EPIDEMIOLOGIST REFERENT (BASED IN NAIROBI) – ReliefWeb

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GENERAL CONTEXT
Médecins Sans Frontières is an international independent medical-humanitarian organization, which offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.
MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such MSF is by choice an association. Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF.
The MSF movement is built around five operational directorates supported by MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together worldwide. MSF OCBA is one of those directorates. The operations are implemented by field teams and the mission coordination teams; together with the organizational units based in Barcelona, Athens and decentralized in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 5 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations.
CONTEXT AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE POST
The position provides support to the epidemiology activities of the existing and future missions in Cell 5 of MSF OCBA (East Africa Unit) and is hierarchical under the management of Head of NOSH (Nairobi Operational Support Hub) based in Nairobi but with functional line managed by the Health Advisor of Cell 5 and with direct technical line with Epi Referent, based at Barcelona.
She/he will work closely including capacity building of different Epidemiologist based in the missions & will be involved under guidance of Health Advisor in different dossiers aiming at strengthening epidemiology, data analysis and usage within MSF projects: Operational Research design and implementation, Health Surveillance Program, outputs for operations, and for providing relevant information for defining advocacy strategies.
The key objective of the position is to providesupport to the development and implementation of epidemiological surveillance systems adapted to each context and will reinforce possible operational research activities.The position will also participate/lead in the training of the Rapid Response to Emergencies teams or other profiles linked to epidemiology activities, especially in situations of outbreaks or epidemics.
As mentioned above, current missions under Cell 5 operations are: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia & Ethiopia, although this may vary depending on the MSF OCBA portfolio.
In additions, the position will support in scanning of the external epi data to support analysis of epi trends related with food security & surveillance of different diseases outbreaks in the region (East Africa).
FUNCTIONAL AND HIERARCHICAL REPORT LINES
He/she reports to:
At all times, he/she stays in contact and works closely with the focal point in charge of epidemiology activities in each mission (Mission Epis), both with the specific one of the countries where he/she is located and remotely with those of the other missions.
The priority for visits to each mission will be decided by the Health Advisor of the Cell 5 according to demand and needs in the portfolio.
The Epidemiology Referent of the MSF OCBA Medical Department assigned to the Cell 5 will participate in the orientation & technical discussions and will be consulted by Health Advisor when necessary. make important decisions about managing the position.
LOCATION
The position is Nairobi based but structure to support the MSF OCBA missions in the East Africa Region, involves regular field visits, supporting the Cell 5 countries in the region which are currently Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia but with assessment opportunities outside of the current portfolio based on needs.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND MAIN TASKS
1. Support epidemiology activities for Cell 5, East Africa Unit:
2. Contribute to strengthening epidemiology in MSF-OCBA in the region:
3. Provide methodological support to cells and missions in outbreak response:
4. Support implementation of Health Surveillance Program in selected sites:
5. Support MSF-OCBA’s health information system processes (HMIS):
6. Support operational research within MSF-OCBA:
7. As delegated, represent MSF-OCBA and East Africa Unit and serve as focal point for relevant coordination:
SELECTION CRITERIA
Education:
Essential:
Desirable:
Languages:
COMPETENCIES
CONDITIONS
To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter: https://careers.msf-applications.org/job-invite/6484/
Closing date: June 22nd 2022, 23:59 CET (Central European Time)
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. MSF provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. MSF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference checks.
Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above-mentioned position.
MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, race, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to achieving a balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.
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