Field Research Assistant

Global Animal Health Tanzania

This position is for a field research assistant based at Global Animal Health Tanzania (GAHT), Arusha in collaboration with EcoHealth Alliance. The position will support the activities of the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) project. The CCHF project aims to investigate evidence of and risk factors for CCHF virus in people, livestock and wildlife in northern Tanzania. Research activities include data collection across Arusha Region and Serengeti National Park.

Qualifications and Attributes


Animal health-related/ecology diploma, preferred or Form IV certificate and research experience with animals
Hardworking, dependable, and excellent time keeping
Able to work well as part of a team with diverse skills and backgrounds
Able to interact comfortably with study participants from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
Willingness to be flexible in job role and assist other field team members in varied aspects of fieldwork
Willingness to participate in early morning and evening duties


Experience in live capturing small wild mammals, including rodents
Experience identifying live rodents, shrews and/or hares morphologically
Experience of field working in remote areas
Experience in working in international research teams
Experience in health-related research and data collection, preferred
Experience in restraining and blood sampling cattle, preferred


Proficiency in written and verbal Swahili essential
Fluency in verbal Maasai preferred
Proficiency in written and verbal English preferred

Work under the supervision of the Study Coordinator in a field study. This position will involve remote work throughout Arusha Region and Serengeti National Park. Extended periods in remote areas with overnight stays in lodgings in Serengeti National Park will be required. Overnight stays in lodgings or camping near to study villages in Arusha Region will be required Monday to

Friday, with occasional possible changes to this work pattern. Weekly travel from study areas to Arusha Town will be required. Travel to and from Moshi will also be needed to coordinate with project staff based at KCRI. Duties include but are not limited to the following day-to-day activities:


Learn all research study protocols
Complete ethics of animal and human subjects research training
Describe the study to potential participants and answer questions about the study
Assist with small mammal (rodents, shrews and hares) live capture, morphological identification and blood sampling
Assist with cattle restraint and blood sampling
Assist field team with all additional aspects of fieldwork including environmental data collection, tick collection, and completing study questionnaires and data sheets
Transfer of blood samples to sample tubes, centrifuging samples, aliquoting serum to storage tubes and storing samples
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties.
Remuneration and Terms


Attractive salary
12 months’ contract renewable; probation period of 3 months
Applications must include each of the following to be considered


Signed letter of application
Current curriculum vitae or resume including mailing address, contact telephone number(s), and e-mail address
Three letters of reference along with names and telephone numbers of the three referees who may be contacted by us in confidence

Click “APPLY FOR JOB” button above to apply for this job.

Your application should reach the undersigned as soon as possible but no later than 18th October 2021

Attn: Godfrey Kassanga

Global Animal Health Tanzania

Ngorongoro Tourism Center, 6th Floor

PO Box 1642, ARUSHA