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  • Job Vacancy at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

  • Posted on: 13 December, 2016 Deadline: 29 December, 2016
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    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.



    (Reference No. MS059)

    Place of Work: Abuja (80% Travelling To The Field)

    Working Hours:  Mon – Fri 8am to 5.30pm

    Salary:   As per the MSF salary scale (national contract)

    Grade Level:  8

    Position in the Organization

    Reports to (Hierarchical): Medical Coordinator (if Mission scope)/ Project Coordinator or Activity Manager (if Project scope)

    Reports to (Functional): Medical Coordinator / Activity Manager / Medical Project Referent

    Job Family: Medical

    Supervises (Function):

    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 outbreak and emergency MSF programmes


    • Carry out key epidemiological activities in outbreak investigation (description including time, place, people with emphasis on mapping when it is needed) and advise on the operational response
    • Supervise epidemiological activities in community-based surveillance (mortality, malnutrition),in outbreak investigations (description including person, place and time with emphasis on mapping when needed) and advise on operational response.
    • Monitor data quality in the data collection tools used through follow up with appropriate staff on missing, erroneous and duplicate data, correcting data errors in a timely manner, and liaising with staff to ensure data integrity is maintained.
    • Develop and maintain community-based and hospital-based surveillance systems to monitor health status of beneficiaries.
    • 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 (briefing of all new staff).
    • Develop and maintain accurate and high quality data systems/databases.
    • Performs quantitative data analysis using descriptive, statistical and spatial methodologies and computerized statistical software,
    • Prepare regular written reports on progress and findings for medical coordinator, and when appropriate to external collaborators/networks (MoH, other NGOs).
    • Conduct initial assessments (for emergency situations), rapid health assessments and (baseline or follow-up) surveys to inform appropriate response.
    • Where standard protocols are not available or appropriate, develop a protocol seeking extensive feedback and pilot testing of robust tools to ensure the objectives will be met 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.
    • Analyze results and report on findings
    • 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), nurse or biomedical background with a degree in epidemiology (not in public health)

    At least few years of tropical medicine experience (having assumed coordination position is a plus)
    Experience in field epidemiology

    Mission working language essential

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


    • People Management.
    • Commitment
    • Flexibility
    • Results
    • Teamwork

    Other Required Skills

    • English spoken and written.
    • Good computer skills (excel, word, outlook is an advantage).
    • Capacity to work as a team, respectful and good working attitude.
    • Organization and planning skills, initiative and proactive.
    • Committed to humanitarian principles.
    • Due to the nature of MSF operations, flexibility is indispensable and unavoidable.
    • Committed to humanitarian principles.
    • Sensitive and respectful of religious and cultural differences:
    • Identification with Humanitarian, Cross Cultural Awareness, Self-Control, Quality and Results Orientation, Commitment, Stress Management

    Method of Application

     All applicants should send a CV and motivation letter either by email to:


    In person to MSF office, Road 131 House 10 Gwarinpa Housing Estate, Abuja

    Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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