Head of Unit for Evidence Based Public Health (M/F)

Head of Unit for Evidence Based Public Health (M/F)

Robert Koch-Institut

Berlin, Germany

Founded in 1891, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is one of the world’s oldest biomedical research institutions. Today, the RKI is Germany’s national public health institute. It employs more than 1,150 people, provides excellent research infrastructure and pursues a modern approach to its scientific work.

The newly established Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG) will consolidate the international work of the RKI from 2019 onwards. Operating as a matrix structure within the ZIG, the Unit for Evidence-Based Public Health will be responsible for the development and provision of evidence-based public health practices and methodologies. The unit will focus on the following tasks:

  • Development and implementation of evidence-based public health methodologies, including methodologies for drafting systematic reviews and guidelines;
  • Development and implementation of processes for prioritisation of public health measures and projects in the field of international health protection;
  • Provision of scientific methods for investigating the effectiveness of complex public health interventions (implementation research);
  • Provision of evidence-based approaches to public health, including those for gap analyses, impact assessments, cost-benefit analyses, and health economics in close cooperation with relevant internal and external stakeholders;
  • Creation of and/or contribution to research projects and other projects to strengthen international health protection.

For the ZIG we are looking for the

Head of Unit for Evidence Based Public Health (M/F/D)
(Salary dependent on qualifications and experience in accordance with
the public sector wage scale [TVöD] up to grade E 15).

Subject to the final approval the position is to be filled from 1st of January 2019. The contract is unlimited.

The jobholder will report directly to the Head of ZIG and will collaborate closely with the other units at ZIG and at RKI at large.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Line manage of staff within the unit and manage the preparation and implementation of the section’s work plan and budget;
  • Establish and monitor the spectrum of methods for generating evidence based public health within the unit;
  • Contribute to the strategic development and the operationalisation of ZIG considering needs and requirements within the RKI as well as partner institutions and partner countries;
  • Create of and/or contribute to research projects and other projects to strengthen international health protection;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Federal Ministry of Health and other agencies with regard to evidence based public health;
  • Represent the Unit as well as the ZIG in international networks, meetings or conferences.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Graduate university studies (professional degree or master’s degree) preferably in medicine, a natural science or a health science;
  • Doctorate.

Required professional experience:

  • At least twelve years of professional experience relevant for the position;
  • In-depth (several years) professional experience with evidence-based methodologies in the field of public health;
  • In-depth experience in writing, editing or reviewing scientific publications;
  • Peer reviewed publications, structured reviews;
  • Project management experience;
  • Experience in international project work;
  • Language skills (CEFR level): English, at least C1 (advanced);
  • Good command of the standard EDP office software (MS Office).

Preferred additional professional skills:

  • Experience in health technology assessments;
  • Experience in cooperating with international partners;
  • Experience in the fields of health economics and/or impact assessments;
  • Experience from implementation research is beneficial;
  • Language skills (CEFR level): German, at least B1 (intermediate).

You are able to analyse easily the elements of problems and processes. You develop your own ideas and implement them in practical terms, including presenting relevant material in a clear and concise way. You are experienced in prioritising correctly and decision making and even for complex tasks you are able to keep an overview. You enjoy cooperating with internal and external partners as well as to establish and maintain longterm relationships with them through regular contact. You motivate co-workers within your team and in a partnership context. You provide constructive feedback to your team members in a timely manner.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Walter Biederbick
Tel.: +49 30 18754-2015
E-Mail: BiederbickW@rki.de

The RKI is located in Berlin – Germany’s vibrant, multicultural capital in the heart of Europe. The Institute’s facilities are set in the environment of a clean, green city that is home to first class art, historical and science museums and well-known theatres. Public transit links to other districts and the surrounding countryside are excellent.

The RKI offers flexible work hours and terms of employment that promote in as far as possible employee life-work balance. Education and training are also provided based on employee needs. The RKI also has a comprehensive health maintenance program and assists incoming staff members and their families in settling in their new location.

The RKI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Submit your application via the public service job portal Interamt at www.interamt.de by 10th of January 2019. Please note the position identification number: 484880 (StellenID)/Kz. 112/18.

If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact

Doreen Hampson
Tel.: +49 30 18754 3732
E-Mail: HampsonD@rki.de
To learn more about the RKI please visit the institute’s website at: www.rki.de

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