1 Oct 2020

Field Officer at Washington State University – Global Animal Health

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Washington State University – Global Animal Health

Global Animal Health Tanzania (GAHT), a legally registered NGO that is supported by Washington State University and collaborating partners in Tanzania, serves to manage a broad range of public and animal health research projects in Tanzania. GAHT has the following openings:

Position: Field Officer

Contract duration: Twelve (12) months (full-time engagement), with possibility of renewal Reports

To: Country Administrative Manager

Location: Mara, Tanzania

Position Description: The primary responsibility of the Field Officer (FO) will be to work in the field and to carry out data collection activities for research projects being implemented by Global Animal Health Tanzania (GAHT).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with the Principal Investigator (PI) and other researchers to determine field activities required to collect research data;
  • Carry out data collection activities as described by the PI and other senior researchers identified by the PI. These will include household surveys, biological sample collection, vaccination coverage surveys etc.
  • Maintain the safe storage and distribution (to the PI) of data collected;
  • Drive and manage project vehicles;
  • Represent GAHT at necessary meetings;
  • Be responsible for ensuring the GAHT vehicle is operated solely for project activities and that it is maintained in good order that includes;
    • Maintaining vehicle log book where mileage is recorded before commencing and completing each field trip;
    • Close communication with Program Coordinator ensuring vehicle maintenance is done in a timely manner;
    • Report to the Program Coordinator of any serious mechanical problems that needs immediate resolution;
    • Send a copy of vehicle log book each month to the Program Coordinator;
  • Assist with project logistics as requested by Program Coordinator.
  • Receive and securely manage project funds and provide timely and accurate accounts of said funds. These will include travel advances and any other cash advances provided for field activities.
  • Miscellaneous other duties as requested


  • An animal health qualification (certificate or diploma level)
  • Three (3) years working experience in similar job position

Beneficial skills and experience:

  • Experience working in the field on research programs
  • Experience as a leader overseeing field teams collecting biological samples and other data collection activities
  • Fluent in Swahili and English
  • Written English must be of a high standard
  • Computer literate – comfortable with email, and proficient in the use of MS Office (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Valid clean driving license and preferably experience of driving 4-wheeel drive vehicles
  • Knowledge and experience of vehicle maintenance and mechanics is a bonus
  • Good communication, facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, national environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Other Technical and Interpersonal Skills

  • An understanding of the social and political landscape at regional and national levels under which sustainable outcomes must be delivered
  • Excellent command of English and Kiswahili, spoken and written, including scientific report writing
  • Analytical skills, statistical analysis and mapping / surveillance expertise
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Valid driving license is a must
  • Skills in interpersonal relations and the ability to work in multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Good communication, facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, national environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
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      Method of Application

Please submit your detailed resume, a cover letter and relevant certificates to [email protected] cc [email protected] on or before October 14th 2020.

Please indicate specific job title on the subject line of your email. In your resume please indicate the contacts of your previous 3 referees. Late applications will not be considered.

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