Being an Epidemiologist with MSF is truly diverse and rewarding work. In the middle of an outbreak, the entire project teams looks to the epidemiologist to learn where and how fast disease is spreading, how it is spreading and how it can be stopped.

Our Epidemiologists work with the project teams to help 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.

They also take responsibility to set up surveillance systems in MSF hospitals or in the community and to build the capacity of the medical teams to analyse and interpret the results to support evidence based decision making.

Assignments can be as short as three - six weeks or as long as six - 12 months, we ask for an availability of at least three - six months.



  • 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
  • Good command of English
  • Valid passport to cover period overseas
  • Available to work for three - six months


  • Medical/biomedical background
  • Familiarity with tropical diseases / infectious diseases
  • Fluency in one of the following languages: French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic
  • Previous experience in a similar role with another non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • Previous experience in a similar role in an unstable environment

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