Anthropologists at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international, private, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization. Our organization offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. We have been working in Nigeria since February 1996. A Memorandum of Understanding between Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Federal Government of Nigeria facilitates this. We are at present co-operating with the Federal Ministry of Health, State and Local Government departments of health on various health projects.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Anthropologist

Locations: Zamfara and Benue
Employment Type: Full-time
Job Type: Indefinite

Main Objective and Responsibility of the Position

  • Provide MSF project with a socio-anthropological analysis and understanding of local, socio-cultural determinants such as perception of health and illness and health seeking behavior in order to improve medical activities.


  • Design, plan and organize researches (qualitative and quantitative) to understand the existing health beliefs, explanatory models and the health seeking behavior related to project's needs.
  • Provide reports and tools to the project team to improve medical activities, in term of approaches and relation with the local population.
  • Provide information and recommendation to the project team in order to support their understanding of local culture and perception to adapt efficiently the medical activities.
  • Support Health Promotion activities (pre-testing of materials, focus groups, social data collection).

MSF Section/Context Specific Accountabilities
General IDP context understanding/analysis in:

  • Benue and Middle Belt States
  • Zamfara and Northwest States
  • Analyse history, identity and distribution of IDPs including their coping mechanisms in response to the impact of displacement in their lives.
  • Understand the response/attitudes of IDPs vis-à-vis humanitarian and other services.
  • Understand the future perspectives of IDPs, together with how they see themselves in the long run.
  • Short and long-term impact of displacement on host communities and their perceptions on humanitarian aid to IDPs.
  • To have a better understanding of the farmer herder crisis in Benue and Middle Belt states.
  • Analyse and understand the impact of the violence on the IDPs especially the farmers.
  • Explore more on the plight of the herders since our programs are mainly focusing on the farmers.
  • Impact of communal clashes on displacement.
  • Analyse/study how IDPs seek to re-construct their own livelihoods – socially, psychologically, economically, politically and culturally.
  • Analyse and understand interaction between Hausa and Fulani communities in IDP camps in Zamfara.
  • Analyse the movement dynamics of IDPs across Benue/Middle Belt States and Zamfara/Northwest States.
  • Understand the dynamics of IDPs in camp and non-camp settlements.

IDP dynamics and MSF programs:

  • Analyse how MSF programs designs influence and/or impact on IDP dynamics and vice versa particularly SGBV MSF activities.
  • Make recommendations for more efficient, accountable and sustainable program designing.


  • Understanding the underlying causes of chronic malnutrition Zamfara state in order to inform operations as well as advocacy options.

Requirements (Qualifications / Experience / Knowledge)
To apply for this role applicants MUST meet the following criteria:


  • University Degree in Medical Anthropology, Social-anthropology or Sociology.


  • Previous work experience in relation with medical anthropology/socio-anthropology or qualitative research is essential
  • Experience in developing countries and experience with MSF or any other organisation in public health is highly recommended.


  • Computer literacy


  • Essential, mission working language and local language(s)


  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Commitment to MSF Principles
  • Stress Management
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Behavioural Flexibility



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • Usage of Google Chrome Browser is recommended.
  • Only applications submitted ONLINE will be accepted.
  • Lastly, only ONE online application form should be submitted as multiple submissions will NOT be considered.
  • Please note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.
  • MSF is an equal opportunities employer and promotes diversity within the organization


Application Deadline  20th December, 2021.

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