European Parliament, and other EU institutions, with particular emphasis on public health policy related to FDA-regulated products and the development and implementation of EU regulations; A thorough knowledge of modern economic and political economy principles and theory; A thorough knowledge of identified policy areas, and familiarity with other high profile issues on transatlantic economic agenda. Familiarity with functioning of the U.S. government and the role of Congress, with emphasis on making public health policy.
  • Skills and Abilities: Ability to independently plan, organize and execute projects; Ability to effectively communicate in English, including providing targeted oral briefings; Ability to develop and maintain a wide circle of contacts at all levels – including senior officials – at European Commission, European Parliament and Permanent Representations; Ability to deal tactfully and independently with contacts as a representative of the U.S. Government; Ability to carry out independent research and analysis based on public sources of EU and other data in the sectors covered above; Ability to work as part of a team with Americans and colleagues who are from other countries, and with individuals employed by other U.S. Government agencies; Must demonstrate resourcefulness, initiative and analytical ability.

Candidates need to submit their application through the website of the U.S. Embassy: