26 März 2019 - OTHERS

Programme Officer/Economist (m/f)

Employer: German Center of Infection Research
Country: Germany
City: Berlin

In their Declaration from July 7 and 8, 2017 the G20 Leaders “called for a new international R&D Collaboration Hub to maximize the impact of existing and new antimicrobial basic and clinical research initiatives as well as product development”.

So far 18 Members and 3 Observers have come together to create the Global AMR R&D Hub. The vision of the GLOBAL AMR R&D HUB is to be a key actor having an integrating role in global R&D for AMR, by:

  • Bringing together governments and foundations from different world regions, with different research potential and funding priorities, in order to combat the global health threat of AMR;
  • Setting the focus on addressing global R&D priorities while respecting domestic and organizational priorities;
  • Promoting high-level coordination and alignment of existing public and private funding and activities and leveraging much needed further monetary and other investments for AMR R&D initiatives on a national and/or international level.

The scope of the Global AMR R&D Hub is embedded in a comprehensive One Health Approach, comprising human, animal, plant and environmental health aspects. Initially, the activities of the Global AMR R&D Hub shall focus on enabling the development of urgently needed products for the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of bacterial infections in humans.

The Global AMR R&D Hub was launched on 22 May 2018 and on 1 September 2018 a Secretariat started operations in Berlin. Administratively the Secretariat is established within the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF).

The Secretariat builds up and manages the Global AMR R&D Hub under the guidance of the Board of Members. The Secretariat supports the Board of Members on all issues related to the Global AMR R&D Hub, in particular:

  • Development of a comprehensive work plan for the Global AMR R&D Hub and its efficient implementation and evaluation;    Gathering, consolidation and management of data needed for the work of the Global AMR R&D Hub;
  • Planning, preparation and follow-up of up to the meetings of the Global AMR R&D Hub;
  • Organization and implementation of expert engagement;
  • Draft and publish reports and other relevant documents to be issued by the Global AMR R&D Hub;
  • Effective communication between the Board of Members, expert groups, the stakeholder group, other relevant stakeholders and the secretariat;
  • Promote understanding, awareness, and use of the Global AMR R&D Hub outputs and work among members and other stakeholders;
  • Communicate on the activities of the Global AMR R&D Hub at different levels, including to higher political levels, to potential members and to the public.

The Global AMR R&D Hub operates in a multifaceted environment. There are significant challenges bringing the urgently needed new interventions to combat AMR to the market. For example, only few new antibiotics have been launched in the last few decades. Those that have made it to the market in the past 10 years have achieved moderate sales. In an environment where it is challenging to develop new interventions from a scientific and regulatory point of view and with the limited economic prospects traditional pharmaceutical companies have largely left the field of developing new antibiotics. These challenges also affect other players, such as small and medium-sized companies who are driving innovation in the field.

To overcome some of the mentioned challenges there are wide-ranging discussions on the urgent need to fix the economic model to support later clinical development and bring products all the way through the pipeline through use of different types of incentives (typically called “push” and “pull incentives”).

To support the work of the Secretariat of the Global AMR R&D Hub, we are currently searching for one

Programme Officer/Economist (m/f)

Starting date: May 1st 2019

The new colleague is expected to provide economic insight notably for the analyses that the Hub is expected to deliver. The Programme Officer/Economist is also expected to follow the relevant discussions worldwide and to provide input.

The Programme Officer/Economist reports to the Lead of the Hub Secretariat.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Contribution to the work of the Global AMR R&D Hub in particular through market analysis and economic modelling;
  • Representing the Global AMR R&D Hub in interactions with stakeholders;
  • Help understand the economic impact of different types of incentives for bringing interventions targeting AMR to the market and to patients and other users;
  • Help understand the social and environmental impacts of policy and regulation, behaviour change and other scenarios.


Qualification and Experience

  • An advanced degree in economics is desired;
  • Ability to turn data into insights and research products, including explaining research methods and conclusions to non-expert and non-technical audiences;
  • Ability to liaise with and consult effectively with diverse stakeholders and to represent the Hub in an international setting in interactions with high-level representatives from academia and policy;
  • Excellent presentation skills;
  • Ability to work independently and with a high degree of responsibility;
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills;
  • IT literate including Microsoft Office products;
  • Perfect command of spoken and written English required, additional good command of German an asset.


Personal Specification

  • Well developed inter-personal skills. Can challenge and influence senior stakeholders whilst building and maintaining relationships;
  • Able to work in a flexible and agile way.



The position is for a fixed duration of two years. The position is located in Berlin, Germany. The annual gross salary level matches the German public tariff scheme up to TVöD/Bund E14, depending on the qualification of the retained candidate.


Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation including a description of relevant experience, CV and relevant references and certificates.

Please send your complete documents preferably as a single PDF document (maximum 10 MB) by email to hr@dzif.de using the reference number 1/2019. Closing date is 24 April 2019.

DZIF is an equal opportunity employer. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from disabled persons with essentially the same qualifications will be given preference.

For queries, please contact Dr. Elmar Nimmesgern (Tel.:+49-30-7262 111 28; elmar.nimmesgern@dzif.de).

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