Coordinator for the EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility

Operations · Full-time · Global

An EPPO code, formerly known as a Bayer code, is an encoded identifier that is used by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, in a system designed to uniquely identify organisms.

Background information on work field

Minor uses of plant protection products (PPP’s) are uses on minor crops or against pest problems, which are not routinely encountered, but may on occasion be very damaging in major crops. These minor crops, often specialty crops, have a high economic value for farmers but may be of low economic interest for the crop protection industry. This leads to a lack of authorized products on the market for farmers to use on these crops, which in turn can lead to loss of crop production with severe economic impact on the farmers.

Plant protection products are regulated in the EU via Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, which covers PPPs of chemical and biological origin. The Regulation provides that active substances are approved at EU level, and PPP-uses are authorized on national level ( e.g. crop, pest, application rates, number and timing of applications). Article 3 (26) and Article 51 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 provide definition and procedures for the authorization of minor uses. Users of PPPs in the EU have to comply with the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as laid down in Directive (EC) 2009/128 on the sustainable use of pesticides.

Organizational background

MUCF - The EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility, hosted by EPPO, was created in 2015 as a programme of action to implement the provisions foreseen in Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 in a coherent way. It was initially founded by the European Commission, France, Germany and the Netherlands and afterwards by financial contributions of (on average) fifteen EU member states and Switzerland.

The Minor Uses Coordination Facility has developed many activities to support its member countries, including developing the EU minor uses database, EUMUDA, and organizing a horizontal and several Commodity Expert Groups. The mission of the Facility is ‘to support Members in closing minor uses gaps through efficient collaboration to improve availability of chemical and non-chemical tools and solutions within an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) framework in order to enable European farmers to produce high quality crops’.

More information on MUCF and the minor uses issue is available at https://www.minoruses.eu.

EPPO - the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization - is an inter-Governmental organization, recognized by the FAO as the Regional Plant Protection Organization for Europe. EPPO has 52 member countries, and a Secretariat based in Paris. EPPO produces Standards and publications on plant pests, phytosanitary regulations, and plant protection products and coordinates technical cooperation through networks of national experts in different aspects of plant protection. EPPO has carried out work in support of minor uses since 1996 and hosts two activities which have their own governance and funding: the EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility and the Euphresco network of phytosanitary research funders.

Job offer

Due to the departure of the Coordinator, the position is available. Therefore, a senior level Minor Uses Coordinator to lead the work of the Facility is recruited. Available funding will also cover a Technical Expert and administrative and IT support.

The post is for a one-year period initially with the possibility of extension if funding can be secured.

Main activities covered

The Coordinator should:

  • Lead the work of the Minor Uses Coordination Facility (MUCF)
  • Report to and work with the Steering Group of the MUCF, comprising representatives of a number of the contributing member countries
  • Prepare, in consultation with the chair of the Steering Group, the Steering Group meetings and the Annual General Meetings of the contributing member states and prepare the reports of these meetings.
  • Engage with member countries and stakeholders to establish priorities for the MUCF and their contribution to the work of the MUCF
  • Manage the technical, administrative and IT staff input to the Facility, in cooperation with the Director-General of EPPO
  • Coordinate and facilitate the work of Expert Groups on horizontal issues and different crop sectors
  • Develop work plans and annual report of the work of the MUCF
  • Publicize and raise awareness of the work of the MUCF
  • Manage the budget and finances of the Facility, in cooperation with the Director-General of EPPO
  • Secure commitments for long term sustainable funding of the Facility

Essential skills and qualifications :

  • Graduate/Master’s degree in agronomy or related natural science
  • Knowledge or experience in regulatory procedures associated with the approval of active substances and authorization of plant protection products, including the regulatory assessment procedures
  • Knowledge or experience in crop protection, preferably in Integrated Pest Management and minor plant protection uses
  • Experience of independently managing teams and projects to deliver accountable products and results
  • Experience with budgeting and finances (in Excel)
  • Open minded and able to work with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and countries
  • Able to communicate effectively with and connect the work of all relevant member countries and stakeholders
  • Creative and flexible in finding solutions to problems
  • Language skills: Excellent in English, speaking and writing skills
  • Citizen of one of the EU member countries, Norway or Switzerland

Desirable skills and qualifications :

  • Fluency in other European languages
  • Experience of work in an international organization or projects
  • Experience of working with IT specialists to specify requirements for IT systems

Terms and conditions

The job will be based at EPPO Headquarters in Paris. The salary paid will be based on the first point on the UNESCO P4 salary scale for a single person: net of tax and deductions this will be at least 74,000 € per annum. An additional allowance will be payable to facilitate relocation to Paris.

Application procedure

If you are interested please write to Nico Horn, Director-General of EPPO, with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the post, a Curriculum Vitae and names of two referees.

Applications must be received before 15th June 2020 midnight Paris time

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview by teleconference with a panel comprising representatives of the Steering Group. Language skills in English will be tested in a written exercise.

If you would like first to have an informal discussion on the nature of the work, you may contact Nico Horn (Director-General of EPPO) at job@eppo.int or Hans van den Heuvel (chair Steering Group MUCF) (mail to j.j.m.vandenheuvel@minlnv.nl)