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  • Posted on: 16 April, 2018 Deadline: 27 April, 2018
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  • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation 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.



    Job No.: MS059
    Location: Maiduguri, Borno State (with frequent visit to projects i.e Pulka, Gwoza & Damaturu (75% in projects)

    Main Objective of the Position

    • 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 programs.


    • 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.
    • Follow up, monitor and provide result interpretation of community-based nutrition and mortality surveillance system in the projects where implemented.
    • Support implementation of remote surveillance system in Jakusko.
    • Follow up on reported cases of communicable diseases and conduct analysis of the data to support early detection and to help inform appropriate response.
    • Monitor epidemiological trends of relevant outbreak-prone diseases (e.g. meningitis, measles, cholera etc), and provide appropriate technical advice and support to the PMRs .
    • Follow up and harmonize project’s Health Information System (HMIS) and support analysis of this data.
    • Ensure timely reporting for monthly and quarterly indicators.
    • Support and manage surveillance data tools when requested Provide technical support to field team in building capacity regarding surveillance for meningitis outbreak preparedness.
    • Update the medical dashboard to support programme improvement, and sharing with the medical coordinator on a weekly basis.
    • Ensure external data management tools (e.g MOH, Nut 5W cluster) are updated with weekly and monthly data for external sharing purposes.
    • Ensure regular reporting on progress, challenges and findings at medical meetings or coordination meetings if applicable.
    • Support emergency team on analysis of the data during/after exploratory missions if relevant.
    • Participate in relevant team, inter-sectional and inter-agency/ governmental meetings if requested by medical coordinator
    • Design/develop protocols of epidemiological study, carry out epidemiological study and publish results in norms with studies internal regulations.
    • Being flexible to any other task to be carried out asked by the supervisor according to the mission need.

    MSF Section/Context Specific Accountabilities:

    • 50% of the time in the the projects: Damaturu, Gwoza, Maiduguri and Pulka
    • Monthly reports to Logco registering all the activities, problems, soutions proposed and plans for following month
    • Responsible of updating monthly IT material inventory, location, passwords and status
    • Responsible of configuring computers and printers according to MSF standards and programmes


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


    • At least 2 years of tropical medicine experience (having assumed coordination position is a plus).
    • Experience in field epidemiology


    • Mission working language essential (English), local language a plus (Hausa).
    • Knowledge Use of epidemiology related analytical software (excel, Epi-info, STATA or SPSS).


    • Commitment to MSF’s Principles
    • Cross-cultural Awareness
    • Behavioral Flexibility
    • Stress Management
    • Results and Quality Orientation
    • Service Orientation
    • Initiative and Innovation
    • Teamwork and Cooperation

    Other Required skills:

    • 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, Commment, Stress Management.


    • As per the MSF salary scale (national contract).

    Method of Application

    Applicants should send their CV's and Motivation Letters either by email to:
    In person to:
    MSF Spain Office,
    Plot 394, Etang O. Obuli Street,
    Off Idris Ibrahim Crescent,

    To any MSF Spain Base in Maiduguri, Gwoza, Pulka - Borno and Damaturu - Yobe States.

    Note: Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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