As an epidemiologist working with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), you can help ensure access to lifesaving healthcare for people in need. MSF epidemiologists:

  • coordinate active case findings
  • supervise and train staff
  • set up and evaluate surveys and surveillance systems
  • support policy development
MSF needs epidemiologists for both long-term and short-term field support.
An epidemiologist helps plan the response during a disease outbreak, including participating in active case finding and planning vaccination campaigns and water-sanitation interventions. You will also conduct mortality surveys, evaluate and set up surveillance systems, and offer other epidemiological support to strengthen evidence-based decision making.

Essential Requirements:

  • degree in epidemiology, or master’s degree in public health with extensive epidemiology training
  • minimum two years relevant post-qualification work experience
  • proven practical skills in design, implementation and evaluation of quantitative and qualitative epidemiological research
  • experience in outbreak control
  • ability to design and implement surveillance and other data collection systems for disease and outbreak monitoring, including mortality and nutritional surveys; ability to train others in data collection and analysis
  • proven practical skills working with epidemiological databases and statistical analysis software (Microsoft Excel and at least one statistics program)
  • available to work six to 12 months
  • experience supervising, training and managing others
  • strong command of English
  • relevant travel or work experience in a developing country or remote parts of Canada

Desirable criteria:

  • medical or biomedical background
  • course in tropical medicine
  • knowledge of other languages, especially French and Arabic