Biostatistics Epidemiologist

Job Title

Biostatistics Epidemiologist


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization

Center for Public Health & Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)

Placement Location



3 months

Start Date

September 2019

Pre-Departure Training Dates

A 2-day manadatory pre-departure training available once a month (all costs covered by VWB).

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements



Note: Translation support will be required when communicating with a majority of policy makers and some researchers.

Academic Qualifications


University degree in Bio-statistics, Epidemiology, Public Health, Veterinary Public Health


Masters of Science (Biostatistics/Statistics) OR Master on Epidemiology/Public Health, PhD (Biostatistics/Statistics

Professional Background/Skills

  • 2-3 years experience in applied biostatics for health and/or biological sciences
  • 2-3 years experience in data management, manipulation, and analysis
  • 2-3 years experience in providing statistical consultation on health-related research studies in various phases of completion and of quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Proficiency in R and Stata and SPSS statistical packages
  • Experience providing comprehensive training for other data users in R and Stata and SPSS statistical packages
  • Experience working with large data sets, panel data, survey data in R and Stata and SPSS
  • Experience with data visualization techniques
  • Experience and/or educational background in health, public health, veterinary sciences or environmental health/biology
  • 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
  • Experience and/or training in Epidemiology study design and methodology
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in Vietnam or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:
The goal of this placement is to build the capacity of CENPHER staff on analysis of data and implication of research findings of both quantitative and qualitative data


  • Provide guidance to CENPHER in planning the data analysis of epidemiological research data
  • To assist CENPHER staff in understanding and applying correct statistical tests OR models to run data of different research designs (e.g. follow-up study, case-control study, cohort study, etc.)
  • To support CENPHER staff in using various software for analyses (e.g. STATA, SPSS, R, EpiInfo, etc)
  • To support CENPHER staff and other beneficiaries to explain 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 covers the majority of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course in Ottawa
  • Return airfare to placement country and visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A monthly living allowance (MLA) will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.


VWB expects each volunteer to raise $1,500 prior to departure with a goal of $2,000 towards the overall project costs. In addition, VWB/VSF offers an award for the top volunteer fundraiser of the year.

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. Resume and cover letters can be sent to: Allyson Fradella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

For ten years, Veterinarians Without Borders has been sending Canadian Veterinarians and Vet students to poor communities around the world to help increase the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers to keep their cows, chickens, goats, pigs, guinea fowl and other livestock healthy, well-fed and housed securely.   Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2), a project funded through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program of Global Affairs Canada, will allow VWB/VSF to substantially increase the number of Canadian volunteers it is able to send overseas.  Over the next five years (2015 to 2020), 102 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of small scale farmers who raise livestock.  We will be looking to recruit professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal and human nutritionists, laboratory experts, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, gender specialists and other professionals that respond to the specific needs identified by our local partners.



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