14 May 2024

Research Analyst (Digital Fisheries) at IITA

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Job Description


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of WorldFish invites applications for Four positions: Project Manager, Senior Research Analyst and Research Analyst (2 positions)


WorldFish is an international nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances, and translates aquaticHfoodBsystems science into scalable solutions. We envision an inclusive world of healthy, well-nourished people and a sustainable blue planet, now and in the future. Our mission is to end hunger and advance progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through science and innovation to transform food, land, and water systems with aquatic foods for healthier people and the planet.

For over 45-years, WorldFish’s data, evidence, and insights have shaped practices, policies, and investments to end hunger and advance sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. We have a global presence across 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, with 460 staff of 30 nationalities deployed where the most significant sustainable development challenges can be addressed through holistic aquatic food systems solutions. Embedded in local, national, and international partnerships, our work sets agendas, builds capacities, and supports decision-making for climate action, food and nutrition security, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, blue economy, One Health, and AgriTech, integrating gender, youth, and social inclusion.

A core element of the 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet is focused on building the resilience of aquatic food systems to shocks, which is critical during this time of climate, ecological and economic crisis.

WorldFish is part of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research and innovation network. For more information, please visit https://www.worldfishcenter.org.


IITA-TZ-202A – WorldFish-006 -NRS- Zanzibar Ugunja


Animals, plants and microorganisms harvested and grown in water play a significant role in sustainably feeding and nourishing the world. Globally, 800 million people depend on small-scale fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. But these vital aquatic food systems are hindered by the insecure livelihoods of those in related jobs, their low capacity to adapt to climate change, and the loss of marine nature.

The Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway project, supported through the UK’s Climate and Ocean Adaptation and Sustainable Transition (COAST) program under the umbrella of the Blue Planet Fund (BPF), will focus on enabling communities to adapt to and mitigate against climate change as well as responsibly and sustainably manage marine and coastal nature and resources resulting in improved food and nutritional security as well as employment and income opportunities. The project will be implemented in two phases over seven years, starting with Phase 1 in Bangladesh, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

About the Position

WorldFish is looking for a Research Analyst to support activities of AABS Work Package 1- Digital Coast. The primary purpose of this position is to support the Work Package Lead and Scientist based in Zanzibar. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team of experts with diverse backgrounds, including data scientists, production systems, gender, climate change, scaling of innovations, science communication, and rural development.

Duty Station: The position will be based in Unguja, Zanzibar.

Education Qualification and Certification

A bachelor’s degree in science or economics field.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge (required to perform this job)

  • Strong working knowledge of MS excel and word.
  • Competency with digital smartphone/tablet applications.
  • At least 3 years work experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in multi-cultural, interdisciplinary teams as well as develop close and effective working relationships with a range of partners.
  • Proven ability and willingness to carry out independent fieldwork in remote locations.
  • Experience working in communities.
  • Commitment to development objectives in Unguja/Pemba.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Swahili.

Desirable Skills/Experience (Nice-to-have to perform this job)

  • Experience in fisheries science, agricultural science or other natural science research.
  • Coding experience in R or Python.
  • Quantitative skills and experience in data science, management, databases, and statistics.
  • Project management experience.
  • A valid driving license.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support research operations, data collection, validation, and reporting on project sites around Zanzibar.
  • Monitor and guide fisheries data collectors’ regular and timely collection and digital submission of fish landings and sales from remote sites; provide technical support and data validation.
  • Update, deploy, and train local staff and partners in the use of digital data systems, data collection protocols, surveys, and basic data management.
  • Be a point of contact for local community members, project partners, and interested stakeholders about project objectives and information.
  • Facilitate community meetings and trainings related to project aspects in aquatic food systems.
  • Prepare progress and fieldwork reports.


This position will be based in Unguja, Zanzibar, but with regular fieldwork travel (60%) to project sites around Zanzibar.


General information:

The duration of the contract for all the four positions is two years renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. These are nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.

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Method of Application

The application pack should include an application letter, copies of certificates, and a curriculum vitae which contains a telephone number, email address, and contact details of two referees. Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] and addressed to:

The Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania,

Plot No. 25, Mwenge – Coca-Cola Road,

Mikocheni Industrial Area,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Applicants are requested to include the reference number for the position (as indicated on the heading of the announcement) in the subject of their application letter, as well as in the subject of their email. Please note that any applications without the reference number indicated will be automatically disqualified.

Closing date for applications: Friday 24th May 2024. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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