Epidemiologist at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. It was founded in France in response to the Biafran War.The French Section of Médecins Sans Frontières is recruiting for its project in Borno:Job Title: EpidemiologistContextMédecins Sans Frontières 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.Main PurposeCarry 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 programmes in Borno State.Job DescriptionCarry out key epidemiological activities in community based surveillance (mortality, malnutrition) and in outbreak investigation (description including time, place, people with emphasis on mapping when it is needed) and advise on the operational responseMaintain and develop if required community based surveillance to monitor demography, mortality, malnutritionMonitor epidemiological trends of relevant outbreak-prone diseasesGuide 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)Manage data systems and ensure accurate, high quality databasesPrepare 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 (baseline or follow-up) 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 epidemiologistPrepare / adapt routine documentation (survey forms, training materials, letters of request/notification, locally appropriate consent forms etc) with support of HQ epidemiologistPrepare an appropriate sampling frame and sample selection guidelines with support of HQ epidemiologistHire, train and supervise survey staff, including ensuring staff exhibit required skills after training and pilot testManage data systems and ensure accurate, high quality databasesAnalyze results and report on findingsImplement/maintain relevant epidemiological surveillance systems/monitoringProvide training sessions to medical teams on relevant aspects of epidemiology to enhance team response capacity

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