at Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (view profile)
Location International, Ireland
Date Posted June 15, 2017
Category Other
Job Type Permanent


Job Title: Epidemiologist
Location: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a leading international independent humanitarian aid organisation dedicated to providing expert medical relief to vulnerable populations at times of conflict or disaster. In over 65 countries worldwide, MSF provides both life-saving emergency relief and longer-term assistance to make basic healthcare services available to the most vulnerable or excluded communities.

MSF's aim is to provide impartial assistance on the basis of need alone, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, creed or political affiliation. To maintain its independence from political interference, MSF relies on donations from individuals around the world for over 92% of its income. Unrestricted private funding allows MSF to respond swiftly during an emergency, treating those most in need quickly, whilst also adhering to our principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence.

MSF Ireland

MSF exists to save lives, alleviate suffering and protect human dignity among populations in crisis throughout the world. MSF Ireland aims to contribute directly to that mission, by effectively and efficiently contributing to the resource requirements, financial, human and programmatic of the MSF movement.

MSF Ireland is an entity which is merged strategically, sectionally and associatively with MSF-UK. MSF will continue to build upon its presence in Ireland to become a more widely recognised, accepted and respected humanitarian organisation among Irish audiences, and within the Irish humanitarian and political sector. This will enable the Irish office to continue contributing operationally to the MSF movement

Being an Epidemiologist with MSF is essential and exciting work.

In the midst of an outbreak, our project teams look to our epidemiologists to learn where and how fast a disease is spreading, and how it can be stopped. From Ebola outbreaks in Liberia to predicting cholera outbreaks in Haiti after an earthquake, MSF epidemiologists save lives.
MSF epidemiologists work in a variety of contexts, and may be either based in a country coordination centre or out in a field project. They may support one or many projects, and work on a variety of issues, from mortality surveys to mapping the spread of diseases.
It’s an exciting and diverse role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following:
Conducting surveys in the community
Creating reports to be used for project planning
Helping plan appropriate responses to outbreaks of disease, such as active case finding, vaccination campaigns, WATSAN interventions (e.g. meningitis, measles or cholera) or conducting mortality surveys.
Setting up surveillance systems in MSF hospitals or in the community
Building the capacity of the medical teams to analyse and interpret the results to support evidence based decision making
Stories from the field
To read more first-hand stories from epidemiologists working in the field with MSF, visit our blog.
Commitment to the aims and values of MSF
Degree or Masters’ Degree in Epidemiology, or an MPH with extensive epidemiology training.
Proven practical skills in design / implementation / evaluation of quantitative and qualitative epidemiological research methods.
Ability to design and implement surveillance and other data collection systems for disease and outbreak monitoring, including mortality and nutritional surveys, and to train others in
appropriate data collection and analysis.
Proven practical skills with software for epidemiological database and statistical analysis (Microsoft Excel and at least one statistical program)
A minimum of three months experience of travelling/or work in a developing country or similar environment
Ability to be a team leader i.e. supervising, managing and training others
Ability to work with others in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary setting
Able to organise and prioritise workload, using initiative when necessary
Willingness to work in an unstable environment
Available to work for at least three months
Fluency in English

Medical/biomedical background
Familiarity with tropical diseases / infectious diseases
Previous experience in a similar role with another non-governmental organisation (NGO)
Previous experience in a similar role in an unstable environment
We are currently looking for Epidemiologists with good French and Arabic Skills If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register.

Candidates must already have the right to work in Ireland or hold a European passport-
-Two references will be required-
For enquiries, please call 01 660 3337 and ask for Niamh Blake.
All applications must be submitted through the MSF website at https://www.msf.ie/working-overseas
Applications received by email will not be processed

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