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Epidemiologist

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Work Abroad with MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / أطباء بلا حدود is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people in 70 countries who are affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation and our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality.

We offer basic healthcare, perform surgery, fight epidemics, rehabilitate and run hospitals and clinics, carry out vaccination campaigns, operate nutrition centers, and provide mental healthcare. Our activities include the treatment of injuries and disease, maternal care and the provision of humanitarian aid. Where necessary, we set up sanitation systems, supply safe drinking water, and distribute relief to assist survival.

Working overseas with (MSF) means that you will go to work in projects in any of the countries where MSF works. Each project you go to will require a certain period of commitment (6 to 12 months). It also means that you will need the flexibility to adjust to unfamiliar food, living quarters, pace of life, and languages. Projects may be located in the most remote places in the world, often in harsh environments with limited resources and amenities.

Regardless of where you go, it might be a very different lifestyle. Working in an unfamiliar culture inevitably involves challenges in communication and perceptions. Being aware that people may not act or think like you, accepting this, and being able to adapt your own behaviors if required, is of utmost importance when working in the field. A special camaraderie emerges amongst members of a project team who come from different countries, backgrounds and experience. This creates a shared sense of purpose, sparking ingenuity and resourcefulness in getting things done, and a lot of spontaneous fun.

Identification:

Name: Epidemiologist

Main purpose:

Médecins Sans Frontières / أطباء بلا حدود epidemiologists develop data collection systems—from chart forms to database management systems—for a wide range of project health services and serve as the data focal point for a project. In conjunction with the medical team, they will problem-solve data collection issues to ensure good quality data that does not interfere with rapid patient care. Their responsibilities will also include the recruitment, management, and training of staff involved in data collection, data entry, research, and other activities, as well as regular analysis of data and reporting of trends to project coordination staff.

Accountabilities:

  • Carry out key epidemiological activities in outbreak investigation (description including time, place, people with emphasis on mapping when it is needed) and advise on the operational response
    • Maintain a surveillance system to monitor epidemiological trends of relevant outbreak-prone diseases
    • Guide activities of medical 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 databases
    • Prepare regular written reports on progress and findings
  • 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 Headquarters epidemiologist
    • Prepare / adapt routine documentation (survey forms, training materials, letters of request/notification, locally appropriate consent forms etc) with support of Headquarters epidemiologist
    • Prepare an appropriate sampling frame and sample selection guidelines with support of Headquarters 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:

  • General medicine diploma or a paramedical diploma with: Master in Public Health with relevant professional experience in epidemiology, or An MSC in epidemiology, or A doctorate in epidemiology.
  • Field experience is an important asset.

Other requirements:

  • Medical ethics,
  • Cultural sensitivity,
  • Altruism,
  • Openness and flexibility,
  • Ability to live and work as a team,
  • Ability to manage stress,
  • Availability: MSF requires a minimum of a 2 years commitment.

Experience:

  • Essential at least 2 year relevant work experience.

Languages:

  • Arabic, English and/or French.

What we offer:

  • A fixed-term contract
  • Monthly pay salary during the mission
  • A daily allowance (per diem) during the mission
  • Medical coverage
  • Payment of all mission-related expenses (transport, accommodation)
  • The opportunity to work and quickly take on responsibilities in humanitarian situations and varied medical programs
  • Personalized career development, with access to different levels of training, in order to grow within the organization.

Kindly apply through our recruitment page: msf-egypt.org/en/work-abroad

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