6 Oct 2022

Veterinary Officer at Washington State University/GAHT

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Job Description


Washington State University – Global Animal Health Tanzania

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:             Veterinary Officer (1 Position)

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

Reports To:        Country Administrative Manager

Location:            Arusha, Tanzania

Position Description:      The Veterinary Officer will support the implementation of research programs, performing the following activities;


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Support surveillance officers in collecting and reporting surveillance data through the designated GAHT surveillance data system:
  • Be responsible for the care of animals while they are being sampled by the project staff – including cattle, hare and small mammals
  • Support data analysis:
  • Prepare progress reports in line with funding agency requirements, and the distribution to relevant stakeholders:.
  • Contribute to strengthening monitoring & evaluation capability:
  • Participate in relevant events and meetings organized by governmental, academic and other partners:
  • Work with the GAHT Operations Team to ensure project related equipment and/or electronics are purchased, stored and maintained appropriately:
  • Liaise with the Pis and other researchers on respective research programs to determine field activity requirements and 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 safe storage and distribution (to the PI) of data collected;
  • Be responsible for GAHT vehicles, ensuring that they are operated solely for project activities and maintained in good order. This will include:
  • 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;
  • Manage and account for project cash advances;
  • Represent GAHT at necessary meetings.
  • Miscellaneous other duties as requested


  • A Masters degree in Veterinary Medicine or equivalent qualification in the animal production and health sector
  • Three (3)years working experience in similar job position

Beneficial skills and experience:

  • Willingness to spend multiple weeks in the field at a time
  • Willingness to learn and follow a complex, One Health field sampling protocol
  • Experience planning for and preparing logistics for field work, including inventory and ordering supplies, organising team travel – departure and arrival times to ensure all appointments are kept
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, programme management, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and report writing
  • Computer literate – comfortable with email, and proficient in the use of MS Office (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Excellent command of English and Kiswahili, spoken and written, including scientific report writing
  • Experience collecting and managing data sets and using mapping software a bonus
  • A keen interest in developing a career in field research
  • Ability to speak KiSwahili, KiMaasai, and other languages an advantage
  • An understanding of the social and political landscape at regional and national levels under which sustainable outcomes must be delivered
  • Good communication, facilitation and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, national environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Valid clean driving license and preferably experience of driving 4-wheel drive vehicles
  • Competency in animal venipuncture
  • An understanding of the social and political landscape at regional and national levels under which sustainable outcomes must be delivered
  • Analytical skills, statistical analysis and mapping / surveillance expertise
  • Skills in interpersonal relations and the ability to work in multi-disciplinary environment.
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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 2022.

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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