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Epidemiologists with Médecins Sans Frontières typically work in three areas: outbreak response/control, surveys and research.
You may be called upon to establish a surveillance system for a cholera or meningitis outbreak, conduct a mortality survey, or design and implement a monitoring and evaluation plan for targeted diseases.


  • Compliance with Essential Criteria for all potential Field Workers
  • Masters degree in Epidemiology and/or Masters in Control of Infectious Diseases and/or Masters in Public Health with an epidemiological focus
  • Proven practical skills in design, implementation and evaluation of surveys, and in quantitative/qualitative research methods
  • Ability to design and implement surveillance and other data collection systems for disease and outbreak monitoring, including mortality and nutritional surveys
  • Capacity to train others in appropriate data collection, analysis and research methods
  • Experience with relevant software (Microsoft Excel and at least one statistical program, eg Epi-Info, SPSS)
  • Available to work infield for 9 months


  • Medical background (MD qualification)
  • Familiarity with tropical/infectious diseases
  • Experience in emergency response to outbreaks
  • Prior experience contributing to scientific publications or demonstrated interest in research
  • Available to work in emergency contexts for short term placements (3-6 weeks)


All Australian and New Zealand field worker applications are processed through our Sydney office.