Being an epidemiologist with MSF is essential and exciting work.

In the midst of an outbreak, our project teams look to our epidemiologists to learn where and how fast a disease is spreading, and how it can be stopped. From Ebola outbreaks in Liberia to predicting cholera outbreaks in Haiti after an earthquake, MSF epidemiologists save lives.


MSF epidemiologists work in a variety of contexts, and may be either based in a country coordination centre or out in a field project. They may support one or many projects, and work on a variety of issues, from mortality surveys to mapping the spread of diseases.

It’s an exciting and diverse role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following: 

  • ​Conducting surveys in the community
  • Creating reports to be used for project planning
  • Helping 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
  • Setting up surveillance systems in MSF hospitals or in the community 
  • Building the capacity of the medical teams to analyse and interpret the results to support evidence based decision making

Stories from the field

To read more first-hand stories from epidemiologists working overseas with MSF, visit our blog.


  • ​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
  • Available to work for at least three months
  • Fluency in English


  • Medical/biomedical background
  • Familiarity with tropical diseases / infectious diseases
  • Previous experience in a similar role with another non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • Previous experience in a similar role in an unstable environment
  • We are currently looking for Epidemiologists with good French and Arabic skills. If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register.

Please note, your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.

before you apply

Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.

What's it like working with MSF? 

In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.

Please watch this short video and reflect on why you want to work for MSF before starting your application. 

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