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Vacancy: Senior programme officer neonatal heel prick screening

This vacancy has been advertised by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

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Due to developments within the neonatal heel prick screening programme we are looking for an enthusiastic senior programme officer.

The neonatal heel prick screening aims to detect newborn babies with serious disorders at an early stage and refer them to health care for timely diagnosis and treatment. The neonatal heel prick screening has expanded considerably in recent years and this process continues. Currently, heel prick screening is used to screen for 25 different disorders, including metabolic diseases, cystic fibrosis, severe blood disorders, endocrine diseases and severe immune deficiency.

All kinds of organisations and experts are involved in the programme and this brings with it a lot of dynamism. Large-scale optimisation projects are taking place in heel prick screening aimed at improving test methods, quality assurance, the promotion of expertise, scientific research, logistic processes, data exchange, monitoring, information management and linkage to care. For more information, see

Due to shifts in the tasks of our current colleagues, we are temporarily looking for an additional colleague. who can be deployed more broadly, for at least a year.

As senior programme officer neonatal heel prick screening you will carry out activities related to various parts of the programme. For example, you will be responsible for the annual process to produce the monitoring reports for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. An external party takes care of the implementation. You will ensure that the information from the monitor is properly included in materials for the promotion of expertise and that the annual fact sheet is up to date on these aspects. You update protocols, for example, around data exchange and AVG/privacy.

You will also supervise the registrations in and the data requests for the database Neorah (Neonatal registration deviant heel prick screening) with diagnostic information from care. You are responsible for the further development and supervision of all processes surrounding this database. Ideas for improving these processes are always appreciated.

As a senior programme officer you will write substantive notes and advice. You prepare meetings of national working groups and project groups and follow up the resulting actions. You hold presentations on various topics and feel at home with the use of different work formats, especially now that many meetings are held digitally.

As a member of the heel prick team you are co-responsible for achieving the project goals. You functionally report to the programme manager and work closely with colleagues and internal and external parties and relations. Terms such as independence, pro-activity and cooperation are concepts that really fit our team.

Job requirements
For this challenging position we are looking for someone who:
– Has an academic working and thinking level;
– At least 5 years of experience, preferably in the field of public health or healthcare; experience with epidemiology is an advantage;
– Has experience with project-based work and can plan, organize and prioritize well;
– Is analytically strong and able to process a lot of information quickly. Quickly establishes interrelationships between different processes;
– Can perform under pressure and keep several balls in the air;
– Persuasive and able to explain and defend a point of view with attention for the relationship;
– Creative and comes up with (new) solutions for problems or bottlenecks;
– Has good social and communication skills, is a team player and communicates effectively both in writing and orally;
– Is organisation- and environment-sensitive and able to maintain a multidisciplinary network, to connect parties and deploy them.

If you fit our profile, we would like to talk to you!

Terms of employment
Salary level: scale 11
Monthly salary: Min €3.279 – Max. €5,039 (gross)
Employment contract: Employment contract for a fixed period
Contract duration: 12 months
Minimum number of hours per week: 32
Maximum number of hours per week: 36

Other terms of employment
In addition to your salary, you will receive an Individual Choices Budget (IKB). The IKB consists of money (16,37% of your gross annual salary) and time. With IKB you can make the choices that suit you and you can compile part of your terms of employment yourself. For example, you can choose to have part of your monthly income paid out when you want. You can also convert this budget into leave or spend it on tax-friendly purposes. Central government attaches great importance to personal growth and career development and offers numerous opportunities for this. The secondary employment conditions include various study facilities, company fitness, full reimbursement of your public transport commuting expenses and partially paid parental leave.

Given the current measures, these calls can take place via video calling.

The RIVM is committed to employing people who fall within the target group of the Employment Opportunity Act. Do you fall within this target group and are you on the target group register? Then we invite you to respond! Together with you, we will look at whether and how you can possibly give substance to this position. At the RIVM, you are welcome as you are. We are convinced that diversity in a team makes the cooperation and outcome stronger.

We would like to receive your letter and CV in a Word or PDF file via the digital application form, where you can address your application to Erika Buitenhuis, Department Head of Pre- and Neonatal screenings. If you are claiming a priority position, please also include a copy of that notice.

We are curious about your motivation for this position, and would like to see an explanation in your application letter. We also ask you to describe your activities in detail in your CV, so that we can make an accurate assessment of your experience.

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Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Digital job application
Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM) invites you to apply on their website. The button below will take you directly to the application form. The State places value on a diverse and inclusive organization. Working in diverse teams makes us more effective, more innovative and enjoyable. Everybody is therefore invited to apply.

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