Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (OGROP), Office of International Programs (OIP) and is based in London, England.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens

Salary information listed does not include locality pay but incumbents may receive post hardship differential pay and payments for cost of living adjustment, applicable based on post.

Overseas assignments are for up to two years and an employment agreement must be signed.  The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency and may be extended for up to 4years.

Before relocating overseas, the selectee may remain stateside until all clearances have been granted. 

This position may be eligible for special pay allowances (e.g. post differential, housing, relocation, etc.) after selectee relocates overseas.  Refer to Department of State, Office of Allowances at

Continued employment will be subject to submission of all documentation necessary to obtain the medical and security clearances (including documentation for any accompanying dependents), within thirty 30 business days of the entrance on duty date and inability to secure clearances necessary for overseas duty will result in the termination of the appointment to the position.

Citizens or permanent residents of the host country are not eligible to be considered.

Additional information on living and traveling abroad may be found at and (click on "Travelers Health")

Assignment to the foreign post is subject to:

Assignment to the foreign post is subject to: 1) The authority and approval of the Chief Mission in-country; 2) Applications and approval for applicable security clearance; 3) Medical clearance of the employee and dependent family members by the Department of State.

Immunizations may be required and will be administered by the FDA or authorized medical personnel before relocating overseas.


The incumbent participates fully with the Director and Deputy Director in providing assistance and leadership in directing the FDA presence and responsibilities in the Europe region.  This includes, but is not limited to:  (1) relevant and timely information exchange and analyses on policy issues, regulatory science, and inspections between the FDA and regulatory counterparts in the Europe region; (2) developing the necessary policy drafts, briefing materials for high level meetings, white papers, policy monographs, and creative strategies as key inputs for FDA regulatory decisions and actions; (3) landscaping trends in European regulatory policy, scientific development, and industry manufacturing; (4) providing strategic advice to FDA at various levels on the European perspective and policies and the potential impact on FDA's work; and (5) serving as the FDA representative at the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  The incumbent is responsible for maintaining regular and consistent communication with the Office of Regulatory Affairs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Center for Tobacco Products and Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Serves as an Agency senior representative and focal point in support of FDA Directorates, Centers, and Offices, as well as with USG Agencies, and with regulatory counterparts, governments, multilateral and academic institutions and other relevant entities with the Europe Region and specifically with the EMA.

Lead, maintain and strengthen strategic working relationships and knowledge networks with high level foreign government officials and institutional leadership within the Europe region.  He/she provides leadership and guidance to FDA officials in their engagement with foreign officials.  The Liaison engages effectively across institutions and government levels and with varied stakeholders and partners for successful deliberations and negotiations on subjects of great sensitivity and potential controversy.

Serves as an Agency expert who works proactively and strategically with senior, policy-level officials and technical specialists at other U.S. agencies who work in areas that have an impact on or intersect with FDA, such as, the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and the United States Trade Representative.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • International Travel is Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation and Travel is authorized