Epidemiologist Operational Research - Karachi Project, Pakistan (h/f/x)
Médecins Sans Frontières
Karachi, Pakistan
6d ago
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Bending the Curve of Hepatitis C : In line with the Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016-2021, the federal government of Pakistan has adopted the National Hepatitis Strategic Framework for Pakistan (2017-2021).

The goal is to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat by 2030. Bending the Curve is a 3-year systematic approach to rapidly scale up screening, testing and treatment of Hepatitis C patients and harm reduction activities in Machar Colony, to reduce the prevalence of Hepatitis C infections in Machar Colony.

The authors hypothesize that using community-based testing, community outreach and linkage to care will bring down incidence and prevalence at population level.

The intervention leverages on the expertise of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Indus Health Network (IHN) and Interactive Research Development (IRD) and will be documented through operational research for advocacy.

As such, the Bending the Curve intervention could serve as a model for scale up of screening, diagnosis and treatment to reach the 2030 targets.

Estimated timelines and deliverables :

  • Sept & Oct 2021 : developing and ERB-submission ready Master Protocol for BTC. Nov and Dec 2021 : submission of master protocol to MSF ERB and Pakistan NBC and follow up of validation.
  • Jan 2022 - Dec 2023 : follow up of data collection, data analysis. 2024 : publication of the findings of BTC research.
  • Hepatitis C reinfection study : MSF has been implementing a Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) screening and treatment program in the informal settlement of Machar Colony in Karachi since February 2015.

    In this pro-gram, patients are tested and treated for chronic HCV infection according to the MSF Hepatitis C guideline, based on the latest WHO Hep C screening and treatment guidelines.

    After achieving HCV cure, patients may still be prone to reinfection as they remain in the community, where ongoing high HCV transmission remains prevalent.

    HCV reinfection rates usually reflect the incidence rates in the community or / and in the specific risk group to which the patient belongs.

    Moreover, understanding the reinfection rates and their distribution in the community or risk groups could provide further insight and information to plan better potential preventive interventions in the affected communities.

    The authors hypothesize that the evidence generated through the analysis of this study will provide relevant information that would help in planning and development of simplified approaches to HCV prevention and treatment interventions in Pakistan.

    It will allow a thorough assessment of the factors responsible for ongoing transmission in the community that could promote knowledge transfer and improve the population health in the local regions sustainably.


    Epidemiologist Operational Research (OR) is the study coordinator, who implements and supervises the epidemiological research in Machar Colony, Karachi project, according to MSF protocols, standards and procedures for two studies.


  • Where relevant, participating in defining the objectives of operational research, developing research protocols and methodology including patient inclusion criteria and data management processes, and identifying the human resources needed to conduct the research in order to obtain relevant information for the medical intervention.
  • Where relevant, ensuring compliance with MSF laboratory protocols (secure manipulation of samples, shipment of samples etc.)

  • Coordinating the execution of the research with partners ensuring compliance to MSF protocols.
  • Ensuring validation of the research protocols to the MSF Ethics Review Board and Pakistan National Bioethics Committee.
  • Providing training to the team that will participate in performing the research also provides training to medical teams on relevant aspects of epidemiology to enhance team response capacity.
  • Ensuring patients included in any research have freely given their consent to participate and have received the correct information in a format they can comprehend
  • Reviewing data collection and undertaking analysis as appropriate, reporting on a regular basis to the functional referent about study progress and any relevant information for the mission / project.
  • Writes a clear research report documenting the full methods and results and draws appropriate conclusions supported by the results.

    Where appropriate, participating in writing scientific papers.

  • Managing data systems and ensuring accurate, high quality databases; analysing results and preparing regular written reports on progress and findings for internal and external use.
  • Ensuring dissemination of findings to the community as described in the study protocol
  • Mission support : The position is based in Karachi, but the epidemiologist could be asked to support, if the need arises during an emergency intervention for example. Profil Profil Education :
  • Master's degree in Epidemiology or Public Health or similar with extensive training in statistics and epidemiology

    Experience :

    At least 3 years of essential research experience including proven records on research protocol writing and peer-reviewed publications.

    Desirable field experience with MSF or other NGOs. HCV experience is a strong asset

    Competencies :

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Planning and organization
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Flexibility, adaptability and willingness to work in unstable environments
  • Languages : Fluency in English is mandatory; local language desirable Conditions Conditions - Expected starting date : asap
  • Contract type : 9-month fixed term contract; based in Karachi starting remotly while doing visa application.
  • No family position
  • Salary according to MSF-OCB field salary scale
  • Adhere to the MSF principles and to our managerial values : Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment
  • Adhere to the MSF Behavioural Commitments
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