Epidemiologists

Epidemiologists with Médecins Sans Frontières typically work in three areas: outbreak response/control, surveys and research.
 
You may be called upon to establish a surveillance system for a cholera or meningitis outbreak, conduct a mortality survey, or design and implement a monitoring and evaluation plan for targeted diseases.

PROFILE REQUIREMENTS

  • Masters degree in Epidemiology and/or Masters in Control of Infectious Diseases and/or Masters in Public Health with an epidemiological focus
  • Proven practical skills in design, implementation and evaluation of surveys, and in quantitative/qualitative research methods
  • Ability to design and implement surveillance and other data collection systems for disease and outbreak monitoring, including mortality and nutritional surveys
  • Capacity to train others in appropriate data collection, analysis and research methods
  • Experience with relevant software (Microsoft Excel and at least one statistical program, eg Epi-Info, SPSS)

DESIRABLE

  • Medical background (MD qualification)
  • Familiarity with tropical/infectious diseases
  • Experience in emergency response to outbreaks
  • Prior experience contributing to scientific publications or demonstrated interest in research
  •  Available at short notice in emergencies

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

The essential criteria is an overview of the minimum requirements for international staff (in addition to the profile requirements above). Please note, these can change without prior notice in response to organisational needs. To work overseas with MSF, every applicant must meet the following requirements:

Work in a diverse team

The ability to work and live in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams in contexts that are often complex, unstable and isolated, requiring strict respect for the local culture, teams and security rules in force.

Experience working in remote, low resource and low tech settings

Clinical/working experience in environments with limited human resources, materials and equipment.  Access to electricity can be unreliable, running water may not be available, medical and other equipment may be in short supply and computer systems may be basic.

Management experience

Most assignments will involve supervision or management of teams and will require experience in: capacity building, training, planning and administration and performance management.

Commitment to the goals and values of MSF

Adhere to the MSF Charter and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment.

Commitment to a career with MSF

Commitment for 2+ assignments. We are looking for people that want to commit to multiple assignments and a long-term career in humanitarian aid. Hiring and training an employee is a major investment for MSF and we want to hire international staff who want to grow within the organisation. 

Ability to cope with stress

Many MSF projects are located in or near conflict areas. The environment is often chaotic and you will face various challenges. International staff must be able to cope with stress in a difficult and unpredictable environment.

Flexibility and adaptability

Contexts, environments, team composition can change quickly. Flexibility and adaptability are critical for a successful MSF assignment.

Work independently and use initiative

MSF assignments are demanding and every staff member must be able to manage their responsibilities and workload in a professional manner, with minimum direction.

DESIRABLE

Language skills

Knowledge of French or Spanish, or willing to learn. 
Other languages including Portuguese, Russian or Arabic are an asset.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Please apply if your skills and experience match the requirements for this role and the essential criteria for all international staff, listed above. Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application.

Before starting the application, please prepare the following: 

  1. CV
  2. Motivation letter

Use our guide on how to write a CV (below) to help you prepare your application.

If you’re not yet ready to apply, use the link below to register to receive updates from our Field Human Resources team including information on upcoming recruitment events.

Meet some of our Epidemiologists