Scientific Policy Officer

The European Hematology Association (EHA) is a non-profit organization located in The Hague which serves medical professionals, researchers, and scientists with an active interest in hematology. We are proud to be the largest European-based organization connecting hematologists worldwide to support career development and research, harmonize hematology education, and advocate for hematologists and hematology. EHA is governed by the EHA Board and supported in its activities by various committees. An international team of 40 staff members work in a dynamic, results-driven and open environment and take pride in serving the association in an efficient manner.

For our Stakeholders Engagement department’s European Affairs unit, we are looking for a talented and experienced

Scientific Policy Officer (32-40 hours per week)

The European Affairs unit and committee represent the interests of hematology and hematologists in Europe by:

  • Increasing awareness and visibility of hematology & EHA
  • Advocating key EHA positions
  • Strengthening stakeholder relations

To achieve these objectives, EHA uses the following tools: Policy development & alignment,
Lobbying, Communication & dissemination, EU projects & networks, Regulatory relations, and
Scientific advice.

An example of an impactful project is the Reducing Bureaucracy in Clinical trials Coalition Campaign:


Over the last few years, clinical trials have become increasingly difficult and expensive to conduct, due in great measure to the disproportionate volume of bureaucratic demands involved. Direct consequences of the rising costs and complexity are the stagnation of clinical research in Europe, fewer academic clinical trials and limited accessibility to innovative treatments. To address the issues resulting from the increasing administrative burden associated with conducting clinical trials, EHA started identifying specific problems and facilitating discussions between clinical researchers, regulators, and other relevant stakeholders.

As this is a challenge not only faced by hematologists and their patients, EHA called upon medical societies and patient organizations across disciplines to work together to develop a ‘roadmap
towards patient-centric, bureaucracy-light clinical research’ in close dialogue with industry, policymakers, and regulators (see call for action here). This led to the creation of a coalition, which now works with 26 partners, including medical associations and patient organizations, across disciplines (see coalition statement here).

You will be part of the Stakeholder Engagement department, operating within the European Affairs
unit. You will coordinate with the Head of European Affairs and the Scientific Relations Project Manager, and will report to the Head of Stakeholder Engagement.

This function requires a reliable professional with:

  • In-depth familiarity with the healthcare industry, specifically in policy and regulatory projects
  • Profound understanding of perspectives and interests of multiple stakeholders in clinical research and healthcare, such as: lab researchers, sponsors, hospitals, nurses, ethics, quality
    assurance

Job description

  • Support the stakeholder engagement team executing the Reducing Bureaucracy in Clinical Trials Coalition Campaign, focusing on content (development of consensus recommendations) and dissemination
  • Support the Health Data Advisory Group together; contributing to the development of an EHA vision and strategy on health data in European Affairs context
  • Supporting content creation and dissemination for all EHA European Affairs activities (scientific/policy/regulatory) 

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree (or higher) level of education
  • Experience in regulatory affairs in the health field with knowledge of Clinical Trials and a focus on the regulatory and legislative aspects
  • A relevant network (clinical, legal, etc.)
  • Result-oriented, decisive, patient and tactful are words to describe you
  • You act with the organization’s mission and goals at the forefront of your mind. You have strong organizational skills, are detail oriented without losing the overview and main objectives, and have a natural way of switching between an operational and strategic level

You are an open and enthusiastic team player who interacts with coalition members and other stakeholders in a way that is goal-oriented, determined and convincing, as well as diplomatic, respectful and flexible. Clarity and open communication are values of paramount importance to you. Your communication skills in English are excellent and near-native. You feel comfortable in a small, but relatively complex, organization in which flexibility, collective responsibility and hands-on mentality are essential.

Our offer

• A salary range between € 3,000 - € 4,500 gross per month based on full-time employment
and based on level and experience
• 30 vacation days
• Collective pension plan
• 8% holiday allowance
• Commuting allowance
•The possibility to follow courses that contribute to your personal development
• An international and dynamic work environment 

If you are interested in this position, please send your motivation letter and CV by May 26, 2021 to
recruitment@ehaweb.org.

For questions, please contact the EHA Executive Office on +31 (0)70 3020 099
• HR Officer: Liz Stokes, recruitment@ehaweb.org
• Head of Stakeholder Engagement: Deepa Maas, d.maas@ehaweb.org