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Corrigendum 2 : extending the deadline of submission from 07/11/2018 to 15/11/2018 is submitted for publication. Technical specifications (corrigendum 1) published on 20/10/2018: replacing "English native speaker/ English mother tongue" under qualification criteria for B5 and B6, by "English native speaker or full working proficiency as attested by a language certificate ( C2 level under CEFR or equivalent)"
Chafea/2018/Health/03 A Single Framework Contract for the provision of support s...
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Consumer, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea)
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Profile B4 - Virtual Group Manager
Dear Chafea Procurement Team, Regarding Profile B4 - Virtual Group Manager - may we respectfully request that you delete the phrase '(related to computer science)' from the profile description for the following reasons: 1. A computer science degree is unnecessary for this role. Virtual meetings do not require a degree in computer science as the most widely used technologies in this area are all commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, and generally quite easy to use. Solutions such as skype, webex etc. are quite common office solutions and require very little tuition to operate, and certainly not a degree in computer science. 2. There is a significant mismatch between the skillset requested, and the responsibilities to be delivered. If the desired individual is to be responsible for managing, organising and (crucially) animating cross-national discussion groups, then their profile would best found among those with a background in healthcare, policy or academia. There are many relevant degrees for this, but Computer Science is not the foremost list of such degrees. Rather Health, Policy, International Relations and Communications degrees are more relevant due to the subject domain and requirement for animation and would ultimately serve the Commission's needs better. We would propose instead that the description be edited to read 'A relevant university degree and at least 3 years of experience...etc., and with no reference to Computer Science. This update would not disqualify any properly experienced candidates, yet would more likely deliver the quality the Commission seeks in this role. Thank you and kind regards