MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Democratic Republic of Congo


Professional health workers who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury.
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.

As an epidemiologist working with Doctors Without Borders/MSF, you will coordinate the collection of epidemiological data, including active case findings, during disease outbreaks, as well as set up and evaluate surveys and surveillance systems. You will supervise and train staff and support policy development.

As an epidemiologist, you will help plan the response during a disease outbreak, including participating in active case finding and planning vaccination campaigns as well as water and 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.


  • Degree in epidemiology, or master’s degree in public health with extensive epidemiology training
  • Minimum two years relevant post-qualification work experience
  • 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
  • Practical skills working with epidemiological databases and statistical analysis software (Microsoft Excel and at least one statistics program)
  • Experience in managing staff in a multicultural team (supervision and training)
  • Relevant travel or work experience in contexts similar to where MSF works (armed conflicts, disasters, public health emergencies or situations of healthcare exclusion)