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Operational Research Advisor (f/m/x)

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Operational Research Advisor (f/m/x) To join the Operational Research Team LuxOR 1-year contract (with possible extension) – Full time position Based in Luxembourg BACKGROUND Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides aid in more than 70 countries to populations in distress, to victims of natural or manmade disasters and to victims of armed conflicts, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political affiliation. MSF Luxembourg is a historical partner section of the MSF movement created in 1986. With 35 staff members, the section’s team works to raise awareness on humanitarian issues among Luxembourg’s population, raise funds needed to finance humanitarian interventions, supports MSF volunteers who go into the field and carry out operational research projects directly linked to health programs to help improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Nine MSF partner sections (Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, South Africa and Sweden) and the Lebanon Branch Office, make up the Operational Centre Brussels (OCB). The OCB Medical Department is a network of units, the Brussels Medical Unit (BRUMED in Brussels), the Southern African Medical Unit (SAMU) in Cape Town, the Luxembourg Operational Research unit (LuxOR) in Luxembourg, the Middle East Medical Unit (MEMU) in Beirut and the Brazilian Medical Uni (BRAMU) in Latin America. Operational research and documentation are an integral part of the medical department activities. There are two relatively autonomous units supporting operational research and field epidemiologists. The LuxOR unit, based in Luxembourg with detached staff in Brussels, South Africa, Beirut, and Toronto, with core activities including operational research capacity building and a focus on research linked to the domains covered by the medical department (as mentioned above). The second unit is SAMU,based in Cape Town, South Africa which focuses on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis. FUNCTIONAL INTERACTION The LuxOR Director is the overall medical department reference person regarding guiding global policy and strategic aspects of operational research and the routine epidemiology advisor support structure in OCB and provides overall guidance and management to team members. The Programme Officer is co-responsible for team management, research system support, OR coordination and budget. She is also responsible for day to day linkage between LuxOR, Operations and the Medical Department in Brussels. The LuxOR team consist of epidemiology, operational research advisors a policy and practice advisor and medical editor. The positions in the team are a mixture between mobile/flying implementation officers and staff based in different countries/MSF-OCB sections, there is no hierarchical link between positions. The operational research advisor will report to the LuxOR Director and Programme Officer. MAIN ACTIVITIES/RESPONSABILITIES The Operational Research Advisor will support operational research activities at field level. The main tasks are: Support the medical department and the operations to define and prioritize the operational research and documentation agenda. More in specific, close collaboration with the medical referents on vaccine preventable diseases and infectious diseases. Review/draft operational research study protocols and provide technical and editorial support to comply with MSF Ethics Review Board (ERB) requirements for submission for ethical clearance through the appropriate channels. Provide editorial and manuscript writing support for publication, policy briefs, program descriptions, advocacy pieces,… according to an agreed platform of delegated responsibility between existing members of the Operational Research team. Support advanced data analysis and provide statistical support for ongoing research projects. Conduct field visits to selected projects to support research, discuss research agendas and provide general operational support if needed and relevant. An OR advisor plans approximately 2 visits/year of 2-3 weeks per visit. Disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences/workshops and mentor other researchers for abstract and presentation development for Scientific Days/OR days. Be involved with setting up capacity building sessions on operational research (SORT-IT courses and others). In link with other members of the team, be directly responsible to regularly update and manage the yearly operational research and documentation agenda. Provide support to the pool of epidemiologists when needed. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Medical or para-medial profile with extensive field experience in MSF or another humanitarian NGO, including having worked in the context of health systems in a developing country. Experience in protocol writing and use of different quantitative study designs, including profound understanding of the concepts of bias and statistical inference. Strong evidence to show high capacity/potential in data analysis and use of statistical software (EpiInfo, DHIS2, R and STATA or similar). Capacity to quickly get familiar with the literature on different topics related to the operational priorities (environmental health, migration, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, outbreaks,…). Specific experience and/or interest in vaccine preventable diseases, outbreak prone and other infectious diseases are an asset. Postgraduate training in Public Health with specific training and practical competence in epidemiology and medical statistics are an advantage. Understanding of qualitative and mixed-methods study designs are an asset. Very high level of spoken English, scientific writing skills and ability to use the editorial pen on manuscripts for publication and other descriptive documentation. Spoken French is essential while written French is an asset. SOFT SKILLS REQUIREMENTS A high degree of work autonomy, team interaction and diplomacy are required to be able to interact at various levels within the department, in MSF and outside. Ability to adapt to changing circumstances, contexts, tasks, responsibilities and people. Willingness and ability to function in a team, transparent communication with colleagues, willingness to share work and experiences, give and ask support when needed. Solid scientific rigor and honesty, transparency, attention to detail. Ability to handle multiple projects or activities simultaneously, and to deliver quality outputs within deadlines. Proactivity and leadership capacity to drive operational research. Flexibility for regular travel (up to 30% of working time), possibly at short notice. Ability and willingness to spend time in often difficult and unstable contexts. Adhere to the MSF principles and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment Adhere to the MSF Behavioral Commitments CONTRACT CONDITIONS AND BENEFITS Contract of 12 months with possibility of extension Based in Luxembourg Monthly gross salary: from 4575 € to 5550 € according to MSF experience Hospitalization insurance, meal vouchers, transport allowance. Contract start date: From January 2023 Application deadline: December 31st, 2022 How to apply? Please complete our online form and upload your CV and cover letter Please name your documents starting with your family name! MSF values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. The protection of your personal data is important to MSF. By submitting your application, you consent to MSF using your personal data. For more informat…

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