Epidemiologist

© Pierre-Yves Bernard/MSF

Assessing, implementing and maintaining the epidemiological surveillance systems/monitoring (if needed) according to MSF protocols, standards and procedures in order to contribute to appropriate evidence-based decision making using well managed health data in outbreak and emergency MSF programmes.

Defining, coordinating and monitoring the epidemiological activities, ensuring the development of appropriate methodology and the quality of studies according to MSF protocols, standards and procedures in order to identify risk factors for diseases and to determine the optimal treatment approaches to clinical practice and the preventive medicine to be used in the missions.

Role of the Epidemiologist :

As an epidemiologist you can be employed in the field of program monitoring, program evaluation and/ or field epidemiology.

In the field of monitoring you will assure that relevant and validated program data are available. You will assure that indicators are debated within the medical team and inform operational decision. In addition, you’ll assure that data collection and analysis adapt when project activities are re-oriented.

In the field of evaluation you will assess the performance of projects. You will provide recommendations for operational research (mostly using program data, less frequent are prospective studies) to evaluate new tools (drugs, lab tests, …) or new operational strategies.

In the field of field epidemiology you will be responsible for initial assessments when outbreaks are suspected, and you will assure epidemiological surveillance /monitoring systems are in place to inform operational decision making during outbreaks and other emergency programs. When indicated, you will be involved in surveys to orient operational decisions.

Requirements

  • Master in Public Health with relevant professional experience in epidemiology or an MSC in epidemiology
  • Relevant professional experiences of at least 2 years is mandatory
  • Proven practical skills in design, implementation and evaluation of surveys, and in quantitative/ qualitative research methods.
  • Experience with relevant software packages
  • Outbreak investigation /  management experience (e.g. cholera) is an asset. 
  • Experience with tropical medicine and infectious diseases is desirable.
  • Availability of 6 - 12 months for each assignment
  • Adhere to our Behavioral Commitments and MSF Charter

 

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