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Medical Vacancy at Médecins Sans Frontières
Date Posted: 28/Nov/2016
Médecins Sans Frontieres 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.
 
Epidemiologist
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.

MSF LOGOJob 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

REQUIREMENTS:

Education

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

Experience

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

Languages

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

Knowledge

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

Competencies 

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

Work Location

  • Maiduguri, Borno state (Nigeria).

Contract

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

METHOD OF APPLICATION

CV, qualifications and a cover letter with contact details to: msff-abuja-recruitment@paris.msf.org or in MSF Office in Abuja

Application subject should be identified with “Epidemiologist”.

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

THE LIST OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE POSTED AT THIS SAME PLACE (no call, no sms) by 3rd 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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