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Epidemiologist for the Emergency Unit Pool


Hierarchically accountable to the Head of the Emergency Unit (REUE) and/or its deputy, and functionally under the Operational Cell-based Medical Responsible (TESAUE). (S) he is part of a team composed of around 20 people of MSF OCBA “Emergency Team”, or emergency pool.


To reinforce quality on MSF-OCBA emergency interventions by:

  • Providing epidemiological technical support to emergencies.
  • Supporting emergency medical teams in collecting and analysing health-related data.
  • Supporting emergency medical teams in providing epidemiological training to national and expatriate staff.
  • Supporting the implementation of the Health Information System (HIS) and other data collection initiatives in emergency interventions (and if needed to modify HIS according to the needs of the intervention).


  • Conduct rapid epidemiological health assessments on request.
  • Implement and adapt the MSF-OCBA Health Information System for emergency interventions. 
  • Analyse the data together with the medical team to orient emergency interventions being implemented.
  • Conduct epidemiological follow-up with regards to epidemics and implementing specific monitoring systems and databases for diseases with outbreak potential.
  • Participate in the creation of technical documents, working tools, related to relevant issues of interest for the EU.
  • After the emergency to analyse the epidemiological data for the purpose of internal and donor reports, and advocacy (if needed).
  • If deemed necessary by the EU, to participate in any evaluations post-emergency.
  • Collaborate with the OCBA/Epicentre epidemiologist in Barcelona on epidemiological issues


Education and experience

  • Epidemiologist, preferably with specific training in Epidemiology and Public Health.
  • Knowledge of and interest in Public Health and infectious diseases.
  • Experience in field epidemiology contexts of acute epidemics (meningitis, cholera, measles…) desirable.
  • One-year MSF experience or a similar organisation.
  • Basic knowledge of standards in terms of health in MSF projects, including emergencies and epidemics.
  • Good knowledge and experience with regards to IT software for processing texts, graphics and statistics. 
  • Able to work in teams and under stressful conditions.
  • Fluent English a must. French and Spanish both desirable.

Capacity and skills

  • Good communication skills.
  • Good English writing capacity.
  • Analysis and synthesis capacity.


  • Availability to travel frequently & be based overseas
  • Availability to work in unstable contexts


  • Based in the field during interventions.
  • Emergency Unit Pool conditions & benefits.
  • Commitment: minimum 1 year.


  • To apply, all applicants should please send their CV and cover motivation letter under the reference "Epidemiologist Emergency Pool" to       
  • Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME
  • Closing date: 20th of March, 2018
  • Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates