Anthropologist at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – Holland (Zamfara and Benue)

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare.

Anthropologist at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - Holland (Zamfara and Benue) 1

JOB TITLE: Anthropologist

JOB LOCATION: Zamfara and Benue
Employment Type: Full-time
Job Type: Indefinite


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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



  • 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

Deadline: December 20, 2021

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