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Epidemiology Activity Manager at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

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Job Description

Job Description

Objective of the Position:

Defining, coordinating and monitoring the epidemiological activities, ensuring the development of appropriate methodology and the quality of studies according to MSF protocols, standards and procedures in order to identify risk factors for diseases and to determine the optimal treatment approaches to clinical practice and the preventive medicine to be used in the missions.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

In collaboration with the other MSF team members:

  • Set up and/or maintain an alarm monitoring system for early warning related to outbreak prone diseases, malnutrition and conflict, investigate and verify alerts based on predefined scenarios or events, perform frequent analysis on the alerts identified.
  • Perform horizon scanning and epidemic intelligence activities to feed the alarm monitoring system.
  • Support the team to respond to emergencies.
  • Lead and/or support health needs assessments and exploratory missions in collaboration with the emergency team.
  • Perform outbreak investigations (lead and/or support the team) using the 10 steps in outbreak investigation as a guide including final report writing.
  • Set up new or improve existing mission surveillance and monitoring systems and maintain them according to the mission needs and the new projects/interventions performed by the emergency team.
  • Implement and maintain the intersectional Nutrition Surveillance System.
  • Identify the need for, design and implement surveys or rapid assessments (e.g. vaccination, nutrition, mortality, etc.).
  • In collaboration with the team, identify appropriate operational research questions and develop relevant Operational Research activities including protocol writing and submission to Ethics Committee, study implementation, analysis and scientific communication.
  • Develop and/or implement appropriate epidemiological tools to support the above mentioned activities.
  • Perform data cleaning and management, descriptive and advanced analysis, synthesis, regular and adhoc reporting and scientific communication.
  • Interprete appropriately available data and information and provide relevant and timely evidence-based advise and recommendations to the operations to guide programmatic and response decisions, promote innovative thinking for new strategies and models of care.
  • Train, coach or mentor other team members in epidemiological methods, data management, analysis and reporting when appropriate.
  • Develop and execute the annual epidemiological activity plan with its respective budget.
  • Perform networking: maintain and expand the current network of national public and academic institutions inlcuding the Kenyan Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, attend revelant meetings and represent MSF when necessary (cluster meetings, etc.).

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Education: Essential medical or nursing related diploma; essential degree (or masters) in Epidemiology or Public Health with extensive training in statistics and epidemiology. Desirable diploma in Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (FELTP; desirable specialization or training in tropical diseases or Public Health.
  • Experience: Essential working experience of at least two years in epidemiological activities related jobs. Desirable working experience: in MSF or other INGO’s; in low and middle-income country(ries).
  • Knowledge: Essential computer literacy (MS Office Suite) and an analytical/statistical software (Epi-Info, STATA, R, etc.). Desirable knowledge of DHIS2, QGIS, Osmand, PowerBI, KoboCollect, ODK, RedCap/ A reference manager software (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.).
  • Skills/Competences: Strategic; Strong Leadership Skills; Proven People Management; Behavioural Flexibility; Commitment to MSF Principles; Result Oriented; Culturally Sensitive; Team player; Planning and Organization.
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