Field Epidemiologist

  • Remote
  • TBD USD / Year

MSF - Holland

This is a field-based position. Emergency Team Members spend about 90% of their work days (so excluding holidays) inside field locations, often travelling with short notice to any required area. Approximately 10% at the headquarters for briefing/debriefing/trainings/specific tasks.

Place within the organisation

  • Overall: reports to the Head of Emergency Support Department in Amsterdam.
  • During field assignments reports to the Medical Coordinator, Project Medical Referent, or directly to the Medical Emergency Manager in Amsterdam, dependant on the response set-up.
  • Liaises with relevant Advisors in OCA for technical guidance, including a team of epidemiologists and public health specialists working on resources, research and learning tools for field programs.

Main objectives of the role

To provide epidemiological support to emergency responses and potential assignment to non-emergency missions for providing support.

Description of the role

  • In new emergencies, assist with background research on country profiles and epidemiological risks. Use knowledge and information gained in a specific context to provide input into the health and humanitarian response strategy.
  • Conduct rapid assessments- in collaboration with other team members.
  • Design and implement health surveys. Make suggestions for surveys in specific contexts.
  • Design and implement diseases surveillance systems in order to generate a comprehensive understanding of population dynamics and movements, existing livelihoods in these communities (access to water, shelter, food), disease burdens of greatest concern, early warning systems and the detection of unusual health events.
  • Analyse the available medical 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.
  • Strengthen project capacity for outbreak detection and investigation to facilitate outbreak responses.
  • Strengthen existing methods of surveillance within emergency responses, supporting emergency medical teams in collecting and analysing health-related data. Implement and adapt the MSF-OCA Health Information System for emergency interventions as required.
  • Contribute to emergency support activities including: scanning, emergency preparation, guideline maintenance, MSF trainings ect.

Candidate profile


  • Graduate or post graduate qualification in Epidemiology;
  • Knowledge of emergency public health, infectious and communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases programming;
  • Minimum 12 months field experience with one of the MSF sections and field experience with one of the MSF sections in more than 3 different contexts, of which at least one emergency project and one high security setting. Similar non-MSF experience might be considered;
  • Basic knowledge of standards in MSF projects, including emergencies and epidemics, rapid assessment, closed and open setting health surveillance, design and implementation of survey methodologies;
  • Experience with one or more of the following emergency responses: cholera outbreak, VHF, meningitis or measles outbreak, mass vaccination, nutritional crisis;
  • Good knowledge and experience with regards to IT software for processing texts, and standard software within MSF-OCA (Excel, Epi info, R, Stata, OCA HIS tools);
  • Proven organizational skills, diplomatic skills and experience with the representation of MSF;
  • Strong people management skills;
  • English language skills;
  • Proven flexibility and solution-oriented mentality;
  • Ability to work independently and be decisive in chaotic circumstances;
  • Positive, can-do attitude. Focuses on the possibilities and not the barriers;
  • Willingness to travel to any required area, frequently at short notice;
  • Able to work in teams and under stressful conditions.


  • Qualified Medical Practitioner or Registered Nurse.
  • Master’s degree in Public Health or similar.
  • Good knowledge of R software.
  • French, Spanish and/or Arabic language skills.

How to apply

If you recognize yourself in the profile, please apply directly via our career page. Please upload a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae as one combined document.

The application deadline is the 5 February 2023 at 23:59 CET.

Closing date: 5-Feb-23