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Leonard Matijević, Seconded National Expert

Leonard Matijević
Croatia - was a Seconded National Expert

Working in a multicultural scientific organisation such as EFSA was the logical next step in my career. I believe that EFSA is one of the most important organisations for food safety in Europe and beyond. Working in such an environment, learning from the best scientists and contributing to not only European but global food safety, is a great honour and responsibility. Also, it is a great platform to further strengthen the cooperation between EFSA and my home organisation, Croatian Food Agency, as well as other national bodies dealing with food safety.

Civil servants from national authorities can work in our scientific or administrative units as Seconded National Experts (SNEs).

Furthermore, civil servants from public administration, institution or international organisations and PhD candidates can visit EFSA under the Guest Programme scheme.

SNEs and Guest Visitors serve a dual role: they bring their expertise to EFSA and take back to their home administration or university the knowledge acquired during their period of secondment, fostering mutual exchange and strengthening cooperation between EFSA and its partners.

EFSA offers flexible working hours, wellbeing initiatives, training and development opportunities.

Seconded National Experts (SNEs)

Applications are open to staff from public administrations of EU Member States, EFTA countries, public intergovernmental organisations and universities. Staff from third countries and international organisations may be accepted on a case by case basis and subject to the EFSA Executive Director’s approval. At least 3 years of relevant working experience, good communication in English (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR) and the ability to work in a multicultural environment are essential. Secondments of SNEs can be from a minimum six months up to four years.

Guest Programme Visitors

Applications are open to candidates from EU and non – EU countries. Candidates should be either PhD candidates or employees from public administration, public intergovernmental organisation, public sector, independent university or research organisation. The placement period could be 12 months maximum for all candidates apart from PhD candidates for whom the maximum duration could be 6 months. As a study visitor, you will develop your expertise through research or a project in a field of your choice within a multicultural environment. Good communication in English (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR) and the ability to work in a multicultural environment are essential.