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  • Medical Vacancy at Médecins Sans Frontières

  • Posted on: 27 November, 2016 Deadline: 1 December, 2016
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    Médecins Sans Frontières is a private, non-profit international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing medical assistance to populations in crisis, without discrimination and regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.



    Main Purpose

    • Carry out investigation, implement assessment and epidemiological surveillance systems/monitoring (if needed) according to MSF protocols in order to contribute to appropriate evidence-based decision making using well managed health data in emergency MSF France programs in Borno State.

    Job Description (Shortened)

    • Carry out key epidemiological activities in community based surveillance (mortality, malnutrition) and in outbreak investigation and advise on the operational response
    • Maintain and develop if required community based surveillance to monitor demography, mortality, malnutrition
    • Monitor epidemiological trends of relevant outbreak-prone diseases
    • Guide activities of medical staff and community staff for surveillance and/or active case finding, including ensuring understanding of the need for consistent case definitions and data recording
    • Manage data systems and ensure accurate, high quality databases
    • Prepare regular written reports on progress and findings for medical coordinator/HQ and when appropriate to external collaborators/networks (MoH, other NGOs)
    • Implement initial Assessment (for emergency situation), rapid health assessment and surveys:
    • Where standard protocols are not available or appropriate, develop a protocol seeking extensive feedback and pilot testing of tools to ensure the objectives will be met robustly with support of HQ epidemiologist
    • Prepare / adapt routine documentation (survey forms, training materials, letters of request/notification, locally appropriate consent forms etc) with support of HQ epidemiologist
    • Prepare an appropriate sampling frame and sample selection guidelines with support of HQ epidemiologist
    • Hire, train and supervise survey staff, including ensuring staff exhibit required skills after training and pilot test
    • Manage data systems and ensure accurate, high quality databases
    • Analyze results and report on findings
    • Implement/maintain relevant epidemiological surveillance systems/monitoring
    • Provide training sessions to medical teams on relevant aspects of epidemiology to enhance team response capacity



    • Medical doctor preferable (open to nurses) with a degree in epidemiology or public health.


    • Experience in field epidemiology
    • Experience in community based surveillance system


    • English fluent
    • Asset, good command of one or more of the following: Hausa, Kanori, Shuwa, Arabic


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


    • People Management. Commitment. Flexibility. Reactivity. Communication (oral and written). Results. Teamwork.

    Work Location

    • Maiduguri, Borno state (Nigeria).


    • Fixed-term contract.
    • Working hours according to Nigerian law.

    Method of Application

    CV, qualifications and a cover letter with contact details to: or in MSF Office in Abuja

    Application subject should be identified with “Epidemiologist”.

    Deadline for the submission of applications: 1st December 2016.


    Notice: No monetary transactions, neither demands of favours in kind, nor other types of favouritism will be tolerated in the recruitment process. MSF reserves the right to refuse hiring of a candidate having benefitted from such acts. All illicit demands of these types may be pursued through the judicial system.

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