Biostatistics Specialist

Job Title

Biostatistics Specialist


Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS)



Partner Organization

Institute of Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (IEHSD), Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)

Placement Location

Remote (e-volunteer)

Based in Canada


4 months

Start Date

April 2021 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB/VSF will provide pre-departure training

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements



Academic Qualifications


  • Post graduate qualifications in biostatistics/statistics, epidemiology, or related discipline, such as public health, veterinary science or environmental health/biology

Professional Background/Skills

  • Experience in applied statistics related to health and/or biological sciences

  • Experience conducting and/or providing training in Epidemiology study design and methodologies

  • Experience providing comprehensive training in Stata, SPSS and/or R statistical software packages

  • Experience working with large sets of panel and survey data in Stata, SPSS and/or R

  • Experience with data visualization techniques

  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills

  • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance, and environmental sustainability


  • Experience working in a research environment

  • Previous experience working in Vietnam or other developing countries

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

To build the capacity of IEHSD, CENPHER, and counterpart staff to design and implement epidemiological research projects.


  • Provide guidance to IEHSD, CENPHER, and counterpart staff in planning epidemiological and implementing research, including data collection.

  • Assist IEHSD, CENPHER, and counterpart staff in understanding and applying correct statistical tests or models to collected data for different research designs (e.g., follow-up study, case-control study, cohort study, etc.).

  • Support IEHSD, CENPHER and counterpart staff in using different software for analyzing collected data (e.g., STATA, SPSS, R, etc.), and understanding the implications of and explaining epidemiological research results.

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

VWB/VSF covers remote volunteer expenses for effective communication, including:

A modest monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to be sufficient to cover simple monthly living expenses incurred during the placement.


VWB/VSF encourages each volunteer to raise funds towards the organization’s operations.

How to Apply

If interested, please send your resume and a covering letter which clearly indicate the position you are applying for, and how your qualifications meet the requirements of this posting.

Please use subject line: VWB/VSF Volunteer Placement Biostatistics Specialist 

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About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 per cent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers yet these small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services. Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock who provide important protein and/or income for poor households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal & public health. VWB/VSF-Canada provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal & public health professionals.

About the Project: Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS)

The Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) project is funded through Global Affairs Canada's (GAC) Volunteer Cooperation Program. The VETS project was established to improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, in six countries (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam), through support to animal, human and environmental health initiatives.  The project utilises the skills of Canadian volunteers to support smallholder farmers, primarily women, to reduce poverty by improving family income and nutrition principally through improved production of livestock and crops. The program is built around the One Health concept, which recognizes that the health of people, animals and the natural environment are interconnected. It promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development.



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