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    About the role of epidemiologist

    Epidemiologists with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) typically work in three areas: outbreak response/control, surveys and research.

    You may be called upon to establish a surveillance system for cholera or meningitis outbreak, conduct a mortality survey, or design and implement a monitoring and evaluation plan for targeted diseases.


    • Compliance with Essential Criteria
    • Degree or Master’s degree in epidemiology and/or Masters in Control of Infectious Diseases and/or Masters in Public Health with an epidemiological focus
    • Proven practical skills in design, implementation, and evaluation of surveys, and in quantitative/qualitative research methods
    • Knowledge and ability to launch surveillance systems, training, contingency planning for campaigns and other epidemic and nutritional interventions
    • Experience with relevant software packages
    • Experience working outside the home country (ideally in developing countries) 
    • Available to work infield for 6-9 months or available to work in emergency contexts for short term placements (3-6 weeks)
    • Medical background (MD qualification)
    • Familiarity with tropical and infectious diseases
    • Experience in emergency response to outbreaks
    • Prior experience contributing to scientific publications or demonstrated interest in research