Medical Director

12/31/21   Belgium   European Blood Alliance (EBA)  

Job description

The European Blood Alliance is a not-for-profit European association of blood services currently in 281 Member States of EU or EFTA and the UK, representing 17 million blood donations annually, and has a budget of about €500,000.

The mission of the EBA is to contribute to the safety, security and cost effectiveness of the blood and tissue supply for the citizens of Europe by developing and maintaining an efficient and strong collaboration amongst European blood and tissue services.

The Alliance has four Strategic Objectives: to promote voluntary non-remunerated donations (VNRD) of blood and blood components and self-sufficiency from VNRD; to improve performance through collaboration; to support national and European authorities to promote best practice and; to facilitate information collection and knowledge exchange.

EBA is searching for a part-time/full-time Medical Director.

To support the Executive Director (ED), EBA is looking for an experienced individual with medical and blood service background and practice to serve as a part-time Medical Director of EBA (3 days a week). Should a candidate only be interested in a full-time position, he/she should still apply and due consideration will be provided to his/her profile and the post adapted for a full-time work. The successful candidate will be offered a permanent contract (CDI) under Belgian law if he/she is an employee, and a minimum of 2-years contract (with a possibility of renewal) as a consultant.

The Medical Director will report to the ED and will work in close collaboration with her, preferably in Belgium if the MD is located in the country, or, through visits and meetings if the person is not based in Belgium. The job description and person specification are provided below.

The Medical Director key goals are:

▪ Contributing to EBA strategy and policies in close collaboration with the ED, President and Executive of EBA,

▪ Supporting the EBA membership by sharing technical and medical information in relation to blood services,

▪ Implementing activities as set in the strategic and yearly plans, in close collaboration with the ED and EBA secretariat,

▪ Representing EBA together with the ED when medical expertise is sought, in meetings and in collaboration with other stakeholders, including EU institution representatives,

▪ Acting as a facilitator of knowledge exchange on technical and medical matters, among EBA members and within working groups and projects.

(1) Including observers

 

Requirements

The European Blood Alliance is a not-for-profit European association of blood services currently in 281 Member States of EU or EFTA and the UK, representing 17 million blood donations annually, and has a budget of about €500,000.

The mission of the EBA is to contribute to the safety, security and cost effectiveness of the blood and tissue supply for the citizens of Europe by developing and maintaining an efficient and strong collaboration amongst European blood and tissue services.

The Alliance has four Strategic Objectives: to promote voluntary non-remunerated donations (VNRD) of blood and blood components and self-sufficiency from VNRD; to improve performance through collaboration; to support national and European authorities to promote best practice and; to facilitate information collection and knowledge exchange.

EBA is searching for a part-time/full-time Medical Director.

To support the Executive Director (ED), EBA is looking for an experienced individual with medical and blood service background and practise to serve as a part-time Medical Director of EBA (3 days a week). Should a candidate only be interested in a full-time position, he/she should still apply and due consideration will be provided to his/her profile and the post adapted for a full-time work. The successful candidate will be offered a permanent contract (CDI) under Belgian law if he/she is an employee, and a minimum of 2-years contract (with a possibility of renewal) as a consultant.

The Medical Director will report to the ED and will work in close collaboration with her, preferably in Belgium if the MD is located in the country, or, through visits and meetings if the person is not based in Belgium. The job description and person specification are provided below.

The Medical Director key goals are:

▪ Contributing to EBA strategy and policies in close collaboration with the ED, President and Executive of EBA,

▪ Supporting the EBA membership by sharing technical and medical information in relation to blood services,

▪ Implementing activities as set in the strategic and yearly plans, in close collaboration with the ED and EBA secretariat,

▪ Representing EBA together with the ED when medical expertise is sought, in meetings and in collaboration with other stakeholders, including EU institution representatives,

▪ Acting as a facilitator of knowledge exchange on technical and medical matters, among EBA members and within working groups and projects.

1 Including observers

Person specification

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate achievements in the field of blood services, and have knowledge in transfusion medicine, donor management and health, as well as be able to work with a diversity of profiles, nationalities and culture. A track record of networking and interacting with blood services from various countries would be a bonus. This post involves some travels mainly in Europe, when the COVID-19 pandemic will allow resuming business travels.

Additional areas of expertise are:

▪ Communication skills both oral and written, needed for networking, informing and influencing and liaising with member states and (global) organisations and in writing articles for EBA

▪ Fluency in spoken and written English is essential

▪ Alert to changes and developments in the blood services and transfusion field and able to understand the impact of changes to the EBA Membership

▪ Knowledge and interest in blood, tissues and cells legislation and current guidelines in EU and members states

▪ Excellent computer skills

▪ Well-developed social, and organisational skills

▪ Dynamic and flexible personality; self-starter

▪ Capacity to work independently and in a small team

 

Tasks will include, but not be limited to:
▪ Lead and implement EBA projects relevant to his/her medical/scientific expertise
▪ Comment any new pieces of EU legislation or guidance in the fields of blood, tissues, cells and advanced therapies, medical devices and in-vitro devices, contingency planning and infectious diseases, in collaboration with other experts
▪ Contribute to EBA working groups and ad-hoc stakeholder meetings
▪ Represent EBA in international medical and technical working groups/parties
▪ Draft medical and technical position papers for the review and approval of the EBA Executives and Board in collaboration with other experts
▪ Present EBA’s medical and technical positions in scientific or stakeholder meetings
▪ Follow developments in the field by reviewing literature, networking and participating in conferences and report back to the EBA Membership
The Medical Director may be hired as an employee, or an an employee detached from a blood establishment, or be an independent/consultant.

Practical information
▪ The candidates must be from the EU or owners of a work permit to operate in the EU
▪ Part-time, 24 hours/week (3 days) to be agreed upon, flexible organisation of time, depending on other part time the candidate might have – OR:
▪ Full time, 38 hours a week
▪ Starting date: as soon as possible
• Small and dynamic office,
• The remuneration will be based on seniority and experience.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter/ or questions to Catherine Hartmann, Executive Director on c.hartmann@europeanbloodalliance.eu.

If you have any question, please contact Catherine at +31 6 1359 9054