Jordan: MSF is looking for a Data Analyst/Epidemiologist For The Health Surveillance Program (HSP) (Position based in Amman)

Organization: Médecins Sans Frontières
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 20 Jan 2017

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.

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 decentralised in Nairobi, Dakar and Amman. The field operations are guided and supported by 4 Operational Cells, the Emergency Unit and other departments supporting operations

MSF OCBA has set up its Middle East Unit based in Amman. The Unit comprises 1) the regional cell for the Middle East, which provides operational and technical support to MSF OCBA’s medical and humanitarian programs in Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and — from the second half of 2017 –Yemen; 2) the Amman Center for Humanitarian Medicine, a center of operational research and training that will strengthen the operational capacity of medical actors in the Middle East and will also host some technical referents.

The Center for Humanitarian Medicine will offer the space for MSF staff, staff from national and international NGOs, medics, staff from ministries of health and researchers to gather and work together promoting innovation and collaboration in the field of humanitarian medicine. The Center will develop four types of activities: training, operational research, support to innovation and will serve as a convention center, and will also use the findings and results from all activities for advocacy at all levels.

JOB ENVIRONMENT AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Millions of people in the Middle East have been affected by the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. There is not enough reliable information available regarding current medical and essential service needs among those displaced. Needs assessments are carried out by NGOs, Universities and UN agencies; but they are usually not consistent regarding methodology and periodicity, which does not allow comparison of the results in time or in space; and with gaps in services already affecting a large proportion of crisis-affected populations in the region, data driven decisions on essential vs. non-essential needs is crucial. MSF – in collaboration with local healthcare authorities and with the support of locally identified partners will deploy multiple cross-sectional household assessments in different locations the Middle East, based on MSF missions operations and requests.

The Health Surveillance Program (HSP) provides MSF — and other organizations — with baseline information on the medical and humanitarian needs of the populations and trends, which would allow MSF – and other organizations — to assess the effectiveness of it projects and improve them accordingly. The findings of the HSP can be used as well for private and public advocacy with donors and governments. In addition, the Health Surveillance Program has the ambition to become a platform for testing new technological applications for health and humanitarian assessments in MSF. In collaboration with Operations & Systems, Nairobi’s Displacement Unit and the Medical Department, the Middle East Unit and the Amman Center for Humanitarian Medicine — through its Health Surveillance Program — expect to develop new tools and methodologies that would help MSF developing fast, accurate and cost-effective ways to better understand the needs of populations in need.

The data analyst for the Health Surveillance Program will be in charge of all aspects of data management and analysis of data collected by the program. The position will report to the Head of the Amman Center for Humanitarian Medicine/ Head of the Middle East Unit.

She/he is involved in the overall program implementation and program strategy; the use of Health Surveillance Program outputs for operations, and for providing relevant information for defining advocacy strategies in collaboration with the HSP project manager, head of Middle East unit, Middle East cell, head of missions and medical coordinators in the region,

Main responsibilities

1. Data Management/Collection/Analysis

§ Responsible for all the aspect of data management that is collected by different methods of the HSP.

§ Responsible for all the different modalities of data interpretation and data analysis (including advanced secondary analysis, predictive analysis, and trends analysis) as per the operational needs of the involved MSF missions, with the goal to encourage evidence based decision making .

§ Coordinates with the involved missions in identifying the required data to be collected, adapted data collection procedure and data analysis.

§ Coordinates with the Middle East unit staff, cell 1 staff, and missions coordination staff in a way to strengthen data analysis and usage within MSF projects.

2. Report Development

§ Leads the development of the HSP assessment final report after each assessment, in coordination with field teams, mission coordination teams, cell staff and with the relevant referents from the medical department.

§ Ensures that HSP reports include all required advanced analysis and that the secondary statistical analysis is timely conducted.

§ Helps developing operational recommendations based on the analyzed HSP data.

§ Prepares easily shareable main points of findings –infographic type — for each HSP survey results.

3. HSP Assessment Preparation and Implementation

§ Participates in the development of standard and extended survey modules for the HSP.

§ Prepares any new survey modules for all other potential areas of MSF interest.

§ Coordinates with the HSP project manager and the coordination/field teams to decide which standard and/or extended modules would be used in each survey, and to identify any other site-specific information that needs to be collected in each survey.

§ Collaborates with the HSP project manager in defining the target sample size and sampling methodology and design for each HSP community based assessment.

§ When needed, participates with the HSP project manager in conducting HSP assessments in the field.

4. Representation/ Coordination

§ Represents MSF as the HSP data expert presenting HSP results together with Middle East Operations Manager, Head of Amman Unit and relevant Head of Missions.

§ Contributes in identifying potential operational and technological partners for the HSP (other OCs, other NGOs, companies, etc).

§ Coordinates with the department of Organization and systems regarding innovation, new developments and support strategies.

§ Coordinates with the Medical Department regarding data analysis and epidemiological considerations.

5. Contribution to the objectives of the Amman Center

§ Develops and proposes ideas for events, conferences or roundtables in relation to HSP results.

§ Participates and contributes from his/her expertise in research and innovation initiatives hosted by the Amman Center.

§ Supports the data analysis of other fields of work in the Amman Center when requested.

§ Participates in the training activities of Amman Center as a facilitator when required.

§ Supports the development of the Fellows of the Amman Center.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Education

§ Specialized medical (MD) or paramedical (RN or other health related) degree.

§ Advanced degree in epidemiology preferable or alternatively in medical data analysis or biostatistics.

Experience

§ Experienced with data management, data interpretation, and data analysis (including advanced secondary analysis, predictive analysis, and trends analysis).

§ Knowledgable of mobile data collection tools in low-resource settings.

§ Working knowledge of field survey procedures, including complex sampling methodology.

§ Minimum two years of experience in professional posts on data interpretation and analysis or as field epidemiologist or public health provider with exposure to cross sectional and longitudinal studies.

§ Experience with figures and computer with Microsoft Office.

§ MSF or other large humanitarian INGO experience is preferred.

Competencies

§ Commitment to MSF’s Principles

§ Cross-cultural Awareness

§ Behavioural Flexibility

§ Strategic Vision

§ Results and Quality Orientation

§ Service Orientation

§ Planning and Organising

§ Initiative and Innovation

§ Teamwork and Cooperation

§ Leadership

§ Security Awareness and Management

Languages

§ Written and oral fluency in English requested.

§ Working level of Arabic preferable.

Other

§ Motivation to work in the humanitarian sector.

§ Flexible working hours according to operational priorities.

§ Passport which allows obtaining residence and work permit in Jordan and traveling throught the Middle East.

WORKING CONDITIONS

§ Position based in Amman at MSF-OCBA Middle East Unit office.

§ Full time job.

§ Duration: 1 year with possible extension.

§ Annual gross salary divided into twelve monthly payments + Secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy.

§ Starting date: 15 February 2017.

How to apply:

To apply, all applicants should please send their CV and cover motivation letter under the reference “Data Analyst/Epidemiologist” to recruitment-bcn@barcelona.msf.org.

Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME.

Closing date: January 20th, 2017

Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates.

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.

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