Epidemiologist – Epicentre Job at Epicentre – Career Opportunity in Uganda

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Job Category: Health/ Medicine
Job Type: Full-Time
Deadline of this Job:  24 May 2021
Duty Station:  Uganda
Posted: 17-04-2021
Job Description

Vacancy title:
Epidemiologist – Epicentre

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Healthcare ]

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Deadline of this Job:
24 May 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Uganda , Kampala , East Africa

Date Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Company Description

Epicentre is an organisation created by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1986. We conduct field epidemiology, training, and research activities for MSF interventions. Our activities for populations in precarious situations are led from Uganda, Niger, and France, and through the programs of MSF and others. They mainly concern infectious diseases and undernutrition.
Job Description

The job purpose

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Epicentre is looking for an Epidemiologist to the benefit of the MSF France Operational Center of Paris programs in Uganda. The main purpose of this position is to provide technical support to the field for Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of MSF programs and operational research, ensuring compliance with the highest scientific, ethical and regulatory standards is maintained in all field related monitoring activities.

Directly under Epicentre Field Epidemiology and Training Department, you will report to the Coordinator of Monitoring and Research in the Programs. You will work closely with the MSF-OCP Medical Department and Desk, medical and field coordinators, and monitoring and data management field teams, to ensure smooth integration and coordination of program activities and potential research.

Located in Uganda, you will be placed under the authority of MSF-OCP Head of mission for administrative, logistics and security matters.

What you will bring

Skills to perform your main activities:

Technical skills: you will carry out short field assignments, to support and assist the data teams in Uganda, to identify gaps and difficulties in the M&E systems, and to propose and set-up solutions.

You will work closely with the Medical Coordinator to follow up country disease/outbreak epidemiological surveillance trends of public health significance. You will be the one participating in initial assessments/ exploratory missions when needed in cases of emergencies.

Your expertise to provide epidemiological support to Research studies upon request, will lead you to the implementation of protocols and epidemiological methodology, ensuring all related team members follow them in order to improve Research efficiency.

You will establish and follow a quarterly M&E agenda participating in operational routine reports and organizing/assisting medical staff in preparing epidemiological reports related to health facilities and to Research areas. When needed you will be able to provide on-demand indicators and reports concerning the M&E.

On a regular basis you will provide support to the field teams for data analysis and reporting, assessing needs in data analysis, reporting at site level and issuing recommendations to smooth the reporting process; You will support the monitoring and data management teams in carrying out data analysis in order to respond to MoH or MSF-OCP requests.

Team management skills: you will be able to develop training on epidemiology and data management. You will be requested to demonstrate your excellent planning and organizational skills; capacity to coordinate activities with other departments and partners, capacity to integrate into a multi-disciplinary, multi-national, highly motivated, and competent team. In close coordination with the HR department and following the MSF vision, policies and values, you will be involved in the processes of refining job descriptions, participating to recruitment, trainings, doing performance evaluations, contributing to the development of internal/external communication, for the epidemiological team members. Your role will be key in order to ensure both the sizing and the amount of knowledge required, to improve epidemiological team members technical capabilities.

International context: you are willing and able to travel internationally on short notice. You have an excellent level of English (oral, written). As epidemiologist you might contribute to other team activities including training and international missions. .

Job Skills : Not Specified


Educational & Experience: You have a Master’s degree or similar high-level certification in Epidemiology, an excellent knowledge of Stata Software, RedCap and R, and a good management of databases and clinical data.

You have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience in field epidemiology, extensive experience in data management, data analysis, and monitoring & evaluation.

You have demonstrated in your professional background a technical expertise in clinical, operations or health services research related to HIV/AIDS, reproductive or maternal health, or child survival.

You are appreciated for your written and verbal communication skills. You have proven ability to work in an emergency and be flexible, to anticipate deadlines/risk management and the strength of proposal/implementation to propose solutions.
Additional Information

What you will get
1. A fulltime appointment for 1 year with a potential option to renew & healthcare coverage.
2. You will work with a multicultural team in the field of epidemiology research
3. You will evolve in the humanitarian environment
4. Your contributions and ideas will be valued and highly appreciated
5. You will participate in the life of the organization and your missions will evolve as you become involved

Position to start 15 of May 2021. The epidemiologist will be based in Kampala, Uganda.

Salary is dependent on three main factors: domicile and experience on the job.

Candidate’s domicile determines which MSF section will act as employer;

Job Experience: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

Level of Education:
Postgraduate Degree


Job application procedure
Please send your application (CV + cover letter) no later than 24/04/2021.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. In case we have received enough qualified applications, we might unpublished before the 24/04/2021.

At Epicentre and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. Our diversity fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our beneficiaries and the communities in which we work. We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

Epicentre and MSF pays very close attention to the protection of the personal data of its members, staff and people wanting to join the association. The data collected in the course of your application will be processed in a fair and high quality manner, only by the staff in charge of recruitment, wherever in the world they may be working for an Epicentre and MSF entity. For more information on the processing of your personal data and your rights, please see our privacy policy.

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