Your job

Your work as an epidemiologist is very diverse. Your responsibilities may include gathering epidemiological data (including active case finding) during disease outbreaks.

This could be for diseases as Ebola, meningitis, measles or cholera. Your work will help direct teams in their responses, including case management, vaccination and/or water and sanitation interventions. You may also conduct mortality, vaccination coverage and nutrition surveys, set up and evaluate surveillance systems, carry out operational research, and provide epidemiological support to complex projects to enhance evidence-based decision-making.


  • Education/Training in epidemiology or in public health with extensive experience in epidemiology
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant post-qualification work experience
  • Ability to design and implement surveillance systems for disease and outbreak monitoring, mortality, vaccination coverage and nutritional surveys, and to train others in appropriate methods of data collection and analysis
  • Practical skills in database management and software for epidemiological and statistical analysis (Microsoft Excel and at least one statistical program)
  • Ability to design, implement and evaluate quantitative and qualitative epidemiological research
  • Experience in training, coaching and supervision
  • Work or travel experience in low resource countries
  • A good command of the English language (B2)
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Availability of at least 9 to12 months


  • A medical or biomedical background is an advantage
  • Familiarity with tropical and infectious diseases
  • Experience with a similar non-governmental organization

A good command of the French and Arabic language

Elburg van Boetzelaer

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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.

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Your safety and security

When working for us you might experience dangerous situations, such as confrontations with armed men, looting and theft, or violent clashes between armed groups. We take safety and security seriously. Read more about our safety precautions.

Requirements to apply for Epidemiologist