MSF currently operates activities in 35 countries with a wide spectrum of programs. The Medical Project Unit in MSF New York is part of the Medical Department of Operational Center – Paris (OCP) and provides technical support for: Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases (including antimicrobial resistance (AMR), medical quality, and medical article writing and publication.
The New York Medical Unit, which is part of the Medical Department of MSF-Operational Center Paris (“MSF OCP”), is seeking an Epidemiologist. He/she will support the project team leading a program to improve diagnosis and management of febrile illness in MSF settings. The project team, led by the program manager, also includes a diagnostics advisor and a medical advisor and will coordinate target product profile development, research studies, market analysis, and intellectual property studies as MSF explores potential new diagnostic tools to manage patients presenting with fever.
The epidemiologist will support the team in reviewing studies relevant to the project and coordinate epidemiological input for a defined process of prioritizing fever causing pathogens, currently undertaken by FIND and MSF. The epidemiologist will be supported by the MFD Medical and Laboratory Advisors who are under the responsibility of the MFD Project Manager and will work closely with partners at FIND leading the overall prioritization process. The entire program is overseen by the Deputy Medical Director in New York, who is a member of the senior management of the medical department of MSF OCP, under the direction of the Medical Director.
· Analysis of planned and ongoing febrile illness etiology studies and reviews to identify relevance to MSF, timelines and potential gaps (e.g. rural settings, neglected groups);
· Review of published febrile illness etiology studies to identify useful data to contribute to pathogen prioritization of the intended use case of the severe febrile illness diagnostic test.
· Evaluate the strength and quality of data using predefined criteria to provide transparency with regards to data needs
· Highlight studies focused on neglected groups (e.g. HIV positive, pregnant women, peds), or settings often neglected in studies (e.g. rural areas), with relevance to the pathogen prioritization process, to to define sub-groups; and
· Coordinate MSF epidemiological input on a process to prioritize fever causing pathogens and work in close collaboration with partners at FIND.
· Master in Public Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease Control; or other equivalent discipline;
· Ability to synthesize and analyze medical studies and data and to write reports for internal and external audiences;
· Experience with etiology studies preferred;
· Ability to cooperatively work with multiple non-MSF stakeholders in political settings while ensuring MSF’s priorities are reflected;
· Excellent communication skills in English and preferably French (written and oral);
· Strong computer literacy; and
· Epidemiologist with 1 year field exp. in developing countries, preferably with MSF, desired;
· Willingness and ability to travel minimally to MSF offices.
Fixed Term Contract
The consultancy is up to half-time for four months with potential for part-time work over a shorter period. Rate based on qualifications and experience.
Desired Hiring Date
8 January 2018
Working Time %
How to Apply
To apply, send letter of interest/cover letter and resume to: email@example.com , ATTN: “Fever Diagnostic Program” position.
Submissions without cover letter will not be reviewed. No phone calls please.
Application Deadline: December 22, 2017