Anthropologist Job Vacancy in Mombasa, Kenya

Organization: Médecins Sans Frontières

Posted: 21 Dec 2023

Closing date: 5 Jan 2024


Position Title: Anthropologist


MSF Switzerland (MSFCH) is a humanitarian medical organization providing emergency medical aid to populations in need based in Dagahaley and Mombasa County.

The objective of our project is to provide Access to health care for Adolescent and Youth Population (AYP), with specific focus on Young Key Populations (YKP) affected by social violence and health care exclusion. The selected candidate will be reporting to the Operational Research Epidemiologist.

Work Location : Mombasa Project

Start date : January 2024

Length of contract : 12 months fixed term contract (starting with a 3-month probationary period)

Main Purpose

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. Presently, the MSF Mombasa project is conducting mixed-methods research that collects diverse forms of data (qualitative, quantitative) to enhance the project’s impact on population health and wellbeing. This role will primarily support all qualitative aspects of the study with ad-hoc participation in the collection, management, and analysis of quantitative data.


  • Design, plan and organize research (qualitative and quantitative) to understand the existing health be-liefs, explanatory models and the health seeking behaviour 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 (e.g., pre-testing of materials, focus groups, social data collec-tion)
  • Support dissemination of research findings to diverse stakeholders
  • Coordinating the execution of qualitative research in compliance with MSF protocols
  • Collect, organise, and analyse qualitative data
  • Ensure the reliabilty of all collected data
  • Support the ad-hoc collection, management, and analysis of quantitave data
  • Ensure the maintenance of the highest ethical standards in compliance with MSF protocols and procedures
  • Support the formulation of research reports for dissemination to colloborators including partners from the government and community; where appropriate, lead or support the dissemination of research findings including but not limited to reports, presentations, journal manuscripts, and others



  • University degree in medical anthropology, social-anthropology, sociology, public health, social sciences, or some other related field.


  • Previous work experience with qualitative health research is essential
  • Previous experience working or conducting research with ‘key populations’ is essential
  • Technical knowledge of conducting interviews and focus groups is essential
  • Experience in developing countries and experience with MSF or any other public health organization is highly recommended
  • Experience with mixed methods of research is desirable


  • English and Swahili


  • Results
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility
  • Commitment
  • Stress Management

How to apply

If you meet the above requirements, please send your CV, motivation letter on or before the 5th of January 2024 through this link

We apologize that due to the volume of application we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.Incomplete applications will not be considered.This vacancy is open for Kenyan Nationals only

(MSFCH is an equal opportunity Employer and does not charge any application/recruitment or training fee) MSFCH Welcomes applications from people of all sexual or gender identities and encourages Women to apply.

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