Epidemiologist at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) 2023 – Spain

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Epidemiologist

Location: Abuja
Report to (Hierarchical): Medical Coordinator
Report to (Functional): Medical Coordinator / Activity Manager / Medical Project Referent
Working Hours: 48 Hours per Week
Contract Duration: 3 (Three) Months Renewable
Level: 8

Main Purpose

  • 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 the outbreak and emergency MSF programs


  • Carrying out key epidemiological activities in outbreak investigation (description including time, place, and people with emphasis on mapping when it is needed) and advising on the operational response
  • Implementing and maintaining a surveillance system to monitor epidemiological trends of relevant outbreak-prone diseases. Guiding activities of medical staff for surveillance and/or active case finding, including ensuring understanding of the need for consistent case definitions and data recording (briefing of all new staff)
  • Monitoring and Implementing initial Assessments (for the emergency situation), rapid health assessments, and (baseline or follow-up) surveys. Where standard protocols are not available or appropriate, developing a protocol seeking extensive feedback and pilot testing of tools to ensure the objectives will be met robustly with the support of HQ epidemiologist
  • Preparing and adapting routine documentation (survey forms, training materials, letters of request/notification, locally appropriate consent forms etc.) with the support of HQ epidemiologist. Preparing an appropriate sampling frame and sample selection guidelines with the support of HQ epidemiologist
  • Planning and supervising the associated HR processes of the staff under his/her responsibility (recruitment, training/induction, evaluation, potential detection, development and communication) and ensuring that staff exhibits required skills after training and pilot test
  • Managing data systems and ensuring accurate, high-quality databases; analyzing results and preparing regular written reports on progress and findings for medical coordinator/HQ and when appropriate to external collaborators/networks (MoH, other NGOs, etc.)
  • Providing training sessions to medical teams on relevant aspects of epidemiology to enhance team response capacity.



  • Medical Doctor (preferable), Nurse or Biomedical background with a Degree in Epidemiology.


  • At least few years of tropical medicine experience (having assumed a coordination position is a plus)
  • Experience in Field Epidemiology


  • Mission language is essential.


  • Use of epidemiology-related analytical software (excel, Epi-info, STATA or SPSS)


  • Results and Quality Orientation – L2
  • Teamwork and Cooperation – L2
  • Behavioral Flexibility – L2
  • Commitment to MSF Principles – L2
  • Stress Management – L3.

According to OCBA salary grid scale (National contract).

Application Closing Date
6th September 2021.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted
  • MSF Encourages Women and People with Disability Status to Apply.

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